Community living

Community living

UOW Accommodation residences are high-density living communities 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 UOW Accommodation Services and indeed your prime responsibility is to pursue your academic endeavours. Residents of UOW Accommodation Services are expected to maintain an attitude of courteous behaviour and consideration for the well-being of all who live on campus. Each resident is required to behave in such a way that offence, inconvenience or disturbance is not caused to any other resident, any person employed directly or indirectly by the University, or any neighbour. At all times residents should be considerate and sensitive to other people and not bring UOW Accommodation Services' reputation or that of the University into disrepute.

Accommodation agreement

Students who receive an offer for residency must accept the University’s Accommodation Agreement, prior to taking up residency at UOW Accommodation Services. UOW Accommodation Agreement is a legally binding document and under this agreement you do not have:

  • the rights that a tenant might under the terms of a residential lease in an off campus property
  • any legal interest or ownership of your room, flat, furnishings or any other part of UOW Accommodation Services

What is expected of you at UOW Accommodation Services?

UOW Accommodation Services is a unique community within the University and larger community of the Illawarra. There are many people in residence from a broad cross-section of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. It is expected that all residents will conduct themselves in a mature manner which is considerate of others living at any of the UOW Accommodation Services residences. We encourage behaviour which demonstrates:

  • a commitment to higher education,
  • a willingness to participate in the life of the college,
  • an involvement in community engagement.

All rules and expectations outlined in the Residence Handbook are for the benefit of all UOW Accommodation Services residents therefore any breach of these terms and conditions will be subject to disciplinary measures. A consequence of this may be for your Accommodation Agreement to be terminated and your subsequent eviction from UOW Accommodation Services . You may be asked to leave UOW Accommodation Services if you or your guest/visitor:

  • Breaks any of the rules outlined in the Residence Handbook
  • Disregards by act or omission any of the rules and regulations contained in the Residence Handbook
  • Through act or omission place the lives of themselves or others at risk
  • Cause damage to themselves, the person or property of another or maliciously damages the furniture, effects or property of the University
  • Commit an act of violence upon themselves or another person
  • Misuse any fire equipment. (This includes fire doors, fire blankets, fire hoses, fire extinguishers, fire alarms and smoke/thermal detectors.)
  • Indulge in behaviour deemed by the Associate Director, Student Residence to be grossly unacceptable. It is expected that all residents will conduct themselves in a mature and adult-like manner whilst living in the Residence
  • Gain illegal entry to another Resident’s room
  • Commit an act of sexual harassment, racial vilification, homosexual vilification or HIV/AIDS vilification.
  • Has failed to pay fees and charges as outlined in the payment schedule
  • Break any laws or contravenes any regulation contained in the Crimes Act (State and Federal), Fire Regulations, Council Ordinances, Local and Federal Government Building Codes and/or Occupational Health and Safety Legislation
  • Consume, supplies or distributes any illegal substances or prescription substances
  • Reaches a total of seven (7) demerit points under the Student Conduct in Residences Policy

Student conduct

The University has defined Rules, Codes, Policies and Procedures governing acceptable and unacceptable conduct of students during their studies at the University, and students who are members of UOW Accommodation Services residential communities. All students must review the contents of these policies to ensure they understand the rules that govern their time at University, and UOW Accommodation Services .

Common areas

UOW Accommodatiom provides a number of common areas for residents’ use. Depending on your residence, these may include:

  • a games room,
  • TV and/or cinema room,
  • student lounge.

Common areas may be used for general use such as:

  • planned and spontaneous activities,
  • study and reading,
  • watching television or holding movie nights.

Please be aware that UOW Accommodation Services may also use these common areas for meetings, functions and activities as required. As a resident, it is your responsibility to ensure:

  • the security of these areas,
  • cleanliness of the area when you leave,
  • non-residents are always accompanied by a resident.

Relocation, removal or theft of university property

UOW Accommodation Services places items of property to meet the needs of the entire residential community. As such, authorised relocation or removal of such property (for example, a chair from a computer lab or the outdoor dining area) from its designated location is not appropriate. The person responsible will be charged either relocation or replacement costs. As a resident you have an individual and collective obligation to take reasonable steps to protect the University’s property from theft. You must ensure that at all times, your unit's exterior door, balcony or patio doors and common doors and windows are locked.

If an item of University property is stolen from your unit and a resident or group of residents’ failure to exercise their obligations pertaining to this theft, then the residents will be required to pay for the replacement of the item. For example, if you leave the front door of your unit open and the TV or microwave is stolen, then the University will invoice each resident in the unit equally for the cost of replacing that item. When a specific residents’ actions can be identified as being responsible, then that resident will be solely responsible for the replacement cost. Similarly, if you are the last person to leave the TV room in the early hours of the morning, and you leave the door wide open allowing unidentified persons to enter the room and damage the equipment, then you may be held personally responsible for the costs to rectify the damage.