My residence rules

UOW has a unique community within the University and the 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,
  • respect for the rights and needs of fellow residents,
  • a willingness to participate in the life of the college,
  • an involvement in community engagement.

The rules and expectations outlined below are designed to ensure that all residents are able to enjoy the shared experience of being a student in a University residence. Any breach of these terms and conditions can be subject to disciplinary measures. These measures can vary from warnings and demerit points through to exclusion from residence. An accumulation of demerit points, or a major breach of this agreement can lead to your Accommodation Agreement being terminated and your subsequent eviction from any and all UOW residences, with associated financial penalties.

Furthermore, 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.

It is prohibited to paint or draw murals, signs, messages or any form of artwork using any substance (such as paint, varnish, stain, nail polish, ‘white out’, marker pen (whether permanent or otherwise), pencil, charcoal, or chalk) on ceilings, walls, doors, electrical appliances (such as refrigerator or wardrobe doors) or any other surface. Fees for cleaning or repainting of any damaged surface will be charged to the current occupant/(s).

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2.1 Drunk & Disorderly Conduct
2.2 Alcohol-Free Periods
2.3 Drinking Games
2.4 Drinking Trophies or Memorabilia
2.5 Glass Bottles & Utensils
2.6 Group Drinking
2.7 Home-Brewing & Kegs
3.1 Abandoned Items
3.2 Appropriate Relationships with Residents
3.3 Balconies
3.4 Children on Campus
3.5 Conducting a Business
3.6 Cooking in Rooms
3.7 Cleaning
3.8 Dress
3.9 Failure to Comply
3.10 Furniture
3.11 Gambling
3.12 Hazing/Initiation activities
3.13 Littering
3.14 Posters
3.15 Raids
3.16 Solicitation
4.1 Damage
4.2 Decorating
4.3 Graffiti
5.1 Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia
5.2 Unlawful Behaviour
6.1 Discrimination
6.2 Harassment
6.3 Stalking
7.1 Medical
7.2 Mental Health
8.1 Disturbances
8.2 Noise
9.1 General Prohibited Items
9.2 Air Conditioning Units
9.3 Fans & Heaters
9.4 Hazardous Materials
9.5 Pets
9.6 Power Boards & Adaptors
9.7 Swimming Pools
10.1 Visitors & guests
10.2 Fire Alarms & building evacuations
10.3 Fire Safety Equipment
10.4 Smoking
10.5 Restricted areas

Access to such fire exit doors should not be impeded. (e.g. do not place tables in front of fire exit doors, or drape items of clothing or other materials over fire extinguishers.

Tampering with fire safety equipment or fire exit doors are offences under the Law.

Examples of tampering include:

  • attempting to cover or in some other way disable a smoke/heat detector,
  • silence or decrease the safety warning emitted from a siren or horn,
  • making a fire exit door or extinguisher unusable.

Residents should be aware that if, you are found responsible for the unauthorised discharge of a fire extinguisher, or tampering with fire safety equipment, your residency may be terminated.

If you tamper with fire prevention/safety equipment, resulting in damage or injury you will be held liable, financially and legally.

  Verbal & Physical Violence

UOW will not tolerate any form of violence, intimidation or harassment (further defined under section 6.0). 

UOW has specific policies and procedures for the prevention, reporting and management of sexual assault or harassment within the University community, and these can be found here.

Sexual assault is a crime, that can happen to anyone, of any age, gender, cultural background or sexual orientation. Sexual assault occurs when a person is forced, coerced or tricked into sexual acts against their will or without their consent, or if a child or young person under 18 is exposed to sexual activities.

Sexual harassment is any unwanted, unwelcome or uninvited behaviour of a sexual nature which a person should expect will make the recipient feel humiliated, intimidated or offended. Sexual harassment can take many different forms and may include physical contact, verbal comments, jokes, propositions, the display of offensive material or other behaviour which creates a sexually hostile working or studying environment. Sexual harassment is not behaviour which is based on mutual attraction, friendship and respect. Sexual assault or sexual harassment can happen to anyone in our community. Female, male and LGBTIQ+ community members can be victims of sexual assault or harassment and are treated equally under the law.

Any acts of violence will be treated extremely seriously and can result in immediate expulsion (under urgency provisions) The Student Residence Manager may also refer any incidents of assault to the NSW Police Force.

2.1 Drunk & Disorderly Conduct


The abuse of alcohol is unacceptable, harmful, and may result in disciplinary actions and/or sanctions.


The University promotes responsible consumption of alcohol which includes compliance with all laws.

If you are of legal drinking age (18), you may consume alcohol in accordance with any specific rules of that residence.

A formal written reprimand may be issued to you if your behaviour whilst under the influence of alcohol is deemed disruptive or inappropriate. Appropriate educational sanctions may also be issued.


2.2 Alcohol-Free Periods

There may be designated times throughout the year where residences will be Dry Campus (Alcohol Free). This is set by the Student Residence Manager and will be communicated to all residents.

2.3 Drinking Games

Drinking games are prohibited as they are incompatible with the responsible consumption of alcohol. They create competitive pressure to drink, drunkenness, abusive behaviour and language, and harassment that causes offence to both drinkers and non-drinkers alike.

2.4 Group Drinking There will no ‘group drinking’ allowed on any UOW Residence. Groups are defined as being 10 or more people within the UOW residence room/unit or precinct without the prior written consent of the Student Residence Manager or delegate. Licensed premises are the appropriate venue for larger parties.

Your UOW Accommodation Services residence precinct includes all areas owned and controlled by the University of Wollongong including any playing fields. Refer to the residence specific information in relation to more information around drinking rules at your residence.

2.5 Glass Bottles & Utensils

Glass bottles and drinking utensils are only permitted in individual study bedrooms and unit common areas (excluding balconies).

2.6 Drinking Trophies or Memorabilia

The collection or display of alcohol cans or bottles as trophies or as proof of the amount of alcohol consumed is prohibited. Such practices are not compatible with the promotion of responsible drinking.

2.7 Production and bulk storage of alcohol

Fermentation and/or distillation of alcoholic liquor is not permitted within any of the UOW Accommodation Services residences.

Possession or use of kegs, compressed gas cylinders or associated chemicals used in the making of alcohol is prohibited.








Abandoned Items

Any items left behind after the residents departure are forfeited to UOW. Residents may be held liable for any costs associated with their removal and/or disposal. This may also include any cleaning costs associated with doing so.


Appropriate Relationships with Residents

UOW Safe and Respectful Community policy requires that all Staff and Community Leaders act with professionalism and interact responsibly with all Residents.

Intimate relationships between students and staff/SLs are discouraged. Any such relationships should be disclosed to the Student Residence Manager

If you have any concerns regarding the conduct of a staff member, CA or CL, please contact the Student Residence Manager

Should this inappropriate relationship concern the Student Residence Manager, please contact the Director of UOW Accommodation Services.



To ensure safe, clean and tidy balconies, do not:

  • throw or allow any item to be thrown over the rail;
  • use the balcony as a storage area for boxes, refrigerators, furniture or other items;
  • place University furniture which is designed for internal use on them,
  • hang items over the rail and/or suspend temporary clothes lines across them;
  • post or suspend any banners or advertising material on the balcony doors or over the rail;
  • suspend hammocks or similar items to the railings or support beams;
  • smoke, cook or use naked flames (including candles or citronella lights) on the balcony
  • create excessive noise, particularly late at night. 


Children on Campus

If you bring a child (a person under the age of 16 years) to any UOW Residence you must ensure that they are appropriately supervised by you or another adult at all times.

You need to ensure that they cause minimal disruption to others, are not allowed access to areas that are restricted for health and safety reasons, and are not allowed access to alcoholic beverages or other prohibited drugs or substances.

