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UNSW Colleges

The UNSW Colleges comprises six Colleges that fully owned and operated by the University of New South Wales. Colombo House, Fig Tree Hall and the Kensington Colleges (Basser College, Philip Baxter College and Goldstein College) opened their new doors in January 2014. The old Baxter College received a small face lift by way of a new dining hall, and a coat of paint in time to open for the 2014 academic year.

In total 1,130 students now call UNSW Colleges home. UNSW Colleges are proud of their diverse mix of residents from all over the world as well as students from all corners of the world. For more information on the Colleges and their points of difference as well as information on Scholarships, Awards and Fees please read through the tabs below.

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Kensington Colleges

The oldest residential colleges on campus have undergone a profound rejuvenation process in recent years, culminating in the occupation of new facilities in 2014 that have been designed and custom built for these unique student communities, setting a new benchmark for residential colleges in Australia.

The Kensington Colleges offer a unique experience, combining a strong support network delivered through an established residential care program as well as academic mentoring and tutorials. The Kensington Colleges are fully catered, all rooms have a regular cleaning service; Wi-Fi and all utilities are included in the fees.

Features Include:

  • 161 rooms Basser College
  • 211 rooms Philip Baxter College
  • 150 rooms Goldstein College
  • All meals included
  • All rooms single occupancy with option of shared bathroom facilities or private bathroom
  • Many rooms have balconies
  • Furnished recreation and group study rooms on each floor
  • Wireless internet and all utilities included
  • Large Common Room
  • Shared coin operated laundry facilities on ground floor
  • Resident staff provide pastoral care, mentoring and academic support
  • Membership to the House Committee
  • Active sporting, cultural, social and social justice programs and events
  • Rooftop bbqs and views of Sydney city skyline & Randwick Racecourse
  • Safe and secure environment
  • 40 week occupancy

Please review the Rules of Occupancy and the Licence Agreement and the Resident's Obligations for the Kensington Colleges

 

Colombo House

A unique self-catered college community located adjacent to the Kensington College at mid-campus. Offering study spaces and recreation rooms on each floor and shared kitchens where residents can gather to prepare their own meals. This accommodation is ideally suited to students who enjoy the benefits of well-integrated community life but enjoy preparing their own meals.

Features Include:

  • 242 single occupancy rooms all with own private bathroom
  • Some rooms have balconies
  • Self-catered accommodation
  • Recreation and group study rooms on each floor
  • Wireless internet and all utilities included
  • Large ground floor Kitchen & Common Room adjacent to private courtyard
  • Rooftop terrace views of Sydney city skyline & Randwick Racecourse
  • Shared coin operated laundry facilities on each floor
  • Resident Life Program
  • Safe and secure environment
  • 52 week occupancy

Please review the Rules of Occupancy and the Licence Agreement

 

Fig Tree Hall

A new residential college at UNSW that provides international, as well as domestic, students with an accommodation option that is academically and culturally supportive in modern new facilities

All rooms have en-suites and students live on segregated floors Alcohol is not permitted in the Hall. Like the Kensington Colleges fees at Fig Tree hall include Wi-Fi access, regular room cleaning and all meals (including halal options)

 Features Include:

  • 158 single occupancy rooms all with own private bathroom
  • Some rooms have balconies
  • Gender segregated floors
  • Furnished recreation and group study rooms on each floor
  • Prayer/Contemplation rooms on each floor
  • Rooftop terrace views of Sydney city skyline & Randwick Racecourse
  • Shared coin operated laundry facilities on each floor
  • Wireless internet and all utilities
  • All meals included and dietary options catered for (ie Halal, vegetarian)
  • Alcohol-free building
  • Resident staff provide pastoral care and academic support
  • Safe and secure environment
  • 40 week occupancy

Please review the Rules of Occupancy and the Licence Agreement

 

UNSW Hall

A part-catered residence offering basic accommodation facilities in an older style facility. All residents share bathrooms and there are limited twin rooms available.

