The History and Philosophy of Brunswick St College
Brunswick Street College was established in 2000 by a barrister whose children were starting university and who saw a need for young adults who were leaving home for the first time to have a community around them that would care about them and in which they could become involved. He understood the difficulties that young adults encounter in the transition from school to becoming an adult and how this is heightened for students moving from the country or interstate to live in Melbourne.
What the College offers in essence, is an environment that helps university students navigate their way through this transition. The College provides a residential community for these students who do not have a network of friends or family to support them in Melbourne or are seeking an alternative to the structure and expense of traditional residential colleges.
The College is a Not for Profit organisation and all fees and other costs go towards accommodation expenses, social and cultural outings for the students and for the development of the College. We believe that students are better served by a small community of peers as they make the transition to university. We believe that greater results can be fostered by living in an environment where others know and care about the individual needs and concerns of each student. This is why we don't cater for more than twenty six students in any one year.
Our staff are connected to the universities in a number of ways and foster the concept that university is not just about courses and study. We encourage and support students to get the most out of their time at university by getting involved in extra-curricular activities. We organise cultural activities whenever the opportunity arises, and Fitzroy is at the heart of Melbourne's culture with many galleries, cinemas, theatres, cafes and restaurants within walking distance of all the houses. We also foster sporting activities and our mixed netball team (The Brunswick Street Bunnies) has had much success over the years in a competition sponsored by the University of Melbourne.