2 RESIDENTIAL COLLEGES: ST LUCIA ST LUCIA CAMPUS UQ St Lucia s on-campus accommodation consists of 10 residential colleges that are home to over 2,500 students from Australia and overseas. About the colleges Living on campus can assist you in making a smooth transition from high school to university. The colleges are located within easy walking distance of all university facilities and provide academic support, social, cultural and sporting activities and the opportunity to build networks and friendships that will last a lifetime. Most residential colleges provide full catering for undergraduate students and either full or some self-catering options for postgraduate students. Some colleges have separate wings for postgraduate students, while others combine undergraduate and postgraduate students. For further information on the availability of postgraduate accommodation, please contact the colleges directly. On-campus accommodation is in high demand and you should apply directly to the appropriate college well before application closing dates. It is strongly recommended that students interested in living on campus also investigate other off-campus housing options. What facilities and services do colleges provide? Every college is different, so before you apply you should check with the individual colleges about what services and facilities they offer. Most colleges provide: Individual rooms containing a single bed, a desk and chair, high-speed Internet and telephone access, and storage space for clothing and other belongings Shared bathroom facilities Meals served daily in a communal dining hall Laundries, computer laboratories, gymnasiums, libraries, music rooms and social common rooms Security guards or night porters to ensure the safety of all residents, and Limited parking (fees may apply). What are the benefits of living on campus? Aside from the convenience of having every university facility and service only minutes away, there are other great advantages of living at a residential college: Supportive staff and secure premises Academic tutorial programs and peer group support The opportunity to meet other students who are not in your academic program An active sporting, cultural and social life, and College scholarships, prizes and bursaries. What is college life really like? Life at a residential college aims to complement university life, not only academically, but also in the cultural, sporting and social fields. Students are encouraged to take part in college traditions, such as formal dinners, and may participate in networking events or community and fundraising activities including volunteer work. Sport is an important part of college life with cricket, hockey, rugby, soccer, swimming, tennis, athletics, cross country, volleyball, basketball, touch football, rowing, squash and netball all forming part of the Inter-College Competition (ICC). Inter-college rivalry also extends to the cultural field where competitions such as Choralfest, Dancefest, Bandfest, public speaking, one act plays and debating are held throughout the year. Students enjoy a wide range of organised social activities including annual balls, jazz nights, exchange dinners, trivia nights and boat cruises, all aimed at promoting student interaction within and between colleges. College fees and costs The cost of living on campus varies between colleges and ranges from $10,000 to $17,000 per year. College fees are influenced by several factors, including the number of weeks of residence (usually a week academic period), type of room (standard or ensuite) and chosen catering option (full, partial or self catering). Other mandatory expenses such as security deposits and student club fees are additional. Students should contact the colleges directly or consult the UQ Accommodation Services website for details. Grace College Female students from all disciplines are invited to make Grace their home during their studies. The College encourages residents to live a balanced life that weaves together academic study, sporting and cultural activities, opportunities for social and community service, and spiritual nurture. The College is auspiced by the Uniting and Presbyterian churches and takes seriously the commitment of those churches to rural and regional Australia. The ethos of the College values the honouring of God, caring for one another, service to those in need, commitment to community and nurturing each other s gifts. No. of Residents 180 Affiliation Uniting & Presbyterian Churches E P (07) F (07) W The Women s College The Women s College, founded in 1913, was the first college to admit women in the state and has nurtured some of Queensland s most outstanding women leaders. The contemporary College community provides a friendly, vibrant and supportive residential environment for undergraduate and postgraduate women from diverse backgrounds. The Women s College provides superior facilities in elegant surroundings and our fine cuisine is highly regarded. Academic and pastoral support is paramount to a team of dedicated staff who seek to realise the College mission: to foster educated women leaders. Collegians also participate in an extensive range of sporting, cultural and social activities to enrich their College experience. The Women s College also offers an Associate Members program for first year students providing the key benefits of College life to