Frequently asked questions by applicants and prospective residents at Union College.
Where exactly is Union College?
Union College is located on the St Lucia Campus of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. The College is on the corner of Upland Road and Sir William Macgregor Drive, St. Lucia, 4067.
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How do you get to Union College?
The easiest way to get to Union College is to catch a bus from Brisbane City (routes 411 and 412) directly to The University of Queensland. The College is a 5 minute walk from the Chancellor’s Place Bus Stop, on Upland Road. The campus is also serviced by City Cat Ferries and additional bus routes which originate at a variety of locations across Brisbane. These services terminate a 10 minute walk away from the College. Call TransLink on 13 12 30 or visit www.translink.com.au for details.
Can I stay during Semester Break, and does it cost extra?
Residents are welcome to remain at college during the vacation periods in the academic year. There are no additional accommodation costs.
Is there Internet access and do I pay for downloads?
High-speed Ethernet (LAN) Internet access is available in every residential room at Union College at no connection cost. Additionally, wireless (Wi-Fi) eduroam Internet access is available throughout all residential rooms and common areas at Union College. UQ students are allocated a free student account via UQ ITS which includes 40GB download allowance per month (as of 2016).
How will I access meals if my classes clash with meal times?
Packed lunches and Early/Late Dinners can be arranged to fit in with your class times, (week days, during the semester only).
Do I need to bring bedding and pillows, etc from home?
You supply your own bedding, pillows and towels. Our single beds are a long single bed, with the mattress size of 91cm x 203cm. Alternatively Linen Packs (which include 1 pillow, 2 pillow cases, 2 sheets, 2 towels, 1 quilt and a light quilt with cover) can be purchased from the College.
Can I have visitors?
Friends and family are welcome to visit you, however in the interests of Fire Safety and Child Protection legislation, are not permitted to stay overnight.
When should I apply for a place at Union College?
As demand for college places is strong, early applications are recommended. Applications for Union College close later in the year; however additional applications will be accepted depending upon vacancies. We encourage applications prior to the end of October, interviews cease in November.
Is it possible to apply for a place at Union College before being offered a place at University?
Yes, do not wait until you are offered a place at University.
Can I be a resident student at Union College if I am not studying at the University of Queensland?
The College does consider some applications from students attending other institutions on a case by case basis; however, preference is given to UQ applicants.
When are interviews held?
Applicants are invited to arrange interviews as soon as is practicable after receiving confirmation that their application has been received by the College.
If I want to defer for a year, is it better to apply for a place at Union College now or in a year’s time, when I return?
Early applications for placement within College are always sensible. Your place can be held for you and it is reassuring to know you don’t have to make arrangements while you are deferred.
Can I move out in six months if I don’t like it?
Residents sign a contract that commits them for an entire year (with the exception of some international students). Residents wishing to leave are responsible for fees until another resident enters College. An administration fee applies.
Am I allowed to keep pets in my room at College?
No pets, including fish, are permitted in College rooms.
How much does it cost to stay in College, and is it good value compared to other types of accommodation?
Union College offers great value for money compared with other accommodation options. College residents are able to maximise the time they spend on their studies, not distracted by the need to shop, cook and clean, or the upheaval created by flat mates who turn out to be not so compatible. See our Residential Fees page for costings information.