How to apply
If you want to live on campus, have a read through the options available, and then make an application.
- Who can apply for on-campus accommodation?
- How do I know what will suit me?
- What will it cost?
- When should I start applying?
- How do I apply?
- Do I need to pay an application fee?
- How many different places can I apply for?
- What type of contracts are offered?
- Can I live on campus for just one semester?
- How long can I live on campus for?
- I made an application to on-campus accommodation but haven’t heard anything. What should I do?
- I haven’t been successful in securing a place on-campus. What are my other options?
All colleges and residences accept applications from Australian and international undergraduate and postgraduate students but some have special criteria, or may have a first preference of the type of students that they are looking for. See on-campus accommodation for more information.
You need to think about:
- Your budget (our cost comparison guide may help).
- The types of people you want to live with (quiet, outgoing, fellow students or workers) or whether you want and can afford to live alone.
You can browse through prices and facilities for University housing and the colleges by going to each page in the on-campus accommodation section.
Apply as early as possible, generally around the time you apply to UAC or the University. Some colleges and residences have deadlines for applications – see the individual college details on this site for more information.
Be aware that places are limited and in high demand, and the application process can be very competitive. Some colleges will accept late applications, and applications for commencement in semester 2, so refer to the individual websites for details.
You need to submit individual applications for each college and residence. On the pages within this on-campus accommodation section, you'll find links to their application forms and supporting information.
Stucco charge an application fee which is refunded if your application is not successful. All other residences charge a non-refundable application fee, which is listed under the additional costs on their information pages.
You can apply to as many colleges and residences as you want but keep in mind, you need to apply to each college or residence individually and will have to pay an application fee for each.
Colleges and residences offer their own residential or licence agreements. These are legally binding documents setting out the conditions and obligations attached to residence.
Some colleges and residences offer single semester contracts, others for the whole academic year, from early March to late November. Sydney University Village and the self-contained apartments at International House offer 12 month contracts.
When they have vacancies, most colleges and residences will offer single semester, or shorter contracts so contact the college or residence directly for more advice.
Darlington House, Selle House, terraced housing, and the accommodation on the Camden and Cumberland campuses generally only accommodate students for a single academic year. Sydney University Village gives students the option of remaining in residence for the following year.
The residential colleges welcome returning students. Some colleges offer students the option of moving out for the mid year holiday (fees are not charged for this period), but generally, all colleges offer students the option to remain in residence during mid-year and end-of-year holidays, for additional costs.
You will need to contact the residence you made the application to as each has a separate application process.
There are a number of options for living off-campus, such as living in a share house, or renting a property.