Benefits of College Life

Students who choose to live in a residential college enter into a way of life that enriches their university experience. Living at a college will help you make the transition to university and independent living a smooth one. Residential colleges enrich your education academically, socially and culturally. You will have the opportunity to live in a vibrant community, in the company of friends, peers, mentors and leaders.

International House has many advantages for Australian and International Students, including:

Pastoral care: Academic and Pastoral Support are a priority. You will find on-going support throughout your stay, staff and resident mentors are available to give advice and information and provide assistance when necessary. Their goal is to promote your welfare in a secure and supportive environment.

Strong community involvement: being in a new country, a new place, maybe living away from home for the first time can be daunting and isolating. At International House we have a resident leadership team whose role it is to address this problem. On each floor there is a Senior Resident who is there for you to talk to, get advice from and ensures that you are settling in. There is a student organisation that runs events in the house, you are able to assist with these or implement new events.

Our comprehensive orientation program: International House Residents take part in a week of Orientation activities and events whilst they are settling into their room and making friends.

Be involved in a dynamic and diverse community: with over 40 nationalities represented in the house studying at 15 Faculties at graduate and undergraduate level, Australian students gain a unique global experience which will aid them in later life, and have opportunities to act as local hosts for our international guests. At least 25% of our residents are Australian, also giving international students an opportunity to engage with local students outside of the classroom and get to understand the Australian perspective and academic experience.

Save time: You will need all the time you can get to study, meet new people and learn about your new surroundings during your first few months at University. International House will take a lot of the pressure off your time by cooking and cleaning for you - and then there is convenience of walking to class!

Only need to sign a 40 week contract: a contract with International House covers 40 weeks of semester time. A normal accommodation contract covers 52 weeks, whilst students are able to stay in the House all year round, it is not compulsory to stay and pay during the semester break. If they are a student who is likely to go home during the break or go traveling this will be an excellent way to save money.

A range of scholarships and bursaries available to new applicants: if you are a new applicant you should look at our scholarships page. International House is looking for applicants who offer diverse backgrounds and interests, as well as those who are able to contribute to the House through academic excellence or extra-curricular activities.

Confidently predicting your budget: at International House you know what you are expected to pay before you arrive. Your rent includes internet, utilities and food, as well as entertainment, social events and sporting opportunities. There will be no hidden costs, as can happen with renting. It also includes access to academic help and study spaces. For more information on comparing off-campus renting with college costs please click here.

Other benefits

  • 24 hour on-call supervisors for resident assistance
  • Nutritionally balanced food
  • Free wireless internet in each room and common rooms
  • Academic and tutorial programs
  • Library and study rooms
  • Guest Speaker Program
  • Plenty of English Language opportunities
  • A Music Practice Room and a Baby Grand Piano onsite
  • Computer room with printing, photocopying and scanning facilities
  • On-site entertainment included in the residential fee, including movie nights, dances, food fair, formal dinners, cultural events
  • Residences can take part in drama performances, public speaking and debating, music recitals
  • Participation in sports, such as table tennis, pool, swimming, tennis, badminton, squash, basketball, soccer, netball, basketball and touch football teams
  • Log Cabin one and half hours from Sydney, free to use for all residents
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Leadership training and Professional Development workshops