Living and Learning Community

Deciding where to live during your time at University is a big decision. UNE's graduates consistently rate their time at a UNE residential college as 'the experience of a lifetime'. The UNE residential experience is at the heart of your UNE study and together they make up a distinctly different qualification that prepares you for life, not just work.

To get some quick detail on the UNE residential offering, see our Fee Information and Catering Options for more information.

There are over 2000 places available throughout our nine residential communities. Each of the eight existing colleges has its own distinct character and traditions, or you have the chance to be one of the first students to shape the culture of our new residential college, Wright College, providing a further choice in independent, self-catered living.

Through these pages you can learn more to help you make right choice for you.

Living at a UNE College you'll benefit from academic and personal support networks, experience the co-operative spirit and vibrant inter-college competitions in sport and cultural activities, contribute to charity and community programs, meet new people and make friends to last you a lifetime. 

The following sections offer further information relevant to your accommodation choices.

Intensive Schools and Short Stays

For students that visit UNE for residential or intensive schools, our Colleges are open for your short-term accommodation needs. Providing easy access to your classes, the opportunity to mingle and socialise with fellow students and with meals included as part of your stay, a UNE College can take some of the 'intense' out of your Intensive School.

Find out more about making a reservation for intensive schools and short stays.

Fees, Scholarships and Financial Support

Fee Information

When it comes to managing the cost of pursuing your university studies, every cent counts. Please see our Fee Information page.

Weekly room rates for all catered colleges (except Mary White) are being reduced to $199.50 per week. For most colleges, this is a reduction of $83.50 per week. The specifics for each college are outlined in the Quick Reference Guide.

In addition to the possibility of finding some part time work with local businesses, there are some additional options to help with living expenses.


UNE offers a range of scholarships, many that can assist with tuition or living costs while you study. There are many Residential Scholarships provided specifically to students living in a UNE College. For details of these scholarships, see our Scholarships Information page.

Youth Allowance

Some students may also be eligible for Youth Allowance, which can include Rent Assistance payments for your on campus accommodation. For more information visit the Centrelink website to determine your eligibility.

Off Campus Living

College accommodation may not suit everyone. If you would prefer to live off-campus, Services UNE can help you find shared accommodation, private board and local rentals in Armidale.

Most students studying at UNE choose to live in share houses or apartments. Shared housing is a great way to meet new friends and be a part of a learning and social environment off campus.

In considering off-campus living you should take into account the terms of tenancy agreements including costs such as power, water and communications as well as transport arrangements to and from campus.


Visiting Armidale

Armidale in the centre of the New England region of northern New South Wales is stitaued half way between Sydney and Brisbane. The region boasts spectacular waterfalls, gorges, world-heritage national parks, cool-climate vineyards and a fascinating and diverse cultural heritage. Canyoning, mountain biking, birdwatching, trout fishing and other outdoor adventures are complemented by diverse galleries, museums, fine food and wine.

For information about visitor or hotel accommodation in Armidale, visit Armidale Tourism.

"Quietly sitting 475 kilometres north-west of Sydney in the NSW Northern Tablelands, Armidale balances a city-esque vibe amid a country landscape. This seemingly sleepy country town is in fact a buzzing urban centre with an impressive catalogue of galleries, museums, music gigs and theatre performances. There's a bounty of cafés and restaurants, many of which focus on local ingredients, as well as picturesque national parks, majestic waterfalls and plenty of walking trails to get your fill of country air. Suffice to say, its cover has been blown."

"Australia's Hottest Travel Destinations in 2014"
Australian Traveller

Armidale, positioned roughly half-way between Sydney and Brisbane, is ideally placed between the metropolitan capitals. With an easy-going and unpolluted lifestyle, it is also the ideal place to live while you study or work.

By road it is:

  • 535km north of Sydney on the New England Highway
  • 466km south of Brisbane on the New England Highway
  • 191km west of Coffs Harbour on the Waterfall Way
  • 256km North West of Port Macquarie via the Oxley Highway

Armidale is halfway between Sydney and Brisbane and just a couple of hours from the NSW North Coast. There are lots of ways to get here, including:


Armidale is on the New England Highway, which is the excellent inland route between Sydney and Brisbane. Driving time from Sydney or Brisbane is around 5.5 to 6.5 hours (depending on your route) and less than 3 hours from the coast. If you're coming from the coast, enjoy one of Australia's best drives across the Waterfall Way. Plan your trip at

You can also hire a car once you're in Armidale:

  • Hertz - Armidale Airport 02 6772 0620
  • Avis - Armidale Airport 02 6772 6216
  • Budget - Precision Motors 101-107 Barney St 02 6772 5866
  • Thrifty - Cnr Barney & Ohio St, Armidale 02 6772 4551
  • Realistic Car Rentals - 147 Rusden St, Armidale 02 6772 8078

QANTAS has several flights to and from Armidale each day. Budget for between $450 and $750 return from Sydney depending on availability and how early you book. 

Regional Express provides three services a day from Sydney to Armidale, from as little as $104 one way.

Unfortunately, there are no flights between Brisbane and Armidale at this time.


Countrylink provides discounts on rail travel to Armidale. You can expect pay around $100 return from Sydney with your discount. The Countrylink service includes the Central Coast, Newcastle, Muswellbrook, Singleton and Tamworth.

You'll be required to show your student card. You can arrange one through Safety and Security.


Coach fares are available with Greyhound Pioneer for travel between Sydney and Brisbane (via Toowoomba).   

New England Coaches also operate services to Brisbane and the North Coast including Coffs Harbour, Kempsey and Port Macquarie.

For travel within Armidale, Edwards Coaches operate extensive services in the Armidale and Uralla areas.

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