How to apply for on-campus student accommodation

Please read through the information below to familiarise yourself with the application process. 

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Before you start 


To apply for on-campus accommodation, you must: 
  • Be intending to enrol in tertiary education or another tertiary provider, this can be as a part-time or full-time student.  
  • Be willing to comply with all residential policies and guidelines including the Occupancy Agreement and the Residential Hall Handbook.

Accommodation Options

When applying you will be asked to choose your residence: 
  • Lake Macquarie Residential Halls
    There are two residential halls located within Avondale’s picturesque surroundings and are in Avondale’s inner campus precinct. Ella Boyd Hall Residence is our female-only residence. All rooms are single room occupancy, with the capacity to accommodate 160 residents. Watson Hall Residence is our male-only residence which accommodates 158 residents in 92 single rooms and 66 twin rooms. The residences have shared kitchens, bathrooms and common areas. 
  • Lake Macquarie Uni View Units
    The Lake Macquarie campus provides independent accommodation to mature-aged students, married couples and small families in our Uni View housing community. There are 36 units available, each has two bedrooms, a lounge room/living room, kitchen, bathroom, laundry, storage area and carport; all located within a 15-minute walk from the centre of campus. For Avondale students only. 
  • Sydney Residential Halls
    The Sydney Campus Nurses Residence is located on the grounds of the Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAH), Wahroonga, the largest private hospital in Australia. The Nurses Residence houses up to 240 residents in gender specific wings, with 100 beds for Avondale students. All rooms are single room occupancy with shared facilities. To reside on the Sydney Campus, applicants must be 18 years of age. For Avondale Students only.

How to apply

Information for applicants

New Applicants

  • You must register on the ResLife Portal so that you can receive your login details (email address and password). 
  • Provide your full name in the same order as they appear on your passport, driver’s licence or birth certificate. 
  • You must complete all questions on the application form in full. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 
  • If you have your Avondale University Student ID number, please enter it at the time of application.

Returning Residents

  • If you are currently staying in an Avondale University residence (or have stayed in one before) you will need to register on the ResLife Portal so that you can receive your login details (email address and password) 
  • To update your details and apply for next year's accommodation, you simply log into the ResLife portal with your email address and password.

Tips for using the Res Life Portal

Use a valid email address

  • Provide a current, reliable email address to ensure that you receive any important communication. 
  • You may need to add [email protected] to your contacts list, otherwise our emails may be rejected or placed in junk mail. 
  • Avoid using your school email address, as these generally expire after the school term or when you graduate.

Time Limit

The application portal will automatically log you out after 20 minutes of inactivity. If this occurs, simply log back in using your email and password.

Your application status

Lake Macquarie Residential Hall Applications will be reviewed upon submission. Your application does not guarantee placement in accommodation or in your preferred residence.

Uni View Units and Sydney Residential Hall applications are forwarded to a third party and they will contact you directly.

Accepting an offer of accommodation

  • Successful applicants must accept their offer prior to move in day, otherwise it will be automatically forfeited, and the offer cancelled.

You can check the status and progress of your application, if you are applying for the Lake Macquarie Residential Halls at any time using your email address and password to log into the ResLife Portal.

Changing your preferences for Lake Macquarie Residential Halls

Prior to offers going out

  • You may change your preferences prior to offers going out by contacting Student Life Services at [email protected] and requesting a change in preference. In all correspondence, please provide your full name and DOB when applied.
  • Application date is considered when sending an offer.

After Applying

After you've submitted your application, please note the next steps and how to accept your offer.

Accepting your offer

Once you have received your offer you will need to:
  • Log into the ResLife Portal and select continue
  • Accept your offer
  • Select your meal plan package option
  • Pay your refundable bond (Equivalent to four weeks rent)
  • Pay your Rent Advance Payment (Equivalent to two weeks rent)*
  • Pay your Meal Package Advance Payment (Equivalent to two weeks meals, the value of which will be determined by your selection during offer acceptance)
  • Read, understand and accept the terms and conditions outlined in the Conditions of Occupancy Agreement. This a legally binding document, and you must ensure that you understand all the contractual conditions. 
  • If you are under 18 have your parent or guardian read, understand and accept the terms and conditions outlined in the Conditions of Occupancy Agreement
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*First year students eligible for the Accommodation Sponsorship are exempt from this.

Please be aware that until you have completed the above steps, we are unable to confirm your reservation. Any incomplete acceptance processes may result in your offer lapsing, and this room type no longer being available.

Withdrawing from an offer

If you have applied but no longer require accommodation for any reason, please log into the ResLife Portal to cancel your application or decline your offer. 

If you have accepted your accommodation and wish to cancel, do so by emailing [email protected]

Vacating your residence

If you wish to vacate the residential halls once you have arrived, you must complete a notice to vacate. This can be located via your ResLife Portal, cancellations fees apply. 

Avondale prides itself on fostering an inclusive and diverse living and learning environment, however we do understand that residential life is not for everyone. As a result, we actively encourage all students to discuss their specific circumstances, and the reasons they may have for wishing to vacate, with a Student Life Services staff member prior to submitting a notice to vacate.