Toad Hall

History

  • Designed by internationally acclaimed architect John Andrews AM.
  • Residents came up with the name 'Toad Hall', based on the children's novel 'The Wind in the Willows'.
  • The name reflects the setting of the hall amongst mature willow trees on the banks of Sullivans Creek.

Overview

Toad Hall opened its doors on April Fools Day 1974 - something which residents still celebrate with an annual 'Friends and Follies' party. The hall is a bricks and mortar representation of the spirit of student activism prevalent in Australia during the late sixties and early seventies. Some students agitated for more freedom in their living arrangements, and something different to the traditional catered residential halls along Daley Road.  

Today's 'Toadies' are mainly postgraduate students who have come from all corners of the globe to study at ANU. About 50 countries are represented among its 227 residents making Toad Hall a sort of mini United Nations and reflective of its motto 'Unity in Diversity.'

When you move into Toad Hall, you will look forward to coming together with your neighbours to celebrate your differences through food and performance at the annual Toad Hall Multicultural Festival. Food is an especially important part of life at Toad Hall.    

Each day you can join your fellow residents in the communal kitchens scattered throughout the hall to prepare and share food. Your neighbours will understand the time constraints and rigours of postgraduate study, so if you're chasing a deadline, someone will cook a little extra something to make sure you don't go hungry. Sometimes you won't feel like cooking, so you'll join up with some of your fellow Toadies and head out to sample one of the many excellent cafes and restaurants in town and nearby Acton.

History

  • Designed by internationally acclaimed architect John Andrews AM.
  • Residents came up with the name 'Toad Hall', based on the children's novel 'The Wind in the Willows'.
  • The name reflects the setting of the hall amongst mature willow trees on the banks of Sullivans Creek.

Features

Pastoral support

Toad Hall's pastoral care team is led by the Head of Hall and Community Coordinator. Our team of Senior Residents and Residential Scholars known as 'SR's, are there to ensure all residents feel at home and supported in our community.

SR's are responsible for up to 25 residents. They are trained in most emergency and first-aid situations, are your first point of contact as well as being a friendly face if you feel like just dropping by for a chat. SR's will hold social gatherings for their residents throughout the year and also have a portfolio to work with during the year.

The portfolios are themes which enable all members to experience academic, social and personal growth during their time in Hall.

Support programs

Toad Hall's support programs are there to meet the needs of mature-age, international and postgraduate students undertaking a challenging program of study.    

If you've left a young family to pursue your studies, you will find understanding and support in the Toad Hall Parents Group, an initiative they hope to spread to some of the other residential halls hosting older students at ANU.    

If you're an international resident about to graduate, there's a Returning Home Group to help you prepare for the adjustment heading home with new skills, knowledge and experience.

Even after you leave, it's unlikely that you will lose your connection to Toad Hall. The network of 'Global Toadies' is spread far and wide. You will never be able to forget your time at Toad Hall and it's doubtful that you will want to.

2021 Costs

Weekly tariff amount Catering Other fees & charges Other costs

From $245.00 per week, for up to 45 weeks.

Not covered by National Rent Affordability Scheme.

Self-catered

Registration fee: $300.00

Refundable deposit: $1,000.00

Community program fee: $160.00

  • Utilities - included
  • Laundry facilities - included
  • Phone & internet connection - included
  • Data - included
  • Personal accident insurance - included

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Photos

historical creek view of Toad Hallhistorical view of Toad Hall in the WillowsFriends & Folly's 2016 birthday party

Rooms

Single room at Toad Hall

Single room

Your room at Toad is well equipped. Each room contains:

  • a single bed with mattress and storage space underneath
  • desk and desk chair
  • bookshelf
  • build in wardrobe
  • pin board
  • telephone (with answering machine)
  • internet data port

You will need to provide your own bedding. Each room has a heater which can be used during the colder months of April to September. The temperature can be manually adjusted.

Casual guest rooms

Toad Hall offers short stay casual guest rooms year round for ANU visitors. We also accept a large number of accommodation bookings over the summer period between December and the end of January.

All guest rooms are private, with free Wi-Fi, bar fridge, wardrobe space and heating. Guests can expect to be sharing kitchen, bathroom & laundry facilities with student residents in the Hall.  

We have an excellent range of common spaces, including quiet study areas & recreational areas featuring ping pong & pool tables, as well as Foxtel television.

Costs

Length of stay Cost
1-13 nights $70 per night
14-30 nights $60 per night

 

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Contact

General enquiries

Phone
+61 2 6125 6060