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Campus East

Campus East is UOW’s only student residence that offers both catered and self-catered accommodation. So if you are looking to live in a residence where the fee for a catered room includes 14 chef-cooked meals per week, and residents in self-catered rooms have the option to purchase meal packages separately, you should look no further than Campus East. Providing a homely and neighbourly vibe with plenty of green-space for residents, Campus East offers furnished single units plus a choice of 2, 3 or 5-bedroom furnished units. And with the patrolled beach at Fairy Meadow only a short 5-minute walk from your room…it’s a perfect place to live during your years at UOW.

A unit at Campus East

Welcoming and friendly community

When you move to a new town for uni it’s good to know there will be a ready-made community of friendly students and staff waiting to welcome you. Campus East is really focused on people and place. The large garden areas play an important role in making Campus East residents feel ‘at home’ and building a strong sense of community. Some of our students say it has that ‘small town’ feeling, and that it’s the perfect place to come home to.

Campus East Café and catered meals

While residents of Campus East can choose to live in a catered or self-catered room, Campus East Café is used by all students and is definitely the hub of the community. It’s the meeting place – and often the happening place – for activities and events organised by the student Community Leaders, and a great place to catch-up with friends or Campus East staff. Catered rooms include 14 healthy and delicious meals weekly, with dietary requirements catered for including health, religious and lifestyle. For students living in catered rooms, this is inclusive in their room fee. Students in self-catered rooms are welcome to purchase meal plans.

The perfect location for students

Campus East is located less than 4kms away from UOW Wollongong campus, and the free bus to campus and town is only 2 a minute walk from your front door. In addition to the large outdoor green-spaces, you can grab your swimmers and towel, and be at the beach in 5 minutes. A quick dip before class may become part of your uni study routine. If you’re looking to head to Sydney, or South to explore the region, this residence is only a 10-minute walk to Fairy Meadow train station. If you enjoy being outdoors and the beauty of nature, you’ll love living at Campus East

Safe, secure and supported

In addition to the food, vibe and the beach, all students have access to study and wellbeing support and enjoy an inclusive social life in a safe environment. Student lead RESPASS sessions run across a range of study areas and wellbeing support is available 24/7 from trained residence staff and student Community Leaders. When you live on campus as a UOW student you will feel safe, secure and supported. At Campus East access to the main buildings, communal spaces and student rooms is only available when using an individually coded fob or card access key.  Each unit and studio apartment has a unique code, and every bedroom in shared units has a coded door lock, that can only be opened by the key-holder.

Meet Matt

Matt is from Wagga Wagga and has been living in-residence at Campus East for three years. Join Matt as he shows you around his home-away-from-home and tells you why he loves living here.

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Hey guys, I'm Matt from Wagga Wagga. I'm a Student Leader here at Campus East and I study science teaching at the University of Wollongong. Come with me, I'll show you around.
 
Welcome to my crib!  
 
So, this room type that we're in right now is a catered room. It's really great because it offers the opportunity to go down to the cafeteria and get some home-cooked meals by our cafeteria staff. Living in an apartment at Campus East provides you with an opportunity to make so many friends - so you're whacked in a unit with four other people you've never met in your life, and within a week they're your best friends. The best thing about the dining room down here definitely has to be the cafeteria ladies. They know you all by name, I see them every day as my room fee covers 14 meals a week prepared by our on-site chef, and it just makes a really great experience. Campus East boasts a wide range of recreation facilities here that all our residents can use. We've got things like the games room, which we're in right now. We've also got things like our projector room - any student can use that 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We've also got more studious things, like a computer lab, and we've got lots of wide-open grassy areas which you can nap or study in whenever you feel like. There's heaps of academic support at Campus East.  One of the major programs that we run every single year is called RESpass. RESpass benefits include a guaranteed hour of study every single week. It's also a great opportunity to meet other people who are doing your subjects or who are in your course, and it's a great way to get some knowledge and tips from Student Leaders who have done your subjects in the past. Campus East is close to a heap of different facilities. We've got one of the bus stops 2 minute stroll in that direction, we've got  Fairy Meadow station 5 minute stroll that way, shops 10 minutes that way, and one of the best things about living at Campus East is that Fairy Meadow beach is a 5 minute walk that way.

Meet Ellie and Ron

Ellie is a UOW biomedical engineering student from Young in regional NSW and has been living at Kooloobong Village for two years. Ron is one of UOW's Accommodation managers. Ron has a professional background and personal passion for student wellbeing and welfare. Hear their thoughts on living in student accommodation during COVID-19, and why they believe it’s a great choice for students.

Hear what our residents have to say

Hi, my name is Ron on the Student Residence Manager across Kooloobong Village, Graduate House and Bangalay.
Hi, I'm Ellie. I'm studying biomedical engineering at UOW and I live at Kooloobong.

Question slide: Why did you decide to remain living in student accommodation when classes were moved online?

I find it a lot easier to study when I'm around like-minded people and because all students here we have
the same motivations, and we can encourage each other to go well academically and also just take
breaks when we need. We're all in the same boat when it comes to the stresses that uni brings, and I found it a lot easier
to be around people who could understand me and relate to me when I was facing struggles with my uni studies. And we could lean on each other and
build support and a community together. The wi-fi, my hometown was pretty terrible though being able to stay here and use the free wi-fi was
definitely a bonus.

Question slide: How has UOW helped students living in-residence during this time?


It's widely accepted that young people are feeling a level of disconnect during COVID, but at UOW accommodation sites,
we ensure that they are part of the community, they've got the support and wellbeing behind them to ensure
academic success and overall wellbeing.

