- Nov. 5, 2019
-- Most residential University Colleges around Australia have spare bedrooms, especially during the long Summer holidays between December and February, when the students are away. These rooms have previously only been available to conference groups and a few people in the know. A website is listing college bedrooms which are available to travelers from all walks of life.
Many of the colleges were built a century ago and have heritage listing. The dining rooms often have sandstone or timber paneled walls and traditional bedrooms have beautiful leadlight windows. Set in tranquil surrounds the Colleges seem a world away yet, as in the case of the colleges at the University of Sydney and Melbourne, are in close proximity to the City Centre. Usually breakfast is served in the dining room and guests have access to common areas, such as common rooms, cloistered quadrangles and gardens as well as the University grounds. Most Colleges also have a tennis court and other sporting facilities.
Anyone looking for a different experience will find college rooms an inspired choice. Some colleges also offer newly renovated bedrooms and self-contained apartments. Room prices vary; for example, a single room over New Year's Eve in Sydney's St Andrew's College will cost you A$100 per night, including breakfast. In Melbourne at University College rates start at A$77 for a single room including breakfast. A one-bedroom apartment (for 2) A$180 and a two-bedroom apartment (for 4) A$209.50. Rates are per night and include breakfast.
To see further room options as well as all available locations and rooms head to the website https://www.universitystays.com.au