Lake Macquarie

Located in the heart of campus, Avondale’s Lake Macquarie residences provide on-campus accommodation for students. Living on-campus means that you can enjoy the convenience of everything being just a few minutes’ walk from your room – classes, cafeteria, gym, sporting facilities and social gatherings.

Living on-campus provides a great social environment, giving you the opportunity to meet lots of new people and make friends from all over Australia and the world. It also provides you with a great study support network, as you are living with people who are going through the same experiences as you.

Undergraduate students between 17-24 years of age tend to live in Ella Boyd (female-only residence) and Watson Hall (male-only residence)

Ella Boyd Hall Residence

This female-only residence is single room occupancy, with the capacity to accommodate 162 residents. Ella Boyd features 24-hour secure building access.

Residents have shared common areas - lounges (with TVs) and study areas.

Watson Hall Residence

This male-only residence accommodates 158 residents in 92 single rooms and 66 twin rooms. Watson features 24-hour secure building access.

Social spaces in Watson include a pool table, weight room and a common room featuring pay TV and an arcade basketball game.

General Information

Lake Macquarie Residential Hall Packages
This year, Avondale is trialing a range of new accommodation-meal options for Lake Macquarie residential hall students, semester 1, 2022. The fully catered meal package remains, however additional standard and base plans are now available.

The accommodation component included in each package covers your own room, electricity, water, rates and internet.
Fully Catered Plan
Accommodation +
  • breakfast, lunch & dinner (Monday - Friday)
  • lunch and dinner (Saturday)
  • brunch and dinner (Sunday)
Standard Plan (semi-catered)
Accommodation +
  • lunch & dinner (Monday - Friday)
  • lunch and dinner (Saturday)
  • brunch and dinner (Sunday)
Base Plan (semi-catered)
Accommodation +
  • lunch (Monday - Saturday)
  • brunch (Sunday)

Package Pricing

Please note: Lake Macquarie residential students bringing a car onto campus MUST pay for the semester Parking each semester.

Students wishing to stay over mid-semester or year-end breaks will be charged an additional rate per night, which does not include meals. Please see the Mid-Semester/Mid-Year & Year-end Accommodation section (below) for these dates and the FEES & CHARGES tab for the additional nightly rates.

Semester 1 2022 Included Meals
Sunday 27th February to Thursday 16th June 2022 incl.

First Meal of the Semester – Dinner, Sunday 27th February
Last Meal before break – Dinner, Thursday 14th April
Mid-Sem Break Friday 15th April – Monday 25th April
First Meal after break– Dinner, Monday 25th April
Last Meal of the Semester – Dinner, Thursday 16th June (Vacate by 10am Friday 17th June)

Semester 2 2022 Included Meals
Sunday 31st July to Tuesday 15th November 2022 incl. (excl. published breaks)

First Meal for the Semester – Dinner, Sunday 31st July
Last Meal before break - Dinner, Friday 23rd September
Mid-Sem Break Saturday 24th September to Monday 3rd October
First Meal after break – Dinner, Monday 3rd October
Last Meal for the Semester- Dinner, Tuesday 15th November (Vacate by 10am Wednesday 16th November)

Conditions of Occupancy

These conditions of occupancy may be amended at any point in time by Avondale University. Please click on the link for the most recent version of the Conditions of Occupancy.

Check in Dates and Times

Accommodation for residential students is not available until the advertised check-in times listed below:
2022 - Semester 1
Sunday 27th February from 9am

2022 - Semester 2
Sunday 31st July from 9am

Mid-Semester/Mid Year & Year-End Accommodation

Students wishing to stay on campus outside the standard periods of operation are required to book and pay for the additional nights (excl.meals) with Res Life Management. Please see below the published dates for where additional FEES & CHARGES will be incurred:

2022 Dates
Mid-Semester Charges
Semester 1 – From Thursday 14th April to Sunday 24th April inclusive
Semester 2 – From Friday 23rd September to Sunday 2nd October inclusive

Mid-Year Break & Year-End Charges
From Thursday 16th June to Sunday 31st July inclusive
From Tuesday 15th November

Graduating Students
If graduating, accommodation/meals is free from Thursday to Saturday inclusive of graduation weekend

Residence Hall Facilities


All bedrooms are fully furnished, each room containing a bed (or two if you are sharing a room), desk(s), bookshelf, cupboards, drawers, shelves and a chair(s). All rooms have window treatments - blinds and/or drapes, and/or curtains.

Linen pack is available; includes one set of single sheets, blanket, one pillow, two pillow cases and two bath towels. Price $100 with a $50 refund on all items returned in undamaged, clean condition.

Additional furniture can be added to each room, such as a bar-sized refrigerator, television, one lounge chair, coffee table and extra shelving.

Depending on demand, you may be asked to share a room. However, you are likely to receive your preferred bedroom configuration.


Shared bathrooms and toilets facilities.

Common Rooms

Common rooms are located on each floor and provide you with somewhere to relax.

Guest Rooms

A number of guest rooms are available in all residences for parents and friends of students. Rooms will require to be booked through [email protected].


Kitchenettes are provided in the residential halls. These contain a refrigerator/freezer, stove, microwave oven, and kettle. Students to supply their own cooking appliances and utensils.

Laundry Needs

Washing machines, dryers, clothes lines and drying rooms are available in each residence. Washing machine use is free, however it will cost you $2 per use of the dryer. All machines are top-loaders and top-loader washing powder is recommended for all machines.

Irons and ironing boards are available in the residences. Due to demand, it is recommended that you provide your own iron.

Mail Boxes

Mail boxes for incoming mail are situated in each residence. Further information about postal services on-campus and in the local area can be found here.


