UC grounds

Union College: Feels like home

Experience student accommodation like no other.

Union College (UC) is the optimum home away from home experience. Immerse yourself in a whole new world of sporting, cultural and social events; professional networking opportunities, and free academic support – in beautiful, lush grounds a stone’s throw from the University of Queensland (UQ), St. Lucia, Brisbane, Australia. At Union College, we pride ourselves on being welcoming, supportive, safe and fun! The ultimate in student accommodation.

Staff or security on site 24/7

No hazing or hierarchy

No hazing

no pressure

No pressure to participate
in any of the activities

academic support

Academic support available

Accommodation for all types of students.

UC welcomes people studying at other universities other that just UQ, including Griffith and Australian Catholic University. And people from close by, regional Australia and all around the world.

The UC Difference

Union College was UQ’s first college to provide a friendly, co-ed accommodation option and no religious affiliation. Our community is composed of an equal number of male and female residents, enrolled in either an undergraduate or postgraduate course as domestic or international students. From our early beginnings, we have adopted a policy for no initiation ceremonies, hierarchy, hazing, fresherisation or peer pressure. We’re all about respect.


Union college has been a fantastic environment, supporting me in my transition from high school to uni. Right from O week, there were so many chances to make friends and I very quickly made the best friends that I have ever had. I so quickly felt comfortable here that within about two weeks, I started accidentally referring to college as ‘home’. As this was the first time that I had ever moved residency, I think that this speaks volumes about how welcoming the Union community is.

Another aspect that I also love about college life is the chance to engage with cultural, community and sporting opportunities, even when I had never played the sport before. Activities such as waterpolo, hockey, debating and wellness weekend were not only a lot of fun and provided well-earned relief from studies – they also provided a great opportunity to socialise outside of my usual friendship group.

Other great advantages include the delicious food, including nutritious vegetarian options, ease of public transport, close proximity to uni, and the aid of a tailored tutoring program. Being the only student. studying my subject in my first year, I was so thankful to have access to one-on-one tutors who helped me to understand the different expectations at uni as opposed to high school.

My memories from Union college are some that I will look back on fondly for a long time to come.

Abby Frazer, resident 2021- 2022 


“We then toured Union College. Both our mouths almost dropped open when we walked into Union College. It practically looked like a resort. We then met the receptionist who introduced us to a student who showed us around. She was friendly, knowledgeable but most of all “real”. We were almost sold on the spot. The orientation was thorough. The communication friendly and efficient. The friends on her floor have been welcoming. The facilities excellent. But most importantly the culture is one of respect, that encourages student empowerment and fairness. This is NOT easy to build or maintain so from us both a huge well done and thank you.”

Father of Resident, Peter Hutton