non-residential students. No. of Residents 203 Meals All meals supplied E P (07) F (07) W Cromwell College Established in 1950, Cromwell College provides an excellent home-away-from-home for students to enter successfully into university life and beyond. Cromwell College is conveniently located on the western side of the St Lucia campus close to the Great Court and the central administration buildings of the University. Cromwell College is renowned for its friendly atmosphere and encourages spiritual, academic, cultural and social maturity and strong academic performance through mutual friendship and support. The College welcomes applications from all who are keen to give, to grow and to accept responsibility and it trains student leaders to help new members to make the transition from home to independent, adult living. No. of Residents Cromwell College (fully catered) 247 Campus Lodge (self catered) 50 Affiliation Uniting Church International House International House provides accommodation for Australian and International students in a cosmopolitan and supportive environment. International House operates as a Community for Understanding a Social Enterprise with the four platforms of: Being Sustainable, Being Culturally Diverse, Aware and Inclusive, Being Socially Engaged and Responsible and Being Supportive (of residents). The College operates an awards/ rewards program, a resident leadership program, a nonresident program, projects for peace, and a range of cross cultural activities (Tabiat Selasa, Bara Khana, Sunday Suppers and I-Feast). Special features of life at International House are the daily contact with people from many countries and active involvement and participation by residents in college life. No. of Residents 238 E P (07) F (07) W E P (07) F (07) W
3 RESIDENTIAL COLLEGES: ST LUCIA ACCOMMODATION SERVICES Emmanuel College Emmanuel College provides a collegiate experience with opportunities for academic achievement, intellectual development and personal growth within a supportive Christian environment. The College prides itself on a rewarding academic support program for all students which includes a full tutorial program of mentoring, study skills, time management and goal setting. Extensive pastoral care is provided along with cultural, sporting and social activities. The College welcomes international and post graduate students and has facilities to accommodate students with physical disabilities. Emmanuel has an air conditioned academic centre, modern junior common room, cardio gym and overnight security. The College has an Associate Member program which delivers the major benefits of the college experience to non-resident students. No. of Residents 340 Affiliation Uniting & Presbyterian Churches E P (07) F (07) W Finding a great place to live while studying at UQ can really enhance your university experience. UQ Accommodation Services provide information and services to assist you to find a home that s right for you, and make your arrival as smooth as possible. UQ Accommodation Services include: Free information sessions throughout the year Access to UQ Rentals Online Free tenancy advice Students can enter their flight details online via the UQ Accommodation Services website and book an airport pickup. The website also outlines a range of accommodation options for students. UQ Rentals Online Rental accommodation is very popular with students due to the flexibility and freedom associated with living off campus. The UQ Rentals Online database contains hundreds of listings of available shared and vacant properties. There is usually a large range of properties available from basic and inexpensive student houses, to high-rise riverfront penthouse apartments. Students can choose the price and location of accommodation best suited to their needs. Accommodation Services strongly advise that students do not book this type of accommodation prior to arrival or without inspection. King s College King s College, founded in 1912, provides a safe, comfortable and supportive environment conducive to the pursuit of academic success, personal development and community service. King s boasts a range of outstanding facilities including tutorial/study rooms, a well-equipped gym (including free weekly consultations with a qualified Physiotherapist), swimming pool, rowing shed and pontoon, 24-hour computer room, barbecue facilities, beach volleyball court, practice basketball court, junior common room with billiard table, table tennis table and projector with cable television, night porter for the security of residents, and extensive well-lit car parks. The Old Collegians Learning Centre provides programs that support both the academic and pastoral development of young men with over 50 tutorials running in any given week. Residents can also apply for the King s Leadership program which aims at preparing residents for their professional life after College. Male only No. of Residents 299 Affiliation Uniting Church E P (07) F (07) W Duchesne College Duchesne College, founded in 1937, is a Catholic college for women which promotes an atmosphere conducive to the living of academic and Christian values for students of all faiths and cultures. Students are encouraged to become part of the College community through participation in a wide variety of academic, cultural, sporting and social activities. Students are not selected primarily