How to apply

You only need to complete a single application, and you can submit it to all of our fantastic Colleges.


  • Applications for semester two 2024 and also semester one 2025 entry intakes are now open.
  • Semester two 2024 entry: Seven of the Residential Colleges are open for 2024 mid-year entry applications. St Hilda’s, Trinity and Ormond Colleges are now closed for 2024 mid-year entry. Note there is also limited availability across all our other Colleges to consider non University of Melbourne student applicants for second semester 2024.
  • Semester one 2025 entry: All ten of the Residential Colleges are open for first semester 2025 entry applications.

Before you begin

Take the opportunity to learn about each of our Colleges, as you will be asked to place them in your order of choice on your application form. Please note that while some Colleges close for applications earlier, the application form for most remains open.

Once you are ready to apply, follow the steps below.

1. Click ‘Apply’ and then ‘Log In’ using either your Facebook, Twitter or Gmail details or alternatively on the top right of the Log In page register for a SurveyMonkey Apply account and use these new SurveyMonkey Apply account details to then ‘Log In’.

2. There are five steps in the online application process. For each of the five steps you need to ‘Mark as Complete’ before you can move on to the next step. It is important to carefully check over and review each step to ensure all is correct before you finalise and move onto the next step. Along the way you can also pause and save your application at a point to return at a later stage and log in again to continue editing before advancing to the next step and submitting.

Five steps in the application process

  • Step 1 – About you – including your personal details, background and uploading a photo
  • Step 2 – Education history- including your current and future intended studies
  • Step 3 – References – provide contact details for two references one academic / professional and one personal. Note your references cannot be a family member
  • Step 4 – Choices – select and rank the listed Colleges in order of your preference. Note you will need to select and rank all the list of Colleges provided in the online application form to advance to the next step.
  • Step 5 – Additional information – optional questions to help us understand more about you

3. Submit your application and you will receive a confirmation email

4. You will be contacted to pay the $75 application fee, collect references, and arrange an interview.

After you’ve applied

We are committed to finding the best fit for every student, which is why each College manages its own selection process.

What to expect after you have applied 

Application submitted

Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an email notification.


Your first preference College may request further information and advise on how to pay the application fee.


Your first preference College will also arrange an interview time to meet you.

The Intercollegiate Pool 

How it works​

When completing your application, you order the Colleges from 1 – 10. Rest assured – whichever College offers you a place, the experience of a lifetime awaits.​

What you can expect​

If your College of first preference is unable to offer you a place for whatever reason, we will pass your application on to the next highest available College on your preference list for consideration via the ‘Intercollegiate Pool’. This usually occurs over December-January for Semester 1 Entry. 

In the unlikely event that there is no availability in any College, we will work closely with the University of Melbourne to provide information about alternative accommodation options for applicants if necessary.

If you change your mind​

You can change your College first preference at any time by contacting us. You can also rearrange your remaining preferences at the Intercollegiate Pool stage, if applicable. If at any stage you wish to withdraw your application, please let us know here .