What are we?

What are we?

St Paul’s College is a residential academic community for undergraduate men who are students of the University of Sydney, New South Wales. The College is at the centre of the University campus. From 2019, St Paul’s will offer postgraduate places for women and men, and continue to offer undergraduate places for men.

Good education involves being part of a learning community. Students operate in three types of learning community: the online community, which can be vast; the University, which is more immediate, but still big; and then there’s the smaller community of day-to-day experience. St Paul’s is powerful at that last level.

At Sydney University over one thousand students live on campus in residential colleges, a step away from lectures and also from the busy, vivid suburbs of Newtown and Glebe.  Most students residing in the older college buildings are studying at undergraduate level, but they include postgraduate students and other senior scholars. All students in the new Graduate House will be studying at the postgraduate level, or be academics at the University.

At the core of the College experience are the friendships which form between young people of ability as they pursue varied university studies. So is the exhilarating process of learning together. At Paul’s that happens at all levels and across all levels.

St Paul’s College aims –

  • to open the way to the best that the University has to offer;
  • to create a home for intellectual leadership and moral responsibility;
  • to sustain itself as a community which is intelligent, amicable, amiable, dynamic and inclusive of varied religions, ethnicities and sexualities;
  • to amuse, given that not all who wander are lost;
  • to celebrate the historic Christian tradition of faith and worship in a critical and informed Anglican manner, and to recognise and explore the best in all faiths;
  • to contribute to the goodness of the nation and the world.

“The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind is curiosity.” Edmund Burke