Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many students live at St Mary’s College?

There are 167 students predominantly from regional Victoria, but we also attract students from interstate and overseas, including exchange students. St Mary’s aims to maintain a balanced gender ratio and a diverse mix of students – so although we’re a Catholic college, we do welcome students from other cultural and religious backgrounds. Our residents are primarily students of the University of Melbourne (with representation across the undergraduate courses); however, we also welcome a very limited number of students from ACU, Monash Pharmacy and RMIT.

  • Are all the meals provided?

Yes. Each day, our chef and kitchen team prepares three delicious, home-style cooked meals. All dietary requests can be accommodated. See College Facilities – Meals.

  • What if I miss meal times because of a late lecture, or another reason?

If you know in advance that you’ll need to eat early or late, then it’s easy to notify the kitchen ahead of time, and there will be an early/late dinner put aside.

On the odd occasion when things don’t go to plan, don’t worry – there is a kitchenette which is open 24 hours a day, where you can find bread, cheese, cereal and milk – so you’ll never go hungry. See College Facilities – Meals

  • Does each student have his/her own bedroom?

Yes, students have their own warm and comfortable bedrooms, all recently renovated. Each room has its own sink with hot and cold water, telephone, plus all the furniture you’ll need. See College Facilities – Accommodation

  • Do you accept graduate students?

Yes we do – please arrange to speak with the Dean & Deputy Principal. We don’t make distinctions between graduate and undergraduates in terms of accommodation options. You may like to consider becoming a tutor at College – please refer to Employment.

  • What are the security measures in place at College?

Each bedroom door is accessed via a security card, which is also used to enter and exit all external doors in the college. The front door is open during business hours, but all other doors are locked. If you forget your security card, there is always a Duty Tutor on hand, to let you back in.

You can come and go from college as you please, but if you’re going to be away over the weekend or for an extended period, please advise your Floor Mentor. See College Facilities – Accommodation

  • Does a cleaner service the bedrooms?

Yes, your room is serviced weekly, so you don’t need to worry about vacuuming or cleaning the sink. But you will need to bring your own linen from home, and use the laundry (in each wing) for washing. See College Facilities – Accommodation

  • Are friends and family welcome to visit at College?
    • Friends and family are welcome to visit during the day, at any time.

Each College resident may bring up to five guests for dinner throughout the year.

There is a charge of $15 if you have a guest to stay overnight. This includes the hire of mattress and linen.

  • Are there opportunities to meet students from other Colleges?

Yes: Through social activities such as Intercollegiate Sports events, Cultural activities and the various College Balls. There is a close relationship with our neighbour Newman College, due to our shared faith. Students are welcome to attend mass at Newman Chapel – see Spiritual Life. Also, the Academic Centre is shared with Newman College.

  • St Mary’s offers a tutorial program in the evenings, and most of your subjects will be included. However, in some cases, there may be only a few St Mary’s students studying a particular subject, in which case you’ll have the chance to attend that tutorial at another College.
    • Are students able to bring a car from home? Is there car parking available?

    There is limited car parking available for senior students, with an associated cost.

    • Do most of the students have part-time jobs?

    Many students take the first few months to settle into College life, before looking for part-time work. There are many job opportunities at the University campus; or around the restaurants, cafés and shops of Lygon Street; or in the CBD, a short tram ride away.

    Students are no longer required to move out during the mid-year winter break, which means you could take on extra work hours during this time.

    • What happens on the weekend? Do students stay at College or go home?

    On any given weekend, there will be some students who go home and some who stay. You’re free to come and go as you please, depending on work, study or social commitments. A St Mary’s calendar is distributed at the beginning of the year, so that students can plan weekends home. However, for many regional, interstate and overseas students, it’s too far to make regular trips home.

    • Will I have to move out during winter and summer break?

    No, you won’t have to move out. Your fees cover the winter break at the end of Semester 1. However, you will need to move out at the end of Semester 2. Your fees cover you until 24 hours after your last exam.  We are unable to offer accommodation to students over the Summer Term or vacation period as the College hires our all of our rooms to conference guests during this time. Any special requests or variations need to be made in writing to the Principal. See Fees – Fees and Charges.

    • Are there computer and printing facilities?

    Our Academic Centre offers all the facilities you will need for your coursework, including PCs, printer/photocopier and document binder.

    Each wing also has its own printer – handy if you’re studying late at night and would rather not walk across to the Academic Centre.

    NOTE: For specific questions regarding the Application process, please refer to the University website: