Residential colleges of the University of Queensland

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There are eleven residential colleges of the University of Queensland.


Cromwell College[edit]

Cromwell College
Cromwell College shield
University University of Queensland
Location 27°29′51.21″S 153°00′29.59″E / 27.4975583°S 153.0082194°E / -27.4975583; 153.0082194
Full name Cromwell College
Motto Ubi spiritus, ibi libertas (Latin)
Motto in English Where the spirit is, there is liberty
Established 1950
Named for Oliver Cromwell
Gender Co-educational since 1973, formerly male only
Principal Ross Switzer
President Sophie Hazard Davis
Residents 247
Website Homepage
Alumni Homepage
  • On the St Lucia campus. Was the first of the Colleges on the St Lucia campus in June 1954,[1] and admitted men only until it became co-ed in 1973.
  • Founded in 1950 and initially funded by a generous gift from the Hancock family.
  • Hosted the Queensland Youth Aerospace Forum in 2006, 2007, and 2008
  • Its emblem is a lion
  • Has five "corridors" (dormitories) named after influential people in Cromwell's history: North, Lockley, Thatcher, Begbie (New Building), Dowling and Hancock.

Duchesne College[edit]

Duchesne College
Duchesne College shield
University University of Queensland
Location 27°30′06″S 153°00′58″E / 27.5017°S 153.0162°E / -27.5017; 153.0162
Full name Duchesne College
Motto Robur in luce veritatis (Latin)
Motto in English Strength in the light of truth
Established 1937
Named for Rose Philippine Duchesne
Gender Female only
Principal Therese Eddy
Residents 212
Website Homepage
Alumni Homepage
  • On the St Lucia Campus, among ten other university residential colleges.
  • Founded in 1937, initially at Stuartholme College in Toowong, by a collaboration of the university, the Catholic Archdiocese and under the auspices of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, at the request of Archbishop James Duhig
  • Moved to St Lucia after a new collegiate building was constructed at the university for it in 1959.
  • Named after Rose Philippine Duchesne, a French woman who was instrumental in bringing the Society of the Sacred Heart to America from France.
  • One of three all-female colleges on the campus.
  • Accommodates 212 students.
  • In 2009, the college opened the Rose Philippine Wing.
  • Mission is to provide accommodation for rurul and regional students who wish to study at UQ,QUT or ACU.

Emmanuel College[edit]

Emmanuel College
Emmanuel College shield
University University of Queensland
Location St Lucia Campus
27°29′52″S 153°00′30″E / 27.4977°S 153.0082°E / -27.4977; 153.0082
Full name Emmanuel College
Motto Fiat Lux (Latin)
Motto in English Let there be light
Established 1911
Gender Co-educational since 1975, formerly male only
Principal Professor David Brunckhorst
President Angela O'Connell (2017)
Residents 340
Website Homepage
Alumni Homepage
Students' Club Homepage
  • Hosts Emmanuel International 7s – an annual Rugby Sevens Tournament organised by the Students' Club.
  • Hosts an annual Theatre Restaurant which is entirely run by the Students' Club.
  • Emmanuel are the reigning champions in the Inter-College Cultural Competition, coming first in Bandfest, Choralfest and Dancefest in 2016.
  • Its eleven 'wings' (dormitories) are named after influential people in the College's history: Busch, Douglas, Drewe, Edmonds, Gibson, Glaister, Henderson, MacGregor, Martin, Meiklejohn and Merrington.
  • Boasts more alumni who have played for the Wallabies than any other College at UQ.
  • On-site squash courts and cardio gym. Student fees include access to UQ gym and pool.

Grace College[edit]

Grace College
University University of Queensland
Location 27°29′51″S 153°00′25″E / 27.49746°S 153.00708°E / -27.49746; 153.00708
Motto in English My Grace is Sufficient (2 Cor. 12:9)
Established 1970
Gender Female only
Principal Rev Dr Anita Monro
Residents 181
  • Women only
  • Located at the St Lucia Campus
  • Opened in 1970
  • Residents referred to as Gracies
  • Smallest Residential College on campus

Gatton Halls of Residence[edit]

