At the undergraduate level, St Paul’s is a residential community for male students of the University of Sydney. The College has a strong commitment to providing the best all-round educational experience for its students. Use the sections below to learn more about life at St Paul’s and to apply for residence.
For information about Graduate House, which admits women and men postgraduate students and academics, click here.
Life at a university college contributes to academic success and broader engagement with university life. It is also fun. Choose your college wisely. Paul’s seeks to cater especially for young men who are (or aim to be) high achievers, who understand teamwork of all sorts and who know how to manage their time. It is increasingly important to apply early.
For information about Graduate House, click here.
Meals in Hall bring the community together, especially formal dinner every weekday evening. Tutorials, Sporting teams, celebrations, and outreach activities are features of student life. All this takes place within the larger context of the Pauline community, including former students of all ages.
The College has a substantial site at the centre of the University grounds and near King Street, Newtown. It has its own Oval. The Chapel is a particularly fine example of modern church architecture. Its current building program will give it new music rooms and other performance spaces, a better gymnasium and, as the jewel in the crown, a large and up-to-date library-study centre.
St Paul’s aims to be a first-rate environment in which to study. The academic results of our students are excellent. The College educates for intellectual leadership, as do the most advanced enterprises in the world of work. The tutorial system (40 or 50 classes a week) is provided by Tutors, with Area Tutors accountable to the Senior Tutor and Assistant Senior Tutor. There is also collaboration with The Women’s College and our other neighbours.
Games draw the College together. The Rawson Cup, founded 1906, is the premier award for intercollegiate men’s sport, with competitions in rowing, rugby, cricket, tennis, athletics, swimming, soccer and basketball, running through the year. Over the past fifteen years Paul’s has done best at rowing and tennis, and more recently basketball, but first or second place has happened lately in every sport.
The College plays rugby against King’s College, University of Queensland (for the Callaway and Daubney Cup), and against Trinity College, Melbourne University, plus rugby league against John XXIII College, at ANU, and AFL against our neighbours at St Andrew’s. Individual students play in outside competitions. Touch football takes place each evening on the Oval, and croquet sometimes in the Quad.
Living together in a college, or group of colleges, should make it easy to practice language skills. At Paul’s, besides the normal tutorial classes in several languages, conversation groups often come together, organised by the students themselves. We strongly encourage applications from students who want to develop their language competence while they are at university.
The St Paul’s College Mummers (with actors also from The Women’s College) is the oldest drama club in the University. Paul’s also has a unique record in intercoll debating, while the Asimus Medal for Oratory is a top College award. The intercoll Palladian Cup draws such talents to the fore, and ongoing student effort makes them central to our own internal life.