Newcastle, Commerce

Shalom offers so much! Opportunities to play sport; social and cultural activities to choose from; and really great academic support from tutors! The low ratio of residents to tutors is something you just don’t get everywhere. The residents’ society, RESSOC, is really active and they try to cater for everyone.

Why College Life is Best

Living on campus is always rated much more highly by students than residing off campus.  Reasons given for this include:

  • better security
  • greater convenience (no time wasted on commuting)
  • lower cost (not having to spend money on travel)
  • easy and quick access to university facilities, eg, classes, library, gym

Students wishing to live on-campus, have 2 accommodation options:

  1. residential colleges
  2. apartments/units

The unique advantages of living in college are:

  • be part of a diverse and supportive community of students
  • have your own private room, which is cleaned weekly
  • all meals are provided – avoiding wasted time shopping for food, cooking and cleaning
  • eat meals with your college friends in the common dining room
  • free access to academic support / tutoring services (with a low ratio of 1 tutor to every 20 students at Shalom College)
  • enjoy many sporting, social and cultural activities
  • access to study and recreation facilities
  • only need to pay for your accommodation during university semester time- with the option of staying in college for part or all of the winter and summer breaks. You do not have to sign a 52-week lease and pay for unwanted  vacation periods.

There is also research that clearly shows that living in a college has significant benefits.

An international study conducted by ACUHO-I, found that:

“Colleges positively contribute to an atmosphere that promotes students’ academic and personal growth while increasing student retention [staying on to complete university] and satisfaction.”

According to the researcher, Alexander Astin,

“Indeed, simply by eating, sleeping, and spending their waking hours on the college campus, residential students have a better chance… of developing a strong identification and attachment to undergraduate life.”

A similar study conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) found that:

  1. "Students living in residence are equally, and in many instances, more engaged than others, particularly in terms of participation in active learning and enriching experiences, their interactions with staff, and their perceptions of support.
  2. “Differences between residential and non-residential students’ engagement grew between first- and later-year cohorts, suggesting that the effects of college accumulate over time.
  3. “Residential students report greater levels of individually focused support – the kind that retains students in university study.
  4. “Residential students’ learning, development and satisfaction is greater...”

(Australasian Survey of Student Engagement, Research Briefing, Volume 4, June 2009)

A residential college student explained it as follows:

"Why not live in place where I can make many friends from fellow students from all around Australia and the world? Why not live in a place with a network of support, advice, love, respect and laughter? Why not live in a place where you feel like a part of something bigger, something deeper, something more? Why not get most you can out of university?"


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