Question slide: Why is the wellbeing of students living in UOW accommodation so important?

It's acknowledged that when students move away from home, it's a particularly daunting time for them in their life.
They're young adults that have increased pressure around academic success, financial pressure and social life.
Prior to my commencement in this role, I was the Safe and Respectful Communities Manager and the safety and wellbeing of our students is
something that I hold really close to my heart, and something that I'm really passionate about. This is something I've brought into
my role as the manager of Kooloobong, Graduate House and Bangalay to ensure that there is continued success for our residents, whether it be academic
success or in their personal life and wellbeing.

Question slide: How was the community spirit maintained here when COVID-19 unfolded?

When COVID unfolded, we managed to find a really good balance between having fun and staying safe, so that brought in a lot of virtual
events as well as some face-to-face events later on. I found it really beneficial to the whole community, and I actually think it's made us bond a lot
more and become stronger in those bonds. I found it really difficult to build a strong connection with my cohort online, but staying at Kooloobong,
I've met so many people doing my degree and we can talk about our course, we can share our subjects together. I've been given a lot of
advice from older students, which is really helped me with my studies, and I've also been able to give advice to younger students to help
them with their studies.

Question slide: What are some of the health and safety measure in-place for students living in UOW accommodation?

Part of the safety of our residents is to ensure that we adapt to the New South Wales health guidelines around COVID safety.
So what we've done is we've increased our cleaning of our communal spaces, we've increased hand sanitisation stations and wipes. In our catered residence,
we've introduced a COVID Safety Monitor, staggered dining times and sign-in registers.

Question slide: Do you have advice for the parents whose children are planning to live in UOW student accommodation in 2021?

As a parent myself, I share the same concerns that you have. I have a daughter that's currently studying Year 12 doing her HSC, and I'm
nervous as well about her moving away from home. That's why I take a personal commitment to ensure that our sites provide our residents with
every opportunity to have academic success, wellbeing and provide pastoral care to our residents.

Question slide: Anything you’d like to let the students know Ellie?

University is so much more than just studying. It's also about making connections with other people. And at uni, regardless of if it's
online or in person, living on a residence, you can meet so many different people from all different walks of life. You'll be able to immerse yourself
in other people's cultures. You'll be able to learn about their food, and also their beliefs and perspectives. And it's honestly the best decision
I've ever made to live at Kooloobong.

Accommodation options

Prices below are for students in residence in 2021.

Catered single room in shared 2 & 3 bedroom units

  • Contract length: 45 weeks
  • Type: Single room in shared 2 or 3 bedroom unit
  • Catered
  • Bathroom: Shared
  • Furnished
  • Free wifi
  • Shared living area with coffee table, chairs, and fridge.

Catered single room in shared 5 bedroom unit

  • Contract length: 45 weeks
  • Type: Single room in shared 5 bedroom unit
  • Catered
  • Bathroom: Shared
  • Furnished
  • Free wifi
  • Shared living area with table, chairs, fridge, and storage area.

Self catered single room in shared 2 bedroom unit

  • Contract length: 45 weeks
  • Type: Single room in 2 bedroom shared unit
  • Kitchen and cooking facilities
  • Bathroom: Shared
  • Furnished
  • Free wifi
  • Weekly meal plans can be purchased separately (minimum of 1 month purchase)

Self catered single room in shared 4 & 5 bedroom units

  • Contract length: 45 weeks
  • Type: Single room in 4 or 5 bedroom shared unit
  • Kitchen and cooking facilities 
  • Bathroom: Shared
  • Furnished
  • Free wifi
  • Weekly meal plans can be purchased separately (minimum of 1 month purchase).

Self catered single bedroom unit

  • Contract length: 45 weeks
  • Type: Single
  • Kitchen / Catered: Self catered
  • Bathroom: Private
  • Furnished
  • Free wifi
A student buying food at Campus East
A picture of food at Campus East
A student buying food at Campus East

Catering at Campus East

Our catering specialists at Campus East have put together a healthy and delicious weekly meal plan that includes daily breakfast and dinner (14 meals per week). The price is inclusive in all weekly catered rooms. For those students who choose to stay in self-catered rooms, there are several meal options available for you to purchase:

 

 

  1. You can purchase weekly meal plans for $115 per week, with a minimum 1 month purchase. These plans consist of 14 meals a week (breakfasts and dinners)
  2. You can purchase a 10 meal package (5 breakfast and 5 dinners) for $105 per person, or
  3. You can purchase single meals - $10 for breakfast, $12.50 for dinner 

 

 

All dietary requirements can be catered for including health, religious, lifestyle or other. If you have any concerns just let us know.

 

Breakfast: 7.30am to 10.30am – Monday to Saturday

Sunday Brunch: 9.00am to 11.00am

 

Menu can include

Flavoured yoghurt, fresh fruit, cereals, assorted breads, condiments and accompanying beverages.

Hot breakfast will be served four times a week and may include eggs, grilled bacon, pancakes and more!

 

Dinner

Daily: 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Four main meal choices (including a vegetarian option) with accompanying sides, fresh bread, fruit and salad bar. Ice cream or frozen yogurt will be available nightly with a special dessert made three times a week.

Location

Innovation Way, North Wollongong (view on UOW campus map)

Your home away from home

Get information about your UOW accommodation options, learn about our accommodation guarantee and available scholarships. You can also take a virtual tour of the rooms you're considering and hear what our students say about living in a student residence.

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