Residence information

Welcome to Bangalay

Dear Residents,

The staff and I would like to offer a warm welcome to each of you and your families and we hope you will think of Bangalay as your home away from home. You have come from near and far to live and learn at the University of Wollongong. We hope this year will bring many new adventures to each of you. We invite you to actively participate in making this the type of residence others strive to live in each year. The staff and I would like to see you make Bangalay a positive, healthy and supportive community in which to live, learn and have fun in throughout 2018.

Our Student Leaders will be available to help you when you need academic or social support. They will work closely as a team to give you as many opportunities as possible to develop a positive relationship with fellow members of your community, both at Bangalay and Graduate House, and with residents at other colleges. If you would like to assist in planning and organising social/cultural/academic activities at Bangalay, please let a Student Leader or staff member know. If you need assistance at night when the Office is closed, please contact the Student Leader on duty who will assist you with lock outs, noise complaints or any problems including emergencies.

The community at Bangalay is based on respect for yourself, your neighbours, your property, the University’s property and the overall environment you live in. There are a number of policies and expectations which apply to all residents and their guests at Bangalay. You are expected to know these and adhere to them while living here. If you have any questions, please see a Student Leader, the Administration Staff in the Office or myself.

I look forward to sharing in your triumphs and promise to support each of you during your time with us.

The following pages contain some useful information about Bangalay that you need to know.

On behalf of the Bangalay Staff, welcome to your new home!

Best wishes for 2018!

Mary Sparks
Student Residence Manager (SRM)

Bangalay mission

To provide a living and learning environment which fosters respect, along with the intellectual development and personal growth of all residents, to ensure the academic and social success of all residents who make Bangalay their home.

Principles for community life

Living in a community is a uniquely rewarding experience. It allows for personal and social development as well as the formation of lifelong friendships. Our goal is to form a community that embraces our mission. The following general principles are guidelines that apply to daily decision-making. Our dedicated efforts in applying them will enable our college community to be nurturing and a great place in which to live and learn!

1. PRINCIPLE OF ACCOUNTABILITY

Structure of some sort is an integral part of any community. All members of our community share responsibility and accountability to uphold the community policies we have agreed to accept.

2. PRINCIPLE OF CONSIDERATION

In order to build and sustain a genuine community, we must overcome dislikes, differences and prejudices. It can be difficult to consider the interests of others before your own, and be willing to communicate lovingly and honestly. These actions are essential to creating a supportive and positive living environment.

3. PRINCIPLE OF ENCOURAGEMENT

There are times in life when things don’t always go according to plan. Living in a community does not give immunity to facing difficulties; however, it does provide support through encouragement to face life’s challenges and get past the hard times. Encouragement conveys the idea of giving someone the strength they need to handle the pressure of adverse situations. Encouragement is powerful as it enables individuals to persevere and grow through difficult times.

4. PRINCIPLE OF INTEGRITY

Individual integrity requires remaining true to ourselves; it encompasses our ethical standard of living, and how we live our lives. By following the policies and procedures in this handbook, you will embody the central component of this concept and contribute positively to the Bangalay community.

5. PRINCIPLE OF WORTH AND DIGNITY OF INDIVIDUALS

Belief in the worth and dignity of individuals is fundamental to community life. Everyone is worthy of respect, and is responsible for respecting others. Unique personalities provide richness in a community in addition to the diversity of its individuals. Tolerance and acceptance are key to making communities thrive and flourish.

6. PRINCIPLE OF RESPECTING PROPERTY

A natural outcome of planning and hard work is the acquisition of both individual and institutional property. Attention to its maintenance, protection and stewardship, calls for our consideration when using or altering any of our community property. Communal equipment is here for everyone’s benefit so please look after it as if it were your own.

 


Staff and student leadership teams

Student Residence Manager (SRM)

The Student Residence Manager (SRM), Ms Mary Sparks, is responsible to the Director of Accommodation Services for providing leadership to the residential community. The SRM has specific responsibilities for administration, student support and student and organisational development.

Bangalay administration

The friendly Administration Staff are here to assist you in answering any queries or concerns you may have relating to UOW Living. They are also responsible for maintaining the administrative processes for both Bangalay and Graduate House. If you require any assistance, or you are not sure who to contact, the administration team is the best place to start.

Student leaders

Student Leaders are responsible for facilitating a sense of community amongst the residents in their area of responsibility and the greater Bangalay community. They are also a source of academic, personal and social advice and support to their residents. The Student Leaders work closely with, and report directly to, the Student Residence Manager. In the event of a fire or similar emergency the Student Leaders will act as building wardens. All Student Leaders possess current Level 2 First Aid Certificates.

Information Technology (IT) Assistant

Our IT Assistant is a current resident who is employed on a casual basis to assist you with any aspect of connecting your PC or laptop to the University network. Please see the Office Staff or a Student Leader for more information.

 


General information

Office hours

The Bangalay Office is open from Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm.

Student Leaders are on duty from 5pm – 8am weekdays, as well as weekends and public holidays.

Evacuation point and emergency procedures

In the case of an emergency or evacuation, leave the building via the fire escape stairs. Assemble on the grassed area behind Bangalay to await further direction. In the case of evacuation, DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS. In the event of a fire or similar emergency the Administration Staff and Student Leaders will act as building wardens and you must follow their directions. All Student Leaders possess current First Aid Certificates.

Safety

The safety of residents is of utmost importance and we ask you to be proactive in this area of residential living, as it is everyone’s concern and you must play your part. You should make sure that your studio/unit door is locked when you are not in your unit or if you are sleeping. You are strongly encouraged not to leave any personal items unattended in common areas where they may be stolen.

If you find you are followed into the building by someone you don’t know, please call the Administration Office during office hours or if it is after hours call the Student Leader on duty and let them know.

For more information please see a staff member or Student Leader, or refer to UOW Security.

Safety of children

Please ensure your children do not play in the Car Parks at Bangalay and Graduate House. Car parks are not safe for children as vehicles are continually coming and going from these areas and children can be hard to see, especially when reversing. There are a number of designated play areas for children at Bangalay and Graduate House including the Graduate House playground. Please keep an eye out for your children and ensure they play in the designated areas and not in the car parks.

Quiet hours

Please note that quiet hours at Bangalay are:

  • Sunday to Thursday from 10pm
  • Friday and Saturday from 12 midnight

Please be aware of noise and be respectful to your neighbours, no matter what the time of day. A 24 hour Noise Ban applies during study recess and exam times. Double demerit points also apply during this period.

Mail

Your postal address for correspondence whilst living at Bangalay is:

< Your Name >
<Unit Number> Bangalay
Building 120 Northfields Avenue
Wollongong, NSW 2500

Regular mail will be sorted into pigeon holes located at the Office.

For parcels and registered or large mail items you will receive notification from the Office via your UOW email that you have a parcel when it comes in. You can collect your parcels from the Office during office hours. Residents will be required to show their UOW Student Card and sign for the item on collection.

If you need to post items or require stamps, please visit the Australia Post shop in Building 11 at UniShop on main campus or Wollongong Post Office on Crown Street.

Parking permits and bicycles

Bangalay has a limited number of secure parking spaces available onsite. There is also the option to park in the multistory car park. Parking permits are required to park in both these areas. On acceptance of your Accommodation Offer you will be able to indicate whether you require a Parking Permit for 2018. Permits will be allocated through a ballot system.

Successful permit allocations will be notified via email prior to the start of contract. If you need to change your selection for any reason after accepting your offer, please contact Bangalay on 02 4221 5556 to arrange this. For further information please contact the Bangalay Administration Office.

Cars parked in the Bangalay/multistory car parks must have a current 2018 Parking Permit displayed on their vehicle’s windshield. Cars parked illegally without a valid Parking Permit can be infringed by UOW Security and fines apply. The allocated Contractor spaces are not for student use. People parking in these spaces will be fined by UOW Security.

There are a limited number of Visitor Parking Spaces available outside the boom gate. Visitors using these spaces need to collect a Visitor Parking Permit from the Bangalay Office. Cars without a valid Visitor Parking Permit will also be infringed and fined by UOW Security. Permits must be displayed on the dashboard of the car.

Secure bicycle racks are also located in the bike shed for your use. Please remember to secure your bike using a bike lock.

Car share and bike share

Car Share and Bike Share services are available to residents living at both Bangalay and Graduate House. Residents can hire the car for running errands, heading to the beach or exploring the area with family and friends.

A free bike share scheme is also available to all Bangalay and Graduate House residents (for adults only). Cycling is a great way to get around Wollongong, with many bike paths around the city and surrounding areas.

For more information on both these services please see the Bangalay Administration Staff.

Social areas

Bangalay has a number of social common areas for residents to use. To book these areas for private use please see the Administration Staff. Please be aware that these areas are all alcohol free zones and are for the benefit of all Bangalay and Graduate House residents. We also have a variety of sporting equipment, board games and XBox console for resident use. Please look after these areas and equipment and treat them with respect, ensuring that you leave them clean and tidy after use.

Private functions/parties - Use of BBQ areas

If you wish to use the BBQ facilities, please contact the Office during office hours or the Student Leader on duty after hours for a group of 10 or less. If you are having a private party, please request permission from the SRM at least 72 hours prior to the event. Out of courtesy for your neighbours, please maintain ‘tolerable’ noise levels at all times.

Remember this is an alcohol free zone. You are responsible for cleaning up after any event; the facilities should be left in a clean and tidy state after use.

Stovetops in kitchens

The hot plates on the stove are NOT to be used as a heater for the studio/unit; these appliances are only to be used for cooking.

Cleaning

Residents are responsible for the cleaning of their studios and units. Studios and units will be inspected regularly by a member of the contracted cleaning company team. Standards of cleaning will be explained to all residents at the beginning of each session.

  • Single and Couple Studios will be inspected every fortnight (2 weeks).
  • 2 and 3 Bedroom Units will be inspected every two (2) months.

These inspections are compulsory and you cannot refuse to have your studio or unit inspected. We will issue you with a cleaning inspection roster for Bangalay at the beginning of the session. This will show you the dates the cleaning inspections will occur.

Residents who fail a cleaning inspection will be notified of the fail by hard copy Inspection Fail Report left in their studio/unit and also via email. Failed studios will be reinspected the following business day; failed units will be reinspected the following week. The Inspection Fail Report will state the day and date the reinspection will occur.

If the studio or unit fails the reinspection, it will be cleaned by the Cleaning Staff to bring it up to an acceptable standard; you cannot refuse this service and cleaning fees will be charged. Please see the Cleaning section of My Residence Rules for more information.

We strongly encourage you to maintain a clean, safe living environment for yourself and others while living at Bangalay.

If you wish to have the Cleaning Staff clean your studio or unit, you can advise the Administration Staff and we will organise for this to occur. Cleaning fees will be charged for this service, please see the Administration Staff for more information.

Rubbish removal and recycling

We encourage all residents and guests to be environmentally aware while living at Bangalay. Keeping your studio or unit clean and free from rubbish is important.

Please separate your recyclable materials (clean paper, washed glass, metal tins, etc.) from your rubbish (food scraps, non-recyclables).

Large general waste and recycling bins are located in the Bin Room. Make sure you remove rubbish from your rooms on a regular basis and especially when the bins are full.

Garbage is collected weekly. Any garbage/rubbish left outside the bins will not be collected. The lids on the bins must be closed for hygiene purposes and to prevent vermin.

If you have your children taking out rubbish, it is your responsibility to accompany them and ensure that the rubbish is placed in the bin and the lid is closed.

Vacuum cleaners

Vacuum cleaners are available to borrow from the Office. To borrow a vacuum cleaner during office hours please take your student card (or photo ID) to the Bangalay Office; to borrow the vacuum after hours, please call the Student Leader on duty.

Toilet and bathroom

Please be aware that there is a waste water grid in the toilet areas. These are not urinals. Showers are for showering only and are not to be used as toilets. Toilet and bathroom areas should be kept in a clean condition at all times. Please refrain from placing tampons or sanitary pads, paper towels and other items in toilets. Toilet paper should be the only product (other than the obvious) that is flushed down the toilet drain.