on the basis of OP scores, however Duchesne fosters a strong culture of academic achievement and the average GPA of Duchesne students is well above the University average. Students have access to academic counselling and a wide range of tutorials. A high level of pastoral care is provided by a team of staff in addition to student Resident Assistants. A secure environment is created through locks on bedroom doors, an electronic entry system on all external doors and the provision of after hours office staff and overnight security guards. No. of Residents 200 Affiliation Roman Catholic E P (07) F (07) W OFF CAMPUS ACCOMmoDATION UQ preferred accommodation providers Union College Union College is a modern, co-educational college with no religious affiliation, offering on-campus accommodation for residents from Australia and overseas. The College promotes equity, tolerance and independence within a relaxed and informal environment. Union College takes pride in assisting young adults make a smooth transition to tertiary studies. Resident Mentors assist each new resident to settle into the College while peer support and college tutorial programs enhance academic achievement. Heritage listed buildings, nestled among lush gardens with abundant birdlife, quality meals, entertainment, computer and recreation facilities provide residents with the perfect backdrop to enjoy the many benefits of living with mature, like-minded individuals and the forging of life-long friendships. No. of Residents 338 E P (07) F (07) W There are a number of independent commercial student accommodation providers servicing students from UQ which offer a variety of purpose-built and managed housing for students. Providers meet criteria in regards to offering accommodation that is appropriate for students, conveniently located and compliant with all relevant state legislation. Importantly, accommodation through these providers can be booked prior to arrival. For a list of these providers, visit the UQ Accommodation Services website. Living in a unit or apartment complex combines the advantages of residing in a student community with the freedom of self-catered housing. A variety of studio and single bedroom apartments are available for individual students as well as two to three bedroom units for groups of friends. Some unit complexes include swimming pools, gymnasiums and communal recreational areas while others provide more basic facilities suitable for students with smaller budgets. St Leo s College St Leo s College provides for individual living within a Catholic academic community welcoming residents of all faiths. With a tradition of academic success and a strong tutorial program, complemented by a broad sports and cultural inter-college competition, St Leo s encourages its residents to assist the disadvantaged in our society. St Leo s residents have free car parking and free access to the UQ Aquatic Centre, track and field, local oval and squash courts outside of peak times. The College has its own gym, basketball/tennis court and pool tables. Male only No. of Residents 214 Affiliation Roman Catholic E P (07) F (07) W St John s College St John s College is a community founded on Christian values and is committed to the pursuit of all-round excellence. Music and cultural activities are particularly strong at St John s, with the College having several choral and instrumental groups. The College maintains a number of traditional collegiate practices such as formal dinners four nights of the week during the teaching weeks of semester. St John s offers units for postgraduate and senior undergraduate students and College flats are available for married students. No. of Residents 320 Affiliation Anglican Church E P (07) F (07) W
4 COLLEGE APPLICATIONS Things to consider when choosing a college: Make sure you have sufficient funds to cover college fees, which are usually payable per semester, or as specified by the college Would you prefer to live with students of the same sex or in a coeducational college? Would you prefer to live at a college with a particular religious affiliation? Do you require any special facilities such as a gym? Take advantage of opportunities to tour the colleges so you can see which one is right for you. Tours are available throughout the year and can be organised through the administration staff at each of the colleges or on UQ Open Day. Making an application Complete an application form Available directly from colleges or via the UQ Accommodation Services website Include details of recent achievements and participation in school-based and extra-curricular activities and events Obtain suitable references from people able to vouch for your suitability to the college and your overall character. Submit your application and non-refundable application fee to your preferred college All colleges are privately run and are not operated by The University of Queensland Send your application and all related correspondence directly to your preferred college Apply to only one UQ residential college. If you are not accepted into the college of your choice, you may request that your application be forwarded to another college that still has vacancies. Don t miss the application deadline Closing dates for applications vary between the colleges but most coincide with the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) application closing date