Colombo House is a hybrid between a traditional college and apartment style of living. You’ll have the independence and freedom to cook your own meals and clean your own room but still be part of a strong collegiate community with lots of events and activities throughout the year.

From regular BBQs, movie, trivia and talent nights, social sporting opportunities, food fairs, cultural performances, cooking classes, as well as regular outings exploring everything Sydney has to offer, Colombo House has built a strong sense of community among its residents.

With over 35 nationalities represented from all corners of the globe, Colombo House is a thriving multicultural community with a focus on international activities and events. In fact, the Colombo International Food Festival is one of the most delicious events of the year!

You’ll quickly become part of the family at Colombo.

  • Self catered, the freedom to cook your own food

  • Independence and privacy to clean your own room

  • Cultural diversity

Student support

You’ll be supported by an on-site team comprising of the Dean, Deputy Dean and a team of Senior Student Volunteers (RAs). Every floor has an RA, and it’s their job to provide pastoral support and ensure each and every resident is looked after.

‘Colombuddy’ is a mentoring program partnering new residents with a returning resident, helping you get settled into college life, the University and the local area.

Academically, you’ll be supported by a college-wide tutorial program. Aimed at first year undergraduate students, the program offers mentoring in most academic fields. You can also attend study skills seminars, helping you make the transition from high school to university a smooth one.

A truly international college full of fun, friendly people and lots of activities to always keep you busy.

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Loong Bong

Chemical Engineering


  • 242 rooms
  • Average room size 10 to 12 square metres
  • 52 week occupancy
  • Fully furnished
  • Private bathrooms
  • Wi-Fi, electricity, gas and water included
  • Cleaning of common areas only
  • Self-catered with large kitchens and cooking facilities
  • 24-hour campus security
  • Social and group study rooms on each floor
  • Large common room adjacent to a private outdoor courtyard
  • Rooftop terrace with outdoor BBQ facilities
  • Coin operated laundry facilities


Room Types & Fees

Room type
Contract Period1
Weekly Rate2
52 weeks
  1. Some colleges offer flexible contract period. Please contact each individual college to confirm their contract options.
  2. Weekly rates are for 2019 and are expected to change each year. Rates shown are for full year contracts. Single term contracts, if available, might incur a higher weekly charge. Please contact provider for details.

The contract period is from 2 February 2019 to 29 January 2020.


Michael Patoka


I’m a husband and father of 3 young children and I’ve been working in student housing for over a decade in Sydney and London.

I grew up just over the hill in Coogee and completed my Masters at UNSW, so when I joined Colombo House it really felt like I was coming home.

As Dean, I get to be a part of the academic and personal journey of the students who live here. Colombo House is a college that celebrates diversity, maturity and independence and I look forward to having a chat with you when you arrive!

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Alessandra Cory Marcelo


I moved to Colombo in 2015, partly for the convenience of living on campus and partly because I prefer to cook my own food.

Originally from Singapore, I began my studies in media, transferred to exercise physiology which first took me to foundation studies. The transfer was sparked when I started the UNSW Fit Club, which would have been impossible to do if I were living off campus. It’s been such a great success and we managed to get more than 200 members in the first 5 weeks!

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