International House is the original University of Wollongong residence and an affiliate of the 17 International Houses Worldwide. Home to many Australian and international students this residence first opened its doors to students over 35 years ago. It now proudly boasts a community representing over 30 nations, including Australia, living and learning peacefully under the one roof.
International House is fully catered and located in a semi-bushland setting in North Wollongong. It is mere minutes from the nearest railway station, a 15 minute walk to the main campus and Wollongong's premier beach, North Beach.
Culture and style of International House
The mission of International House is to promote global well-being by enabling its residents to be intercultural leaders. Intercultural leaders understand cultural differences and help others to understand their differences and build international friendships.
International House offers a vibrant and culturally diverse support network for its students, with a widely varied calendar of activities, which, through participation, strong cross-cultural friendships are formed. Through the award winning iLIVE program, a range of activities is held on a regular basis and includes BYO Academic, iFeast, Meet the Teach, Tuesday Topicals, Global Visions and Farewell Formals. Involvement in such events offers all residents the opportunity to enjoy an enriched community where they can share in different cultures and customs and form bonds with students from all over the world.
Former Student Residence Managers Alison Hemsley and Lindsay Oades were awarded a Vice-Chancellors General Staff Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning for the iLIVE Program at International House.
International House is ideal for students from both Australia and overseas who embrace a multicultural community and the International House vision: Global well-being starts here. An established alumni has resulted from this culture.
Many first years and postgraduate students choose to enjoy the diverse culture at International House for several years.
Fully catered, International House offers students 19 meals per week which can be enjoyed in the dining room or the newly renovated comfort of "The Courtyard": al-fresco style dining, with sun sails and outdoor cooking. Meals are served Monday to Friday including breakfast, "make your own" lunch to take to uni and dinner. On weekends brunch and an evening meal is served.
A wide range of food is available and all dietary requirements can be catered for. Food can be tailored to suit diverse cultural tastes, and students can request an individual meeting with the Chef Manager. Special theme nights such as iFeast or Thai food nights are also held from time to time. Small kitchenettes with a fridge, stove and microwave are also available for people who wish to cook for themselves outside of these times or prepare snacks.