Accommodation in Managed Residence

Our Managed Residences are comprised of three to five-bedroom houses located across Ballarat. St. Columba’s House is located in leafy Ballarat North and is a pleasant 30-minute walk from ACU’s Aquinas Campus. All houses are fully furnished with private bedrooms. Larger and/or ensuite rooms are priced as Premium Managed Residences.

Houses consist of lockable bedrooms, adjacent to a shared kitchen, lounge area, and shared bathrooms.

  • Houses consist of lockable bedrooms, a shared kitchen, lounge area, and shared bathrooms.
  • Individual rooms in houses are fully furnished with a wardrobe, desk, desk chair, lamp and a king single or single bed.
  • The shared kitchen is equipped with a large fridge, oven, four-burner cooktop, oven, microwave, and a set of basic cookware, crockery, and cutlery.
  • The shared lounge room includes a dining table and chairs, two large couches, a coffee table, and a large television.
  • Each house includes a shower, toilet, and basin. Some houses also have a bathtub.

Since Managed Residences are homes within the area, these are not wheelchair accessible. They could, however, suit people with other special needs. Please contact the team to discuss.

Managed Residences offer shared lounge rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and gardens. Students who live in Managed Residence also have access to the common areas of Camillus Residence, between 9am to 10pm. In the common areas at Camillus Residence we have a games room, where you’ll find a foosball table, pool table, and a selection of games, and a media room for resident movie nights.

Our Residential Life Program engages students from diverse backgrounds who share equally diverse aspirations and support needs. To help you make friendships and enjoy everything university life has to offer, our dedicated team of staff and RAs run a comprehensive program of academic, social, health, sport, wellbeing, spiritual, cultural, and community events.

Getting involved in our Residential Life Program will help you meet new people and have a great time, however our residents are free to participate in as many events as they wish.

RAs are recruited from the group of residents already living in ACU student accommodation. Our RAs represent our diverse community of residential students in Ballarat, and international and exchange students are encouraged to apply. RAs are chosen for their leadership skills, community participation, and demonstrated commitment to improving student life.

We recruit RAs in October for the following year, although occasionally they’re recruited at other times throughout the year. Students must be residing at the property for a minimum of two semesters to be an eligible candidate.

Ballarat is a fantastic location for university students with all the conveniences of a larger town. There’s something for everyone in Ballarat, including cinemas, cafes, a large department stores, a range of boutiques, and local eateries with plenty of international options. The Ballarat Aquatic Centre boasts an indoor swimming pool, sporting grounds, and gym facilities, and it’s close to Victoria Park where many local sporting groups train. Picturesque Lake Wendouree is also a short stroll away and here you’ll find walking and running tracks in beautiful surrounds.

Read information about local bus routes.

As we try to group students together by course and year level, you might find that you can carpool with other students who are driving to campus

Managed Residences will have access internet connection. Students can purchase additional data packs as required.

Your partner may apply for a separate room in the residence if they are a student, and you may request to live in the same house, but all rooms in the residence are single occupancy only.

Visitors are permitted until 10pm Sunday to Thursday, and until 11pm Friday and Saturday. Visitors are not permitted to stay overnight in any of the premises.

No pets may be kept or brought into the residence. Please contact staff if you have a support animal.

Smoking is strictly not allowed inside the residence, or around the perimeter of the residence. If you wish to smoke, you will need to move to a safe location away from property doorways and windows.

Managed Residences are self-catered accommodation. All students have access to a stovetop, oven, and microwave in their houses.

Houses contain a free in-house laundry. An iron and ironing board are also provided.

We do not offer a cleaning service. Students are provided with a mop, broom, and vacuum cleaner to be shared amongst the house. Apart from these items, students will need to purchase their own cleaning materials.


If you are enrolled to study at ACU, you are eligible to apply for a place in a Managed Residence.

The application form is available online. To submit your application, a $75 non-refundable application fee is required. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be contacted after the first round offers have been awarded to ascertain whether you have a place at ACU. Once you can confirm you have a place, we will send all documentation to be completed and sent in for processing by the team.

There is no closing date for applications. You can enter ACU student accommodation at any time during the year if there are spaces available. However, we do recommend submitting applications early as spaces are limited.


Rental fees are dependent on the length of the contract and the type of room you are interested in.

Our 2017 rates are below.

Property 1 semester 2 semesters 12 months
St. Columba’s House $190 $165 - $195 $160 - $190
Managed Residence $190 $165 $155
Premium Managed Residence
$195 $190

Your rental fee is an all-inclusive fee, covering electricity, water, and access to internet connection. Students can purchase internet data packs if needed.

ACU student accommodation run a number of free social and academic events throughout the semester, which are free to attend for those living in a Managed Residence.

To secure your place in Managed Residence, a security deposit equivalent to four weeks rent is required. This payment does not contribute towards your rental fees and must be paid by credit card, but is held for the duration of your rental agreement. In addition, a standard $90 cleaning fee, plus two weeks of rental fees are required.

At the end of your rental agreement, the security deposit will be returned to the credit card account from which it was taken. Any outstanding fees, damages or cleaning fees allocated to your account will be deducted from your security deposit.

Rental fees are paid fortnightly by direct debit only. For international students, you are able to make credit card payments until you open an Australian bank account. Our payment schedule operates two weeks in advance.

We do offer short stays for students, subject to availability.  Rates are dependent on the length of your stay.

Please contact staff if you’re interested in a short stay in a Managed Residence.

We do accommodate groups of students for short stays, subject to availability. Please contact staff if you are interested in a group booking.

Contact Details

ACU Student Accommodation
Burke House, Aquinas Campus, 1200 Mair St, Ballarat VIC, 3350
Phone: +61 (0)3 5336 5323


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