The Student Residence Manager may direct that a child be removed if the child’s health or safety is at risk, the child is presenting a health or safety risk to others, the child’s behaviour is causing undue disruption to the work of staff or students, or if in the opinion of the SRM the presence of the child is inappropriate.

If you wish to have a child stay overnight with you in your room you must seek the Student Residence Manager's prior approval. Graduate House and Bangalay are the only UOW Accommodation managed residences that are suitable to accommodate families and children.


Conducting a Business

You are not permitted to conduct a business of any description from any of the UOW Accommodation residences. The Student Residence Manager is unable to provide financial or legal advice in relation to what constitutes a business.


Cooking in Rooms

Unless your room contains a kitchenette (self-catered sites only) the only cooking activity which you may undertake in your study-bedroom is using an electric kettle with automatic cut out for the preparation of beverages. No toasters, rice cookers or any other cooking device will be permitted within these rooms.



Students are responsible for keeping their studios/units/bedrooms, clean and tidy at all times.

Shared units with common areas, (i.e., lounge rooms, kitchens and bathrooms in multi- share units) are the responsibility of the residents of that common area.

All resident studios/units/bedrooms are to be inspected monthly by cleaning staff. If the room does not meet the required standards, the resident will be informed and provided with a time frame to meet the standard.

If the studio/unit/bedroom fail the cleaning re-inspection, the cleaning staff will be asked to clean the room (s) and a cleaning fee will be charged to the resident’s account. Additional charges may apply if the room requires any cleaning to be undertaken by the cleaning staff in returning this room to the expected standard.

Information about cleaning charges can be clarified at your Residential Office.

If a studio/unit/bedroom continually fails to meet the required standard, cleaning charges will be automatically levied. Failure to comply with these cleaning rules may also attract demerit points.

*Inspections at Graduate House occur every three months. Residents from Graduate House should check their site specific information.

Each resident is responsible for taking out their own rubbish from both the bedrooms and common areas. If a cleaner, Community Leader or other member of staff has to take the rubbish out for you then you will be charged a cleaning fee.

Vacuum cleaners are available for loan from your Administration Office. These must be returned within the applicable loan period, otherwise management reserves the right to charge the resident a late return fee. Vacuum cleaners must be checked regularly by residents and emptied after each use. Any resident found to be abusing or deliberately misusing a vacuum cleaner will be charged, and must pay for the repair or replacement cost of the vacuum.

Upon permanent departure from a contracted unit/room, residents must leave the unit/room clean and in a state fit for immediate use and occupancy by other residents. The unit/room must be left in the same condition as at the date of first occupation, subject to fair wear and tear. Consideration is given to the condition report the resident submitted on occupation of the unit/room.

The Student Residence Manager reserves the right to charge residents the cost of professionally cleaning the unit/room to a condition fit for occupancy.

In the interests of hygiene and the health of fellow residents you should ensure that you contribute to keeping toilet and bathroom areas in your unit in a clean condition. Showers are for showering only and should not be used as toilets. Whilst there are waste water drainage grids in toilet areas these are not urinals.



Residents are expected to dress in a way that does not offend. Sensitivity to the norms of residents from many cultures is expected.
Footwear and clothing within residence is required at all times when in common areas. Swimwear does not constitute adequate clothing.


Failure to Comply

Any reasonable request/direction from a Student Residence Manager, Community Leader, Community Assistant, University Staff Member or relevant authority such as Police, Ambulance or Fire Brigade must be complied with. Failure to do so is deemed Failure to Comply.



University furniture, equipment and other fittings are not to be used for any purpose other than their intended purpose.

  • Indoor University furniture should not be taken outside,
  • common area furniture should not be removed or relocated to individual student rooms or units.
  • personal furniture approved for private spaces must not be used in outdoor or common areas.

Residents, either individually or collectively (should the individual not be identified), will be charged any/all costs incurred by the University in removing and disposing of any personal furniture and/or in relocating furniture to its original location.

