Life in the College

Life in the College

The Hall

The College Dining Hall, one of the finest nineteenth-century rooms of its kind in Australia, seats 200 people.

Breakfast and lunch on weekdays and all weekend meals are informal, self-service meals.

Formal dinner, for which the dress is jacket, tie and academic gown, is held each weekday evening and is one of the experiences which makes living at Paul’s unique. Its importance lies in the fact that this when the College community comes together and is therefore the high point of the day. Unless they have unavoidable commitments elsewhere (such as late lectures, work or sports training) students are expected to attend. Formal dinner is a three-course meal served at the table and  includes distinctive College ceremonies and the most important community announcements.


Student bedrooms

Generally speaking there are three standards of student rooms in College: Arnott and Chapel Court rooms (for freshmen); the historic rooms in the Blacket, Radford, Tower, Garnsey and Denison Buildings; and rooms in the new Ivan Head Building with ensuite bathrooms and air-conditioning (for more senior men in College). Apart from all rooms in the Ivan Head Building and some rooms in Tower block, all other rooms have corridor bathrooms.

At the end of each year a room draw is held. Present students bid for available rooms for the following year, on the basis of their room points, which are accumulated on the basis of seniority and participation in College activities.

Personal items of furniture such as a small sofas, armchairs and bar fridges (maximum height 1m) may be brought into College, except where these are provided in student rooms in the Ivan Head Building.

Bar radiators of any description are not permitted.

All rooms have WiFi connectivity, enabling connection to the College network, College printers and the internet.

Smoking is not permitted in any College building.

Common Rooms

The Senior Common Room

The Senior Common Room is for the exclusive use of graduates, postgraduates Fellows of the College and other members of High Table who gather there before formal dinner. It is used at other times for smaller dinners, seminars and other meetings.

The Junior Common Room is a sitting room for undergraduates, and is also used for meetings, debates, after-dinner talks and other gatherings.

The Rogers Room is a performance and lecture space holding up to 100.

The Salisbury Bar is open several evenings each week and is open to the public each Wednesday.

Students in the Ivan Head Building are able to use small common rooms at the end of each floor.

The large and very well-equipped College gymnasium is situated under the Ivan Head Building.


The Chapel

The Reverend Antony Weiss is full-time Chaplain at the College. Holy Communion is celebrated each Monday during semester at 6pm, and Choral Evensong, sung by the College Chapel Choir (including students form The Women’s College), is held every Thursday at 7.30pm with supper to follow. Services are conducted according to the rites of the Anglican Church of Australia. The Chapel Choir, drawn from St Paul’s and The Women’s College, sings on Thursday evenings and at other significant services throughout the year. The recently restored Dutch Flentrop organ is the only one of its kind in Australia.


The Library

The Mansfield Library, accessible at any time with room keys, is both a book collection and a popular study space, with WiFi. Printing is available in the library for a modest fee.

A librarian attends one day a week and anyone in College can request that particular books be bought for the Library.

The Library includes a modest collection of specialist texts for study, together with fiction and general interest books. The College owns a number of very significant old and rare books.


Tutorial rooms

There are seven rooms in College set aside for tutorials and are in continuous use during most evenings. The tutorial programme is available here and is updated periodically.


The oval

The College is particularly fortunate in having its own oval.

Whilst the oval is maintained by the University and is used by a variety of outside groups, the College generally has first call on its use. Touch football is played by anyone who wishes to join in each afternoon before dinner.