All bathroom rubbish should be emptied regularly and placed in the rubbish bins provided in the Bin Room.

Bathroom sinks similarly, are not for washing dishes. Please use the sinks in the kitchen for this.

Laundry and linen

There are self-service laundry facilities available at Bangalay. The laundry is equipped with washing machines and dryers. The machines are operated via resident’s room key (fob); residents prepay money onto their room fob via the machines located in the laundry. For more information please see the Bangalay Administration Office.

Irons and ironing boards are also available in the laundry. Students are required to provide their own washing powder/liquid.

Linen packs are available for purchase online through the Accommodation Portal shopping cart. Linen packs must be arranged prior to your arrival. Single and King Single linen packs are $160 each, Double and Queen Size packs are $175 each.

For Couple Studios and 2 and 3 Bedroom Units you must provide your own linen.

Important reminder

It is against your Accommodation Agreement to sub-lease a room or unit to another person. It is also against your Agreement to operate any business out of your residence that competes with services provided by the University. This may result in exclusion from University Accommodation and you may/will be subject to various fees/penalties. Please be advised, this reminder acts as your first and final warning regarding this policy.

 


Who To See About What

Student Residence Manager

  • General issues relating to the management of Bangalay including: the Bangalay mission and strategic direction, business management, information technology resources, marketing and external relations
  • Concerns about breaches of residential community standards
  • Personal or academic concerns or referrals
  • Financial advice and Alternate Payment Plans for rental fees
  • Capital development and refurbishment/renovation program
  • Issues relating to Accommodation Agreement
  • Advice and assistance relating to general University issues (particularly those relating to student administration policies and procedures)
  • Studio/Unit allocations and changes
  • Careers advice and assistance
  • Personal or character references
  • Any concerns about re-occurring maintenance issues

Bangalay Administration

  • Rooms management issues (studio/unit allocation, room changes and transfers, applications for following year, etc.)
  • Appointments to see the Student Residence Manager
  • Lost keys, lock outs and room access
  • Urgent maintenance issues
  • Urgent cleaning issues
  • Concerns about security (for example: unauthorised visitors etc.)
  • Payment of fees
  • Incoming and outgoing mail
  • Photocopying and electronic scanning services
  • Car Share and Bike Share services
  • Private room bookings (Pearl Room bookings etc.)
  • Rental references
  • First Aid

Student Leaders

  • Personal advice, support and referrals
  • Issues relating to community development in Bangalay
  • Community events and activities
  • Concerns about breaches of residential community standards (e.g. disruptive behaviour by neighbours etc.)

Student Leader on Duty

(Weekdays: 5pm – 8am and Weekends/public holidays)

  • Lock outs, lost keys and room access
  • Noise and disturbances
  • First Aid
  • Fire emergencies and evacuation procedures
  • Medical emergencies or related issues
  • Concerns about security (for example: unauthorised visitors etc.)
  • If you are uncertain who to speak with please contact Bangalay Administration in person or on telephone (02) 4221 5556 in the first instance so you may be directed to the most suitable staff member to assist you.

 


Lock outs and lost keys

All UOW Residents will receive 2 free lock outs per year. There will be a $10 lock out fee for all subsequent lock outs after the second.

If you are locked out during office hours please see the Administration Staff for assistance. If you are locked out after hours, please call the Student Leader on Duty.

If you have lost your room key please contact the Office or Student Leader on duty after hours immediately. There is a non-refundable $50 charge for lost keys.

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Welcome to Campus East

Campus East is a safe and supportive community of young scholars studying at the University of Wollongong. We aim to provide an environment where residents will be able to develop the intellectual skills and social networks that will enable them to maximise their individual academic potential and goals.

Campus East currently comprises 520 beds spread across an attractive campus located close to the beach, public transport and good shopping. Places are offered to all types of students. Most rooms are located within unit style living arrangements, typically four or five bedroom. Residents have the option of either catered or self-catered rooms.

Campus East is managed directly by the University of Wollongong and forms a key part of the University’s strategy to provide the best experience for its students.

Ethos

At Campus East our ethos is to develop a sense of pride and inspire passion for our residence. We aim to:

  • provide a safe and secure environment for all residents
  • support and celebrate our individual and collective academic endeavours
  • promote a strong sense of community that encourages a feeling of belonging and support
  • create an atmosphere where healthy and respectful friendships are formed
  • value and encourage a balanced and healthy lifestyle
     

Staff and student leadership teams

Student Residence Manager 

The Student Residence Manager (SRM), Keith Conley, is responsible to the Director of Accommodation Services for providing leadership to the residential community. The SRM has specific responsibilities for administration, individual student support, and community development.

Senior Staff

  • Keith Conley, Student Residence Manager (SRM)
  • Thidarat Thongdang, Assistant Student Residence Manager (ASRM)

Senior Student Leaders

The two SSLs coordinate a number of key functions within the student leadership team focusing on individual and group development and also support the work of the Deputy and Assistant SRMs.

Student Leaders

Student Leaders (x16) are selected residents responsible for facilitating a sense of community amongst the residents in their designated area of responsibility, as well as being a source of academic and personal advice and support to individual residents. They work closely with, and report directly to, one of the senior staff members at Campus East.

In the event of a fire or similar emergency the Student Leaders will act as Building or Area Wardens. All Student Leaders possess current Level 2 First Aid Certificates.

Night Clerks

Our Night Clerks are former Campus East residents who are employed to assist in the security of people and property between the hours of 12.30 am and 8.30 am daily. They undertake regular rounds throughout the precinct making sure exterior doors are locked, that residents who may have misplaced their keys have access to their rooms, and monitoring for the presence of uninvited persons.

Student Leaders and Night Clerks work to ensure that appropriate community standards with respect to noise are maintained and may ask you to reduce the level of your noise or move on from areas in which you may be creating a disturbance to other residents. They are backed up by the UoW Security team when needed.

Information Technology (It) Assistant

Our IT Assistant is a current resident who can assist you with any aspect of connecting your computer to the University network. You can obtain their help by completing a Request for IT Assistance form at the front office.

 


General information 

Office hours

The Administration Office is open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Mail

Your mailing address at Campus East is:

<Your Name>
Campus East
University of Wollongong NSW 2522


Please do not include your unit number in the address.

Mail is delivered each weekday and placed in the mail shelves in Campus East Reception. If you receive packages or registered mail, an email will be sent to your UOW email address advising you that an article is waiting for collection from Campus East Administration during office hours.

Address

Our physical address is:

Campus East
Innovation Way
Innovation Campus
North Wollongong NSW 2500

Keys and room access cards

All lost, stolen or misplaced key or access cards must be reported to Campus East Administration or the Duty Student Leader immediately and a replacement can be issued. Replacement cost of a key is $110.00 and $50.00 for a card. There will be no refund for returned access cards.

Lock outs

If you lock yourself out of your room during office hours, the admin office can issue a temporary key or access card. You should return this immediately to avoid a replacement charge.
Outside office hours, you need to call the 24-Hour Assistance Line. You will be asked to meet the Student Leader on duty or Night Clerk at the front office. Bring some photo ID (student card, passport, drivers licence) and they will open your door.
The first two lockouts are not charged, thereafter you will be charged $10 for every lockout.

Residents are responsible for locking their rooms. Leaving doors unlocked invalidates student room contents' insurance policy in the event of a theft.

Unit living agreements

By the end of Week 1 of each session, the members of a unit are required to develop, sign and submit a Unit Living Agreement to their Student Leader. A ULA is designed to establish some basic rules and expectations within each unit around issues that affect all, such as cleanliness and noise. For example, you will be expected to have discussed and agreed upon key issues such as cleaning expectations and roster, appropriate noise levels during the day, when and under what circumstances will your friends be visiting, etc. Please note all units will have regular inspections to ensure they meet university cleaning standards.

Security

Because Campus East is an open campus, security is a key concern and you must play your part.

  • You should make sure that room or unit doors are locked when you are not in room or unit and that if you use common areas (for example, TV Room, Games Room, etc.) late at night you make sure that you close and lock all doors and windows when you leave.
  • You are strongly encouraged not to leave any personal items in common areas, low balconies, etc. where they may be stolen. Clothes should not be left on clothes lines overnight or left for extended periods of time in the laundries.
  • You should not prop open or otherwise disable the latching or locking mechanism of any security door nor should you lend, duplicate or modify any keys or electronic access device, or add additional locks or mechanisms to bar entry into or exit from your room.
  • If you see a person who you believe is acting in a strange or suspicious manner, please telephone Campus East Administration, Security, or the Student Leader/Night Clerk on duty, immediately.
  • You are asked to be particularly careful when walking to/from Campus East after dark. It is strongly recommended that you use the Gong Shuttle Bus Stop on Squires Way adjacent to the UOW Science Centre/iC Central buildings. The pathways from these bus stops are illuminated at night and there are a series of CCTV cameras installed. It is not recommended that you use the Gong Shuttle bus stops near the corner of Squires Way/Elliotts Road as the walk across the playing fields and adjacent to the Outside School Hours Care Centre is not well lit at night.

We treat the safety of our residents seriously. It is important for you to understand that challenging a reasonable direction from a Campus East staff member, UOW Security Officer, Student Leader or Night Clerk acting in the performance of their duty is unacceptable and will result in disciplinary action being taken against the resident under the Student Conduct in Residences Policy. This may lead to exclusion. Serious incidents may also be referred for further action under the University’s Student Conduct Rules.

After-hours assistance line (+61 2) 4221 3351
UOW Security Emergencies (+61 2) 4221 4900

Study rooms

The Student Lounge is available till late at night for study purposes. There are several other group study rooms and a computer lab that are popular around assessment and exam periods.

TV and cinema rooms

There is a TV room at Campus East located downstairs from the foyer area and adjacent to the main entrance to Administration.

A Cinema Room is located next to the Games Room. To gain access to this room, please visit Campus East Administration during office hours or contact the Duty Student Leader outside office hours. You will be asked to leave your UOW Student Card when you are given access. Ensure you personally return the key.

Rubbish disposal areas

Rubbish and recycling disposal areas are located:

  • On the Eastern side of Bulli
  • At the Southern end of the Games Room
  • On the Western side of Sandon.

 


Who To See About What

Campus East Administration

  • Room management issues (room allocation, changes, applications for following year, etc)
  • Lost keys/access cards
  • Payment of fees, change for washing machines, dryers
  • Incoming and outgoing mail
  • Assistance with logging maintenance issues online
  • Questions/follow-up on outstanding maintenance issues
  • Rental references
  • Appointments with SRM, Deputy or Assistant SRMs
  • Photocopying or electronic scanning service

Student Residence Manager

  • General issues relating to the business management of Campus East 
  • Alternate Payment Plans
  • Serious breaches of residential community standards
  • Overseeing contractor performance for maintenance, cleaning, and catering
  • Capital development and refurbishment/renovation program
     

Senior Staff Member (Deputy Student Residence Manager Or Assistant Student Residence Manager Depending On Which Block You Live In)

  • Personal or academic concerns or referrals
  • Issues relating to Accommodation Agreement
  • Room allocations and changes
  • Careers advice and assistance
  • The ResPass academic support program
  • Community outreach initiatives
  • Advice and assistance relating to general University issues (particularly those relating to student administration policies and procedures)
     

Student Leaders

  • Personal advice, support and referrals
  • Issues relating to community development in your block
  • Concerns about breaches of residential community standards (e.g., disruptive behaviour by neighbours, etc.) 

On Duty Student Leaders (Outside Office Hours)

  • Lock outs and room access
  • Noise and disturbances
  • First Aid
  • Fire emergencies and evacuation procedures
  • Medical emergencies or related issues
  • Concerns about security (e.g., unauthorised visitors, etc.)

 


Catering

If you are uncertain who to speak with please contact your Student Leader or Campus East Administration in person or on telephone (02) 4221 3351 for assistance.

The George Matchett Dining Room

The catering at Campus East is provided by Chartwells and is headed by our Chef, Tim.