Approval from the Student Residence Manager must be obtained prior to any personal furniture and/or equipment items being placed brought into and stored in any UOW Residence.



Playing cards or other games for money or other stakes, and including telephone or internet gambling or betting (on horses, football and so on) is prohibited within any UOW Accommodation Services residence.

Minor gambling in relation to social or charitable events organised under the auspices of UOW Accommodation Services (e.g., sale of raffle tickets) may be permitted with prior written approval by the Student Residence Manager.


Hazing/Initiation activities

At no time it is acceptable to participate, condone or organise any activity involving the harassment of new residents, commonly known as’ hazing’. Any such activities should be reported to the Student Residence Manager immediately.



UOW is proud of its grounds and commitment to the environment. In order to maintain this standard, it is expected that you will not litter (disposal of unwanted rubbish, other than in those designated bins/locations. This includes the disposal of cigarette butts.



UOW is committed to reducing paper wastage by limiting unnecessary advertising and promotion by way of posters. Within and around UOW Accommodation Services , a number of notice boards have been placed in key locations for use by residents to place notices. Please note that some notice boards have been reserved specifically for posters or announcements by UOW Accommodation  Administration and/or Community Leaders.

UOW Administration reserves the right to remove, without prior notice, posters that are considered out of date, offensive, posted by commercial organisations without prior approval, or otherwise inappropriately placed.



Conducting ‘raids’ on units or rooms within any residence is prohibited and will be regarded as a breach of residential community standards.



Solicitation is prohibited. Solicitation is when a person or organisation tries to make uninitiated and/or uninvited contact with you (for the purpose of promoting or endorsing an idea or product) that you do not welcome. This may include, but is not limited to actual approaches, personal electronic messages mail, posters, social media posts/invitations.

Such ideas/products can include, but are not limited to; religious beliefs, political parties, seeking sexual favours, encouraging the purchase of an item or ticket to an activity or event, or promoting membership of an external non-University club or religious organisation.

You should seek prior written approval from the Student Resident Manager should you wish to conduct any fund-raising activities, or to promote an event, activity, club and society or group that are NOT currently promoted directly by the residence.









You will be held financially responsible for any damages (whether inadvertent or wilful) to UOW Accommodation property. This may involve paying for all costs associated with the repair and/or maintenance to those damaged items.

In the event where accidental damage has occurred as a result of unacceptable behaviours described throughout the Handbook and/or were found to be the result of intentional destruction, demerit points and/or termination of a residents accommodation agreement may be assigned.



It is forbidden to affix fluorescent stars, double-sided tape, sticky tape or any glue on ceilings, walls or other fixtures as this will damage the paintwork. Fees for cleaning or repainting of any damaged surface will be charged to the current occupant/(s).



It is prohibited to paint or draw murals, signs, messages or any form of artwork using any substance (such as paint, varnish, stain, nail polish, ‘white out’, marker pen (whether permanent or otherwise), pencil, charcoal, or chalk) on ceilings, walls, doors, electrical appliances (such as refrigerator or wardrobe doors) or any other surface. Fees for cleaning or repainting of any damaged surface will be charged to the current occupant/(s).








Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia 

You (or your guests) may not use, produce, supply, or have in your possession a prohibited drug on or around any of the UOW Accommodation residences. In accordance with the NSW Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985, a Prohibited Drug is any substance, other than a prohibited plant as specified in Schedule 1 of the Act.

The possession of drug-related paraphernalia (whether it is being actively used or not) is prohibited. It is expected that you will remove yourself from a situation in which prohibited drugs are involved and to immediately report the presence of drugs and/or drug paraphernalia to a member of Staff, Community Assistant, or Community Leader.

UOW Accommodation staff are obliged to assist law enforcement agencies with respect to enquiries on illegal drugs and will do so without hesitation.

