Residential Fees

We work hard to keep our fees reasonable and equitable, allowing access to the Sancta experience for ambitious and community-minded students. 

SANCTA Fees 2019 PDF download

Your residential fees cover: 

  • your chosen accommodation
  • all meals (21 per week) catered in the Dining Hall plus formal dinners every Monday evening of semester
  • full membership to Sydney University Sport and Fitness facilities
  • internet and wi-fi (100GB per month)
  • fortnightly room servicing
  • access to Sancta’s academic and professional mentoring programs (including weekly tutorials)
  • access to the pastoral care and support of College leadership and staff
  • membership to The University of Sydney Union (includes an access card for student discounts and the ability to join University clubs and societies)
  • safe and secure accommodation with CCTV, two executive staff members living on-campus and 24/7 on-call resident assistants
  • academic guidance from leadership and appointed student mentors
  • access to College and student-run community events


Undergraduate Accommodation

Accommodation for female Undergraduate students studying in Sydney.

In line with changes to The University of Sydney’s calendar from 2019, Sancta Sophia College will move from a 38-week agreement to a 40-week agreement in 2019. 

Room type (40-week contracts)

Weekly cost (2019)

Annual cost (2019)

Single room, shared bathroom



Shared room, shared bathroom



Ensuite room







 Graduate House

Accommodation for male and female Postgraduates, Honours students and visiting academics. All rooms are single occupancy with a private ensuite bathroom.


Weekly cost (2019)

Annual cost (2019)

46 week agreement



40 week agreement




Staying longer

Agreements are structured around the academic year of The University of Sydney, as many students opt to visit family, stay with friends or travel during the Christmas period. Students are welcome to apply to remain at Sancta outside of contracted weeks. Charges will be added per additional week beyond the contract. Additional stay must be prepaid in order to guarantee the booking and prepare the keys.


Property changes during Christmas and New Year holidays

Please note that soon after the end of Semester 2, Sancta leases its vacated student rooms to a hotel management company which operates a ‘pop-up hotel’ business over the summer.


Application, Offer Acceptance and Other Fees

All Commencing Residents in 2019

Application fee

Non-refundable fee upon application


On acceptance of Offer

Enrolment Fee (non-refundable)


Security Fee

$500 is refundable by request on departure from Sancta (provided there are no outstanding costs due to loss or damage of College property or outstanding fees); $100 is retained for Lifetime Membership of Sancta Sophia College Alumni Association; and $400 will be allocated by the College to the College Building Fund.



Other Fees – Undergraduates

Academic gown and college jersey

(commencing year only)


Orientation Week Student Club activities (Undergraduate)


Undergraduate House Committee (Student Leadership Committee) Annual Fee

This fee is fixed by the newly elected House Committee at the beginning of the year.



Other Fees – Postgraduates

Academic gown and college jersey

(commencing year only)



Postgraduate Senior Common Room (Student Leadership Committee) Annual Fee

This fee is fixed by the newly elected Senior Common Room at the beginning of the year.



Other Optional Fees


Subject to limited availability

No charge

Room change request


Electricity cost of small appliance in room (annual fee; only applicable to Undergraduate building)



Other Charges

Falsely or wilfully activating emergency fire alarm


College Access Swipe Card replacement

for loss or damage


Parking Permit replacement

for loss or damage



Undergraduate Student Fees 2019

The College has a fee structure of 40 weeks per year, which matches the academic year of The University of Sydney for 2019 onwards. By comparison, commercial student accommodation providers and private rental arrangements generally oblige students to sign 52 week contracts. Students can opt to stay longer than their contracted time by paying per additional week. 


Postgraduate Student Fees 2019

The structure for residents in Graduate House recognises the longer study programs of many courses, with options for either a 40-week or 46-week contract. 


Additional information can be found in forms and documents.

If you are comparing costs with some self catering options, remember to consider not just the cost of food, but the time for shopping and washing up. There may also be the additional costs of electricity, internet plus cleaning. This is all included in your fees at Sancta, giving you more time to focus on study and making the most of your university years. 


In partnership with the University of Sydney, College fees also include:

  • Full membership to Sydney Uni Sports and Fitness (SUSF), offering you access to excellent University fitness and recreation facilities and generous insurance cover while playing Intercollegiate sport. 
  • Membership to The University of Sydney Union (USU) which offers unique benefits to members and allows access to all University clubs and societies. 
  • There are opportunities for financial assistance through scholarships and work is available for some students in Sancta’s kitchen. 


Security Fee

The security fee covers the cost of any damage to your bedroom, furnishings or fittings. Residents can request the refund of some of the security fee at the end of their stay, provided there is no damage, the room is left in good condition, keys are returned and there are no outstanding fees. $100 is retained for lifetime membership of the Alumni Association and $400 is allocated to the College Building Fund to support the maintenance and improvement of our facilities. 


Paying College Fees

College fees are payable by credit card, electronic funds transfer or cheque. A payment program is also available. Fees must be paid before the commencement of each semester. To view student accounts and pay accounts online, please access the Sancta Portal.