Features Include:

  • 208 single occupancy rooms all with shared bathroom facilities
  • Breakfast and Dinner included
  • Recreation and group study rooms on each floor
  • High Speed wired internet and all utilities included
  • Large Common Room, kitchen , outdoor barbeque area and courtyard
  • Safe and secure environment
  • Shared coin operated laundry facilities
  • Central location on campus
  • Resident Life Program
  • 44 week occupancy

Please review the Rules of Occupancy and the Licence Agreement

 

UNSW Colleges Accommodation Fees  Semester 2 2014

College # Beds Occupancy
Type
Licence
Period

Catering
(meals/wk)

Internet
(included)
Cleaning En-suite
Bathrooms
Weekly
Rate

Basser College

161 Single 10/07/14 - 28/11/14 (New) 21 Wi-Fi Yes Yes $490
  No $445
Goldstein College 150 Single 10/07/14 - 28/11/14 (New) 21 Wi-Fi Yes Yes $490
  No $445
Philip Baxter College 211 SIngle 10/07/14 - 28/11/14 (New) 21 Wi-Fi Yes Yes $490
  No $445
UNSW Hall 208 Single 10/07/14 - 15/12/14 (New) Part catered - 14
(Breakfast and Dinner)

Wired, Wi-Fi
in some
common areas

Yes No - shared $310 part catered
Fig Tree Hall 158 Single 10/07/14 - 1/12/14 (New) 21

Wi-Fi

Yes Yes $490
Colombo House 242 Single 10/07/14 - 2/2/15 (New) self-catered

Wi-Fi

Common
areas
Yes $353

 

UNSW Colleges Accommodation Fees  2014

College # Beds Occupancy
Type
Licence
Period

Catering
(meals/wk)

Internet
(included)
Cleaning En-suite
Bathrooms
Weekly
Rate

Basser College

161 Single 1/3/14 - 28/11/14 (Returning)
22/2/14 - 28/11/14 (New)
21 Wi-Fi Yes Yes $490
  No $445
Goldstein College 150 Single 1/3/14 - 28/11/14 (Returning)
22/2/14 - 28/11/14 (New)
21 Wi-Fi Yes Yes $490
  No $445
Philip Baxter College 211 SIngle 1/3/14 - 28/11/14 (Returning)
22/2/14 - 28/11/14 (New)
21 Wi-Fi Yes Yes $490
  No $445
UNSW Hall 208 Single 11/2/14 - 15/12/14 Part catered - 14
(Breakfast and Dinner)

Wired, Wi-Fi
in some
common areas

Yes No - shared $310 part catered
Fig Tree Hall 158 Single 24/2/14 - 1/12/14 21

Wi-Fi

Yes Yes $490
Colombo House 242 Single 5/2/14 - 2/2/15 self-catered

Wi-Fi

Common
areas
Yes $353

 

Applications to UNSW Colleges are made online. Once an application is submitted it is reviewed by UNSW Residential Communities and, if successful an offer for accommodation in one of the Colleges will be sent to you.

There is a AU$100 Application Fee to apply to all UNSW owned and operated accommodation.

Selection Criteria

Offers for residency are based on information obtained from the application and entry to UNSW. Interviews may be requried for the Basser College, Philip Baxter College Goldstein College, Fig Tree Hall, Colombo House and UNSW Hall. Early applications are encouraged, even before your high school or university results are finalised.

The Colleges seek to replicate the considerable diversity of the student population of UNSW, with residents coming from a range of courses and programs and a variety of social and cultural backgrounds. In addition particular needs for on-campus accommodation, such as difficulty or distance of travel from the student's home to the University, are taken into consideration when offering places. For this reason, proiorty is normally given to international, interstate and country students before local metropolitan students

Closing Date for Applications

There is no closing date and applications are considered until the Colleges are full.

The Colleges do not advise applicants of the status of their application until we are in a position to make an offer. Please be advised that we only email you on the progress of your application if you are successful. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.

Residency Offer Procedure

The first round of accommodation offers will usually be sent to applicants in November of the year prior to commencement or June for the second semester. Once placement of the first round students and the international students are completed a second offer may be made. A third round of offers is usually made after University offers are completed and students are aware of their acceptance at UNSW. 

To ensure you are part of this process make sure you get your application in early to provide yourself the best opportunity of being at the top of the waiting list. The residency offer documentation is emailed to the relevant email address. Applicants are advised to check their emails on a regular basis.  Successful applicants will be sent an email with instruction for accepting their offer and the deadline dates. The offer acceptances are done online through the Accommodation Application Portal.

 

Awards

The Kensington Colleges Award recognises a second year or above resident of the Colleges, who is judged by staff and residents to have best represented the ideals of the Colleges in academic achievement, participation in activities of the Colleges, and in service to the University and/or wider community. The award will be in the form of a certificate and carries a prize of $500. 


Scholarships

The following scholarships and awards are available to current residents of UNSW Colleges. For information on all other scholarships available to prospective and current UNSW students visit UNSW Scholarships.

