Meet some of the students from Colombo House

Jada Chalouhi


Degree: Bachelor of Media (PR and Advertising)

Hometown: Lebanon

Describe Colombo in 3 words
Diverse, fun, and comfortable

What is your favourite part about living in Colombo?
My favourite part is the people living in Colombo. I have made some amazing friends and have made some very memorable experiences. 

What’s your favourite place to eat around UNSW?
I would definitely say the restaurants around in the Village but my all time favourite is Guzmans and Gomez

What’s your go-to productivity trick?
Having a plan for each of my assignments and giving myself a schedule in order to finish what needs to be done. 

How do you spend your free time?
Usually in the common room with my friends from college, playing pool and ping pong or just hanging out on the bean bags. 

Can you speak more than one language?
I speak English fluently and a good amount of Arabic and began learning American Sign Language.

Any advice to students thinking about living on campus?
Don’t overthink it, it is a great way to meet new people and take part of fun events throughout the year. 

Alina Burgess


Degree: Medicine

Hometown: Cairns, Queensland

Has living on campus been what you expected it to be?
Even better – I didn’t expect to have so many events – there’s always something to do. Everyone on campus is so lovely and willing to be your friend!

What is your favourite part about living in Colombo House?
Colombo House has such a family spirit; everyone is friends with everyone. You can have a chat with anyone you bump into. 

What have you learnt from staying in Colombo House?
I’ve definitely learnt how to enjoy cooking. I thought it might’ve been a chore but its honestly so much fun cooking whatever food you want with your friends!

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?
I would become an expert in medicine so these next 6 years would be super easy for me.

What’s your go-to productivity trick?
Hide your phone in your friend’s room so you don’t get distracted, and make to-do lists everyday!

How do you spend your free time? 
In my free time I like annoying my friends while they’re trying to study, playing guitar or collecting records. 

Any advice to students thinking about living on campus?
Do it! Its super convenient and you get to make amazing friends and lifelong memories.