Accommodation: Living at UNE
Why Live @ UNE?
The majority of first year students studying on campus at UNE live right here on campus as well. That’s because living on campus makes it easy to get around, get involved and get ahead.
First-rate resources and support are all within easy reach. Living at UNE means that you can drop by to consult one of your tutors or lecturers, catch up with classmates at a cafe or delve into the extensive libraries and special collections that service our thousands of on- and off-campus students. The personal and academic support network on campus means that you have the best chance of success at university and the traditional college experience will mean lifelong friendships and memories.
All colleges, like the University, are centrally heated. Common rooms, kitchenettes, washing machines, dryers and drying rooms are available and meals are available, three times a day, seven days a week. Some colleges have facilities suitable for disabled students.
Living in UNE's residential system means that you can benefit from academic and personal support networks, experience the rich tradition and vibrant inter-college competitions in sport and cultural activities, contribute to charity fund-raising and community programs, meet new people and make lifelong friends, plus lots more!
Your guide to Living @ UNE
UNE's residential accommodation is made up of 7 residential colleges and a village of self-contained units. Each college has its own distinct character and all welcome students into incredibly friendly, inclusive and supportive communities.
The residences offer a substantial number of places, with fully catered, self catered and Flexi Choice options:
- Austin College (288 places, catering available, disabled facility)
- Drummond and Smith College (200 places, catering available)
- Duval College (210 places, catering available)
- Earle Page College (294 places, catering available)
- Mary White College (211 places, catering available, disabled facility)
- Robb College (214 places, catering available, disabled facility)
- St. Albert's College (304 places, fully catered, self catered, disabled facility)
- Wright Village apartments (296 places, self catered, disabled facility)
The Residences at UNE operate as a Residential System. Current information about Fees & Agreements for UNE Residences can be found here.
Duval and Drummond & Smith colleges also offer ‘Flexi Choice’ for meals, which means that you choose what meals you pay for using a ‘smart card’. Meals are available from 7am to 9pm 7 days ‘café style’ but you only pay for what you use.
Wright Village provides accommodation on campus for nearly 300 students. Its flats are in different designs and sizes—four, six and eight bedrooms. You have your own furnished study/bedroom and each flat has a furnished lounge and kitchen, with shared bathroom and laundry facilities. One flat is designed for wheelchair access.
School leavers are usually able to live in Wright Village if you have had at least 12 months of independent living away from home and school. As with flatting, the weekly rate applies in vacation periods and you need to bring some household items and help look after your flat.
Reduce Your Cost of Living
Staying on campus can help you control your costs while at University. For example, you only pay for the university term you stay. Unlike a rental property, you won't pay for vacation-periods and other breaks when you are not staying on campus.
You and your family will have fewer bills to worry about. Utilities like electricity, heating, and water are already covered.
With our fully catered accommodation options, you don't even need to worry about supermarket, food and cleaning bills ... it's all included!
One weekly cost covers everything from a fully furnished study-bedroom, through to weekly cleaning, heating, fresh linen each week (except towels), academic support, shared bathroom and your own telephone.
For fully-catered and Flexi Choice options you can expect:
- Your own single, fully-furnished, centrally-heated room
- No transport costs to get to class
- No transport costs to get to on-campus entertainment/dining/ recreational facilities
- No need to own/run a car to get around
- Meals, cleaning, fresh bed linen and utilities
- All rooms centrally heated
3 meals available per day, 7 days a week
No water, heating and electricity expenses
24 hour access to residential computer labs
Phone and internet connections in each room
Social functions as well as sporting and cultural activities
*Source: Data compiled from selected public and private sources and is approximate only.
A Living and Learning Lifestyle
Living at UNE means that your backyard is one of the most impressive in Australia. The UNE campus is situated on 74 hectares of heritage parklands, overlooking the beautiful city of Armidale.
All faculties, residences and recreational facilities are set in idyllic surroundings, within easy walking distance from each other.
Anywhere on campus, you're only 5-10 minutes bus/ bike ride from Armidale's city centre.
UNE is home to an outstanding learning and research environment, boasting internationally-recognised academics, many high profile Cooperative Research Centres and collaboration with leading research organisations such as CSIRO.
Along with extensive resource facilities associated with the two faculties: Arts and Sciences and The Professions, UNE's academic campus offers the best in:
- Academic support; easy accessibility to UNE's helpful and approachable academic staff.
- Libraries; the renowned Dixson Library, plus intensive specialty libraries in Law and Education.
- Advanced computing facilities
- State-of-the-art clinics and laboratories
- Museums in Zoology and Antiquities
- Co operative research centres in numerous Agricultural fields
- Research centres in other specialty areas including Psychology, Small Business and Rural Futures.
- In-house computer labs connected to the university network
- Resident tutors available for advice, support and assistance
- Quiet study areas and tutorial rooms
- Course work and library resources in colleges
- Inspiring, motivational and supportive student environment
Social Advantages of Living on Campus
- Instant social life
- Residential environment of rapport and camaraderie
- Privacy of own bedroom/ study
- Shared common/ living rooms
- Fully equipped entertainment areas
- Readily accessible companionship
- Immediate and enduring friendships
- Full calendar of social events
- Walking distance to all on-campus entertainment and sporting/ recreational facilities
- 5 minute bus/ bike ride from CBD
Essential Services and Facilities
Essential services and facilities on campus at your convenience, include:
- Post office
- Bookshops (new and secondhand)
- Credit Union
- Long Day Child Care Centre
- Free professional Counselling service
- Financial Advice
- Careers Advice
- Medical Centre
- Chaplains and Mosque
Sporting and Recreational Facilities
Sporting and Fitness Facilities
Sport UNE offers world-class indoor and outdoor sport and fitness facilities, centrally accessible to both faculties and residences. Your facilities and services include:
- Fully equipped gym
- Wide range of comprehensive health and fitness programs
- Personalised training programs
- Indoor heated pool
- Sports shop/ kiosk
- UNE's sporting clubs/ teams/ competitions cater to every interest from martial arts to mountaineering; from football to water polo.
Recreational Facilities and Opportunites
All your favorite recreational pursuits are covered on campus:
- UNE's Student societies/ clubs/ associations provide social opportunities for students to become involved in a diverse range of interests and activities, including areas such as:
- Gender and
- Media/Broadcasting (UNE has its own radio station: tune.fm).
If you wish to apply for a placement, you need to fill in the online application form and submit it with the application fee.
You will receive your offer of on-campus accommodation after you have received an offer of a university place from UAC or QTAC.