All meals are served in the George Matchett Dining Room adjacent to the Administration office and is open to all students and visitors. The Dining Room incorporates an all-day café serving coffee, snacks, drinks and pre-packaged meals.

During term time, catering is available Sunday evening through to Friday lunch. The Dining Room is closed from 2pm Fridays and re-opens on Sunday evenings at 4.30pm.

Meal times are:
Breakfast 7.30am to 10 am
Lunch 10am to 2pm
Dinner 4.30pm to 8pm.

You can provide your thoughts and ideas on catering in a feedback book near the register. Check out the Meals Made Easy information for this year's catering provided by our catering partner, Chartwells.

Flexi card

If you live in Flexi-Catered Accommodation your room card doubles as your Flexi Card. Your Flexi Card is a debit card which you can use in the Dining Room to purchase food and beverages. You will receive instructions by e-mail to activate your card. Your parents can put credit on the card over the net.

If you are a self-catered resident or visitor you will need to pay with cash or your own debit/credit card.

Dining room rules

  • No cutlery or crockery may be taken from the Dining Room
  • Don’t eat the food before you have paid for it. This will be treated as theft.
  • Please wear footwear and dress appropriately. This means having your upper body covered by some form of a top at all times. Bikini tops or bare chests are not acceptable.

Other catering and cooking options

There are two communal kitchenettes in Wombarra block available for use by flexi-catered residents. They are equipped with a stove, fridge, some storage, and a microwave oven. A microwave is also located in the Bulli block laundry.

In flexi-catered blocks, except Wombarra, you may use an electric toaster or sandwich press in the kitchenette of your unit. In doing so you acknowledge that if you burn your toast or sandwich and the building’s fire detection system is activated you will be responsible for any NSW Fire Brigade call-out costs incurred by the University.

No other cooking equipment is permitted in any flexi-catered unit, including rice cookers, electric woks or fry pan, hotplate, mini-grille or microwave. These items will be confiscated for fire safety reasons.

Regardless of the area in which you live, the only cooking activity which you may undertake in your study-bedroom is the use of an electric kettle with automatic cut-out for the preparation of beverages.

The nearby Fairy Meadow shops have a diverse range of cheap dining options. You may also, by prior arrangement, choose to dine at International House on weekends. You will need to arrange your own transport.

 


Other information

Passive participation

You are expected to comply with the provisions of all relevant laws, regulations and University policies and procedures during your residency at Campus East.

You are obliged to remove yourself from any situation where a breach of these laws, regulations, policies or procedures is occurring.

You are also encouraged to report any behaviour that compromises the safety or security of people or property.

For example, if you are sitting with a group of friends around a picnic table and one of the persons present removes a marijuana cigarette from their pocket, lights it, and commences to smoke it, you are obliged to remove yourself from that situation rather than remain sitting at the picnic table, passively participating in an illegal activity. You should draw the illegal activity to the attention of Campus East Administration, Student Leader on Duty or Night Clerk.

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Lock outs and lost keys

All UOW Residents will receive 2 free lock outs per year. There will be a $10 lock out fee for all subsequent lock outs after the second.

If you are locked out during office hours please see the Administration Staff for assistance. If you are locked out after hours, please call the Student Leader on Duty.

If you have lost your room key please contact the Office or Student Leader on duty after hours immediately. There is a non-refundable $50 charge for lost keys.

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Welcome to Graduate House

Dear Residents,

The staff and I would like to offer a warm welcome to each of you and your families, and we hope you will begin to think of Graduate House as your home away from home. You have come from near and far to live and learn at the University of Wollongong. We hope this year will bring many new adventures to each of you. We invite you to actively participate in making this the residence that others strive to live in each year. The staff and I would like to see you make Graduate House a positive, healthy and supportive community to live, learn and have fun in throughout 2018.

The facilities in Bangalay will be available to all of the residents of Graduate House. Bangalay also has an onsite Office which will be responsible for the administration of both Graduate House and Bangalay.

Our Student Leaders will be available to help you when you need academic or social support. They will work closely as a team to give you many outlets for developing positive relationships with members of your community, both at Graduate House and Bangalay, but also with residents at other colleges. If you would like to assist your Student Leaders in planning and organising social/cultural/academic activities at Graduate House, please let a Student Leader or the Administration Staff at Bangalay know. If you have problems at night when the Bangalay Office is closed, please contact the Student Leader on duty. The Student Leader will assist you with lock outs, noise complaints or any problems including emergencies.

The community at Graduate House is based on respect for yourself, respect for your neighbours, respect for your property, respect for the University’s property and the overall environment you live in. There are a number of policies and expectations which apply to all residents and their guests at Graduate House and you are expected to know them and adhere to them while living here. If you have any questions, please see a Student Leader, Administration Staff in the Bangalay Office or myself.

Graduate House is a great place to live and learn.

I look forward to sharing in your triumphs and promise to support each of you during your time with us.

On behalf of the Staff, welcome to your new home!

Best wishes for 2018.

Mary Sparks
Student Residence Manager

Graduate House mission

To provide a living and learning environment which fosters respect, along with the intellectual development and personal growth of all residents, so as to ensure the academic and social success of all residents who make Graduate House their home. 

Principles for community life

Living in a community is a uniquely rewarding experience. It allows for personal and social development as well as the formation of lifelong friendships. Our goal is to form a community that embraces our mission. The following general principles are guidelines that apply to daily decision-making. Our dedicated efforts in applying them will enable our college community to be nurturing and a great place in which to live and learn!

1. Principle of accountability

Structure of some sort is an integral part of all communities. All members of our community share responsibility and accountability to uphold the community policies that we have agreed to accept. 

2. Principle of consideration

In order to build and sustain a genuine community, we must overcome dislikes, differences and prejudices. It can be difficult to consider the interests of others before your own, and be willing to communicate lovingly and honestly. However, these actions are essential to creating a supportive and positive living environment.

3. Principle of encouragement

There are times in life when things don’t always go according to plan. Living in a community does not give immunity to facing difficulties; however it does provide support through encouragement to face life’s challenges and get past the hard times. Encouragement conveys the idea of giving someone the strength they need to handle the pressure of adverse situations. Encouragement is powerful as it enables individuals to persevere and grow through difficult times.

4. Principle of integrity

Individual integrity requires remaining true to ourselves; it encompasses our ethical standard of living, and how we live our lives. By following the policies and procedures in this handbook, you will embody the central component of this concept and contribute positively to the Graduate House community.

5. Principle of worth and dignity of individuals

Belief in the worth and dignity of individuals is fundamental to community life. Everyone is worthy of respect, and is responsible for respecting others. Unique personalities provide richness in a community in addition to the diversity of its individuals. Tolerance and acceptance are key to making communities thrive and flourish. 

6. Principle of respecting property

A natural outcome of planning and hard work is the acquisition of both individual and institutional property. Attention to its maintenance, protection and stewardship, calls for our consideration when using or altering any of our community property. Communal equipment is here for everyone’s benefit so please look after it as if it were your own.

 


Staff and Leadership Teams

Student Residence Manager

The Student Residence Manager (SRM) Ms Mary Sparks is responsible to the Director of Accommodation Services for providing leadership to the residential community. The SRM has specific responsibilities for administration, student support and student and organisational development.

Graduate House/Bangalay Administration

The friendly administration team located in Bangalay are here to assist you in answering any queries or concerns you may have relating to UOW Living. They are also responsible for maintaining the administrative processes for both Graduate House and Bangalay. If you require any assistance or you are not sure who to contact, the administration team is the best place to start.

Senior Residents

Student Leaders are responsible for facilitating a sense of community amongst the residents at Graduate House. They are also a source of academic, personal and social advice and support to the residents. They will assist with lockouts, noise disturbances and any other issues including emergencies after hours. The Student Leaders work closely with, and report directly to, the Student Residence Manager. In the event of a fire or similar emergency the Student Leaders will act as building wardens. All Student Leaders possess current First Aid Certificates.

Information Technology (IT) Assistant

Our IT Assistant is a current resident who is employed on a casual basis to assist you with any aspect of connecting your PC or laptop to the University network. Please see the Office Staff or a Student Leader for more information.

If you are uncertain who to speak with please contact the Graduate House/Bangalay Administration Staff in the first instance so you may be directed to the most suitable staff member to assist you.


General Information

Office hours

The Administration Office located at Bangalay is open Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm.

After office hours the Student Leaders are on duty from 5pm-8am weekdays, as well as weekends and public holidays.

Evacuation point and emergency procedures

In the case of an emergency or evacuation, leave your unit and walk up to the designated evacuation assembly point which is on the grassed area behind Bangalay (building 120). In the event of a fire or similar emergency Student Leaders will act as building wardens and you must follow their directions. All Student Leaders possess current First Aid Certificates.

Fire alarms

Units 1-60 and Units 73-78

These units at Graduate House have fire detectors that are not directly linked to the NSW Fire Brigade. In the event of an alarm going off in these units the residents will need to follow the procedure below:

Emergency: (Fire in the unit)

1. Evacuate the unit and call 000 (emergency services; select FIRE).
2. During office hours: call/go to the Bangalay Office and notify staff.
3. After hours: call the Student Leader on duty and notify them of the situation.

Non-emergency: (no fire in the unit; for example: burnt toast)

  • Open the windows and doors to clear the air
  • Push the reset button on the smoke detector

Units 61-66 and units 67-72

Two buildings at Graduate House (Units 61-66 and Units 67-72) have built in Fire Indicator Panels that are directly linked to the NSW Fire Brigade. If a fire alarm goes off in these buildings the alarm will sound and all residents will need to evacuate the building immediately. In the event of the alarm going off the fire brigade will automatically attend. Please note if you are responsible for the alarm going off you will be held accountable for any charges associated with the call out of emergency services. Please remember it is a criminal offence to tamper with fire safety equipment. Please refer to My Residence Rules for more information.

Safety

The safety of residents is of utmost importance and we ask you to be proactive in this area of residential living, as it is everyone’s concern and you must play your part. You should make sure when you are not in your unit, that your unit door is locked. The building doors must remain locked at all times. If you find you are followed into the building by someone you don’t know, please call the Administration Office during office hours or if it is after hours call the Student Leader on duty and let them know. For more information please refer to UOW Security.

Quiet hours

Please note that quiet hours at Graduate House are:

  • Sunday to Thursday from 10pm
  • Friday and Saturday from 12 midnight.

Please be aware of noise and be respectful to your neighbours, no matter what the time of day. A 24 hour Noise Ban applies during study recess and exam times. Double demerit points also apply during this period.

Mail

Your postal address for correspondence whilst living at Graduate House is:

Unit Numbers Address
Unit 1 to 8 9 Northfields Avenue
Unit 9 to 18 6 Madoline Street
Unit 19 to 28 4 Madoline Street
Unit 29 to 36 2 Madoline Street
Unit 37 to 48 2a Irvine Street
Unit 49 to 60 1 Northfields Avenue
Unit 61 to 66 3 Northfields Avenue
Unit 67 to 72 5 Northfields Avenue
Unit 73 to 78 7 Northfields Avenue

Mail should be addressed in the following manner:

Do NOT use the names ‘University of Wollongong’ or ‘Graduate House’ in your address as your letters may go into the University mail room and be lost. Please ensure your postcode is always listed as 2500, Keiraville.

<Your Name>
<Unit Number> / street address listed above
WOLLONGONG, NSW 2500
AUSTRALIA

This example is for Unit 1:

Mr John Smith
1/7 Northfields Avenue
WOLLONGONG, NSW 2500
AUSTRALIA

The mail is delivered each day Monday to Friday. Units 37 to 48 have keys for mailboxes that should be collected on arrival and returned on departure in the same manner as other keys. We are not responsible for redirecting any mail after you have vacated.

If you need to post items or require stamps, please visit the Australia Post Shop in Building 11 at UniShop on main campus or Wollongong Post Office on Crown Street.

