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College life. Enabling your success.

Queen’s College is large enough to support a wide variety of sporting and cultural activities and interests, but not so large that you end up ‘living with strangers’.

With all meals provided, no compulsory student employment, casual paid work available, and one of the largest tutorial programs to help you excel, there are many advantages to living at Queen’s.

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Academia. Helping you excel in your studies.

At Queen’s we want all students to excel in their studies. For this reason we have developed an academic program of tutorials and support above what is provided at the university. In fact, Queen’s has the largest tutorial program of all the residential colleges, plus a large support network of senior students and tutors to help you excel in your studies.

The Tutorial Programme

Tutorials are run on a regular basis in an informal setting and customised to meet the individual students needs. They are held in supportive, small group settings where students receive individual help and explanations from qualified tutors. Tutorials are held in the evenings to avoid clashes with university and scheduled in an effort to accommodation as many students as possible.

Most tutors live on-site and are available to help at any time. In your first year this is a significant bonus – a quick clarification or individual explanation can make all the difference if you are confused or feeling behind at university.

If Queen’s is unable to provide a tutorial in a particular subject, arrangements can often be made at other colleges.

Who can attend tutorials?

While the tutorial timetable is organised around student and tutor commitments, external students are also welcome to attend classes if they’re staying at another college or going to the University of Melbourne. Please contact the College for more information.

Academic support

The Academic Community. Friendship, guidance and support.

The academic transition from school to university can be difficult. University life is very different to school and for many, you are living away from home for the first time. At Queen’s, you will be living with people going through the same experiences (and often doing the same courses) which means there is mutual support from your fellow residents.

Support from your fellow Queeners.

Living in a community with like-minded people allows you to easily share knowledge about assignments and essays and to ask for advice and support when confronted with academic or course-related problems. It also means that there are people to go to lectures with and share late night discussions. Most importantly, it is easy to make friends and meet new people across a range of disciplines, helping you to diversify your friendship groups and giving a more rounded approach to university life.

The most important aspect of academic support often comes from other students living at College. Senior students can often give personal advice about the subjects they found interesting, the lecturers they found engaging and tips about past exams, information you simply cannot find inside the university handbook. Peers also provide an excellent source of academic support – around exam period people can often be found in the library or in tutorial rooms studying together or finishing group assignments.

The mentoring program is another key feature of College life for first year students. A select group of senior students are each responsible for a small group of students, making sure their transition to university and College life is smooth and providing a support system to help with personal, social and academic and career concerns.

Networking with Professionals and Academics

Queen’s College has relationships and networking with a number of successful academics and professionals. Through events such as Fellows’ Dinner, the Monday Evening Program and faculty-related dinners, Queen’s encourages its residents to learn and network with experienced people who have already succeeded in their chosen fields. This opens up contacts within specific fields and these people can often share advice concerning the best way to succeed professionally and the possibility of work experience and internships.

Networking with Professionals and Academics

Activities. Get involved in all that Queen’s has to offer.

 One of the unique features of college life is the amazing range of activities that residents can participate in – something that cannot be matched by living at home or in a flat. Life at Queen’s gives you one of the few opportunities in life to try your hand at many new activities.

Many leave the College with remarkable new skills.

Each year, residents – old and new – try their hand at over a dozen sports that they have never played before, perform in musical and drama productions even though they have never been inside a theatre, or are amazed at finding themselves in a public speaking competition.

Many residents leave College with remarkable new skills. Experienced residents are frequently coaching those who are less experienced and passing on their knowledge. Besides the practical skills you will pick up, the social skills and confidence you gain will benefit every area of your life and last a lifetime.

College activities

Visit the college activities page and learn more about –

  • Music and Drama Society
  • Sports
  • Social Activities
  • Spiritual Activities
  • Educational
  • Student Committees
  • Orientation Week
  • Intercollegiate

Music and Drama Society

Music and Drama Society

 undergraduate rugby

Sporting and cultural activities

Live in a Community. Make friends that last a lifetime.

 The friends and connections you make at Queen’s will last a lifetime. By living in a community, residents gain confidence and social skills that will benefit them in all aspects of their life.

 Life at Queen’s College.
It’s not just about a place to stay.

The idea of a college community and the rewards it brings may sound clichéd, but once you’ve lived the college lifestyle, it’s hard to imagine why it wouldn’t be the first choice for any student. Imagine how easy it is to make new friends simply by sharing meals, living spaces, bathrooms and corridors together.

Any young person, especially those who have lived at home their whole life, yearns for a certain level of independence free from parental guidance. For most, Queen’s allows young adults to live completely independently, while also providing help and support should they ever need, or want it.

The solid lifelong friendships that are built also become one of the strongest support networks for students. Differences in students’ cultures, courses, perspectives and their exposure to a variety of ideas, beliefs and interests are what make college life so exciting.

Undergraduate students relaxing in the Quad at Queen's College

The Queen’s residential community is a real mix of people. A considerable number come to Melbourne from regional Victoria. But there are also numbers of students from interstate and international backgrounds, together with a group from metropolitan Melbourne. Students from all walks of life are able to come together and find a common interest in their shared passion for getting involved at Queen’s.

By far the greatest values any student will gain at Queen’s are a sense of maturity and independence. Many valuable life lessons are learnt over the course of a year (or two – or three!), and students are given the chance to learn unique skills that last a lifetime. Experiencing the college community is definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity that any student will remember for the rest of their life.

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