Apart from getting to sleep in, not worrying about travel and having everything you need at your front door… living on campus is about community, convenience, independence and comfort.

College life = Community

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

You’ll 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.

The hardest, but most exciting part about going to college is leaving behind everything familiar. At Fig Tree Hall I’ve found a family away from home that has taught me not just about myself, but also the world at large.

Pranaav Devnani

Former Fig Tree Hall resident (Commerce/Law)


Academically, we run peer led study groups to support students adjust to the academic requirements of university study. RFs also help with academic support for those who are struggling with study - in addition, we also run shared study sessions run along with wellbeing programs coordinated by our Wellbeing Officer, helping to make the transition from high school to university a smooth one.

With a carefully balanced social calendar, academic support, opportunities for community engagement and the chance to assume leadership positions in your college, life on campus is rewarding, exciting and helps to lay the foundations for the rest of your life.

Apartment life = Independence

Living in one of the 4 apartment units owned and operated by UNSW, you’ll 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.

The Terraces has a fun and relaxed atmosphere where I can study and hang out with my friends.

Tyarna Larkin

University Terraces (Social Work/Arts)


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. 

If you're a little bit older or prefer more independence and freedom... apartment life may be for you!