Types of units

Graduate House has a variety of units available for Post Graduate students and these are allocated with preference to the following:

Single Bedsit One single person
Couple Bedsit A couple sharing a double bed (no children)
2 Bedroom A couple with one or two children
3 Bedroom A couple with three or four children

Parking permits and bicycles

Graduate House has four parking areas. Parking Permits are required to park your car in these car parks. There are a limited number of parking spaces available and parking permits will be issued on a first come basis. Permits can be purchased by contacting the Graduate House/Bangalay Administration team.

Please be aware that parking in an allocated disabled and/or contractor car spaces will result in a fine from UOW Security. Parking in the Graduate House car parks without a valid parking permit will also result in a fine from UOW Security.
A reminder that Car Parks are not areas for children to play; please ensure the safety of your children by supervising them in the car park area.

Bicycle sheds are located in the grounds for your use. Personal bikes should not be left in building corridors or common areas. Please see a Student Leader for more information.

Car share and bike share

Car Share and Bike Share services are available to residents living at both Graduate House and Bangalay. Residents can hire a car to use for running errands, heading to the beach or exploring the area with family and friends.

A free bike share scheme is also available to all Graduate House and Bangalay residents (available only to adults). Cycling is a great way to get around Wollongong, with many bike paths around the city and surrounding areas.

For more information on these services please see the Graduate House/Bangalay Administration Staff.

Stove tops 

The hot plates on the stove/oven are NOT to be used as a heater for the unit, these are only to be used for cooking. 

Rubbish removal and recycling

We strongly encourage all residents and guests to be environmentally aware while living at Graduate House.
Please separate your recyclable materials (clean paper, washed glass, metal tins, etc.) from your rubbish (food scraps, non-recyclables). For more details, ask a staff member or Student Leader.

Rubbish/garbage/non-recyclable materials:

Make sure you remove rubbish from your units on a regular basis and when your bins are full. You should place your rubbish in the larger bins provided in the grounds of Graduate House. There are two (2) three cubic metre (3m3) bins at Graduate House:

  • in the eastern car park on Madoline St
  • near the western car park on Northfields Avenue

Garbage is collected weekly. Any garbage/rubbish left outside the bins will not be collected. The lids on the bins must be closed for hygiene purposes and to prevent vermin. Please do not park in front of the bins as this may stop the bins from being emptied. Also ensure that the lids are on the bin are closed properly. If you have your children taking out rubbish, it is your responsibility to accompany your children and ensure that the rubbish is placed in the bin and the lid is closed.

Recyclable materials:

There are two recycle areas at Graduate House. Please follow the signs and put the correct material in each bag or bin provided. Please ensure that recyclable items are put in the bins and not left as litter in these areas. Ask a Student Leader if you are unsure of how to use these services.

DO NOT PLACE NON-RECYCLABLE MATERIAL IN THE RECYCLE AREAS.

Cleaning services

You are responsible for the cleaning of your unit and in 2018 your unit will be inspected every two (2) months by a member of the contracted cleaning company team. These inspections are compulsory and you cannot refuse to have your unit inspected. We will issue you with a cleaning inspection roster for Graduate House which will show you the dates the Cleaning Staff will be coming to inspect your unit.

If you fail your cleaning inspection, you will be notified by a hard copy Inspection Report left in your unit and also via email. Your unit will be reinspected the following week. Should you fail the reinspection, your unit will be cleaned by the Cleaning Staff to bring it up to an acceptable standard; you cannot refuse this service and cleaning fees will be charged. Please see the Cleaning section of My Residence Rules for more information.

We strongly encourage you to maintain a clean, safe living environment for yourself and others while living at Graduate House.

If you wish to have the Cleaning Staff clean your unit, you can advise the Administration Staff and we will organise for this to occur. Cleaning fees will be charged for this service, please see the Administration Staff for more information.
When you depart from Graduate House, you need to leave the unit free of all rubbish and in a reasonable condition; otherwise you will receive an additional cleaning fee upon departure.

Vacuum cleaners

Vacuum cleaners are available to borrow from the Bangalay Office during office hours. Please take your student card (or photo ID) to the Bangalay Office; to borrow the vacuum after hours, please call the Student Leader at Graduate House.

Toilet and bathroom

Please be aware that there is a waste water grid in the toilet areas. These are not urinals. Showers are for showering only and are not to be used as toilets. Toilet and bathroom areas should be kept in a clean condition at all times. Please refrain from placing tampons or sanitary pads, paper towels and other items in toilets. Toilet paper should be the only product (other than waste water) that is flushed down the toilet drain. All bathroom rubbish should be emptied regularly and placed in the garbage bins provided.

Bathroom sinks, similarly, are not for washing dishes. Please use the sinks in the kitchen for this.

Laundry

There are self-service laundry facilities available around Graduate House and on arrival you will receive a key to open your allocated laundry. Please only use the laundry facilities between the hours of 8.30am – 10.00pm each day. The cost is $2.00 per load to wash/dry and the machines ONLY take $1 coins. Residents are required to provide their own washing powder/liquid.

There are clotheslines located near the laundries where residents can hang out their washing. It is advised not to leave washing on the line overnight.

Private functions/parties - Use Of BBQ areas

If you wish to use the BBQ facilities, please contact the Student Leader on duty for a group of 10 or less. If you are having a private party, please request permission from the SRM at least 72 hours prior to the event. Out of courtesy for your neighbours, please maintain ‘tolerable’ noise levels at all times. You are responsible for cleaning up after any event; the facilities should be left clean and tidy after use.

Social areas at Bangalay

Bangalay has a number of social common areas that Graduate House residents will be able to utilise. To book these areas for private use please see the Bangalay Office. Please be aware that these areas are all alcohol free zones and are for the benefit of all Bangalay and Graduate House residents. There are also a variety of sporting equipment, board games and XBox console for resident use. Please look after these areas and equipment and treat them with respect, ensuring that you leave them clean and tidy after use.

Important reminder

It is against your Accommodation Agreement to sub-lease a room or unit to another person. It is also against your Agreement to operate any business out of your residence that competes with services provided by the University. This may result in exclusion from University Accommodation and you may/will be subject to various fees/penalties. Please be advised, this reminder acts as your first and final warning regarding this policy.

Important phone numbers

Student Leader on Duty 0439 454 924
Student Residence Manager (Office) 4221 5556
UOW Security Office (Enquiries Only) 4221 4555
UOW Security (Emergencies Only) 4221 4900
UOW Security Supervisor on Duty 0407 287 750
Wollongong Medical Centre 4254 2600
Emergency Services (Fire, Police, Ambulance) 000
Bangalay 4221 5556

 

Graduate House administration - please contact the Bangalay office.


Who To See About What

Student Residence Manager

  • General issues relating to the management of Graduate House including: the Graduate House mission and strategic direction, business management, information technology resources, marketing and external relations
  • Concerns about breaches of residential community standards
  • Personal or academic concerns or referrals
  • Financial advice and Alternate Payment Plans for rental fees
  • Capital development and refurbishment/renovation program
  • Issues relating to Accommodation Agreement
  • Advice and assistance relating to general University issues (particularly those relating to student administration policies and procedures)
  • Unit allocations and changes
  • Careers advice and assistance
  • Personal or character references
  • Any concerns about re-occurring maintenance issues

Graduate House/Bangalay Administration

  • Rooms management issues (unit allocations, unit changes, transfers, applications for following year, etc.)
  • Appointments to see the Student Residence Manager
  • Lost keys, lock outs and room access
  • Urgent maintenance issues
  • Urgent cleaning issues
  • Payment of fees
  • Photocopying, electronic scanning services
  • Car Share and Bike Share services
  • Access to the Bangalay facilities (Pearl Room bookings etc.)
  • Rental references

Student Leaders

  • Personal advice, support and referrals
  • Issues relating to community development in Graduate House
  • Concerns about breaches of residential community standards (for example: disruptive behaviour by neighbours, etc.)

Student Leader On Duty (Outside Office Hours)

  • Lock outs and room access
  • Noise and disturbances
  • First Aid
  • Fire emergencies and evacuation procedures
  • Medical emergencies or related issues
  • Concerns about security (for example: unauthorised visitors, etc.)

If you are uncertain who to speak with please contact Graduate House/Bangalay Administration in the first instance so you may be directed to the most suitable staff member to assist you.


Lock Outs And Lost Keys

All UOW Residents will receive 2 free lock outs per year. There will be a $10 lock out fee for all subsequent lock outs after the second.

If you are locked out during office hours please see the Administration Staff at Bangalay for assistance. If you are locked out after hours, please call the Student Leader on Duty.

If you have lost your unit key please contact the Bangalay Office during office hours or Student Leader on duty after hours immediately. There is a non-refundable $110 lost key charge for lost keys. Lost Laundry and building keys also carry a non-refundable $110 lost key charges. Lost mailbox keys carry a non-refundable $50 replacement charge.

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Welcome to International House

International House aims to provide an environment for students of the University of Wollongong to develop as a whole person, with particular emphasis on developing intercultural knowledge, skills and attitudes. This is reflected in the vision of International House stated below. International House is run as a community of people, rather than a service where you just eat and sleep. The more you put into the community, the more you will benefit. Try it and see! Residents are predominantly undergraduate students, with some postgraduate students also accommodated. International House provides catered, dormitory style accommodation. There are 222 beds, 16 shared rooms (32 beds) and 190 single rooms. 

History of International House 

International House was formerly a YMCA Hostel, established in 1966. It was enlarged between 1970 and 1975 and became a residential college of the then Wollongong University College. In 1980 the YMCA sold it to the University of Wollongong and it became the University’s first hall of residence.

International House vision

Promoting global wellbeing by enabling UOW students living at International House to be intercultural leaders.

The International House movement

International Houses Worldwide is an affiliation of International Houses united by one mission: 

To provide students of different nationalities and diverse cultures with the opportunity to live and learn together in a community of mutual respect, understanding and international friendship. 

International House movement began in the early part of the last century with International House New York opening in 1924 and International House Berkeley in 1930. Currently there are 16 International Houses Worldwide members. University of Wollongong International House became a member in January 2006. In describing their members, International Houses Worldwide states: “All Houses offer young people from every corner of the globe the opportunity to gather under one roof to live, eat and work together, to learn more about one another and the world in which they live , while pursuing their own personal goals. In a carefully nurtured environment, boundaries are crossed, cultural gaps are bridged, and people of vastly divergent beliefs learn to accept differences in thought and tradition. Future leaders of the global community begin the process of international understanding which they carry with them throughout their lives.”

The following is a listing of International Houses worldwide. These houses are displayed on the poster in the main foyer. If you wish to arrange accommodation at one of these locations, please contact the Student Residence Manager.  

Asia

  • International House, Taipei

Australia

  • International House University of Melbourne
  • International House University of Sydney
  • International House University of Wollongong 
  • International House University of New South Wales Sydney
  • International House University of Queensland 
  • North Flinders International House Northern Territory University
  • International House James Cook University Townsville

Europe

  • International Students House London
  • International House Paris

North America

  • International House New York
  • International House Berkeley
  • International House Philadelphia
  • International House Chicago
  • International Student House Washington DC
  • International House University of Alberta Canada

 


Staff and student leadership teams

Residents, Staff And Student Leaders

The residents’ first name and photos are posted in the foyer.  Each year, International House has approximately one third Australian residents, one third International residents and one third Study Abroad residents, who stay for one session, and who are predominately from the USA. The Student Residence Manager, Leanne Robinson, has responsibility for all matters pertaining to International House, reporting to the Director of Accommodation Services, Mr Nigel Pennington. Leanne can be contacted through email on leanner@uow.edu.au.

The International House UOW staff is supported by Accommodation Services staff, located in Student Central in Building 17 on the main UOW campus. 

Student leaders

International House promotes resident involvement in its management. This is underscored by the large multicultural Student Leader Team providing support to the community. The Student Leader Team is made up of two streams – the Assistants who provide a range of support services to residents, and the Mentors, who are on after hours duty, promote student well being and assist the Student Residence Manager Team with discipline procedures and recognition of commendable behaviour within the community.

