ANU comes to life as students return to campus

9 February 2018

Everyone here is so sweet and welcoming, and was able to offer me the information I needed straight away. All I had to do was ask.

New Bachelor of Science student Morgan Dakers says she was a bit nervous about moving to Canberra from her home on the Sunshine Coast, but is really excited to be moving into her new student accommodation ahead of her first semester at ANU.

Ms Dakers says she is looking forward to settling into her new home at Burton and Garran Hall and can't wait for the academic year to start.

"This is my first time living away from home, so it was really stressful coming down, but once I got here it was so smooth," she said.

"Everyone here is so sweet and welcoming, and was able to offer me the information I needed straight away. All I had to do was ask."

Ms Dakers, from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, is one of around 5,000 students who will be living on campus in 2018.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington said the University is committed to providing Australia's best on campus residential experiences for students, and to building more accommodation.

"Over recent years the University been leading a significant program of redevelopment and expansion to build new accommodation to help meet the strong demand for places," Professor Hughes-Warrington said.

"Ultimately our aim is to provide the opportunity for every student who wants to live on campus the chance to do so.

"Last year we opened a new state-of-the-art accommodation building between Daley Road and Clunies Ross Street, which is the current home to the Bruce Hall community.

"In 2019, we have a new hall opening in the Kambri precinct, and the new Bruce Hall.

"The University has also commenced preliminary planning for another student accommodation community for up to 1,000 students that will cater for undergraduate as well as postgraduate students."

Currently the University guarantees accommodation to first year Indigenous students, students with a disability and undergraduate students from outside ACT.

Professor Hughes-Warrington said the University was looking forward to welcoming students back to campus and urged students who may have missed out on places in 2018 to check out the range of support services on offer from the University and student organisations.

"At any time throughout the year, students can contact Accommodation Services for resources and information to help them with their living arrangements."