The Halls of Residence
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University University of Queensland
Location 27°32′27″S 152°19′34″E / 27.5409°S 152.3261°E / -27.5409; 152.3261
College Halls: Pitt, Riddell, Shelton and Thynne
Full name The Halls of Residence
Motto Una Adolescamus (Latin)
Motto in English Together We Grow
Established 1897
Named for Queensland Agricultural College
Gender Co-educational
Residents 436
Website Homepage
  • Main university residential facilities for the Gatton campus.
  • Largest residential college associated with the University of Queensland
  • Established in 1897 making it the oldest college with the University of Queensland
  • 436 rooms
  • Students at the Halls mainly study within the Faculty of Science
  • Divided into four Halls Shelton, Pitt, Thynne and Riddell

International House[edit]

International House
International House shield
University University of Queensland
Location 27°29′47.67″S 153°00′32.53″E / 27.4965750°S 153.0090361°E / -27.4965750; 153.0090361
Full name International House
Motto That Brotherhood May Prevail (Latin)
Established 1965
Named for International House organisation
Gender Co-educational
President Kelsie Herbert
Residents 238
Website Homepage
Alumni Homepage
  • Commonly abbreviated as IH, and located at the St Lucia campus.
  • Founded in 1965. Planning for the college commenced in 1955 through the Rotary Club of Brisbane and as part of the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Rotary International.[2]
  • Unique architectural design, blending elements of Asian and Australian architecture.
  • When International House opened in 1965 Dr Ivor Cribb was appointed Warden.
  • Provide fully catered accommodation for 200 undergraduate students, and self-catered accommodation for 38 postgraduate and undergraduate students 25 years and over.
  • International House is divided into 11 buildings or "towers": A to I for most undergraduate students and Towers J and K for postgraduate students and undergraduate students 25 years and over.
  • International House has 50% domestic residents and 50% international.
  • International House hosts the annual battle of the bands between all 10 colleges called Bandfest.
  • International House also hosts 'Soiree' its annual multi-cultural festival.
  • Known for its accepting nature and multi-cultural atmosphere.

King's College[edit]

King's College
King's College shield
University University of Queensland
Location 27°30′10″S 153°00′30″E / 27.5029°S 153.0083°E / -27.5029; 153.0083
Full name King's College
Motto Veritas Vos Liberabit (Latin)
Motto in English The truth shall make you free
Established 1912
Named for King's College, Cambridge
Gender Male only
Master Greg Eddy
President Liam Spannenburg
Residents 324
Website Homepage
  • At the St Lucia Campus
  • Accommodation for 324 students of the University.
  • The college has produced 5 recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship and 43 University Medalists.
  • History: In 1901, the Methodist Conference of Queensland began to send candidates for ministry to Queen's College, Melbourne, a college which combined both theological education and a resident college. This became the model for King's. The college was first opened on 14 June 1913 at Kangaroo Point, the original location of the University of Queensland, and moved in 1954 to the new campus at St Lucia.


  • 1913–1915: Rev M. Scott Fletcher
  • 1916–1923: Rev L. E. Bennett
  • 1924–1959: Rev Professor H. H. Trigge
  • 1960–1986: Rev Dr I. H. Grimmett
  • 1986–1991: Rev Dr I. G. Mavor
  • 1992–2004: Rev J. Patton
  • 2005-: Mr G. C. Eddy

About King's College

King's College provides accommodation for 324 men of the University. The College operates as an academic residential community of undergraduate and postgraduate members drawn from country and suburban areas throughout Australia as well as many other nations.

King's has a well-equipped gymnasium (including weights room and a cardio room), swimming pool, rowing shed and pontoon, tutorial/study rooms, Old Collegians Learning Centre, barbecue facilities, half basketball court and extensive well lit car-parks. The Junior Common Room is equipped with satellite television, billiard table and table tennis table.

St John's College[edit]

St John's College
St John's College shield
University University of Queensland
Location 27°30′02″S 153°00′51″E / 27.50056°S 153.01417°E / -27.50056; 153.01417
Full name St John's College
Motto Esolutus iterum vinctus (Latin)
Motto in English Freed and Rebound
Established 1911
Named for John the Apostle and St John's College, Cambridge
Gender Co-educational since 1990, formerly male only
Warden The Rev. Prof. Rodney Wolff (acting)
President Tristan Heiner
Residents Approximately 320
Website Homepage
Alumni Homepage

St. Johns College is a coeducational residential college on the St Lucia Campus. St John's is the equal oldest college in affiliation with the University. The college was founded in 1911 – the same year the University of Queensland accepted its first students – and is currently home to approximately 320 students (Colloquially known as 'Johnians' or 'Jabbers').

