Global education agents applaud ‘safe’ and ‘welcoming’ International House on-campus accommodation at The University of Queensland.
More than 70 agents from around the world recently visited the University of Qld (UQ) at St Lucia and were impressed with the ‘warmth of staff’ and ‘excellent facilities’ offered by International House (IH).
Education agents from China, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) gathered in Brisbane to spend a week exploring everything UQ has to offer future students. Accommodation or student housing is always a top priority for education agents and the global visitors were invited for a guided tour and refreshing lunch at International House during the UQ famil.
IH On-Campus Accommodation = Location, Location, Location!
UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of grand sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes, sporting ovals and tree-lined walking tracks beside the river. UQ ranks in the world’s Top 50 universities (from a total of 10,000) and is ideally situated in one of Australia’s most popular tourism states. In 2018, over 18,000 students from 134 countries made up approximately one-third of students attending UQ.
Just a 5-minute walk to UQ’s Great Court, IH is an inclusive college community with relaxing ‘resort-style’ palm gardens where oriental-inspired pagoda towers are connected by elevated boardwalks through a lush canopy of treetops.
Home to 242 International and Australian students the college enables its residents a chance to gain a global advantage.
If students want to be part of a global friendship community then International House is the right place as we do diversity better than anyone else!
IH Director, Dr Carla Tromans
The IH Way – A Multicultural Experience
‘Housies’ (as IH residents are affectionately known) personally escorted education agents on a guided tour of the grounds, spacious rooms, and abundant amenities on offer at IH. Afterwards, Housies along with IH and UQ staff joined the agents for a delicious and healthy meal in the college dining hall.
Thank you for the opportunity to visit and see the IH facilities, (plus) experience the student’s life. Both the lunch and tour at International House made an exciting and complete day. All the services are very warm and parents will be relieved to know their kids are in safe hands.
Ovy Marloana, IDP Education Indonesia
Live Where You Study
IH provides catered rooms and self-catered apartments with each resident enjoying their own spacious individual room, fully-furnished living spaces featuring all the mod cons.
Conveniently located on-campus, and close to ferry and bus links to the CBD and major shopping centres, IH is the ultimate in living convenience.
‘Housies’ can participate in a guided ‘O-Week’ or ‘welcome week’ each semester and the College runs various social, sporting, cultural, and cross-cultural events to ensure its residents, who are a long way from home, enjoy being part of our community and feel included. ‘Housies’ can also represent IH in InterCollege Council (ICC) activities.
With a team of international staff (Japanese, South African, European, Australian and Malaysian) IH is also one of the few co-ed, non-denominational residential Colleges on UQ campus.
Most of our Housies – including our ‘Aussie’ residents – have either lived in different parts of the world or have strong global friendships. Multiculturalism is ‘the norm’ and embraced. At International House residents find their tribe.
IH Deputy Director, Mr Yohan Nair
If students choose to live at IH, their rent will include:
High-speed WiFi and Ethernet to every room
12 Meals per week (catered residents)
Meal plans available for self-catered residents
Discounted ‘Gold Pass Membership’ to the UQ gym and pool
Free academic support with tutorials and study groups
Complementary pastoral care program
Free secure car park
Weekly room cleaning and fresh bedlinen
Contracts include all holidays (except Christmas)
The IH facilities include:
24/7 staff – onsite support, 24hr communal side kitchen for residents, half basketball/and volleyball court, study pods and multi-purpose areas, student club games room, onsite shop (snacks only) and vending machines, computer lab, outdoor picnic tables and BBQ areas, laundry facilities, kitchen garden pollinated by (stingless) native bees, 2 pianos, dining hall, indoor fireplaces, bicycle storage, relaxing gardens, and storage solutions for returning residents.
IH Catered, spacious and single occupant, fully-furnished rooms are the perfect choice for first time Uni students. Rooms are arranged in towers with shared bathroom facilities on each floor between 4-5 residents (one of the lowest people to bathroom ratios on campus). Each tower also features a shared kitchenette and common space to chill out and chat with friends after a long day at the books.
The IH student rooms are refreshingly different. Unlike traditional dormitory-style buildings, our unique pagoda design means a more welcoming environment. We take care of everything providing tasty and nutritious meals, plus weekly room cleaning and fresh bed linen. All new students have to take care of is their studies and making new friends!
Dr Carla Tromans
Self-Catered residents enjoy their own fully-furnished private bedroom with ensuite bathroom and a shared a spacious kitchen, lounge and dining area with three other roommates on your floor. It’s the perfect spot to unwind after a busy day and flows out onto a balcony to enjoy the views. Each lounge area features comfy seating and a TV unit with plenty of storage. The fully equipped kitchen includes a full-sized refrigerator with freezer, oven, cooktop, toaster, kettle, and microwave. All the pots, plates and utensils you will need to whip up a gourmet meal are provided. Meal plans can be purchased. Weekly cleaning service to common areas is included.
IH = Global Friendships
International House at UQ is very well maintained and it has everything that an International student requires… (IH) makes students feel very at home and comfortable without any loneliness. (I recommend) … International House to all my students as it’s very safe and secure.
Alekya Som, Branch Manager, Studypath