The common meal is at the centre of collegiate life. It offers a chance for stimulating conversation and communal spirit away from the pressures of daily academic work.
Accommodation in Graduate House includes breakfast every day, and dinner each evening from Monday to Friday. The Graduate House kitchen serves a variety of healthy and delicious options suited to postgraduate students and academics.
Most meals are taken in the Graduate House Refectory. This attractive space is at the heart of our community. Informal meals (breakfast and most dinners) are served buffet style from the Blattman Room, and can also be taken on the lawns overlooking the oval when the weather is fine.
Formal dinner is a tradition in residential colleges stretching back nearly a millennium in the Oxbridge model, and has been a part of College life since our founding. Formal dinner in Graduate House is held once a week. This is an occasion to come together with your community for an evening of good food and company, and is a great opportunity for inviting guests. We gather for pre-dinner drinks in the Middle Common Room. The dress code is jacket and tie for men, and formal equivalent for women. Furthermore, academic gowns are worn as a reminder of the centrality of scholarly pursuits in the purpose of the House. Formal dinner is always a wonderful evening, and typically includes, performances, poetry, announcements, and general good cheer.
On several occasions throughout the year, a Feast may be declared to celebrate a holiday or achievement in the House. These are always exciting occasions, often featuring additional activities.
Every Friday, dinner is served as a House barbeque on the roof terrace – a relaxed and fun occasion that brings a great end to the working week, and an opportunity to take in the magnificent views over Sydney.
Guests are welcome to all House meals at reasonable prices. Guests at formal dinner should be booked in at least 24 hours in advance.