What Our Residents Say
"Once I decided to do my degree at UON, living on-campus for me was a no-brainer. I’ve now been here for three years and it’s been the best decision.
I’m originally from Tasmania and I had always wanted to venture further afield for uni. During my gap year, a friend who has grown up in Newcastle suggested UON and living on-campus. Once I started doing some research I was really impressed with the range of different accommodation styles available, the convenience and the coastal vibe were probably the biggest factors in helping me decide.
Since this was my first time living away from home, I also really wanted a safe environment that would give me the greatest chance of meeting new people.
What’s kept me coming back each year though is the inclusive community, the sense of belonging to something and the staff who genuinely care about your wellbeing. Plus, getting to class is super easy and all my living expenses are included so it’s just one less thing to worry about. Newcastle is an awesome place to live too — it’s not overly busy, but it’s busy enough.
I am really passionate about helping others and my goal is eventually to practice law. The leadership training and personal development program and opportunities that I’ve been involved with at Student Living, as an Events Officer and a Residential Mentor, have really helped me grow and given me invaluable experience in a variety of situations. I’ll definitely be taking those skills with me into my career.
The best thing about living here though? It’s got to be the friends you make and the experiences you have with them – there’s nothing else like it."
Residence: Edwards Hall, East Residence and South Residence
Hometown: Launceston, Tasmania
Degree: Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Business
“I love everything about living here. It’s a relaxing lifestyle, everyone is so friendly and people seem to enjoy life more.
I chose to do my research and study here in Newcastle because UON is ranked as one of the top universities in the world, there’s more international research environment and much better equipment here.
Living on-campus really helped me improve my English and I made so many new friends. I enjoyed all the activities we got to do together on and off campus, like surfing at the beach, sandboarding in Anna Bay and going to the Hunter Valley to taste the nice wines.
One of the main reasons I decided to live on-campus is because of how safe it is. There’s security guards on-campus 24 hours, 7 days a week and we can make security calls if we need to.
Living on-campus has been a great experience and I would strongly recommend the University of Newcastle to my friends back in China.”
Residence: North Residence
Hometown: Zhengzhou, China
Degree: PhD (Electrical Engineering)
"The best part about living at Blue Gum House is our small, close-knit and diverse community. There’s only twenty six of us here, so we’ve truly become each other’s second family.
Moving to the Central Coast from Mudgee was a big decision but I really wanted to be independent and have new experiences away from home. Living on-campus for me was all about convenience – I’m close to class, my water and electricity is included in my room rates and I’m not too far away from the beach. I also really wanted to meet new people and make new friends in a safe and supportive environment.
Living at Blue Gum is so different from every other UON residence and that’s why I love it. I’ve been living on-campus for four years now and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love coming back year after year and getting to know all the new residents and making their experiences the best they can be.
I’ve been a Residential Mentor for the past three years and it’s been such a rewarding experience. I love helping others and making sure that everyone is doing okay, especially when they’re new to campus. These leadership roles have helped me grow as a person and taught me so many new skills.
The training and personal development opportunities that I’ve been involved in at Student Living have been invaluable, not just in my leadership roles on-campus, but also in my career as a future teacher.
Living on-campus is one of the best choices I’ve ever made and I’d do it again in a heartbeat."
Residence: Blue Gum House
Hometown: Mudgee, New South Wales
Degree: Bachelor of Early Childhood/Primary Teaching
"I moved here 4 years ago from a small town in Northern NSW and I love living on-campus because I got to meet so many different people. There's 1800 residents here and you're just meeting people from all walks of life.
One of the best things about living here is being able to find the balance between your study and socialising. The uni’s got so many different services, like catering, so you can study when you have to and socialise when you want to.
And the most important thing is is that you’re here on-campus, you’re so central, and you can get to anything you need to so easily."
Residence: International House
Hometown: Evans Head, NSW
Degree: Bachelor of Business and Commerce
“Living on-campus is an experience you just won’t find in any other place.
Coming to Newcastle was a really easy decision – I love Australia, the people are great and everything you need is as easily accessible as in a big city. When you live here, you’re close to the beach, shops and, of course, classes.
I only have a 5-minute walk to my tutorials and even if I start class later, I’m 100% confident I’ll get there safely. There are lights on every dark path and there’s a security shuttle to take you to and from your residence.
Living on-campus also means you get to hang out with your new friends every day and be part of something bigger. The ResLife Program has heaps of amazing activities for you to get involved in. You get to choose what you do and there’s really something for everyone.
The fact of the matter is – if you don’t come here, you’ll never know.”
Residence: South Residence
Hometown: Connecticut, United States of America
Degree: Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)