For more information see:
• NSW Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985
Student Conduct in Residences Policy


Unlawful Behaviour 

 Behaviour that is deemed as unlawful is not tolerated in UOW Residences. This is defined as any behaviour contravening any Australian or NSW Law. Any acts that are deemed as unlawful should be reported to the Student Residence Manager immediately.









Discrimination in any form (racial, ethnic, religious, disability, sexual orientation, etc.) is unacceptable. It is the responsibility of every resident to ensure that the community is free of discrimination.

You are required to act in a way that shows tolerance and support for diversity. If you feel that you are being discriminated against, please contact your Associate Director, Student Residence Manager immediately.

For more information see:






Harassment is a crime , defined as any form of behaviour that:

  • you do not want;
  • offends, humiliates or intimidates you;
  • creates a hostile environment.

It is prohibited and potentially illegal to harass a person because of their sex, race including colour, nationality, descent, ethnic or ethno-religious background), age, marital or domestic status, homosexuality (actual or perceived), disability (actual or perceived, past, present or future), transgender status (actual or perceived) or carer's responsibilities (actual or presumed).

Any of the following could be harassment if it relates to a person's sex, race, age etc.:

  • material that is displayed in the workplace (for example on a noticeboard), circulated on paper, sent by fax or put in someone's workspace or belongings
  • material put on a computer, sent by email, or put on a website, blog or social networking site
  • verbal abuse or comments
  • offensive jokes
  • offensive gestures
  • ignoring, isolating or segregating a person or group - for example not inviting someone to a work event that everyone else is invited to
  • initiation ceremonies that involve unwelcome behaviour
  • unwanted communication via mobile/telephone.

For more information see Safe and Respectful Communities  



Stalking is the persistent unwanted attention and pursuit of a person either physically (e.g. following a person around on and off campus) or over the internet (social media, chat rooms).

It is harassment and is forbidden.

Anyone who experiences or observes stalking should report the behaviour to their Residence Administration Office, Community Leader, Community Assistant, or Student Residence Manager.

Serious offences will be referred to the NSW Police Force.









Any accident or incident in which a resident or guest requires medical attention should immediately be reported to a Community Leader, Community Assistant, or staff member.

In the event of a medical emergency, call 000 If you cannot immediately contact a SL or staff member.


Mental Health 

It is not unusual for students to feel anxious, stressed or depressed during University life, which is why our accommodation services aim to provide a supportive environment in which residents live, learn and flourish. We see health and wellbeing as a two way conversation. We will do our best to connect with you and ask “how you are going?”. If have a health challenge that you feel you may need some extra support we ask that you connect with the SRM, Deputy or Assistant SRM or Community Leader at your residence. . We can then work with you to put support in place as early as possible to ensure you have the best possible experience at uni.”
As part of our duty of care our commitment to you is that if we have a concern about your welfare we will reach out to check that you are ok and able to access the support that is needed to keep you and others safe. The type of support available to you includes:

Wellbeing Planning: the management team at your residence can work with you to develop a wellbeing plan to help you maintain your health and wellbeing whilst in residence Remember, it is important to reach out for help if you feel distressed or if you are concerned for the welfare of others.









Any behaviour that causes a disturbance by impairing the reasonable freedom of residents to pursue their studies, research, duties or to generally participate in the life within residence is prohibited.

If you are being disturbed by a fellow resident or residents (particularly on your own floor or area you should contact a Community Assistant (if outside normal business hours), or the Student Residence Office during business hours.



Noise is a perennial issue in any community living environment and one of the greatest sources of discontent between residents.

Every resident is required to be considerate of others and respect others rights to an environment that is conducive to academic endeavour.

Disturbance caused by noise can occur at any time of the day or night and will be regulated through the residence; however as a matter of courtesy you are required to keep noise to a minimum between 10pm at night and 9 am in the morning.

Persistence breaches of this standard can be considered under the Failure to Comply request and demerit points can be allocated as a result of this behaviour.








