Is parking included?
Each house has access to two parking permits which must be obtained from the City of Yarra for your specific car. Not many students have cars so you should have no problem getting a permit if you need one. There may be a small cost (maximum $40).
What meals are included?
Weeknight dinners are included in the cost. Students dine together five nights of the week at Umago, one of Brunswick Street's well established restaurants. In addition, a number of other meals are included throughout the year including formal dinners, casual weekend barbeques, special nights out, and picnics. These are all included in your fees.
Frequently Asked Questions About Student Houses
How easy is it to get to uni?
This really depends where you are studying and in which house you are living. All houses are within walking distance of Melbourne Uni and ACU (and RMIT if you are fit!). They are in close proximity to Brunswick and Smith Streets with regular trams that access the RMIT city campus, ACU, VCA and the Bundoora campuses of LaTrobe University and RMIT. They are also close to Johnston Street, on the bus route to Melbourne Uni.
Can I invite friends over for dinner?
You are welcome to bring family and friends for dinner from time to time. Just let us know in advance so we know how many to cater for. If you want to bring a friend regularly we will ask them to make a contribution.
Can the College cater for special dietary requirements?
Absolutely. If you have any special needs please note them on the application form so we can ensure the chef at Umago knows. There is a choice of meals each evening at Umago so most dietary preferences can be incorporated into the menu.
Does BSC offer in-house tutorials?
BSC has an in-house tutor who meets with all students regularly to ensure their individual needs are met. He organises tutors in specific subjects as required and works with students to ensure they know how to access the library, assists with research methods, helps them develop/improve study skills and mentors them informally.
Are tutorials included in the cost?
Yes. We think tutorials are an important part of the College experience and we cover the cost of these. Occasionally later year students may choose to undertake yoga or gym sessions instead of academic tutorials. Whilst we encourage academic tutorials we can accommodate alternatives and will discuss these with individual students.
Can I have friends to stay in my room?
Yes, occasionally. If you want to have someone to stay for more than a night or two you will need to discuss this with the Warden.
Do I need to bring my own bedroom furniture?
All houses are fully furnished, however we have found that students prefer to bring their own bedroom furniture. We can provide bedroom furniture including a bed, desk, chair and cupboard so if you need this just let us know in your application.
How much does it cost to live In BSC?
The fees for 2020 are listed under Fees on this website. They include accommodation, meals, utilities, tutorials and activities.
Can I pay my fees in installments?
Yes. We will bill you in four equal monthly installments each semester to make it easier for you to budget. If you choose to pay your semester fees within the first two weeks of each semester we offer a 2% discount.
Does BSC offer any bursaries or scholarships?
The College can assist students who are paying their own way and are struggling with the fees. Please indicate in your application if you wish to apply for a bursary and discuss your situation with the Warden.
Do I have to move out in the holidays?
No. You can stay in your house over the holidays and pay a reduced rate. There are no organised meals in the holidays.
Can I choose with whom I share a house?
In your first year you will be allocated a room in a house, generally with a mix of other new students and returning students. At the end of each year we ask returning students to choose where they would like to live and they can also choose one other person with whom they would like to share.
Is there internet access in the houses?
All houses have broadband internet access with a wireless modem. Some are connected to the NBN and all houses will be as it continues to roll out. The cost of internet access is included in your fees.
Are there telephones in the houses?
Based on experience we do not have telephones in the houses as we assume all students have mobile telephones. Alternative arrangements can of course be made.