Postgraduates and Honours Students

Our Graduate House is the largest postgraduate community on-campus at The University of Sydney. 


Sancta Sophia College’s Graduate House is a well-established and diverse community of both domestic and international Postgraduate and Honours students. 

Graduate House, which opened in 2014, offers purpose-built facilities, ample natural light and 128 modern ensuite rooms, ensuring 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. 

There is no mould for fitting in at Sancta – our diversity of age, gender, culture and academic discipline means residents feel welcome from the day they arrive. The College values respect and support for all.

A third of residents join us from countries such as Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, USA, China and India. Graduate House residents study at University of Sydney, University of Technology, University of NSW and Notre Dame, with the top five faculties being Medicine, Law, Dentistry, Engineering & IT and Business. (2019 Grad House data)


The top reasons postgraduates choose to live at Sancta:

Value for money

All rent, utilities and living expenses are included in the fees. Even engaged in the most challenging of courses, you can be fully immersed in your studies with time leftover to socialise and do more of what you love. All meals are provided in our Dining Hall and rooms are regularly serviced. You are living close to your university, hospitals and services, and can enjoy a strong peer network.

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A social yet adult atmosphere centred around respect

The postgraduate experience can be isolating without an existing social network. Sancta welcomes you into a vibrant community that will enrich your time as a Postgraduate student, with many optional social opportunities and events throughout the academic year.


A well-established Postgrad community

You will be joining the most established Postgraduate community within the University of Sydney. You are supported by interested and experienced staff, and a mature and high-functioning peer and alumni network.


The flexibility to be as involved in College life as you wish

Sancta Sophia College events are well attended by Graduate House residents who enjoy the celebration of community felt on these occasions. Postgraduate students are well represented in Sancta’s sporting teams, cultural community and other events.


Strong FACULty-specific peer networks

Most students find large groups of Graduate House residents are studying in the same degrees, allowing for connections to be made that crossover academic and future professional lives. Student Academic Mentors facilitate learning and networking opportunities that are tailored for each discipline represented in the Graduate House community.


A mentorship program exclusive to Sancta

Sancta alumni that are established in their fields offer personalised mentoring programs to Postgraduate residents. 


camaraderie, community and peer support

Resident honours and postgraduates are automatically members of the College’s Senior Common Room (SCR). The SCR is an important group at the College that represents the students and organises social events, activities and academic interaction.

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“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

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


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

Organised social and extracurricular 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 athletics
  • 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


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