The roles of the Student Leader Teams are as follows: 

Senior student leaders

To support the well being of residents and promote good conduct, by coordinating and supporting Student Leaders and Program Coordinators. They are also responsible for coordinate programs run by and for International House in close liaison with staff.

Student leaders

To promote and support resident well being, discipline and recognition of commendable actions within the resident community. In the event of a fire or similar emergency the Mentors will act as Building or Area Wardens. All Mentors hold current Level 2 First Aid Certificates.

Program coordinators

To promote and support student development activities within the residence (e.g. assisting residents to become intercultural leaders and improve academic performance) and facilitate in the implementation of the iLive program.

 


General Information

International House Front Office Hours

9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday

The office is closed on weekend's and public holidays. Please call the Mentor on Duty for assistance - ex 8244. 

Computer Lab

There are computers available in the computer lab on A Deck and you may access it using your key card. There is no smoking allowed in the computer lab. No food and/or drinks are to be taken into the computer lab. Network connection facilities are also available for resident's in your rooms. This allows connection to the University computer network and the Internet. Information on connecting your computer to the Internet is available from the front office, or our website

Music Room

International House has a drum kit, piano and keyboard adjacent to the Games Room. It is not to be used between 10pm and 8am. 

Basketball Court

International House has a basketball court - exit via the courtyard, adjacent to the DEF block - walk south – or just ask a Mentor. 

Storage

During vacation breaks a limited quantity of personal effects may be stored in lockable storage rooms. This is entirely at the owner’s risk and International House accepts no liability for damage or theft. 

Motor Vehicles, Motor Cycles And Bicycles

Resident parking permits are required to park in the designated International House car park however, the availability of a parking space is not guaranteed. Parking spaces are available on the Eastern side of the Hindmarsh Gardens units near the railway line. Please see the International House office to obtain an application.  

International House does not accept any responsibility for loss or damage to residents’ motor vehicles, motor cycles or bicycles. 

Parking in either staff car park or Student Residence Managers car park will result in the offending vehicle being wheel clamped by a UOW staff member and a $110 fine imposed on the owner of the vehicle to remove the clamp. Bicycles should only be placed in the bicycle shed and should be marked with the student’s name, and secured by means of an appropriate chain or locking device within the shed.  


Who to See About What

During Office Hours

Administration Staff

  • Appointments with Student Residence Manager
  • Lost key cards and room access
  • Payment of accounts
  • Change
  • Fax
  • Incoming and outgoing mail
  • General inquiries 
  • Referral service for all matters
  • Emergency cleaning requests
  • Furniture and room problems
  • Account inquiries
  • Facilities issues
  • Cleaning and maintenance issues
  • Network problems
  • Justice of the Peace service
  • First aid 

Student Residence Managers

  • Academic issues
  • Personal concerns and referrals
  • Financial advice/payment plans
  • International House development
  • Grievances and conflict resolution 

Chef Manager

  • Food comments and suggestions
  • Late meals
  • Special dietary requirements

After Hours

Senior Student Leaders And Student Leaders

  • Room access
  • Local noise and disturbance
  • First aid
  • Fire emergencies and evacuation procedure
  • Personal concerns and referrals
  • Information on public health e.g. safe drinking, quit packs, vaccinations, sexual health
  • Information on how to get money to run an event
  • How can I help with an event?
  • Scheduling of upcoming events
  • First aid 

Program Coordinators

  • General resources on Study Skills
  • Information on events related to student development
  • International House Library resources
  • Schedule for Tuesday Topicals
  • Schedule for Global Visions
  • Information on how to get subsidies for running study groups 

UOW Security

  • Emergencies
  • First aid

 


Catering

International House is a fully catered residence, providing 19 meals per week and aims to provide a healthy, nutritious selection to complement the active lifestyles of International house residents. Catering is provided by Chartwells. The kitchen caters for a range of dietary requirements – please organise a meeting with the Catering Manager in order to see what options are available to you.

Meal Times*

Weekdays:

  • Breakfast – 7:30am to 10:30am
  • Dinner – 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Weekends

  • Breakfast – 9:00am to 11:00am
  • Dinner – 5:30pm to 7:00pm

The Dining Room is open during the day and closed and locked after meal service has finished in the evenings.

*Please Note: During out of session times, the meal service hours may change depending on the number of residents in College. Any changes will be notified via email and clearly indicated on signs in and around the Dining Room.

No plates, knives, forks, spoons or any other equipment which is owned by the College is to be taken out of the Dining Room at any time without express permission of Kitchen Staff or the Student Residence Manager. Each resident should bring their own mug/cup to the Dining Room for meals.

Late Dinners:

Late dinners are available for residents who have classes that run through normal evening meal service. As late dinners are only available for residents with class clashes, they are only obtainable during session on weekdays and during the examination period where evening exams are scheduled by the University. To place a late dinner request please email the catering manager by no later than 3:00pm. Information on how to obtain your late meal will be provided to you by the Student Leader on your floor or by a member of the Kitchen Staff team.

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Lock outs and lost keys

All UOW Residents will receive 2 free lock outs per year. There will be a $10 lock out fee for all subsequent lock outs after the second.

If you are locked out during office hours please see the Administration Staff for assistance. If you are locked out after hours, please call the Student Leader on Duty.

If you have lost your room key please contact the Office or Student Leader on duty after hours immediately. There is a non-refundable $50 charge for lost keys.

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Welcome to Kooloobong Village

Welcome to the Kooloobong Village community - a place for you to call home. Over the last 5 years the Kooloobong community has grown from 193 to 1258 residents. In 2018 we opened 3 new state of the art residential facilities enabling us to provide high quality accommodation to over 1200 students. This is an exciting time for the world’s first Positive Residence to continue expanding its community. Over 35 nations are represented which makes for a fun, unique and special opportunity for you to learn about others and yourself. 

Kooloobong Village is recognised as the World’s First Positive Residence, and is based upon the principles of positive psychology, positive education, and positive organisational scholarship. We aim to create a system focused on promoting student wellbeing based on the best science and evidence available enabling you to be the BEST you can be - not only academically but in terms of your own and others’ wellbeing. While you live. learn and develop in Kooloobong Village, there are many resources to help facilitate an exciting, secure, fun and rich experience. Some of these ‘helpful hands’ are the Student Leaders who are responsible for the residence after hours. Student leaders provide advice, support, and advocacy for you within the residence, promoting and supporting your overall wellbeing.

Other supports I encourage you to make links with are the Accommodation Services staff based in Student Central in Building 17 on the main campus, the Administration Team, and the myriad of student support services offered throughout the University, such as Careers Central, Student Support Advisors, the UOW Wellbeing Centre, and Counselling Services just to name a few.

We look forward to welcoming you into our community.

Best Regards,

Tony Coggins
Student Residence Manager
Kooloobong Village

Introduction

Kooloobong Village aims to provide students with a living and learning environment which encourages personal growth, academic achievement and positive social experiences. 

Our Purpose: We foster life-long wellbeing enabling our people to live out loud.

Our Vision:  We are a globally recognised beacon of how to foster life-long wellbeing.

As a valued member of the Kooloobong Village community,  you will play a key role in:

  • creating a culture of respect, consideration, support and friendship  
  • celebrating the diversity within the community
  • supporting the Live out Loud program
  • maintaining a safe and secure environment for all residents
  • understanding the value of a balanced and healthy lifestyle

Kooloobong Village accommodates a diverse population of both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as visiting academics (Scholars in Residence), with 458 residents in total.

Students at Kooloobong Village are given the opportunity to participate in events and activities designed against a wellbeing program model, known as the Live Out Loud program, all of which relate to the Wheel of Wellbeing - Body, Mind, Spirit, Place, People and Planet. Please visit www.wheelofwellbeing.org and watch the video to find out more.

 


Staff and student leadership teams

The Kooloobong Village Team

All members of the Kooloobong Village team are committed to providing support and assistance to residents in all aspects of UOW and community living.

Student Residence Manager

The Student Residence Manager (SRM) is responsible to the Director of Accommodation Services for providing leadership to the residential community. The SRM has specific responsibilities for administration, student support and organisational development.

Deputy And Assistant Student Residence Managers

These Managers assist the SRM in the positive leadership and support of the community including the development and evaluation of the Live Out Loud Program and the direction and guidance of the Student Leader and Administrative Teams.

Kooloobong Village Administration

The friendly administration team are here to assist you in answering any queries or concerns you may have relating to Kooloobong Village Living. They are also responsible for maintaining the administrative processes for Kooloobong Village. If you require any assistance or you are not sure who to contact, the administration team is the best place to start.

Student Leaders

The senior Student Leaders assist Kooloobong Village Management in providing supervision and leadership to the Student Leader team, working with them to support and interact with Kooloobong Village residents, enabling them to flourish and thrive. The Senior Student leaders are also responsible for coordinating and implementing activities and events in line with the Live Out Loud program, whilst the Student Leaders promote the wellbeing of all residents and provide support, advice and assistance enabling all residents to flourish and thrive. Student Leaders are on duty after hours so make sure you get to know the team and don’t hesitate in contacting them should you need any assistance.

 


General information

Fridges

No fridges are permitted other than those already provided without the prior approval of the Student Residence Manager.

Bathrooms

Please note the bathrooms found in all shared units at Kooloobong Village are gender neutral with private cubicles. 

Common areas

Kooloobong Village provides a range of common areas such as indoor and outdoor cinemas, BBQ facilities, music rooms, movement space, gamers lounge, activities room and meditation/yoga 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.

Common kitchen areas can be found in Building 68, 73, 74 and 75.

Please note any/all communal areas (including but not limited to communal kitchens and outdoor BBQ areas) are alcohol FREE zones. No alcohol is permitted in these areas.

Community standard of living agreements

All shared units are required to submit a Unit Agreement within four (4) weeks of the start of session. This agreement is designed to establish a living environment that promotes the rights and responsibilities of each resident within the unit. Your unit agreement should include information relating to various living arrangements such as visiting hours for guests, cleaning expectations, cleaning roster and appropriate noise levels during the day and will be facilitated by your designated area Student Leader.

UOW Environmental Policy

The University and student residences are committed to environmentally friendly practices. There are two types of bins at Kooloobong Village, Red lid bins and Yellow lid bins. The Red lid bins are for general rubbish including; food scraps, and other general rubbish.

The Yellow lid bins are recycling bins and should have only:

  • Glass bottles
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Plastic bottles
  • Aluminium cans
  • Pizza boxes

It is the responsibility of all Building 37 residents to take out the unit rubbish bins. The bin with the RED lid must be taken out every Tuesday by 11pm and returned the following morning. The YELLOW bin must be taken out every Wednesday and returned the following morning. If your bin has not been taken out for collection or returned and Accommodation Services staff or Student Leaders are required to do this on your behalf, all residents of that unit will be held responsible, with each resident being charged a $5.00 bin fine for each and every occasion.

Events and activities at KBV

Kooloobong Village is a residence that boasts the title of the world’s first positive residence - a residence planned and run entirely based on the science of positive psychology and positive organisations. Kooloobong’ s Vision is to foster the life-long wellbeing of its residents, enabling them to Live Out Loud.

To help fulfil this vision, and to ensure that all residents can live in a positive, respectful residence free from intimidation and discrimination Kooloobong Village developed a Live Out Loud Program that consists of regular weekly activities and larger one-off events every session. Residents are encouraged to contribute event and activity ideas and suggestions.

General behaviour

As you might expect from a residence based upon the principles of positive psychology, Kooloobong Village is a community built on creating strong lasting positive connections where people look out for each other. As a resident of Kooloobong Village you can expected to be treated with dignity, consideration and respect. In turn is it expected that you will show mutual respect and consideration for the wellbeing of all who live and work within the KBV community.

Whilst we focus on encouraging positive behaviours, we also recognise the need for negative behaviours to be addressed in order to ensure a healthy, happy and safe living environment. Our community is formed from a diverse group of residents and as such our rules reflect creating a foundation for social inclusion, respect for one another and ensuring the rights of every resident is protected. Our aim is that every resident stands up for the rights of others and holds one another accountable. To support this, accommodation services operate a demerit point and sanction system to give any resident whose behaviour is deemed to be ‘disruptive or unacceptable’ (while sober or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs), immediate feedback and appropriate consequence.

