About Sancta

Sancta Sophia College offers a complete academic, residential experience in a respectful, inclusive community for students studying at universities in Sydney

About Sancta

Sancta Sophia College is one of The University of Sydney’s six residential colleges which make up a rich part of its 170-year story.
Our female undergraduate building has been a home away from home for thousands of young women from regional Australia and metropolitan Sydney over the past 94 years. Each year, Sancta is home to over 200 undergraduate female students, and our community draws from all corners – cities, rural and regional areas of Australia, as well as countries from across the globe.
Our Graduate House, the first of its kind in The University of Sydney Colleges’ history, was opened in 2014 to further diversify the Sancta community and is now home to over 100 postgraduate men and women who join us from across Australia and the globe.
The College motto – Walk in Wisdom – was laid out by our Founders and has remained the mission of every generation of College leaders throughout our 94-year history. The Sancta tradition of empowerment continues to create an inspiring, inclusive and supportive community for all. 


Located within the arts and culture hub of Sydney’s Inner West district, Sancta is just 10 minutes from the city CBD. We share the same postcode as the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and The University of Sydney, making us a short walk to lectures at all centrally based universities, including the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the University of Notre Dame.

Making the most out of your university years

Sancta is a complete home away from home, where residents can focus on achieving academically and enjoying the best of student life in Sydney. All meals are provided, as well as specialised academic and professional mentoring, and there are countless ways to involve oneself in the cultural, spiritual, social and sporting life of the College.