in late September (some colleges may accept late applications) Notification of a college offer usually occurs once students have received an offer of a university place in January (some colleges offer early provisional places) Students who intend to defer their university studies after Year 12 and who wish to live on campus upon their return should contact their college of choice to discuss preferred application procedures. The interview process An important part of the selection process for colleges is an interview with a senior member of the college staff. Some colleges visit regional schools throughout the year to meet with prospective students and conduct interviews. Under special circumstances, where distance prevents a face-toface interview, a phone interview may be arranged. Applicants will either be requested to contact or be contacted by their chosen college to organise a suitable time to be interviewed. Associate members program The Associate Members Program delivers some key aspects of the College experience for first year students of The University of Queensland, who are not living at a College, but are interested in the academic, networking, mentoring and social aspects of College life. Key benefits and opportunities may include: Orientation programs Academic mentoring Pastoral care Social and cultural opportunities Dining Hall access on selected evenings Use of College facilities For information, visit Finding the right place to live while you are studying can enhance your UQ experience. Whether you are moving from a rural or regional area, interstate or from just around the corner, it is important that you investigate the full range of accommodation options before making your final decision about where to live. Laura Benn Former Ipswich Girls Grammar School Student
5 Gatton CAMPUS Gatton is a beautiful and productive part of South East Queensland, encompassing some of the richest farming land in Australia. Living in Gatton Living and studying at UQ Gatton offers a number of advantages for students including a relaxed and friendly lifestyle, affordable living and a range of social and sporting opportunities. The towns of Gatton, Forest Hill and Laidley all offer affordable rental accommodation options. They surround the Gatton campus, which is situated 90 kilometres from UQ St Lucia. On-campus student houses Postgraduate and international students may choose to apply to stay in one of the self-contained on-campus houses managed by UQ Accommodation Services. Students can choose to: Rent a room in a fully-furnished share house that accommodates up to four people. Each student is allocated their own room and shares a bathroom, kitchen and lounge room facilities, or Rent an entire house for themselves and their families. Houses can be rented furnished or unfurnished subject to availability. Students living on campus at Gatton also have the option of purchasing meal packages. Halls of Residence The Halls of Residence offer on-campus accommodation for up to 406 students studying at UQ Gatton. Living in the Halls of Residence is highly recommended for first year students wishing to make the transition to university in a supportive environment with many opportunities for personal growth. The Halls provide every student with a private bedroom, 21 meals per week, free laundries, social activities, academic assistance, Internet access and common rooms for relaxation and entertainment. IPSWICH CAMPUS UQ Ipswich offers students a uniquely personalised learning environment, combining a tradition of quality education with a dynamic campus. Living in Ipswich Located only 45 minutes drive from Brisbane s CBD, UQ Ipswich is readily accessible by public transport from the western suburbs. Ipswich city boasts modern infrastructure, cafés, cultural activities, affordable accommodation and a pleasant climate with a relaxed yet progressive lifestyle. Students studying at UQ Ipswich can live in student accommodation close to campus or rental houses or units in surrounding suburbs. On-campus residential college accommodation is not available however in some instances, students studying at UQ Ipswich may opt to live at one of St Lucia s residential colleges and take advantage of the intercampus bus service. For information, visit Off-campus student housing Two independent providers offer student accommodation adjacent to the Ipswich campus. One features a complex of five-bedroom, fully furnished, self catering units where students rent a single bedroom and share facilities with four other flatmates. The other has single bedrooms with shared dining and recreational facilities. A third independent provider offers students self catering accommodation in an apartment complex located in central Ipswich, still within easy walking distance of campus. Students should apply online in advance. More information about off-campus student housing is available on the Accommodation Services website. For more information about accommodation options at UQ, contact: UQ Accommodation Services Level 2, Student Union Complex The University of Queensland St Lucia, Queensland 4072 Phone (07) Web Information sessions are held during semester and cover information such as the rules and regulations of renting and where to look for vacancies. UQ Rentals Online Guide to Renting NOV12 CRICOS Provider Number 00025B
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