Colombo House, University of New South Wales

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Colombo House
University University of New South Wales
Location UNSW campus, Kensington
Full name Colombo House
Established 2014
Named for The Colombo Plan
Sister college Basser College
Philip Baxter College, Goldstein College, Fig Tree Hall and UNSW Hall.
Head Ms Isabelle Creagh
Dean Mr Michael Patoka

Colombo House[1] is a residential college of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Kensington Colleges.[2] Colombo House admitted its first student residents in Semester 1, 2014.


Colombo House is named in honor of the University of New South Wales' involvement in the Colombo Plan, with the university having its first intake of Colombo Plan students in 1952.[3] Born out of a Commonwealth Conference of Foreign Ministers, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 1950, The Colombo Plan provided South East Asian students with opportunities to study at international universities in fields of study as yet unavailable to them in their home countries. Graduates of the Colombo Plan went on to be some of the region's top level political leaders and captains of industry, including Former Prime Minister of Nepal, Dr. Baburam Bhattarai and Singapore's current Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan.

A history of the Colombo Plan by Daniel Oakman,[4] called Facing Asia: A History of the Colombo Plan is now available online.[5]

Intercollege Cup (ICC)[edit]

Colombo House won the first ever Intercollege Cup held between Fig Tree College, UNSW Hall and Colombo House in October 2014


Colombo House will cater for 242 students in single occupancy, dormitory style rooms, all with private en suites.[6] The College will have expansive common and study areas as well as a roof top garden with views across the Randwick Racecourse to the Sydney skyline. Landscaped garden spaces will be shared with Basser, Philip Baxter, Goldstein College and Fig Tree Hall.

Colombo House is a self-catered residence with communal kitchens on floors three to six, and a large catering size kitchen on the ground floor. Accommodation packages include free WIFI and weekly cleaning. There are also laundry facilities on the ground floor.


  1. ^ "UNSW Colleges | Residential Communities". 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  2. ^ "University of New South Wales - The Kensington Colleges - Home". 2011-11-19. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
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  4. ^ "Daniel Oakman - ANU E Press - ANU". 2011-12-15. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  5. ^ "Facing Asia - ANU E Press - ANU". 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  6. ^ "UNSW Colleges | Residential Communities". 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 

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