Wright Life

Choosing to live at Wright College & Village has been the best decision that I have made since deciding to come to the University of New England. Wright truly has become a home away from home for me. The people that live here I consider as family now and not just friends. Wright is so inclusive and is the very definition of living at your own pace. Residents can opt-in to Inter-college events, parties, trips away and academic study nights. There is no pressure to do anything here at Wright. The definition of independent living at your own pace is Wright College & Village. I have made so many new friends from the country and around the world that I will have for my entire life. I hope to see you here soon!

— Dale Finch
Wright College & Village Resident

Social events

Social activities organised by Wright College & Village Residents Association range from 'relaxed' to 'more energetic' events. There's sure to be something in the social calendar for you to enjoy, with opportunities to develop new friendships.

The Wright College & Village Residents Association works actively to develop a social program that caters to every taste. The Association is made up of student leaders who are residents of the College and Village.

A group of men and women at the Wright Ball.Wright College & Village Ball

The annual Wright College & Village Ball is a themed formal dinner held over 2 days. This is the biggest event of the year.

Formal dinners

We also celebrate our legacy, traditions, and the achievements of our residents with a series of formal dinners during the year.

  • Commencement Dinner is a chance to welcome students to the new academic year.
  • Valedictory and Awards Night is held at the end of each year to recognise academic excellence and for contributions to the Village both culturally and in the sporting field.

Students playing table tennis in Wright College common room

Regular social events

Other events include:

  • Barbecues
  • Themed parties
  • Inter-block sporting activities
  • Casino and cocktail night.

Life in the colleges

Sport

Female Wright Village student serving in volleyball gameNo matter what your level of sporting experience or expertise, there are many sporting opportunities available to residents.

Inter-college competitions

Couple cycling on bike path with brick units of Wright Village in backgroundThe men's and women's inter-college sporting competitions are held throughout the year — there's is a sport and position for everyone, whether it's your first experience or if you are a expert.

At wright Village, we have access to our own beach volleyball court where you can organise a group for a friendly game, and a cycle path running adjacent to the village, from the UNE campus to Armidale CBD.

Following the re-opening of Wright College, the "Redmen" Wright Rugby team was reformed in 2016.

Wright Village students playing volleyball

Sport in the colleges

Culture

Wright College & Village encourage residents to participate in the numerous cultural activities offered by the college, residential system and University throughout the year.Sir Frank Kitto Competition

Sir Frank Kitto competition

The inter-college Sir Frank Kitto  competition is an opportunity for Wright College and Wright Village residents to showcase your talents in areas including:

  • Arts and craft
  • Public speaking
  • Debating
  • Theatre Sports
  • Poetry and short story writing
  • Small music ensemble, and
  • Drama performance.

Bhutanese DanceCelebrating international cultures

Celebrating the international flavours of our community, Wright College & Wright Village marks significant international events within social calendar. Residents enjoy the opportunity to perform and shine on stage, while audiences are dazzled by original performances.

Some of our regular celebrations include:

  • Bhutanese Dance
  • Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
  • International students BBQ.

Inter-college Cultural Events

Community

Crowd photo of residents from Wright College and Village

As a Wright College & Village resident, you are part of one of the largest and most diverse in-built communities at UNE. Residents of the College system, and Wright College & Village in particular, hail from across Australia, and around the world.

Community life in the colleges

"Living at Wright Village and College also offers many inclusive activities like inter-collegiate sports (against other colleges) and social activities. Both Village and College include an overall common room, which is a great place to study or watch TV, relax or party, meet new people and overall, enjoy the college life style.

It’s now my second year and I feel as if Wright Village and College is a new home with great, friendly people who are always there to help out and have fun."

- Michael Barrett,
Resident Fellow
Wright College & Village Student

Support

Support teams

Close up of male Wright Village students listening to another studentAll residents are supported by teams of dedicated student leaders and staff who provide academic assistance, personal support, and opportunities for cultural, sporting and social activities. The Residents' Association Committee, Resident Fellows, and Academic Support Team are here to help you with every aspect of uni life.

Wright has "Mentor Monday" and other Academic Workshops are organised throughout the year to assist you with applying for internships, work placements, or jobs after you complete your degree. We help connect you to the abundant opportunities UNE has to offer our students.