On behalf of the University of Wollongong and Accommodation Services I extend a very warm welcome to all UOW Living residents. The student residences provide a unique community which aims to be secure, supportive and sustainable. Our student residence communities welcome students from all parts of Australia and the globe, and we have a strong ethos to support diversity and individual needs.  Your journey through student residences and the University should be one where you share your unique life experiences and perspectives with a wide range of other people, and develop new understandings of the world. It is very typical of your student residence experience that you make new friends who will be a part of your future - I very much encourage you to join in the activities, programs and experiences that UOW Living will offer you.  Just try smiling and putting your hand to out your fellow residents.

To make the most of this community, it is important that all residents are aware of the rules and expectations that come with living in one of the UOW student residences.  All of these can be found in this handbook and it is the responsibility of all residents to be familiar with the contents of this handbook, and to take the time to read through and know where to access information.

These rules are designed to ensure that all residents are able to enjoy the shared experience of being a student in a University residence. These rules and the penalties for breaching them are set out in the Student Conduct in Residences Policy.

As the Director of Accommodation Services, I work closely with all of the Student Residence Managers (sometimes referred to as ‘Heads’) across a range of issues to develop culturally engaging and exciting student residences. Accommodation Services’ priority is student wellbeing and our mission is to provide supportive, secure and sustainable residential communities. All of the residences share the overarching values of supporting diversity, personal growth and academic success. 

Our Student Residence Managers, together with their deputies and assistants, are highly trained, committed and experienced individuals, supported by staff that share the priorities and mission of Accommodation Services. I encourage you to contact our staff if you have anything that you wish to discuss.  

Finally, I would like to wish you a happy, successful and productive year. 

Nigel Pennington
Accommodation Services