Despite only being here for 3 months, Sydney is already starting to feel like home. I’m having an amazing time meeting new people, making friends from all over the world and planning trips to travel to new places. I would say I’ve adapted to living in Sydney pretty quickly and I think that’s partly due to where I’m staying.
Dunmore Lang College! Home to roughly 230 undergraduates and 30 postgraduate students. It’s literally 5 minutes away from campus, which makes waking up for 9 am’s a lot easier, just under 5 minutes away from the train station and 7 minutes away from the nearest shopping centre. The reason why I chose to live at Dunmore Lang College is because I thought it would make my life easier as an exchange student as they provide you with bed linen (including a pillow and duvet), internet so you don’t have to arrange it yourself, catered meals, free gym membership and academic (tutors for certain subjects) and pastoral support.
I’ve honestly had so much fun living at Dunmore Lang College so far; during orientation week the social committee ran several events such as a scavenger hunt around the city, a trip to a theme park, bowling, karaoke etc. which was a great way to get to know more people and bond with them thus it made making friends a lot easier. Also when I arrived they gave me a free reusable coffee cup, a lunch box and a large calendar for my room which has become very useful. One thing I also like about living at Dunmore Lang College is that they offer cheaper printing prices than the university and cheaper laundry prices compared to other accommodations (you can wash and dry your clothes for only $2!). Meal times can be quite short, however, if you can’t make a certain meal you can always sign up for late lunch/dinner or ask for a packed lunch.
The college hosts many social events and quite often have something going on every week which could be an intercollegiate sporting event, a formal dinner where we all get to dress up for one evening and eat fancy food, and parties. They also host ‘Nerd Night’ most Sunday evenings where they provide snacks such as crisps, Tim tams, sweets and vegetable sticks with dip at designated areas within the college where people can study quietly and get all their assignments done for the week ahead. The college also has a common room, a library, a computer room and a music room with a piano which I like to play now and then when I get bored.
Living at Dunmore Lang College can be quite expensive, the variety of desserts and potatoes doesn’t quite match up to what catered accommodation offers at Leicester and if you do opt to share a bathroom, the experience isn’t always pleasant. However, there’s a really friendly atmosphere in the college, the Residential Advisors (RA’s) are always willing to help no matter the hour and you get to meet so many people from different countries (there are 5 other Brits!).
The application process is quite an extensive one where you have to complete an application form, several questions about your personality, achievements and ambitions, a video interview and provide a personal or academic reference. So if you’re willing to go through all that, I would definitely recommend living at Dunmore Lang College if you’re thinking of studying at Macquarie University and if not Dunmore Lang, there are many other cheaper campus accommodations out there that provide a very good experience too.