What’s it like living at college?


The University’s residential colleges provide a whole lot more than just a room to retire to after a day of classes!

As a college resident, you’ll be part of a diverse community that’s made up of students from across Australia and around the world. No matter what your interests are, there’s sure to be someone else in college who shares them – and they’ll be living right down the hall from you.

As well as providing a great atmosphere for meeting new people, the colleges also run academic programs to assist with your studies. You can take extra tutorials in all of your uni subjects, so you can make sure you’ve got the best understanding of your course. In many colleges you’ll also be given a mentor – an older student studying your course who can give you all the insider tips for making the most of your studies.

The resident tutors who live in college are also available around the clock to give advice and answer questions that you might not have had a chance to ask your uni lecturers.

Don’t forget, if you are worried about affording a college place, over $3.5 million in financial support is given out each year, with scholarships based on merit, bursaries based on financial need and even employment programs.

If you’re applying to the University of Melbourne, think about applying to college as well – it can take your uni experience to a whole new level.

Applications close at the end of November, so visit the website and apply today!


I have experienced the best three years of my life at college, and would do it all again in a heartbeat! There is nowhere else I would have been able to be part of such a tight-knit community, full of a wide range of people from all over the world.”

Brooke Ward
Queen’s College
Bachelor of Biomedicine


One of the great things about College is the tutorial system. The small class sizes and great tutors have assisted me to transition to the larger class sizes at uni more easily.”

Sam Younis
Ormond College
Bachelor of Science

First posted on the University of Melbourne blog