From 2018, the vibrant hub that is Kooloobong Village will have a further 800 beds available to students bringing the entire population to over 1200. Located on the University campus amidst a bushland setting on the edge of Mount Keira, students will be able to access a range of modern facilities such as indoor and outdoor cinemas, BBQ facilities, music rooms, movement space, gamers lounge, activities room and meditation/yoga prayer spaces in addition to study lounges and communal areas. These will complement the existing facilities such as an outdoor pavilion with barbecue facilities, a sound-proof music room, basketball court, games room, seminar rooms and various other communal spaces.
Check out the photos of the new area here:
Kooloobong Village has a mix of newer and older style studios, premium studios and 4 and 5 bedroom units. The newer units in buildings 68 and 73, 74 and 75 feature self-catered accommodation comprised of single studio rooms, premium single studio rooms, and four bedroom units. The units within Building 37 are all five bedroom units, and feature a shared bathroom, kitchen and dining facilities. One of the most popular features of these units are the outdoor balconies overlooking the picturesque University grounds, frequently visited by the native wildlife such as Kookaburras and possums.
Kooloobong Village caters to students who wish to be close to the university and live independently, being responsible for their own cooking and cleaning.
CULTURE AND STYLE OF KOOLOOBONG VILLAGE
Kooloobong Village is recognised as the world's first positive residence and is based entirely on the scientific principles of positive psychology, positive organisational scholarship and education. The vision of having every student flourishing while living at UOW is firmly supported by the combination of wellbeing and education. This is executed through the Live Out Loud program, which is based on a range of tools and activities guided by staff who are committed to this vision.
Kooloobong Village houses a diverse population of both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Residents at Kooloobong Village are given the opportunity to participate in events and activities designed against a wellbeing program model, and features such activities as Yoga and Yogurt, Tea with Ted, Travel Diaries and Friday Fitness, all of which relate to our Wheel of Wellbeing - Body, Mind, Spirit, People, Place and Planet.
ALL STUDENTS AT KOOLOOBONG VILLAGE HAVE ACCESS TO:
- The Live Out Loud program (events and activities based on the principles of positive psychology)
- Multiple games rooms with television, billiards, table tennis & foosball tables;
- Laundry facilities (washers, dryers and ironing boards);
- Outdoor barbecue facilities;
- Meeting/study room facilities;
- Sound-proof music room;
- Gratitude room (repository for pre-loved items, available for re-use by all students);
- Vacuums, irons, sports equipment and
- Snack, drink and amenity vending machines.
CAR AND MOTORCYCLE PARKING
There are a strictly limited number of undercover, secure car spaces available at Kooloobong Village. These can be purchased online through the Accommodation Services Portal in early 2017 and are allocated via a random ballot. As these spaces are limited, be sure to get in quick!
There are still a limited number of long term car park spaces at the Innovation Campus (iC), which is accessible from the main campus by regular free shuttle buses, including a new UOW bus service. The trip is approximately 10 minutes, and the timetable can be accessed here.
GENERAL PARKING INFORMATION
UOW encourages alternative transport and encourages staff and students to access the Wollongong public transport system or to take advantage of the many cycling options available. Free bus shuttles are frequent and the route travels into the Wollongong CBD.