Postgraduates and Honours Students

Sancta Sophia offers a peaceful and harmonious residence to the largest number of postgraduate men and women on University of Sydney campus.

Sancta’s postgraduates are diverse – studying graduate degrees such as medicine, dentistry, law and veterinary science, masters and PhDs; they are local, interstate and international- but all share a wonderful friendship within the College community and embrace the diversity in backgrounds and study interests between them. They join around 170 undergraduate women to make up the Sancta community.

Sancta also accepts and welcomes young men and women commencing honours study. 10 rooms are set aside in Graduate House for honours students, men and women, each year. For those weary of the undergrad party life and ready to commit to the next level of serious study, Graduate House offers the ideal community and environment.   Join our exclusive, supportive Graduate community.

The College provides all residents with opportunities to meet new people, build lasting friendships and experience an array of cultural, sporting and leadership activities. There is an expectation that all residents participate in Formal Dinners and regular College events, which have a long tradition at Sancta.

Sancta Sophia Graduate House, which opened in 2014, offers purpose built facilities, ample natural light and 128 modern ensuite rooms – to ensure the ideal environment for academic success. Each room has a microwave and mini fridge, whilst the common areas have full kitchens. Outdoor living comprises a rooftop terrace and bbq lounge area. Every resident has their meals fully catered for, by our in-house chefs.

Our honours and postgraduate residents are offered 40 or 46 week contracts, recognising that many residents may wish to go home, travel or visit friends at the end of the year. It is possible for residents to stay the full year, but you’re not locked into a 52 week agreement, as many other providers may require.

Apply now to join the largest postgraduate community on the campus at University of Sydney. Applications for residency can be submitted online via the Sancta Student Portal. An applicant must first register with the Portal (free) and then follow the application steps on the Portal to submit their application.

Read more about our Medical students here and our PhD students here

“The level of support here has far exceeded my expectations, even though my undergrad degree was at a prestigious, private university in the US. The community is so close and the College is genuinely interested in feedback and acts on our suggestions.”

Kevin Hong, Medicine

Resident honours and postgraduates are automatically members of the College’s Senior Common Room (SCR) an important group at the College that represents the students and organises social events, activities and academic interaction. As a member of the SCR students enjoy a sense of camaraderie, community and peer support.

As well as focussing on academic success, Sancta presents residents with great opportunities to become involved in the social, cultural and sporting events.

Organised social and extra curricular activities on offer at Sancta include:

  • A Formal, Semi-formal and Informal each year
  • Year group parties
  • Intercollege sporting competitions for women (Rosebowl Cup): netball, rowing, swimming, diving, soccer, hockey, tennis, basketball, athletics; Rawson Cup for men: swimming and athrletics
  • Intercollege cultural competitions (Palladian Cup): solo vocal, instruments, debating, oration, drama, dance
  • Intramural sporting and cultural events
  • Other activities that develop as a result of student interest throughout the year