The non-residential halls at ANU provide a community atmosphere where new and returning students can flourish in their university environment. The Common Room located on level 3 in the Di Riddell building provides a warm welcoming home on campus in a central location. In the Common Room, members can study or socialise as they like and relax between classes.
The non-residential hall community continues outside of the Common Room as well. Whether on the sporting field, at social events or at arts competitions, the community spirit is ever present and provides a welcoming atmosphere for all non-residential students. Members are encouraged to get involved with the variety of activities on offer and to take advantage of this time to extend themselves and try something new.
In addition to the Members Association who coordinate the large range of arts, sports and social events on offer, there is also a team of Community Assistants who provide peer support to our members. Not only do they assist students transitioning into the university experience, but they also support members with any pastoral care issues that may arise. Later-year, experienced students are selected to take on these positions and are trained in variety of skills to best support our members. Our teams are trained to empower our members by fostering a resilient and adaptable community, and are supported by the Non-Residential Hall Coordinator as well as the Honorary Head of Hall.
There are a number of personal development opportunities within the non-residential halls, including the Members Association Committee, Community Assistant Team, Academic Mentor Team and Inward Bound Coaches. There is also the School to Tertiary Outreach Mentoring Program (STOMP).
Whether members are interested in organising events, providing support to other members or mentoring refugee students within the Canberra community, the non-residential halls offer multiple leadership opportunities that complement the traditional university experience. These leadership positions are open to all members and successful applicants receive a training package specific to their roles, with qualifications they can utilise after their role concludes. In addition, some positions are accredited by the ANU+ award.