David Nunan Residential Rural Scholarships  are to assist students from rural areas, living at one of the Kensington Colleges at UNSW. The Scholarships are valued at $8,000 per year, paid directly to the Kensington Colleges as part payment of residential fees.

The Daniel and Helen Gauchat Residential Scholarshipis a residential scholarship for rural medical students, in their first year of studying Medicine, whilst living at one of the Kensington Colleges at UNSW.

Academic Achievement Awards (AAA)Is available to new residents only. UNSW Colleges gives priority preference for a residential position in one of the six UNSW Colleges to AAA recipients in the outer Sydney metropolitan and outside Sydney areas, who accept a place at UNSW. Due to strong demand for College places, recipients should complete and return an application for the Colleges prior to 16 November, each year.  Places cannot be guaranteed if a College application is not received by this date. AAA applicants may also be required to attend a College interview.

The Philip Baxter Rural Engineering Residential Scholarship is only available to new  residents, and has been established to assist recipients of a scholarship within the Faculty of Engineering Rural Scholarship Program, with accommodation costs at Philip Baxter College UNSW. It is tenable for up to four years.

The Residential Scholarship is valued at $3,000 per annum and is payable as two credit notes of $1,500 redeemable at the start of session one and two, for accommodation expenses at the Philip Baxter College (UNSW).

For more information on any of the Awards or Scholarships please visit the UNSW Scholarships website.

  1. Is there a religious affiliation within UNSW Colleges?
  2. Can I eat in the dining hall when the semester is over and I am still in residence?
  3. What support is offered to students when they first move in and throughout the year?
  4. What happens if a student gets sick (given they are so far from their families)?
  5. How do the Colleges attempt to contain drunk or offensive behaviour?
  6. How safe are the College buildings? What access is there in to the buildings?
  7. What sense of collegiality is there?
  8. Is it possible for parents to stay overnight in their son or daughter's room?
  9. How to COFA students get to the COFA campus?
  10. How close are the Colleges to public transport and the nearest shopping centre?
  11. Can students remain in residence during vacation breaks?
  12. Can personal possessions be left at College during the vacation breaks?
  13. Are all meals included in the fees?
  14. What size are the rooms?
  15. Can I select a college preference when applying?
  16. Can I request a specific room?
  17. How will I be advised if my application is successful?
  18. What if I have special dietary needs?
  19. What if I want a single gender floor?
  20. Is the 'fee in advance' payment refundable?
  21. What are the conditions of the International Undergraduate Accommodation Guarantee?
  1. Is there a religious affiliation within UNSW Colleges?

    No, we are not linked with any particular religion or religious organisation.

  2. Can I eat in the dining hall when the semester is over and I am still in residence?

    Special catering arrangements are made during vacation periods.

  3. What support is offered to students when they first move in and throughout the year?

    Coming to College involves big changes in a young person's life. Orientation Week is intended to facilitate the many adjustments that have to be made. A program of events introduces new residents to the College, the University and Sydney. It also begins the process of community formation and the creation of a 'home away from home'. A team of O Week leaders is appointed to be guides and points of contact throughout this week. They continue as important points of contact for the remainder of semester 1.

    In O Week new residents are also introduced to the Resident Academic Staff. The Head of the UNSW Colleges and the Resident Fellows provide academic and pastoral support throughout the year.

  4. What happens if a student gets sick (given they are so far from their families)?

    Residents are encouraged to take responsibility for the management of their own health and well being. The information they need for this purpose is supplied in O Week. Medical, dental and counselling services are available on campus.

    It is very important that residents organise their own Medicare card and ambulance insurance coverage. When residents are too ill to organise medical assistance for themselves, normally an ambulance will be called.

  5. How do the Colleges attempt to contain drunk or offensive behaviour?

    As a condition of their tenancy, residents are required to comply with both the Conduct and Alcohol Policies of the UNSW Colleges. These policies are intended to ensure that community standards of behaviour are observed at all times. Mutual respect and consideration are promoted as the basic values of College life.

    Educational programs in matters relating to alcohol consumption and harassment are a compulsory part of the O Week program.

  6. How safe are the College buildings? What access is there in to the buildings?

    The UNSW Colleges enjoy a high level of security. Security doors ensure that entry into the College buildings is available only to people holding a duly issued security card.

  7. What sense of collegiality is there?

    College spirit develops quickly and easily. Organised academic, sporting, cultural and social activities develop this natural College spirit to high levels.