There is limited space for storage. Small items should be packed in cartons and sealed and all items stored must be labeled with your name and the date the article was stored. Storage for large items is dependent on space available. Unclaimed items that have been stored for more than 3 months will be deemed as unwanted and disposed of.

During each semester break, all personal items will need to be stored. For your convenience, storage facilities exist within each residence hall.


A public telephone is available in the breezeway of the White Building. Lines are available for incoming calls as follows (during semester only):

ResidenceTelephone Number
Ella Boyd+61 2 4980 2260
Watson Hall+61 2 4980 2280

Meals and Food

Avondale provides semi-catered and fully catered meals for its students. Find out more about meals and food on campus.

Support Staff

We have a residence support team available 24/7 to help you with any needs you may have during your time living in the residence halls. Our team also looks after the Res Life programme which is full of activities and experiences to enhance your residential experience and ensure you make the most of your time on-campus.

Your welfare is very important to us. The Student Life team deals with welfare concerns and disciplinary issues, working closely with all support and referral services on-campus to ensure the well-being of all residents.

Ella Boyd and Watson Hall Res Life Management

Res Life Management are responsible for managing the residences with particular emphasis on residents well-being, spiritual and pastoral care and academic matters, via the delivery of the Res Life Education Programme across the residential community.

Residential Support Team

The Res Support Team leaders form an integral part of the Res Life team. Your Res Support Leaders are your first point of contact for any questions, queries and assistance. They help support the well-being of residents, assisting in the transition to independent living and providing generalized support. The Res Support Team are provided with extensive training across a number of different areas including Mental Health First Aid, First Aid, sexual consent, hazing and creating respectful environments.

Throughout the year, the Res Support Leaders will hold activities that will help you get to know your fellow residents.

There is either a Campus Security Officer, Res Life Management team member or a Res Support Team Leader on duty at all times, so there is always someone around to help if needed.

Fees & Charges

Residence Hall Fees 2022

Lake Macquarie Residential Hall PackagesWeekly RateSem 1 2022 Pricing*
Fully Catered Plan$ 360.50$ 5,150.00
Standard Plan (semi-catered)$ 320.25$4,575.00
Base Plan (semi-catered)$ 257.25$3,675.00

A $650 bond payment is required at time application. The bond is refunded upon permanently vacating the residence, subject to conditions.

*Pricing is calculated using per day amount for the days of standard operation in line with the Academic Office published semester dates for Semester 1 and 2 (excluding mid semester-break). Additional charges for staying outside the standard dates apply, which does not include meals.

Package Details

2022 Accommodation Charges for Early arrival and Mid-Semester Break

Early Arrival - $25.75 per night (excl. meals)
Mid-Semester Charges - $25.75 per night (excl. meals)
After End of Semester to Grad - $25.75 per night (excl. meals)

Late Payment Charges

Late payment charges may be applied to the accounts of Avondale University (Avondale) students who do not pay their Residence Hall fees by the due date. For more information please refer to the financial policies Student Late Payment Charge.

Penalties/Fines & Charges

Cleaning Charge - $30 per hour
Covering smoke detector - $100
Damages Charge - on a case-by-case basis (cost plus labour)
Discipline Fine - $ Dependent on type of infringement
Fire Service Call Out - $ Charged at full invoice cost of the call out
Forum Fine - $75
Mattress Protector Replacement - $50
Mattress Replacement - $300
Noise curfew breached - $25
Overnight Guest Breach - $50
Room Lockout - no charge for first occasion, further occasions will incur a change of $15
Room Move Fee - $55 per move
Unauthorised Room Change - $80
Work Health Safety (WHS) breach - $100

Avondale reserves the right to change the above fees and charges.

How to Apply

Apply for the Residential Halls

Please click here to submit your Residential Application for 2022.

I have applied what happens now?

  • Once approved the Res Life Management will send out the acceptance letter with important information
  • Prior to the commencement of the semester Student Finance will email out residential invoices to Avondale student email addresses for payment.
  • Applications will remain active for the duration of the course and subsequently will be invoiced each semester unless the vacate process has been followed. This can be found under the How to Vacate tab.

Apply for Additional Accommodation Outside of Standard Semester Periods

Students wishing to remain in the Residential Halls outside the standard published dates will need to complete the Additional Accommodation form and receive approval from the Residence Manager before being charged based on the published night rates under FEES & CHARGES tab for the additional nightly rates.

What to Bring

What you will need to bring

  • Bed linen, blankets, doonas and pillows
  • Laundry detergent (top-loader), pegs & laundry basket
  • Towels, soaps and toiletries
  • Coat hangers
  • Personal effects

What you may choose to bring

  • Bar-sized refrigerator (less than 140 litre) for your bedroom
  • Computer
  • Cooking utensils, pots/pans, crockery, cutlery, tea towels and washing up detergent (optional)
  • Desk lamp
  • Fan
  • Iron
  • Clothes rack
  • Network (ethernet) cable for computer network connection and internet access
  • Stereo (with headphones)
  • Television

How to Vacate

How to Vacate

When you wish to permanently vacate the residence halls you MUST follow the vacate process to ensure that your residential hall charges are paid and any refunds (including bond) are processed back to you.

Lodging and completing your Notice to Vacate form

  • Click here for the Notification to Vacate form as soon as you know when you will be vacating.
  • This will trigger the vacate process
  • Your room must be left in the same condition as it was in at the beginning of your tenancy otherwise additional charges may apply.
  • Once the room check has been conducted the Residence Hall Manager will complete the clearance
  • Student Finance will be notified of any charges to be invoiced to your General Account
  • Any charges will be invoiced before the bond is credited back to your General account
  • Transfers will be processed back to your bank account the following Wednesday once the Residence Manager has completed the clearance.