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Admissions and fees

An all-inclusive on-campus residential experience
We are seeking residents who are engaging, progressive and genuinely passionate about international understanding and friendship.

Why join us?


We are owned and operated by the University of Sydney and located on campus.

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All meals, free unlimited wi-fi and fortnightly room cleaning are provided.

Sample our menu

We are the most cuturally diverse residential community on campus with over 40 countries represented among our 200 residents.

Meet our residents

Under-18 international and Australian students are welcome.

Read our guidelines

We have an extensive program of events and workshops.

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A day in the life of an international student at International House


Term 1, 2019: Saturday 16 Feb to Friday 12 Jul (inclusive) (21 weeks)
Term 2, 2019: Saturday 13 Jul to Friday 6 Dec (inclusive) (21 weeks)

  New resident Returning resident*
Room type Per week Per semester Per week Per semester
Twin share $423 $8,883 $413 $8,673
Single $543 $11,403 $533 $11,193
Single with partial ensuite $559 $11,739 $549 $11,529
Single with full ensuite $571 $11,991 $561 $11,781
*Returning rates applicable for residents who have stayed a minimum of two semesters at International House.

All self-catered units at International House operate on 52-week contracts.

Room type Per week Per 4 weeks
Studio $447 $1,788
One-bedroom $490 $1,960
Two-bedroom $561 $2,244

Additional fees

Application fee $100
Registration fee $250
Members' Association $250
Members' Association - Associate Fee* $130
Alumni Association $110
Bond deposit (catered room) $1,000
Bond deposit (self-catered studio apartment) $1,788
Bond deposit (self-catered one-bedroom apartment) $1,960
Bond deposit (self-catered two-bedroom apartment) $2,244

*Associate Fee entitles non-student residents (i.e. partners of Maze residents) access to regular member benefits (SUSF, events etc.) with the exception of Access cards.

Car park $25 per day/ $75 per week then $15 per day thereafter
Resident car park $410 per year (motorbikes $205), $210 per six months (motorbikes $105)
Guest meal ticket $15
Replacement key $50
Late-night lockout (midnight to 8am) $25
Log cabin - residents No cost, donations welcome.
Log cabin - alumni and non-residents (weekend) $155 per booking up to 3 nights (Fri, Sat, Sun) and $75 for each additional night.
Log cabin - alumni and non-residents (week day) Minimum charge $145 up to 3 nights (Mon to Thurs) and $75 for each additional night.

Application process


Applicant must be enrolled or waiting for acceptance to the University of Sydney.


A completed application must be submitted to the house by completing the online application and paying the AU$100 application fee by credit card.

Start your application

Once received, your application will be acknowledged by a confirmation email. Your application will be assessed according to the timeline below and suitable applicants will receive a request for an interview with the Director or Deputy Director during the interview rounds. The interview can be conducted in person, over the phone or via Skype.


Applicants who are successful will be sent an offer. This will include information regarding the residential agreement and acceptance fees.


The applicant will then need to accept the offer by returning the signed residential agreement and acceptance fees to the house by the deadline. This is a legally binding document setting out the conditions and obligations attached to residence.

  • Diversity of countries, regions and customs
  • Diversity of disciplines and degree levels
  • Diversity of values and beliefs
  • Diversity of genders
  • Leadership potential and commitment to social justice
  • Ability to live within a diverse and active community
  • Willingness to contribute
  • Participation in extra-curricular activities
  • Sound academic standing.

Applying to International House

Senal's tips on acing your application

Semester 1 2020 application timeline

  • 01/09/2019

    First round of interviews

    Interviews can take place via Skype, phone or in-person.
  • 01/10/2019

    First round of offers

    Offers will be made approximately two weeks after interviews.
  • 20/10/2019

    Second round of interviews

    Available for applications not included in the first round of interviews.
  • 01/12/2019

    Second round of offers

    The final major round of offers for 2020.
  • 05/01/2020

    Late interviews and offers

    Will open if places become available.

My time spent at International House was a special one filled with so many incredible people, memories and self growth. It was a sacred place for me, my home away from home and the place which helped me to learn that being away from South Africa would be okay.
Li-Chi Pan, Social media influencer