Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact us if your question has not been answered below.

1) How is UC different from the other residential colleges?

While the colleges all share similarities (such as single occupancy rooms, all meals provided, academic support, intercollegiate activities etc), each college has its own unique characteristics. The following factors are some of things you may like to consider that impact on a particular college’s culture:

  1. College ethos/values
  2. Size of the college
  3. History of the college
  4. Make up of the student community
  5. Care and well-being support
  6. Academic success/support

UC is well known for its friendly, relaxed and supportive community.

2) Where do your students come from?

While there are no set quotas, below is the approximate break-down of our student population.

  • 40% rural Victoria
  • 40% domestic interstate
  • 20% international

Around 75% of our students are studying at University of Melbourne, with the remaining 25% studying at RMIT, Monash (Pharmacy), ACU and other nearby universities. Now our building project is complete, our community consists of 340 students, making us one of the medium sized colleges on the crescent. We also try to avoid a big intake of students from any one particular high school, in order to minimise ‘cliques’.

3) What kind of students are you looking for?

UC is a community, and in order for it to function as your ‘home away from home’, the students need to be accepting of others, flexible and inclusive. When we screen applicants we consider a variety of factors, including academic performance, extra-curricular activities and community engagement, but ultimately we are looking for friendly ‘all-rounders’ who we think will be a good fit for the community.

4) What student events occur throughout the year?

  • Welcome Sunday
  • Commencement Dinner
  • Intercollegiate sports
  • Intercollegiate cultural activities such as public speaking and debating
  • Musical soirées
  • Careers activities and Pathways Dinner
  • UC Ball
  • Musical production
  • Art and Design Week
  • Battle of the Bands
  • Valedictory Dinner (and many more)

5) What cultural/arts/music/committees can students become involved in?

See above plus below for committees:

Student Club

  • Sustainability Committee
  • Community Service Committee
  • Production Committee
  • Ball Committee
  • Magazine Committee
  • Social Committee
  • Wellbeing Committee

College Council

As with all of our committees, the chance to actively participate in College Council will help students to develop strong leadership skills.

We also offer unpaid student internships in various areas and other opportunities, such as student photographers and school ambassadors.

6) How much does it cost to live at UC?

College fees are updated yearly. For current fees, please click here.

If you are considering other accommodation options, it is important to consider what is included in the fees and ensure that all expenses are included. There are intangibles to think about too, such as an easier transition to life in Melbourne and tertiary study and the community atmosphere that colleges provide.

7) What financial support/scholarships do you have available?

There are scholarships available for students who need financial assistance to live at UC. There are also academic excellence, leadership and music scholarships to name a few.

To be eligible for one of the scholarships, UC must be placed as your college of first preference on your online application form. Please enquire about financial support when you apply.

View a comprehensive list of our scholarships.

8) What is the application process?

Please click here to view the application process.

9) Are there flexible meal plans?

No. The vast majority of students want to use their time at College for studying and student activities. Therefore, all meals (three meals a day, seven days a week) are provided. Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements are catered for.

10) What do college fees include?

You can find a complete fee break down here.

11) Is there parking available at UC?

There are limited car spaces available for an additional fee of $370 per semester.

Please note that UC is located close to four universities (the University of Melbourne, RMIT, Monash Pharmacy and ACU) and is on a tram line, so most students get by easily without a car.

12) How many students live at UC?

There are 340 places available at UC (including undergraduates and graduates).

13) What is Passivhaus?

Passivhaus is a German concept and is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building’s ecological footprint. The redevelopment of UC saw that our new buildings were built to Passivhaus standard.  Read more in our Passivhaus FAQs

14) How is security and well-being managed at the College?

The main entrance is locked between 6pm and 8am and entirely over the weekends. Students have their own electronic fob keys and are free to come and go at any time by swiping their fob over the sensor. We also have dedicated staff and student leaders trained in physical and mental health first aid, including our Student Wellbeing Coordinator (who is a trained psychologist).

15) What do rooms include? 

We offer the best sized rooms on the Crescent! Each room comes fully furnished with bed, desk, chair, bedside table, bookshelf, and wardrobe. Double beds are also being introduced where possible, and 85% of our rooms are now doubles.

Students do not have to share rooms and are free to decorate them. Rooms are allocated based on a points based system for returning students – the higher your points (earned by helping out around the College) the more of a chance you will get you preferred room.

Unlimited wifi, heating and fans are provided, and rooms are vacuumed weekly by cleaners.

Kitchenettes and laundry facilities are available in each wing. Why not view a virtual tour of some of our rooms.