Earle Page College — your home away from home

Aerial view of Earle Page CollegeWe offer more services and support for less cost than private town accommodation or Smith House; and Earle Page College is more than just a place to sleep!

Earle Page College (EPC) offers an inclusive, friendly and safe College community for students from all over the world. Our residential blocks are set amongst beautiful leafy grounds and courtyards.

Since 1963 we have been a much loved home away from home for up to 290 UNE students each year.  Our balanced University experience will support you in your transition to University studies, creating the right environment for academic achievement, personal development and the opportunity to make life long friends.

Accommodation package details — lifestyle and cost comparison

There are benefits from lifestyle and cost efficiencies gained by choosing accommodation with Earle Page College. As a demonstration of this, please see the 'cost comparison' table below.

What you'll get
Location and security
  • On campus accommodation
  • Secure environment with swipe card access into the college building.
Your single-occupancy room includes:
  • Single bed
  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Wi-Fi
  • Ducted heating
  • Wardrobe and drawers.

College facilities

  • Small kitchen and common room on each floor
  • Large commercial communal kitchen adjacent to College Dining Hall
  • Flexible catering and self-catered options available
  • Share bathroom
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry services – washing machines and dryers
  • Room furniture, including bed, bar fridge, desk, chair, wardrobe
  • Heating
  • Secure bike shed
  • Music rooms
  • Study and social spaces
  • Communal garden
  • Plenty of private study and social spaces
  • Courtyard BBQ.
Personal support, academic support
Parking and transport services
  • Free shuttle bus from Dixson Library to EPC at night
  • Parking adjacent to the College.

Students in outdoor living area in the College. Students working on laptops in the computer lab at Earle Page College.Earle Page College students socialising at the shop

Contract and costs

Accommodation package for international students at EPC in 2017:

Rent – only $175 per week

Contract length — 22 weeks minimum with option to extend.

Catering packages

EPC offers self-catered, catered, and pay-as-you-go meal options. The catered option provides five evening meals a week in our communal Dining Hall. All students are able to access a large commercial communal kitchen adjacent to our Dining Hall, along with an undercover outdoor BBQ courtyard area, which is a popular with residents. Alternatively, Walter's café next door sells a variety of dine-in or take-away meals.

See more about the catering packages

Cost comparison

Residential College (Standard Room @ $175.00 per week)

Private Rental/Share Accommodation
(3–bedroom house @ $350.00 per week or $120.00 per person per week)

Up Front Costs

Rental Bond

Nil

Rental Bond (4 weeks Rent) - $1,400 divided by 3 people

OR $120 @ 4 weeks = $480

$466.67

Initial Payment in advance(approx. 4 weeks)

$800.00

Rent in advance (2 weeks) - $700 divided by 3 people

OR $120 @ 2 weeks = $240

$233.33

Total

 

$800.00

 

$700.00

Other Expenses

(Assuming the lower amount in each instance)

Fridge

Included

Fridge $1000 new $200 used — $200 divided by 3 persons

$67.00

Microwave

Included

Microwave — $150 divided by 3 persons

$50.00

Television

Included

Television — $300 divided by 3 persons

$100.00

Bed

Included

Bed — $400 new, $200 used

$200.00

Lounge

Included

Lounge — $300 divided by 3 persons

$100.00

Desk

Included

Desk — $300 new, $75 used

$75.00

Bookshelf

Included

Bookshelf — $90 new, $40 used

$40.00

Study chair

Included

Study chair

$100.00

Dining table and chairs

Included

Dining table and chairs - $300 divided by 3 persons

$100.00

Toaster

Included

Toaster — $15 divided by 3 persons

$5.00

Kettle

Included

Kettle — $15 divided by 3 persons

$5.00

Pots and pans

$50.00

Pots and pans - $50 divided by 3 person

$17.00

Crockery and cutlery

$40.00

Crockery and cutlery — $60 divided by 3 persons

$20.00

Linen

$80.00

Linen - per person

$80.00

Iron/Ironing board

Included

Iron/Ironing board $50 divided by 3 persons

$17.00

Laundry fees

Included

Washing Machine/Dryer — $500 by 3 persons

$166.00

Heater

Included

Heater

$30.00

Vacuum cleaner

Included

Vacuum Cleaner - $80 divided by 3 persons

$27.00

Broom/Mop/Bucket

Included

Broom/Mop/Bucket - $15 divided by 3 persons

$5.00

Total – Set Up Expense per person

 

