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St John's College

10 Missenden Rd,
Camperdown NSW 2050

T +61 2 9394 5000

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St John’s College accepts applications from undergraduate and postgraduate students intending to study at the University of Sydney.

Diversity is an important factor in creating a balanced and safe environment. Successful applicants have a passion, a story and will readily add to the life of the College.

In keeping with its character as a Catholic institution, the College gives preference to applicants who are practicing Catholics.

The College reserves the right to withdraw a conditional offer if your ATAR is below 85.00, (or equivalent end of school result).

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Application Procedure

There are only 5 steps in our application process:
1. Complete your online application
2. Arrange references
3. Interview
4. Conditional offer
5. Commencing at College

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Financial Assistance Program

Scholarships and Bursaries

St John’s College has a comprehensive Financial Assistance Program that offers up to $500,000 in scholarships and bursaries each year to assist new and returning students. Approximately 20% of St John’s students receive financial assistance from the College.

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Apply early for your best chance to secure a place. Our step by step application process will guide you and ensure that you are kept informed along the way.

Application Steps


Online Application

Complete the online application and pay the application fee

The non-refundable application fee is $100.00. A $25 concessional application fee is available for E12 students. E12 is for domestic NSW students currently undertaking the HSC or IB who are from a financially disadvantaged background and/or are attending a government identified ‘low socioeconomic’ high school. See E12 eligibility criteria for more information.


Arrange for two confidential references

Use the reference template and have them sent directly to

One reference must be academic (a senior teacher, school principal, lecturer or tutor) and the second reference can be a personal reference (a priest or community leader, boarding supervisor, careers advisor, employer or coach).

A reference from a family member is not acceptable.



You will be interviewed by the Rector, Vice-Rector or Dean in person, by phone or skype.


Conditional Offer of Placement

This offer is conditional until you are enrolled at the University of Sydney.


Commencing at College

If you are successfully accepted into the University of Sydney, then you will begin your student life at St John’s.

Student Fees

Life at St John’s includes a variety of benefits. Essentials like daily meals, cleaning and wifi are provided along with our comprehensive tutorial program, 24 hour on-site pastoral care and access to the Sydney University Sport & Fitness facilities.

Residential Student Fees

See 2018 Fees

Non-Residential Student Fees

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Residential Students Non-Resident Students
Residential Students Fees include:

Each residential student has a single room with a bed (King Single minimum), desk and either an en-suite bathroom or a shared bathroom on their corridor.

Not only do residential fees provide you with accommodation for the entire academic year* but also allow you to enjoy outstanding services and facilities which include:

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  • Academic support with a comprehensive Tutorial Program
  • 24 hour onsite pastoral care
  • Three meals a day, seven days a week
  • Inclusion in special College events, such as the University Honours Dinner and Archbishop’s Dinner and Formal Dinner on Monday evenings.
  • College jersey and academic gown
  • Unlimited wifi throughout the College
  • Weekly room cleaning
  • Opportunity to participate and compete in intercollege sporting and cultural programs.
  • Membership of the University of Sydney Union and Sydney University Sport & Fitness
  • Chapel
  • Onsite sporting facilities including gym, tennis court and oval
  • Onsite laundry facility

* The St John’s academic year runs from the beginning of March until the beginning of December – a total of 40 weeks (2 x 20 week semesters, including the mid-year break)

non-residential program available

As a non-residential student, you can still become part of the St John’s community and enjoy most of the benefits that residential students experience.

The College becomes your daytime “home” on campus. Instead of a room, you will receive a locker for storage with access to the comprehensive tutorial program and all student spaces and facilities.

You can also receive priority on the waiting list for residential vacancies that arise during the year. Just like residential students, scholarships and bursaries are available to help with the cost of the Non-Residential Program.

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Experience the atmosphere of St John’s with a personal College tour. Simply email our Admissions Manager on or call 02 9394 5000 to book your tour.

Frequently asked questions
How long does the application process take?

The entire process may take up to 2 weeks.

Is there a way to complete the interview if I don’t live in Sydney?

Yes. There are options to complete the interview stage by skype or phone.

Do I need a high ATAR to be accepted?

Academic results are an important factor, but are only one part of the selection process. The College reserves the right to withdraw a conditional offer if your ATAR is below 85.00, (or equivalent end of school result). 

Can I still apply if I haven’t yet received an offer from the University of Sydney?

Yes, you can still apply for a place at the College however if you are successful your place will be conditional until we receive a copy of your University of Sydney offer and your academic results.

Do relatives of alumni or current students get preference?

St John’s College values its relationships with families past and present, however being a child or sibling of a current or past student does not guarantee an interview or place at the College.

Do I need to be Catholic to apply to St John’s?

No, the College accepts applications from students of all faiths or no faith however preference is given to practising Catholics.

Can I park my car at St John’s?

There are limited car parking facilities at the College and allocation is provided on a needs basis. Car parking fees do apply each semester.

Now taking enrolments for 2019.

St John’s College applicants demonstrate academic achievement, an appetite for future academic success, active participation in school life and commitment to community through service.