General Prohibited Items 

The following items are not permitted within UOW Accommodation Services residences:

  • Candles (including decorative, memento or souvenir candles)
  • Oil burners or lamps
  • Incense
  • Microwaves (refer to 3.6)
  • Washing machines
  • Bug bombs’ (a pest control device)
  • Fireworks
  • Beer bongs
  • Drug paraphernalia of any kind
  • Flammable or combustible substances
  • Shisha pipes, vaping paraphernalia
  • Flammable or combustible substances
  • Chemicals
  • BBQs
  • Stolen items (including road and directional signs)
  • Hunting knives
  • Weapons of any kind.

This list of prohibited items is not exhaustive. Other items may be considered safety hazards and subject to prohibition at the discretion of the Student Residence Manager. If you are at all in doubt, contact your Student Residence Manager or Residence Administration Office.


Air Conditioning Units

Portable air-conditioning units may only be used in your room with the prior approval of the Student Residence Manager. 


Fans & Heaters

Due to the potential fire risks, floor radiators and bar heaters in rooms/units are NOT permitted. Electrical circuits in your rooms are not designed to carry heavy loads and indiscriminate use of electrical appliances will lead to ‘tripping’ of the circuit breakers. Should a circuit breaker activate and cause electrical failure, please notify your Residence Administration Office or Community Assistant immediately.

Heaters of greater than 800 watts are prohibited. 


Hazardous Materials

Due to the potential risk to residents and staff, hazardous materials may not be used or stored in or around any UOW Accommodation Services residence. Such materials may include:

  • flammable liquids (such as petroleum, paint thinner, kerosene, BBQ lighter fluid etc.)
  • propane fuelled camping equipment
  • automotive or industrial batteries
  • dry ice
  • potentially hazardous chemicals
  • corrosive liquids
  • compressed gas cylinders
  • explosives

UOW Accommodation staff will remove any hazardous materials immediately with any resulting costs charged to the resident responsible for their presence on campus. If at all in doubt about a material please contact your Residence Administration Office.



You are not permitted to keep any pets in UOW Accommodation residences without the prior written approval of the Student Residence Manager. 


Power Boards & Adaptors

For safety reasons, you may not use double adaptors. UOW Accommodation reserves the right to immediately remove without notice any ‘double adaptor’ found in a student room/common area.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure that ALL personal electrical equipment in your room is safe. Any electrical equipment must conform to Australian Standards (be aware that overseas sourced equipment may not meet the standard).

If your personal electrical appliance/s overload the circuit, you will be charged any associated costs with rectifying the situation. Any unsafe equipment will have its cord cut to ensure it cannot be used.


Swimming Pools

Due to pool safety legislation and potential health issues relating to stagnant water, 'Baby pools' (paddling or small pools) are not permitted at UOW Accommodation without the specific and prior approval of the Student Residence Manager.








Visitors & guests

Guests are not permitted to be within the precinct unless they are being accompanied by a resident, who is to accept responsibility for that person’s behaviour. Units should not be used to shelter uninvited persons nor allow guests to occupy a unit or room unless a resident present. Residents who have officially departed UOW Accommodation (by returning their keys and completing all checkout procedures) may not be the guest of another resident. Any person who is not a current resident of UOW Accommodation Services and has no valid reason for being within the precinct should be instructed to leave. This includes former residents who are not in the company of a current resident who is acting as their host. The residential office, or UOW Security, should be notified that such a person/s refuses to leave the precinct when asked to do so.

Unless otherwise specified (in the case of some styles of self-catered accommodation), UOW Accommodation provides single occupancy accommodation.

Reasonable visitation includes:

  • a friend who visits you and stays overnight
  • a friend(s) with whom you are working on a joint assignment together and would like to use your room/unit common area for group meeting
  • a friend who spends a few hours with you during the day on a regular basis but does not stay for extended periods of time

Unreasonable visitation includes:

  • a friend who visits you and stays overnight several times each week or every weekend
  • a friend who uses your unit as a base between lectures/work commitments whether you are present or not
  • large groups of friends who visit your unit on a regular basis to cook and socialise together

You may have a guest stay with you in your room for two nights free of charge. After that the visit becomes chargeable at rate per night (see your residence office for more information).