  8. Is it possible for parents to stay overnight in their son or daughter's room?

    Occasionally parents (and siblings) would like to stay overnight as they visit their son or daughter in residence. UNSW Colleges is happy to supply a mattress etc for this purpose. Usually the resident takes the mattress so that the parent can have the bed.

  9. How do COFA students get to the COFA campus?

    The University provides a shuttle bus for easy movement between the main and COFA campuses. COFA is also on the main bus routes from the city to Kensington and Randwick.

  10. How close are the Colleges to public transport and the nearest shopping centre?

    Public transport in the vicinity of the University is provided by buses. Main bus routes run along the perimeter of the campus.

    The nearest shopping centre is at Randwick, a 5-10 minute walk from the campus. Eastgardens shopping mall is a short bus ride from the University.

  11. Can students remain in residence during vacation breaks?

    Residents are normally allowed to remain in residence during the vacation breaks if there is availability. They are required to pay the vacation fee which will be published well in advance.

  12. Can personal possessions be left at College during the vacation breaks?

    The Colleges have fairly ample storage space, so that residents will normally be able to leave their possessions on site during the vacation breaks. This includes the long summer vacation period. The Colleges take no responsibility for items left and all goods must be clearly labelled. 

  13. Are all meals included in the fees?

    All meals are provided during the University semester.

  14. What size are the rooms?

    Average room sizes are 12 square metres for a single room, 15-17 square metres for a single room with ensuite bathroom.

  15. Can I select a college preference when applying?

    The application process allows you to state preferences. These are considered in the allocation process. Preferences cannot be guaranteed as placement depends on availability.

  16. Can I request a specific room?

    The Deans of College or Resident Fellows allocate rooms to residents. Returning residents or residents with special needs may request a specific room, with remaining rooms distributed to new residents.

  17. How will I be advised if my application is successful?

    Offers for residency are sent out by email where possible. All other offers are made by mail. The Colleges do not advise applicants of the status of their application until we are in a position to make an offer. All applicants are advised of the final outcome of their application.

  18. What is I have special dietary needs?

    Fig Tree Hall offers halal cuisine on request. For severe allergies and special medical needs, please advise our office at time of enrolment.

  19. What if I want a single gender floor?

    Fig Tree Hall offers single gender floors. This can be selected as a preference on your online application for accommodation. Or if you have already submitted your application please email kenso-colleges@unsw.edu.au.

  20. Is the 'fee in advance' payment refundable?

    A fee in advance payment of $1,000 is required to accept your accommodation offer. This fee in advance will be subtracted from your first payments.

    • If you do not receive and offer to study at UNSW – the fee in advance will be refunded on request
    • If you receive an offer to study at UNSW and decline that offer – the fee in advance in not refundable

    Acceptance of Offer
    If you receive an offer to study at UNSW and accept that offer, and accept an accommodation offer with UNSW Residential you will be responsible for the fees due for the full contract term.

 

If you have a question which has not yet been asked or answered, please contact:

UNSW Residential Communities
Phone: (61 2) 9385 4346
Fax: (61 2) 9385 4557
E-mail: kenso-colleges@unsw.edu.au

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm

 

UNSW Affiliated Colleges

The demand for college style accomodation at UNSW normally exceeds supply.  Each of the College accomodation suppliers have their own housing application and selection procedures.  Further information can be obtained from their individual websites.  

 

 

Creston College

Open to women who are full-time students of UNSW.
Email: enquiries@crestoncollege.edu.au
Website: http://www.crestoncollege.edu.au

 

International House

Open to full-time students UNSW except for 1st year undergraduates.
Email: ih@unsw.edu.au
Website: http://www.ihunsw.edu.au

 

New College

Open to full-time students of UNSW.
Email: admissions@newcollege.unsw.edu.au
Website: http://www.newcollege.unsw.edu.au

 

New College Village

Provide quality, fully furnished, secure accommodation for postgraduates and selected undergraduates on lower campus.
Email: newcollege@unsw.edu.au
Website: http://www.ncv.unsw.edu.au

 

Shalom College

Open to full-time or part-time students of UNSW and its associated institutions.
Email: shalom@shalom.edu.au
Website: http://www.shalomcollege.unsw.edu.au

 

Warrane College

Open to male students at UNSW.
Email: admissions@warrane.unsw.edu.au
Website: http://www.warrane.unsw.edu.au

Location Maps

Location of all UNSW Residential Communities accommodation

Please click on the icons on the map below to view the address details.