The residential experience at the Australian National University is a unique one with over 5400 student choosing to live in one of the University approved accommodation Residences.
Each of our Residences offer amenities for study and social connections. Pastoral care, academic support and peer-to-peer mentoring are available delivering support and guidance from staff, student leaders and campus wide services.
ANU is committed to ensuring the safety and security for students living on campus.
This opportunity and experience is available to all students living on campus, and is not tied to a particular Residence. Remember - what you put into your residential community will generate lifelong memories, friendships and connections.
In choosing where to live, the below does need to be taken into consideration.
We guarantee you a bed - not your preference
We know that your accommodation preference is important to you, however as the accommodation preference is not guaranteed we recommend you accept the offer you have been made. If you did not receive an offer to your preferred residence this is because there are no vacancies available and you were given the next available vacancy.
Preferences are usually selected based on price or lifestyle (eg catering) but due to demand we are unable to place all applicants where they want to go.
We will offer other locations which have price or lifestyle differentials - you should plan for this within your budget and understand that you may have to cook for yourself even if you selected a catered option.
You will only be made one offer, we recommend that you accept that offer even if it is not at the place you selected.
Choosing your accommodation preference
When applying for accommodation you will have the opportunity to select one preference, so it is important that you consider the type and style of accommodation that best matches the lifestyle that you enjoy.
View the student voiced 360 videos for our self catered and catered Residences.
All of our Residences are conveniently located on or very close to campus. View our main page for more information about our Residences student residences
Lifestyle considerations when selecting a preference
Things to consider, do you prefer:
- living in a catered Residence where all your meals are provided,
- a flexi catered Residence where 16 meals per week are provided,
- a Residence that is self-catered and where you cook for yourself
- a Residence where communal facilities and amenities are shared (shower and toilet areas are unisex and shared with other residents )
- living in your own private apartment wiht self contained toilet and cooking facilties
- a multi-share apartment with your own lockable bedroom, where you can cook for yourself within the apartment and toilet amenities are shared
Financial and budget considerations when selecting your preference
Costs vary across all accommodation styles and we encourage you to budget for all variances as preferences cannot be guaranteed. Please refer to our cost comparions.
Changing your accommodation preferences
We are not able to change accommodation preference once the application period closes. Your offer of accommodation will be for the Residences that you selected.
If you have selected your accommodation preference incorrectly, and the application period is still open, please contact us to see how best we can help you.
Allocating students to our Residences
When selecting students for our various Residences, we run an auto-allocation process. The parameters are set on ensuring a balanced demographic and gender mix, including an even split across domestic, regional, remote, interstate and international students.
We also look to the diversify the countries our international students are from, and lastly, we consider the range of academic programs our students are studying.
There is nothing personal in the selection of the residential mix.
Burgmann College and John XXIII College undertake their own unique selection process, which is outside of the University's process. If you have any enquiries regarding their selection process please contact the Colleges directly.