$170.00

 

$1,204.00

Residential College

Private Rental/Share Accommodation

Weekly Cost Per Person

Weekly rent

$175.00

Weekly Rent

$120.00

Other expenses — $170.00 (as listed above) divided by 22 weeks

$7.75

Other expenses —  $1219.00 (as listed above) divided by 26 weeks

$46.88

Wi-Fi and Internet (FREE and unlimited)

Included

Wi-Fi and Internet (limited depending on plan)

$15.00

Electricity/Water/Gas

Included

Electricity/Water/Gas

$10.00

Heating

Included

Heating

$15.00

Yard maintenance

Included

Yard Maintenance

$5.00

Travel to University

Nil

Travel to University

$30.00

Total per person per week

 

$182.75

$241.31

OTHER IMPORTANT FACTORS TO CONSIDER

Residential College

 

Private Rental/Share Accommodation

Easy Access to Staff

Easy access to staff and Residential Leaders.

 

Independent living

Security

On-site 24 hour security that you can call on.

 

Nil

Pastoral Care and Academic Tutoring

Extensive pastoral care, academic tutoring and support.

 

Independent living

Resident Assistants

Resident assistants to assist and help with issues, lockouts, first aid, etc.

 

Independent living

Maintenance

Easy access to maintenance and repairs and replacement of items when necessary.

 

Nil

Proximity to University

On campus

 

Private or public transport required.

Room Options

Single bedrooms, share bathrooms

 

Depends on amount paid and number sharing.

Furniture

Fully furnished

 

Unfurnished

Computer Room

Access to a computer room for study.

 

Independent Living

Internet

Wireless internet access — FREE

 

Must be connected and paid for on a monthly basis.

Heating

Included in fee.

 

Must be connected and paid for, can be costly in Armidale.

Electricity

Connected and included in fee.

 

Must be connected and paid for on a quarterly basis, liability lies with one person.

Minimum Commitment

Minimum agreement of 22 weeks.

 

Lease agreements 6–12 months.

Social Life/Camaraderie

Other residents to study with, social networks easy to establish and organised social events to attend.

 

Independent living — may feel isolated if living away from family and friends.

Cleaning

Common areas including bathrooms cleaning included in fee.

 

Cleaning by individuals or by charge (approx. $40 per hour).

Testimonial

Geneva Estabillo, exchange student from Canada, standing at a lookout over a city.Thank you for everything, it has been the most incredible four months. I remember telling you during one of my first days that I already knew that I would miss college when it came time to leave.

From the very start I loved EPC.  Everyone has been so accommodating which definitely made this a lot easier for me, but also made it just as hard to leave.

I am so glad that I chose this college to be my home away from home, I can't thank you enough for everything that EPC has given me: the support, the events, and a new family.

The amazing experience that I've had has exceeded my expectations of studying abroad. UNE has been wonderful, with many of my best memories coming from college life. Living there has been the absolute highlight of my time in Australia.

Without a doubt, everyday I'm going to miss all of my friends and being a part of Earle Page.

Leaving has been the hardest thing I've ever had to do, so I'll have to come back for a visit soon! I am beyond grateful for this unforgettable experience. Thank you again for it all.

Geneva Estabillo
Exchange Student from Canada
Trimester 1, 2017

Contact us

Contact us!

Email epc@une.edu.au

Phone 02 6773 5300