Please refer to the Student Conduct in Residence Policy for further information.

Laundry

Washing machines and dryers are available in Buildings 68 (coin operated), 73, 74 and 75 (coinless).

Mail

If you wish to have mail/parcels sent to you at Kooloobong Village please ask reception for the correct address.

Moving out (departure)

Students are required to provide Kooloobong Village Administration with either 2 or 4 weeks’ notice of their intention to depart Kooloobong Village on a date earlier than the specified end of contract date (dependent upon circumstance). A Request for an Amendment to, or Release from Accommodation Agreement Form is available from reception and also provides further details on circumstances and notice periods for intended departure.

Regardless of circumstance, before leaving Kooloobong Village you must:

  • Complete and return a Departure Form and Departure Checklist (which can be obtained from the office)
  • Ensure your account is paid in full (finalised)
  • Leave your unit/room clean, tidy and free from rubbish
  • Return your room key to the Kooloobong Village Office

When residents depart Kooloobong Village, their rooms will be inspected ensuring everything has been left in a suitable condition. Costs for damages and cleaning will be charged to the appropriate room occupant. If common areas within units are damaged or require cleaning, the cost will be split among each resident.

Office hours

The Kooloobong Village Office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Payments are accepted Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm only.

Office phone number: 4221 4770

Security

All residents play a key role in maintaining a high standard of security within Kooloobong Village. To ensure your personal safety and the safety of your personal/ flatmate’s property, please ensure to:

  • Keep your main unit screen door locked at all times;
  • Lock all the doors and windows if you are the last to leave your unit;
  • Lock your room doors and windows when leaving your unit;
  • Don’t leave any valuables (including shoes, clothes, surfboards etc) outside your unit;
  • Lock bicycles securely in the bicycle shed with a suitable lock

As the safety and security of Kooloobong Village is taken seriously and is everyone’s responsibility, residents may be issued with a warning and/or demerit points for breaches of community standards as per the Student Conduct in Residence Policy if found to have contravened the above

Please call the Student Leader on duty, Kooloobong Village staff or University Security if you have any concerns about your safety/security or notice anything suspicious in and around Kooloobong Village.

Shared units

All shared units at Kooloobong Village are mixed gender with shared bathroom facilities.

Storage

Due to limited space, storage is subject to availability and available to those students who are returning for the following academic session/year, i.e. an application for accommodation must be submitted before items will be accepted for storage and subject to availability. Charges apply and are dependent on the number of boxes to be stored and the time frame required (maximum 16 weeks). Payment of these charges are required upfront and prior to placement of items in storage.

Smoke detectors

Building 37, 73,74,75

A Standard evacuation will commence immediately upon the alarm being triggered. Residents should evacuate to emergency evacuation point.

Building 68

If you activate a smoke alarm in your room, unit within Building 68 of Kooloobong Village, you will have 60 seconds to waive the smoke away from the alarm before the main alarm is activated. Failing to remove the smoke will result in the activation of the main alarm and a full evacuation of the building and residents should evacuate to the emergency evacuation point.

This is a guide to ensure your needs are met effectively and efficiently. The majority of issues can be resolved by consulting a member of the Kooloobong Village Administration or Student Leader Team. 

 


Who To See About What

Student Residence Managers

  • Academic and wellbeing issues
  • Personal concerns and referrals
  • Financial advice
  • Grievances and conflict resolution
     

Kooloobong Village Administration

  • Appointments with the Student Resident Managers
  • Lost keys/lockouts
  • Booking a study room/borrowing equipment
  • Account payments or queries
  • Mail
  • Room allocations and transfers
  • Orientation and engagement of new residents
  • Advice and assistance relating to general University administration policies and procedures
     

Student Leader Team

  • After hours lost keys and lockouts
  • Local noise and disturbance
  • First aid
  • Fire emergencies and evacuation procedure
  • Personal concerns and referrals
  • Information on public health e.g., safe drinking, vaccinations, sexual and mental health information etc.
  • Information on how to suggest or obtain support to organise events and activities

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Lock outs and lost keys

All UOW Residents will receive 2 free lock outs per year. There will be a $10 lock out fee for all subsequent lock outs after the second.

If you are locked out during office hours please see the Administration Staff for assistance. If you are locked out after hours, please call the Student Leader on Duty.

If you have lost your room key please contact the Office or Student Leader on duty after hours immediately. There is a non-refundable $50 charge for lost keys.

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Welcome to Marketview

Dear Residents,

The staff and I would like to offer a warm welcome to each of you and we hope you will think of Marketview as your home away from home. You have come from near and far to live and learn at the University of Wollongong. We hope this year will bring many new adventures to each of you. We invite you to actively participate in making this the type of residence others strive to live in each year. The staff and I would like to see you make Marketview a positive, healthy and supportive community in which to live, learn and have fun in throughout 2018.

Our Student Leaders will be available to help you when you need academic or social support. They will work closely as a team to give you as many opportunities as possible to develop a positive relationship with fellow members of your community, both at Marketview, and with residents at other colleges. If you would like to assist in planning and organising social/cultural/academic activities at Marketview, please let a Student Leader or staff member know. If you need assistance at night when the Office is closed, please contact the Student Leader on duty, or our Night Duty Staff, who will assist you with lock outs, noise complaints or any problems including emergencies.

The community at Marketview is based on respect for yourself, your neighbours, your property, the University’s property and the overall environment you live in. There are a number of policies and expectations which apply to all residents and their guests at Marketview. You are expected to know these and adhere to them while living here. If you have any questions, please see a Student Leader, the Administration Staff in the Office, the Deputy SRM, or myself.

Marketview is a great place in which to live and learn.

I look forward to sharing in your triumphs and promise to support each of you during your time with us.

The following pages contain some useful information about Marketview that you need to know.

On behalf of the Marketview Staff, welcome to your new home!

Best wishes for 2018!

Mary Sparks
Student Residence Manager (SRM)

Marketview mission

To provide a living and learning environment which fosters respect, along with the intellectual development and personal growth of all residents so as to ensure the academic and social success of all residents who make Marketview their home. 

Principles for community life

Living in a community is a uniquely rewarding experience. It allows for personal and social development as well as the formation of lifelong friendships. Our goal is to form a community that embraces our mission. The following general principles are guidelines that apply to daily decision-making. Our dedicated efforts in applying them will enable our college community to be nurturing and a great place in which to live and learn! 

1. Principle of accountability

Structure of some sort is an integral part of any community. All members of our community share responsibility and accountability to uphold the community policies we have agreed to accept. 

2. Principle of consideration

In order to build and sustain a genuine community, we must overcome dislikes, differences and prejudices. It can be difficult to consider the interests of others before your own, and be willing to communicate lovingly and honestly. These actions are essential to creating a supportive and positive living environment. 

3. Principle of encouragement

There are times in life when things don’t always go according to plan. Living in a community does not give immunity to facing difficulties; however it does provide support through encouragement to face life’s challenges and get past the hard times. Encouragement conveys the idea of giving someone the strength they need to handle the pressure of adverse situations. Encouragement is powerful as it enables individuals to persevere and grow through difficult times.   

4. Principle of integrity

Individual integrity requires remaining true to ourselves; it encompasses our ethical standard of living, and how we live our lives. By following the policies and procedures in this handbook, you will embody the central component of this concept and contribute positively to the Marketview community. 

5. Principle of worth and dignity of individuals

Belief in the worth and dignity of individuals is fundamental to community life. Everyone is worthy of respect, and is responsible for respecting others. Unique personalities provide richness in a community in addition to the diversity of its individuals. Tolerance and acceptance are key to making communities thrive and flourish. 

6. Principle of respecting property

A natural outcome of planning and hard work is the acquisition of both individual and institutional property. Attention to its maintenance, protection and stewardship, calls for our consideration when using or altering any of our community property. Communal equipment is here for everyone’s benefit so please look after it as if it were your own. 

 


Staff and Student Leadership Teams

Student Residence Manager (SRM)

The Student Residence Manager (SRM) Ms Mary Sparks is responsible to the Director of Accommodation Services for providing leadership to the residential community. The SRM has specific responsibilities for administration, student support and student and organisational development. 

Deputy Student Resident Manager (DSRM)

The Deputy Student Resident Manager is based on site at Marketview. The position reports directly to the Student Residence Manager (located at Bangalay). The DSRM is responsible for providing day to day leadership to the staff, Student Leader team, and the residential community.

Marketview Administration

The friendly administration team are here to assist you in answering any queries or concerns you may have relating to UOW Living. They are also responsible for maintaining the administrative processes for Marketview. If you require any assistance, or you are not sure who to contact, the administration team is the best place to start. 

Night Duty

The Night Duty Staff are responsible for the security and safety of residents between 10pm and 5am daily. Their work includes lock outs, room and building access, noise and disturbances, first aid, fire evacuations and other emergencies or related issues, concerns about security.

Student Leaders

Student Leaders are responsible for facilitating a sense of community amongst the residents in their area of responsibility and the greater Marketview community. They are also a source of academic, personal and social advice and support to their residents. Student Leaders are also responsible for facilitating the ResPASS Program which is designed to assist residents with faculty-specific study. The Student Leaders work closely with, and report directly to, the Deputy Student Residence Manager. In the event of a fire or similar emergency the Student Leaders will act as building wardens. All Student Leaders possess current Level 2 First Aid Certificates. Student Leaders are on duty from 5pm to 10pm weekdays and 5am to 10pm weekends.

Program Coordinator

The Program Coordinator works closely with the Student Leader team to organise activities and events for the Marketview community to build a strong and positive living and learning environment. 

Information Technology (It) Assistant

Our IT Assistant is a current resident who is employed on a casual basis to assist you with any aspect of connecting your PC or laptop to the University network. Please see the office staff or a Student Leader for more information. 

 


General Information

Office hours

The Marketview Office is open from Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm.

Student Leaders are on duty from 5pm – 10pm and 5am – 8am weekdays, as well as weekends from 5am – 10pm.
Night Duty Staff are on duty from 10pm – 5am daily to provide extra support and security for the Marketview community.

Evacuation point and emergency procedures

In the case of an emergency or evacuation, leave the building via the fire escape stairs located on each wing towards the end of the corridors and near the elevators. Assemble on the Church lawn to await further direction. In the case of evacuation, DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS. In the event of a fire or similar emergency the Administration Staff, Night Duty Staff and Student Leaders will act as building wardens and you must follow their directions. All Night Duty Staff and Student Leaders possess current Level 2 First Aid Certificates.

Respass program

The ResPASS Program is operated at Marketview. This is an academic program based on the PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) program run at the University. The ResPASS Program is a free academic assistance program that utilises peer-led study groups to help students succeed. The program is facilitated by the Student Leaders and designed to assist residents with faculty-specific study.

Safety

The safety of residents is of utmost importance and we ask you to be proactive in this area of residential living, as it is everyone’s concern and you must play your part. You should make sure that your room door is locked when you are not in your room or if you are sleeping. You are strongly encouraged not to leave any personal items unattended in common areas where they may be stolen.

The entry door into Marketview will be locked Monday to Friday from 5pm and will be kept locked over the weekend. You can open this door with your room card; however, after 10pm each night you will need to be let in by Night Duty Staff. If you find you are followed into the building by someone you don’t know, please ring the person on duty and let them know. The large glass sliding doors at the front of the building are not to be opened or closed by residents. The security of the building may be compromised if these doors are opened outside of the office opening hours. Please approach a staff member or Student Leader regarding this should you have any questions.

For more information please refer to UOW Security.

Visitors and guests

Any guest visiting or staying at Marketview needs to sign in and scan photo ID (Australian License or Photo Card) at the front counter each time they visit. All guests must be signed in at the Office, have their sign-in slip on them and be accompanied by a Marketview resident for the duration of their stay. It is important to remember that you are responsible for your guests and their stay must not negatively impact on fellow residents or the Marketview community. There may be times when we restrict guest entry into Marketview, such as O-Week. This does not prevent you from visiting them outside of Marketview. You will be advised of these times by the Marketview Staff when required.

