Why Choose St Andrew’s College?

Download the Welcome to St Andrew’s College brochure

The Australasian Survey of Student Engagement published a research briefing (Vol 4, June 2009) regarding the positive impact of residential colleges in Australian higher education. The article can be found here.

You can read about how the College community is created each year here.

The College also provides all students with Living in a Community guidelines each year. You may wish to read it here.

St Andrew’s Provides A Great College Experience

  • During your time at College you will be living within a community of scholars and you will make friendships with many other students from diverse backgrounds – city/rural, international, many different faculties and disciplines of study.
  • St Andrew’s offers evening and weekend tutorials in all major subjects, with access available to our libraries. This is part of our comprehensive College Life Program, aimed at supporting our students.
  • Academic and personal support is available to all of our residents. The Principal, Chaplain, academic staff, tutors, Sub-Deans and Deans of Students are all very useful resources.
  • Scholarships and Prizes are available, awarded on merit
  • Financial Assistance is available, awarded on a means-tested basis
  • Three meals a day supplied
  • Individual serviced study bedrooms with basic furnishings (see further details below)
  • All bedrooms are equipped with phone and internet access
  • On-site laundry
  • Oval, tennis court and gym, and minutes to the University gymnasium and pool
  • Variety of cultural activities available including drama, music, choir, band groups, Chapel, debating and more.
  • Social activities encourage interaction within College and between other residential colleges including special dinners and events throughout the year
  • Opportunity to meet and socialise with postgraduates and visiting academics, and to participate in after-dinner talks on a wide variety of topics from visiting local and international academics.
  • Some parking available for College residents
  • 5-10 minutes walk through university grounds to lecture rooms, laboratories and libraries on the Main Campus
  • Junior Common Room with TV, Foxtel, billiard table, photocopying and fax facilities
  • Access to St Andrew’s alumni for career advice and contacts.

St Andrew’s College is in the sought-after inner city suburb of Newtown and has 38 weeks per year residence (most landlords require a 52 week contract).


Each student has a single study bedroom that contains a bed and bed linen (extra-long beds – suitable up to 201cm or 6′ 7″ – and some double bedded rooms are available), desk, desk chair, easychair, wardrobe and bookshelves. Every bedroom also has a telephone with voicemail and a high-speed ethernet Internet connection. College domestic staff clean student rooms at least once per week.


College provides twenty-one nutritious and wholesome meals per week. The meals are prepared by our own staff, which allows a greater flexibility for student needs.

Meals are eaten in our impressive Dining Hall with its portraits of past Principals and benefactors. Three hot meals are provided daily including a variety of fruits, cereals, salads, meat, vegetable and pasta dishes, prepared fresh, in house, each day.

The College is very proud of the quantity, quality and variety of the international cuisine offered. Take-away meals and early and late meal facilities are available. Kitchenettes are provided in all buildings.

Points to remember:

  • College residents are expected to adhere to guidelines concerning thoughtful, considerate and reasonable conduct, as in any community living
  • Success at University requires self-discipline and for some, community living in a residential college may result in excessive socialising. It is necessary for each person to establish the correct balance for themselves between ‘work’ and ‘play’ in this liberal environment