Facilities of the College
At International House, we place a great emphasis for the well-being of our residents. We offer many in-house facilities to make them feel as at-home and comfortable as possible, throughout their stay at IH.
These include the comfortable and spacious living and common spaces found throughout the building, rooms and equipment for sports and games, study areas as well as the all-important kitchen and dining facilities.
Many of us are keen on keeping fit.
As a result, we have a bike club and a run club in addition to our gym which fully equipped with a treadmill, rowing equipment, weight sets and a punching bag.
Every Sunday, we get together for weekly matches of football, basketball and badminton.
At International House, 166 rooms are open to UNSW senior undergraduate and postgraduate students for residence year around. All of those rooms are single occupancy rooms that are furnished with a single bed, a study desk with lamp, a desk chair, book shelves, a built-in wardrobe and an easy chair.
IH is an old facility with the original brick wall in residents’ room, which may not be suitable for everyone’s need.Each regular room is approximately 2.8m by 4.0m (some rooms deviate in dimensions by a small margin). All regular rooms have access to male and female bathrooms located on each floor.
All rooms are equipped with a telephone (incoming call), a heater, power outlets, a TV antenna outlet and an Ethernet LAN outlet for Internet access. Bedlinen i.e. bed sheets, pillow case and towel laundered each week. Residents are also supplied with blanket, pillow, bedspread, mattress and pillow protectors and garbage bin.
The College provides computers in the Study Room which offers quality IT facilities and Internet access to the residents. The Computer Room is open 24 hours a day, all year around for the residents. All computers have the standard software (such as MS Office, etc) installed and are connected to a printer/photocopier/scanner.
There is also a reading corner located in the Study Room, should residents desire a comfortable, cozy place to spend a lazy Sunday Afternoon.
Reading Room and Newspaper
Newspapers are provided daily in the Reading Room with the comfortably arranged tables and sofas so that the papers can be read in a relaxed atmosphere.
An elegant room that is excellent for collegiate social gatherings and conferences. The Fireside Room has been newly renovated and facilitated with a community kitchen with ranges, microwaves, toasters, refrigerators and freezer. The fireside room is one of the major social gathering venue in the college; it is the central area for the weekly International House tradition “Study Break”.
Common Room and Kitchenettes
In the college, each floor has Common Room and Kitchenette for self-catering. The Common Room and Kitchenettes are designed for the preparation of snacks, cups of tea/coffee and small meals. Refrigerator, microwave, gas stove and oven, extractor fan, and kettle are installed in the kitchenettes. A basic array of crockery (e.g. pots, pans, spatula) can be found in the cupboards.
The Dining Hall is one of the areas you will be visiting the most in the college. Meals are served 3 times (breakfast, lunch and dinner) a day, 7 days a week, in cafeteria style except during the summer holidays. In order to appeal to the diverse ethnic background of residents, the meals are designed to be as international as possible.
As a residential college, we believe that the freedom of choices is an essential part of our quality food service. Hence, we offer various options to residents to customise their meals.
When its time to put the books away, you will find there are plenty of interesting and entertaining pursuits to follow in International House. The Recreation Room provides residents with a range of recreational facilities such as pool table, table tennis table, foosball and a piano.
The Television Room is located next to the western entrance to the college. It holds a television with cable-TV connected to Foxtel, a DVD player, and a 5.1 surround sound system.
A small Music Room is available for residents who wish to practice music in privacy. Located near the main dining room, it contains a piano.
The laundry is located on the ground floor near the dining room. There are 6 coin-operated washing machines and 6 coin-operated dryers. You can find ironing boards and irons at each floor outside the kitchenette. Clothes-lines are located opposite the TV-room.
The college also provides secure lock-up bicycle storage. For further details, please contact the office during office hours.
There are male and female bathrooms on each floor. Most bathrooms have three sinks, toilets and showers. There are approximately 7 residents per shower.