If you have visitors or guests staying more than 2 nights please contact the Marketview Office to get permission prior to your guest’s arrival. Extended stays (3 nights or longer) are subject to approval by the Deputy Student Resident Manager and charges may apply. Please refer to the Overnight Guest Section of General Safety for more information.

Quiet hours

Please note that quiet hours at Marketview are:
• Sunday to Thursday from 10pm
• Friday and Saturday from 12 midnight

Please be aware of noise and be respectful to your neighbours, no matter what the time of day. A 24 hour Noise Ban applies during study recess and exam times. Double demerit points also apply during this period.

Mail

Your postal address for correspondence whilst living at Marketview is:

< Your Name >
… (ROOM NUMBER) Marketview
60 Market Street
Wollongong, NSW 2500

OR

< Your Name >
PO Box 7125
Gwynneville, NSW 2500

You will receive notification from the Office via your UOW email that you have mail or a parcel when it comes in. You can collect your mail from reception Monday – Friday from 8am to 5pm. If you need to post items or require stamps, please visit the Australia Post shop in Building 11 at UniShop or Wollongong Post Office on Crown Street.

Parking permits, bicycles and temporary visitor parking permits

Marketview has a secure basement car park. On acceptance of your Accommodation Offer you will be able to indicate whether you require a parking permit for 2018.

If you need to change your selection for any reason after accepting your offer, please contact Marketview via email to arrange this. Successful permit allocations will be notified via email prior to the start of contract. For further information please contact Marketview.

Secure bicycle racks are also located in the basement car park for your use.

Cars parked in the Marketview basement car park must have a current 2018 Parking Permit displayed on their vehicle’s windshield. Cars parked illegally without a valid Parking Permit can be infringed by Security and fines apply.

The Contractor and Disabled car spaces on Ground Level are not for student use. People parking in these spaces will be fined.

Residents have three temporary, overnight Visitor Parking Permits per semester that they can use throughout the year. There are a limited number of available spots and is strictly subject to availability. To arrange a Visitor Parking Permit, please see the Administration Staff during office hours prior your visitor’s arrival.

Social areas

Marketview has a number of social common areas including two ‘rec rooms’ on third and fourth floor, the foyer, conference room and kitchens. Please be aware that these areas are all alcohol free zones and are for the benefit of all Marketview residents. We also have a variety of sporting equipment, board games, Wii and X-Box consoles that can be borrowed. Please look after these areas and equipment and treat them with respect.

Kitchens

Kitchens are to be kept clean and free from rubbish, food scraps and spoiled food/beverages. Please ensure appliances (including fridge, freezer, microwave, etc.) are cleaned regularly and that cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils are washed and put away after use. Students are responsible for keeping the kitchens and their contents clean and tidy. Every kitchen has expectations and rules, please abide by them. Remember, the kitchen is for the use of everyone not just you, so clean up immediately after using it.

There are two bins in each kitchen: one for general waste and one for recycling. Please ensure you put the correct rubbish in the corresponding bins. These bins are not to be used for rubbish from your room – the bins located in the basement car park are for any personal rubbish.

Cooking in rooms

Absolutely no cooking is allowed in student rooms. The use of an electric kettle with an automatic cut off for making beverages is permitted.

Cleaning

Residents are responsible for the cleaning of their rooms. Rooms will be inspected each fortnight by a member of the contracted cleaning company team. Standards of cleaning will be explained to all residents at the beginning of each session.

Residents who fail a cleaning inspection will be notified of the fail by hard copy Inspection Fail Report left in their room and also via email. Failed rooms will be reinspected the following business day. If the room fails the follow up inspection, Cleaning Staff will be required to clean the room and the resident will be charged a cleaning fee for the service. For charges and further information please refer to the Cleaning section of My Residence Rules.

Rubbish removal and recycling

We strongly encourage all residents and guests to be environmentally aware while living at Marketview. Keeping your room clean and free from rubbish is important.
Please separate your recyclable materials (clean paper, washed glass, metal tins, etc.) from your rubbish (food scraps, non-recyclables).

Large general waste and recycling bins are located in the BASEMENT CAR PARK near the elevators and should be used to dispose of rubbish. Make sure to remove rubbish from your rooms on a regular basis and especially when the bins are full.

The General Wast bins have RED lids.
Recycle bins have YELLOW and BLUE lids. Only the appropriate papers, glass, aluminium and plastic can be placed in these bins. Don’t forget to rinse cans, glass jars etc. before recycling them.

Vacuum cleaners

You can borrow a vacuum cleaner, please come and see the Office Staff or the Student Leader on duty after hours. You will need to bring your Student Card to borrow the vacuum cleaner.

Toilet and bathroom

Please be aware that there is a waste water grid in the toilet areas. These are not urinals. Showers are for showering only and are not to be used as toilets. Toilet and bathroom areas should be kept in a clean condition at all times. Please refrain from placing tampons or sanitary pads, paper towels and other items in toilets. Toilet paper should be the only product (other than the obvious) that is flushed down the toilet drain.

Bathroom sinks similarly, are not for washing dishes. Please use the sinks in the kitchen. If your sink is blocked as a result of food waste products you will be charged for the maintenance call out fee.

All bathroom rubbish should be emptied regularly and placed in the garbage bins provided in the basement.

Laundry and linen

There are self-service laundry facilities available on the South Wing of First Floor at Marketview. The laundry is equipped with washing machines and dryers with a cost of $2.00 per load. Please be aware the machines ONLY accept $1 coins and change is available at the Office during office hours. Irons and ironing boards are also available in the laundry. Students are required to provide their own washing powder/liquid.

We suggest you bring your own linen, or you may purchase linen at a cost of $175 through the shopping cart on the Accommodation Portal. This needs to be arranged prior to your arrival.

 


Who To See About What

Deputy Student Residence Manager

  • General issues relating to the management of Marketview including: the Marketview mission and strategic direction, business management, information technology resources, marketing and external relations
  • Concerns about breaches of residential community standards
  • Personal or academic concerns or referrals
  • Financial advice and Alternate Payment Plans for rental fees
  • Capital development and refurbishment/renovation program
  • Issues relating to Accommodation Agreement
  • Advice and assistance relating to general University issues (particularly those relating to student administration policies and procedures)
  • Room allocations and changes
  • Careers advice and assistance
  • Personal or character references
  • Any concerns about re-occurring maintenance issues

Marketview Administration

  • Rooms management issues (room allocation, room changes, applications for following year, etc.)
  • Appointments to see the Student Residence Manager
  • Lost key cards, lock outs and room access
  • Urgent maintenance issues
  • Urgent cleaning issues
  • Payment of fees
  • Change for washing machines and dryers
  • Incoming and outgoing mail
  • Telephone system enquiries
  • Photocopying, electronic scanning and facsimile service
  • Rental references
  • First Aid

Night Duty Staff (10pm To 5am)

  • Lock outs, lost keys and room access
  • Noise and disturbances
  • First Aid
  • Fire emergencies and evacuation procedures
  • Medical emergencies or related issues
  • Concerns about security (e.g. unauthorised visitors etc.)

Student Leaders

  • Personal advice, support and referrals
  • Issues relating to community development in Marketview
  • Community events and activities
  • ResPASS
  • Concerns about breaches of residential community standards (e.g. disruptive behaviour by neighbours etc.)

Student Leader On Duty

(Weekdays: 5AM – 8AM and 5PM – 10PM. Weekends: 5AM – 10PM)

  • Lock outs, lost keys and room access
  • Noise and disturbances
  • First Aid
  • Fire emergencies and evacuation procedures
  • Medical emergencies or related issues
  • Concerns about security (e.g. unauthorised visitors etc.)

If you are uncertain who to speak with please contact Marketview Administration in person or on telephone (02) 4252 8242 in the first instance so you may be directed to the most suitable staff member to assist you.

 


Lock outs and lost keys

All UOW Residents will receive 2 free lock outs per year. There will be a $10 lock out fee for all subsequent lock outs after the second.

If you are locked out during office hours please see the Administration Staff for assistance. If you are locked out after hours, please call the Student Leader on Duty or the Night Duty Staff on 4252 8242.

If you have lost your room key please contact the Office during office hours or Student Leader on duty or Night Duty Staff after hours immediately. There is a non-refundable $50 lost key charge for lost keys.

Lost kitchen cupboard keys also carry a non-refundable $50 replacement charge.

Your room keys is a magnetic swipe card that will give you access to the building, your room, the kitchens and laundry. Please be aware that the keys can demagnetise if kept near smart phones, electronics and credit cards etc. If your key demagnetises please see the Administration Staff during office hours or person on duty after hours, to have your key re-encoded. There is no charge for a demagnetised key; this does not count as a lock out.

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Welcome To Weerona

Welcome to Weerona and the University of Wollongong. I hope that your stay with us will be both enjoyable and productive. Weerona is home to Australian and International students enjoying the diversity of a multicultural community. Each resident who comes to Weerona shares a common goal – to enhance their opportunities in life by undertaking university studies in a safe, supportive and friendly environment. As a resident, you may take advantage of excellent social, academic & community, sporting and cultural programs at Weerona. This program is organised by the Student Leader Team and Program Coordinators, who will, from time to time, seek your assistance with ideas and organisation. I encourage you to be involved. The more you participate, the more you will get out of college life!

This guide has been written and designed to make your stay here safe, comfortable and incident free. It outlines the services we provide, the rules and regulations of the college and the code of behaviour for all residents.

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with your responsibilities as a resident of Weerona. I look forward to meeting you during your residency here, and trust that your stay with us will be a happy, enjoyable and successful one.

Leanne Robinson
Student Residence Manager

Introduction

Weerona aims to provide an atmosphere conducive to academic study, that is supportive and a friendly community. It is envisaged that residents will be able to develop intellectually, socially and personally in such an atmosphere. Residents are seen as major stakeholders in this aim and are expected to act in a responsible manner towards the college, it's staff, fellow residents and the immediate environs of the college and the University. Residents of the college are predominantly undergraduate students, with some postgraduate students also accommodated. A total of 204 beds are available. There are 134 single rooms and 35 twin share rooms; all are catered for on a full-board basis (19 meals per week – no weekend lunches). Facilities such as toilets, bathrooms, common rooms etc. are shared. Places are offered to undergraduate, postgraduate, domestic and international students.

The Weerona staff are always willing to help where possible. The Student Residence Manager has ultimate responsibility for all matters pertaining to Weerona. She is aided in the running of Weerona by Administration Assistants, Catering Manager, a team of housekeeping staff and the Student Leader Team.

History Of Weerona

The Weerona land was originally a coke ovens site. Later a hostel was built on the site for Australian Iron & Steel staff. On June 4 1987 it was opened as Weerona, a Hall of Residence of the University of Wollongong, managed in conjunction with International House. Over the following years, B and C blocks were constructed, and extensions and improvements were made to the existing buildings. On October 19, 1990, Weerona was officially opened. Weerona is continually being upgraded with recent improvements. Aesthetic changes to the grounds continue to enhance the college environs.

Weerona College Mission Statement

  • To provide residential accommodation for students of the University that includes academic, cultural and social support.
  • To encourage the collegiality and goodwill available through residential life where 204 young adults associate in mutual support and scholarship.
  • To encourage and develop the values amongst its residents that extend beyond personal ends towards a more global view of the community to which they may contribute in a personal and professional capacity.
  • To develop self-reliance through interaction with the community and the alumni in pursuing the overall aims and mission of the University

 


Staff and student leadership teams

The Student Residence Manager

The Student Residence Manager (SRM) Ms Leanne Robinson is responsible to the Director of Accommodation Services for providing leadership to the residential community. The SRM has specific responsibilities for administration, student support and student and organisational development.

