Living on campus is about community, convenience, independence and comfort. It’s also about choice. Whether the traditions of college living appeal or an independent apartment, we’ve got something for everyone.

Surrounded by residents and a network of talented and supportive advisors, your child will be at the epicentre of one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities.

Plus all bills, utilities and Wi-Fi are inclusive for all colleges and apartments, so there are no hidden extras!

College life = Community

Living in one of the 7 colleges owned and operated by UNSW, students will be immersed in a truly inclusive and supportive environment that fosters academic excellence, community participation and social engagement.

Students will have the support of an on-site team comprising of the Dean, Deputy Dean and a team of Resident Fellows/Assistants. Every floor has an RF/RA, and their job is to provide academic guidance and pastoral support, ensuring each and every resident is looked after.

Academically, first year undergraduates will be supported by peer led study groups making the transition from high school to university a smooth one. RFs support new residents struggling with their studies and help them adjust to the academic requirements of university study. There are also many study skill workshops run by our Wellbeing officer each term.

We generally recommend first year students opt for one of the colleges (excluding International House, as school leavers are non-preferenced), residents will be surrounded by a group of like-minded individuals, make friends with other first years and have the support and guidance of senior students.

Goldstein College is family. Living here is diverse and exciting, and it bridges the gap between university and home.

James Hargrave

Goldstein College (Architecture)



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Apartment life = Independence

Living in one of the 4 apartment units owned and operated by UNSW, students will be able to experience independent living within a community experience. There are studios and flat-shares available and even options for couples and families with children.

independent living

Community Assistants are current UNSW students who live on site at each apartment complex (excluding High Street) and their role is to engage with students, facilitate social activities and act as the first point of contact should any issues arise. 

We recommend students opt for one of the apartments if they’re a little bit older or prefer more independence and freedom.

Living at Barker has allowed me to stay close to the action on campus and it’s taught me how to live independently.

Siobhan Morrell

Barker St (Fine Art/Science)