Facilities include the Stanley Law Library, the general library, the Gibson Room for biomedical studies (anatomy and histology, speech therapy and physiotherapy). In the gymnasium there is also a squash court, weights room, and sauna, as well was pool and pingpong tables. All undergraduate students also have access to the Junior Common Room. St. Johns College Buttery Bar is at the heart of the college's strong social atmosphere. St. John's College is the only college with a licensed bar at the University of Queensland.

The College has a strong sporting tradition. It is the current ICC Weighted Sporting Shields Champions in both the men and women competitions.[citation needed] In 1996 it became the first College at the University of Queensland to win both the men's and women's Inter-Collegiate competitions in the same year. In 2013 St. Johns College won both the male and female overall weighted sporting trophies. Since the inception of the ICC Competition, St. John's College has won the Old Collegians Cup and the ICC Cultural Cup more times than any other college.[citation needed]

Music and drama are particularly strong at the College. There are seven pianos in the College and there are four specially built music practice rooms. A two manual and pedal pipe organ was completed in the college chapel in 1994. The choir performs at College functions and in the intercollegiate choral festival. Students from St John's and Women's College perform in the College Players who stage up to two major productions each year. Choral Scholarships are offered by the college. Debating and public speaking are also features of the cultural life.

In 2005, a building, known as Edale by the students, was burned down in a fire apparently caused by unattended electrical devices left on by a student over the Easter break.[3] The college provided portable buildings to house students from the affected building, and has since completed rebuilding.

St Leo's College[edit]

St Leo's College
St Leo's College shield
University University of Queensland
Location St. Lucia
Full name St Leo's College
Motto Dominus Illuminatio Mea (Latin)
Motto in English The Lord is my Light
Established 1917
Named for St Leo the Great
Gender Male only
Sister college Duchesne College
Rector Steve Foley
President Isaac Dickinson
Residents 212
Website Homepage
Alumni Homepage

St Leo's College is a residential College on the St Lucia Campus of the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.


St Leo's was founded by Brisbane's Catholic Archbishop Sir James Duhig in 1917 and is named in honour of St Leo the Great – the first Pope Leo (440 AD to 461 AD).[4]

The book The Memory was compiled, and written by Fr Michael Head SJ, a former Rector of the College. It provides an entertaining and in depth history of the College from its inception to the mid 1990s.

Sporting life

The College has a sporting tradition covering a wide range of athletic pursuits. Through the Inter College Competition (ICC), College teams participate in thirteen sports including football, cricket, tennis, squash, hockey, basketball and others, while the tennis/basketball court is the scene for inter-block competition and casual challenges.

The College performs well in all sports despite its relatively small size (approximately 210 students compared to about 300 at rival colleges); however, St Leo's is one of only two male-only residential colleges at the University. Traditionally strong sports include rugby, athletics, tennis, cricket and touch football, while basketball, cross country and athletics have enjoyed a resurgence during recent year. St Leo's won the ICC Sports Cup (referred to at St Leo's as "The FG Cup") in 2008 after leading King's College all year. Before 2008, St Leo's last won the Cup in 1986 – behind by a handful of ICC points when starting athletics (the last event in the ICC calendar), Simon Doyle later a world ranked 1500m runner, stormed home in the final leg of the 400m relay for Leo's to clinch the Cup.

Before rugby was introduced to ICC, rugby league was the winter contact sport. In the seven seasons from 1978 to 1983, St Leo's won 54 of 56 games, drew one 2-all and lost one game (to Emmanuel) 2-nil. Unsurprisingly, in 1984 the other colleges voted to change to rugby union. Emmanuel College, the only college to ever beat Leo's at Rugby League, voted (unsuccessfully) with Leo's to retain league, earning the friendship and respect of Leo's through the 80's and 90's.

Since 2001, the St Leo's College Open's Rugby Team has lost only 11 games on the back of an unbroken winning streak which stretched from 1992 till the 2001 Grand Final (the longest unbroken winning streak by any team in Queensland). Following this defeat, St Leo's would reclaim the Cup in 2002, and go on to win the Cup again in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Rugby is considered to be primary sport at St Leo's, as surmised in 2001 by Andrew "Chook" Hanrahan, the St Leos College Sports Convenor for that year, who was quoted as saying "Leos is Rugby".