The Student Residence Manager is available Monday through Friday, from 9.30am until 5pm. It is advisable to make an appointment if you wish to ensure that the Student Residence Manager is available to see you. Appointments may be made at the Weerona office. You may also enquire at the Weerona office if you wish to see the Student Residence Manager immediately, or, if the door to the Student Residence Manager’s office is open, simply drop in.

Administrative Assistants

The Administration Assistants are responsible for all enquiries regarding UOW Living, customer service and assistance during office hours. They are responsible for maintaining the administrative processes for Weerona College. If you require any assistance, or you are not sure who to contact, the Administration team is the best place to start.

Senior Leaders

The Student Leader role is to facilitate and promote a supportive living and learning environment in the College. Student Leaders also provide support and care to residents and act as a source of academic, personal and social advice and support. Part of the Student Leader role is to facilitate the ResPASS Program, a free academic program based on peer learning. The Student Leaders are on Duty after hours and work on a roster system. If you require assistance there is always someone on-call to help you. In the event of a fire or similar emergency evacuation the Student Leaders will act as Building or Area Wardens. All Student Leaders hold current Level 2 First Aid Certificates.

Program Coordinator

Program Coordinators develop, promote and support activities and event programs for the College in a range of areas including Academic & Community, Environmental & Wellbeing, Sports, Social and Cultural Development. Part of the Academic Program Coordinator’s role is to support the ResPASS Program and also organise Meet the Teach functions where staff members of the University and residents can interact on a social level. The Program Coordinators also aim to promote and celebrate the cultural diversity that is present at Weerona, while fostering a supportive and healthy, sustainable living environment. Weerona is a place where all residents are supported and encouraged academically in an atmosphere of social cordiality. Living as part of a multi-faceted community is in itself an educational experience. As a result, Weerona provides a unique opportunity which residents should enjoy and take advantage of.

 


General Information

Office Hours

9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday

The office is closed on weekends and public holidays. During these times, and outside of office hours a Student Leader is on Duty and available to assist. Call extension 5240 from any of the red phones located around College or call 4221 5240.

Mail

Friends and relatives should address your mail as follows:

Resident’s Name
Weerona 
Throsby Drive
Gwynneville NSW 2500
Australia

General mail will be distributed to pigeonholes located outside the TV Room where appropriate.

Residents who receive parcels and large envelopes will be notified via their UOW email that they have a parcel to collect from the Office. Residents can collect their parcels during office hours and will be required to sign for their item on collection.

Residents may post mail from the Office through the University’s internal mailing system. All items must be stamped. For overseas postage, there are Post Offices located at Gwynneville and on the main UOW Campus.

Community living

Weerona is a residential student community operating on a number of accepted community standards. As a resident you are required to follow the established norms, standards, rules and regulations. Your reason for living at Weerona, and indeed your prime responsibility, is to pursue your academic endeavours.

The community at Weerona is based on mutual respect. Respect for people, including yourself, property, yours, others’ and the University’s, as well as the overall environment you live in. There are a number of policies and expectations which apply to all residents and their guests at Weerona; you are expected to know these and adhere to them while living here.

Each resident is expected to behave in such a way that no negative impact is felt by the Weerona community. Residents should always be considerate and sensitive to other people and not bring Weerona's reputation, or that of the University, into disrepute.

Lock outs

All UOW Residents will receive 2 free lock outs per year. There will be a $10 lock out fee for all subsequent lock outs after the second.

It is important that residents carry their key-card with them at all times (yes, even when using the showers/bathroom/laundries, or visiting a friend’s room). If you find yourself locked out of your room for any reason, there is a procedure that should be followed:

During office hours
Please see the Administration Staff at the Office who will issue you a new key. Please return your old key to reception once you have re-gained access to your room.

Outside office hours and weekends
Please contact the Student Leader on Duty who will unlock your room for you.

Lost keys

Should you lose your key-card, leave it at home, or at a friend’s house, it will be cancelled and a new key issued. This will incur a non-refundable $50 lost key charge, no negotiation or discussion will be entered into. For the current fees associated with lock outs and replacement key charges, please refer above or talk to the Administration Staff during office hours.

ResPASS program

The ResPASS program is operated at Weerona. This is an academic program based on the PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) program run at the University. The ResPASS Program is a free academic assistance program that utilises peer-led study groups to help students succeed. The program is facilitated by the Student Leaders and Program Coordinators; it is designed to assist residents with faculty-specific study.

Guests and visitors

Guests and visitors are the responsibility of the host resident. All rules and regulations related to residency at Weerona will apply to your guests whilst they are on the premises at Weerona, whether this is in the buildings or in the grounds. Guests should be accompanied by the host resident at all times while they are on college premises. Any guests found to be causing a disruption or disturbance, or in breach of any of the Weerona or University of Wollongong regulations or codes of conduct will be advised to leave the premises by the Student Leader or college staff. Failure to comply will result in University security intervention, and an Incident Report will be raised. In this event, guests who are students at UOW may face the Student Conduct Committee. Guests who are not UOW students, but members of the general public may be subject to charges under the Enclosed Lands Act if warranted.

If guests eat any catered meals from the dining room, the host resident is required to complete the Guest Meals Register at the kitchen office and pay for the meal at the Weerona office. Meals are $7 each.

Common rooms and BBQ area

These facilities are available for the use of residents and invited guests ONLY. Residents are responsible for leaving the facilities in a clean and tidy state at all times. Staff may request any excessive mess be cleaned up by those responsible.

Throughout the year various parts of the College may be made unavailable due to bookings for training courses, lunches, dinners, seminars and similar activities. Residents are asked to cooperate with college staff directives and afford any guests polite assistance if required.

Laundry facilities

Coin-operated washing and drying machines are located in the laundry rooms of each building. The cost for doing a load of laundry or drying is $2. Please note the machines only accept $1 coins; change is available at the Office if required. Residents are required to provide their own laundry powder and clothes pegs. Clotheslines are available in the drying yards. Irons are also provided in each of the laundries. It is advisable to remove all clothing from the drying lines before nightfall. Any malfunction of equipment provided by the college should be reported immediately to the office or the Student Leader on duty (after hours).

Fundraising

Weerona residents have become known in the University and wider community for their efforts in raising funds for a variety of charities over the course of the residential year. 2014 saw residents raise in excess of $16,000 for the Enough is Enough Anti-Violence Foundation, 40Hour Famine, NSW Cancer Council Relay For Life, The McGrath Foundation and The National Breast Cancer Foundation. Residents are regular blood donors, and also participate in events such as National Tree Day and Clean Up Australia Day. Most fund raising activities are held in Session Two (2) of each year.

In addition, Weerona residents are the proud recipients of the inaugural Vampire Shield in recognition of the number of blood donations made to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service by students living in UOW residences.

Car parking

Parking permits are allocated through a random ballot system. If you require a parking permit please ensure you tick the parking required box when you accept your offer of accommodation. If you need to change your selection for any reason after accepting your offer, please contact the college office on 02 4221 5240 to arrange this. Successful permit allocations will be notified via email prior to the start of contract. For further information please contact the Weerona office.

Weerona has two distinct car parking areas with 62 numbered permit spaces available.

The Western, or front, car park is partly sealed and partly gravelled. It also has 5 visitor bays (marked V1 through V5), please ensure you purchase a ticket from the ticket machine to avoid any fines. Cars without a valid ticket displayed on their dash will attract a parking infringement notice. There is also 1 accessible parking bay.

The Eastern, or back, car park is a gravelled area. The Eastern car park also has a motorcycle bay that can accommodate up to three motorcycles.

Residents wishing to park their vehicles in the college parking area(s) must have a current 2018 parking permit displayed on their vehicles windshield. Each resident will be allocated a numbered bay when their parking permit is issued. If you do not have a permit, and you choose to park in the college car park, the likelihood of being fined is high.

If you are not able to access your allocated parking bay at any time, you must follow the following procedures:

During office hours

  • Take down all details of the offending vehicle (make, model, colour, registration number (including state), and parking permit number if appropriate).
  • Report these details to the office immediately.
  • Administration Staff will report the incident to University security, who has the authority to issue a parking infringement notice on inspection of the vehicle.
  • If the vehicle belongs to a current resident, college staff will contact that person with instructions to move their vehicle immediately, or as soon as possible.

Outside office hours and weekends

  • Contact the Student Leader on duty to complete a Restricted Parking Area - Parking Complaint form.
  • The Student Leader will contact University security and fax your form to them as required.
  • University security will attend as soon as they are able and issue a parking infringement notice on inspection of the vehicle.
  • If the vehicle belongs to a current resident, the Student Leader on duty will contact that person with instructions to move their vehicle immediately and an Incident Report will be raised.

PLEASE NOTE: It is your responsibility to report any non-permit bearing vehicles that are parked in the Restricted Parking Area, or a permit bearing vehicle parked in a bay that has not been allocated to them. If these incidents are not reported there is little that staff and Student Leaders can do to assist you in cases where you are unable to park.

 


Who to See About What

The Student Residence Manager

  • Academic concerns or referrals
  • Personal concerns and referrals
  • Financial advice/payment plans
  • Grievances and conflict resolution
  • Concerns about breaches of residential community standards
  • Issues relating to Accommodation Agreement
  • Room allocations and changes
  • Advice and assistance relating to general University issues (particularly those relating to student administration policies and procedures)
  • Any concerns about re-occurring maintenance issues

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT &Ndash; OFFICE

  • Appointments with Student Residence Manager
  • Lock Outs, lost keys and room access
  • Payment of accounts
  • Account enquiries
  • Change
  • Fax
  • Incoming and outgoing mail
  • General enquiries
  • Network problems
  • Referral service for all matters
  • Cleaning and urgent maintenance issues
  • Furniture and room problems
  • Facilities issues
  • First aid

Catering/Kitchen Manager

  • Food comments and suggestions
  • Late meals
  • Special dietary requirements

After Hours

Student Leaders

  • Room access, lock outs
  • Local noise and disturbances
  • First aid
  • Fire emergencies and evacuation procedure
  • Personal concerns and referrals
  • Information on public health e.g. safe drinking, quit packs, vaccinations, sexual health etc.

Program Coordinators

  • General resources on Study Skills
  • Information on events
  • Information on how to help organise/run an event
  • Scheduling of upcoming events
  • First Aid

UOW Security

  • Emergencies
  • First aid

 


Catering

Weerona College is a fully catered residence, providing 19 meals per week (all meals excluding weekend lunches) and aims to provide a healthy, nutritious selection to complement the active lifestyles of College residents. Catering is provided by Chartwells. The kitchen caters for a range of dietary requirements.

Meal times

Weekdays

Breakfast – 7:30am to 10:30am*
Dinner – 6:00pm to 8:00pm*

Weekends

Breakfast – 9:00am to 11:00am*
Dinner – 6:00pm to 7:30pm*

The Dining Room is open during the day and closed and locked after meal service has finished in the evenings.

*Please Note: During out of session times, the meal service hours may change depending on the number of residents in College. Any changes will be notified via email and clearly indicated on signs in and around the Dining Room.

No plates, knives, forks, spoons OR ANY OTHER EQUIPMENT which is owned by the College is to be taken out of the Dining Room at any time without express permission of Kitchen Staff or the Student Residence Manager. Each resident should bring their own mug/cup to the Dining Room for meals.

Late dinners

Late dinners are available for residents who have classes that run through normal evening meal service. As late dinners are only available for residents with class clashes, they are only obtainable during session on weekdays and during the examination period where evening exams are scheduled by the University. To place a late dinner request, sign up on the white adhesive labels on the counter in the Dining Room by 3:00pm. Information on how to obtain your late meal will be provided to you by the Student Leader on your floor or by a member of the Kitchen Staff team. 

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Lock outs and lost keys

All UOW Residents will receive 2 free lock outs per year. There will be a $10 lock out fee for all subsequent lock outs after the second.

If you are locked out during office hours please see the Administration Staff for assistance. If you are locked out after hours, please call the Student Leader on Duty.

If you have lost your room key please contact the Office or Student Leader on duty after hours immediately. There is a non-refundable $50 charge for lost keys.

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Last reviewed: 15 April, 2019