The resident will be responsible for:

  • guests' behaviour
  • ensuring guests abide by Student Conduct Rules and Policies,Student Conduct in Residences Policy, University Code of Conduct and Campus Access and Order Rules
  • rules governed by the UOW Accommodation Services handbook
  • any fees associated with the guests' stay
  • ensuring the length of stay does not exceed four (4) nights in total

Mattresses for guests may be requested by visiting your residence office at least two (2) working days prior to the scheduled visit. The cost for this additional service is $33.00, which covers the labour costs of delivering and collecting the mattress to/from your room. If it becomes known that guests are staying longer than two (2) days without paying, the Student Residence Manager may direct the guest to leave the residence, or charge the daily rate from the commencement of their visit. The final decision-maker regarding the presence of any person within the UOW Accommodation residence is the Student Residence Manager. 

Any guest visiting or staying at any of the UOW residences 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 current resident for the duration of their stay. It is important to remember that residents are responsible for their guests and their stay must not negatively impact on fellow residents or the residential community. There may be times when guest entry into any of the UOW residences is restricted, such as O-Week. Residents will be advised of these times by UOW Accommodation staff when required.

If you have visitors or guests staying more than 2 nights please contact the residence 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.


Fire Alarms & Building Evacuations

 In the event of an accidental activated fire alarm (without fire) but causing an evacuation that leads to a Fire & Rescue NSW unit attending a residence a proportional fee of $400 may be imposed. Should the fire alarm be activated in a common area of a unit and no one takes responsibility, this fee will be allocated across all the members of that unit. 

In the event of a deliberate activated fire alarm leading to a Fire & Rescue NSW unit attending a residence, or for repeated attendance caused by a specific resident or unit, or in the case of an accidental activated fire alarm (with fire) the full call out charge of $1600 may be imposed on the resident or unit.

As a precaution you should ensure that fans in bathrooms and over cooking units are always used when showering / cooking. This will reduce the risk of steam and cooking fumes etc. setting off the fire alarms. See also section on ‘Candles, Other Naked Flames’. 


Fire Safety Equipment

A number of UOW policies and legislation govern this area:



Access to such fire exit doors should not be impeded – e.g. do not place tables in front of fire exit doors, nor drape items of clothing or other materials over fire extinguishers.

Tampering with fire safety equipment - or fire exit doors are offences under the Law. Tampering can comprise, for example, attempting to cover or in some other way disable a smoke/heat detector, silence or decrease the safety warning emitted from a siren or horn, or making a fire exit door or extinguisher unusable. Residents should be aware that if, in accordance with appropriate due process, you are found responsible for the unauthorised discharge of a fire extinguisher, or tampering with fire safety equipment (as outlined above), your residency will be terminated.

Should you tamper with fire prevention/safety equipment, which resulted in damage or injury, you will be held liable, both financially and legally. The cost of replacing or repairing fire extinguishers and/or equipment will be passed on to the individual resident responsible or, if no one takes responsibility, may be shared by all residents in a unit. That is, if the fire extinguisher or other associated fire protection or detection equipment in your unit is found to be tampered with or discharged, the cost of restoring it to full working order will be divided between the members of the unit. If such equipment in a common area is damaged, then the Damage Assessment Policy may be implemented.



Smoking is prohibited in all internal areas, resident’s rooms, common rooms; balconies and all external areas within 10 meters of the residential building.

Please see your Residence Student Office for your residence designated smoking zone.


Restricted Areas 

Entering restricted areas without authorisation is prohibited.

Restricted areas include, but are not limited to, office spaces, formal meeting/conference rooms, roof tops, secure storage areas, and electrical, communications or machine rooms.

Climbing to or from balconies or windows, roofs of covered walkways is prohibited.