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.
- 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.
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