Despite this emphasis on Rugby, St Leo's does excel in other sporting fields. The College performs well in a multitude of sports despite its relatively small size (approximately 175 students compared to about 300 at rival colleges); however, St Leo's and King's College are the only two male-only residential colleges at the University. Despite St Leo's not winning the coveted ICC Sports Cup since 1982 (another record), it continues to be one of the top-tier Colleges for sport in Queensland. In 2007, St Leo's came within 2 points of winning the ICC Cup and in July 2008, the College won the 2008 ICC Sports Cup on the back of a historic win in the 2008 Rugby Final against Kings the Francis & Kassulke Cup.

A gymnasium is available for residents and the College's on-campus location provides easy access to all of the University's sporting facilities.

Social life

Students at St. Leos college participate in a wide variety of social activities, within the University of Queensland. The student club run many parties on campus, including Tropicana, St Patrick's Day Boat Cruise, Back to School, ICC Regatta After Party and Mexicana.

Cultural life

Residents are active in a full range of cultural activities, including debates, public speaking, and music.

The Student Club conducts the Annual Duhig Lecture[5] in the second semester of the University calendar. Notable speakers of have included John Howard,[5] Prime Minister of Australia, Peter Beattie, Premier of Queensland, Malcolm Fraser,[5] former Prime Minister of Australia, Peter Garrett,[5] politician and former musician, Chris Masters journalist and Alan Jones[6] (radio broadcaster and one-time Wallabies coach).

Rectors of the College
  • Steve Foley 2014 -
  • Br Vince Skelly cfc 2004–2013
  • Lt Col John Long (rtd) 2001–2003[7]
  • Fr William Uren SJ AO 1998–2000[8]
  • Fr Gregory Jordan SJ 1992–1997[9]
  • Fr Michael Head SJ 1991[10]
  • Fr Gerry Healy SJ 1989–1990[11]
  • Fr Vincent Hurley SJ 1977–1988[11]
  • Fr Brian Fleming SJ 1967–1977[11]
Notable Alumni

Union College[edit]

Union College
Union College shield
University University of Queensland
Location 27°29′47.5″S 153°00′26.3″E / 27.496528°S 153.007306°E / -27.496528; 153.007306
Full name Union College
Motto Nemo me impune lacessit (Latin)
Motto in English No one wounds me with impunity
Established 1964
Named for UQ Union
Gender Co-educational
Head Peter O'Brien (2014 – present)
President Isley Peacey (2016)
Residents 334[13]
Website Homepage
Alumni Homepage
  • Coeducational
  • Named after the University of Queensland Union (UQU), which established the college
  • Built in five major stages between 1964 and 1972 to the design of James Birrell, Staff Architect for the University between 1961 and 1966.
  • Has places for 341 students, making it the largest of the ten residential colleges at the University's main St Lucia campus. (The Gatton Halls of Residence, University of Queensland at Gatton Campus is overall the University's largest with 440 rooms).
  • The emblem of Union College is a red shield with white links crossing from top left to bottom right.
  • No religious affiliation .
  • Union College is the only one of the university's colleges to be heritage-listed, having been added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 2004.[14]

The Women's College[edit]

The Women's College
The Women's College shield
University University of Queensland
Location 27°30′05″S 153°01′02″E / 27.5013°S 153.0173°E / -27.5013; 153.0173
Full name The Women's College
Motto Capimus ut dividamus (Latin)
Motto in English We take so that we may share
Established 1914
Named for See 'Admission'
Gender Female only
Head of College and Chief Executive Iyla Davies
President Ms Elliese Ackermann (2015)
Residents 203
Website Homepage
Alumni Homepage
  • Founded in 1913 and admitted 19 women residents on 16 March 1914 under Anna Frederica Bage, the founding principal.[15]
  • Was the first University of Queensland college to admit women, 35 years before the establishment of another such college. (Of the ten colleges now on campus, three are for women only, two for men only, and the others are mixed).
  • There are currently 250 undergraduates and postgraduate women residents within the College.
  • Notable alumnae include Penelope Wensley, Anna Maria Bligh, and Sallyanne Atkinson
  • The residents of the Women's College are known as 'Woozas'

University of Queensland Intercollege Council[edit]

The University of Queensland Intercollege Council is the representative body for the residential colleges of the University of Queensland. Every year colleges compete for the ICC Sporting and Cultural Cups, the former being further divided into male and female divisions.