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St John’s College welcomes applications from men and women who are, or who plan to become, students at the University of Sydney and want to live in our vibrant on-campus community.

Each year the number of applications for a place at St John’s significantly exceeds available places. You are encouraged to apply for a College place as early as possible. Applications that are not received until late in the year may need to be placed on a waitlist. Please see below for further details on the application process.

Key Dates:

• Interviews held from Monday 2 May 2022

• July round of offers released: Friday 29 July 2022
• September round of offers released: Friday 23 September 2022
• November round of offers released: Monday 7 November 2022
• December round of offers released: Friday 16 December 2022 (if places remain available)


Matriculation (new students move in)
Friday 10 February 2023 (TBC)

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Documents required to submit your application:

1. Proof of ID (birth certificate or passport)
2. Latest school report
3. A Confidential Reference
4. Final secondary education results (eg. ATAR, IB, NCEA) (if received)
5. Letter of Offer from the University of Sydney (if received)
6. Academic transcript (if received)

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Interview tips:

1. Be prepared to answer questions concerning your submitted application 
2. Speak clearly and maintain eye contact with the interviewer 
3. Express yourself in a positive manner
4. Share insights about your education, intended study path and future career 
5. Talk about the reasons behind your contributions to sporting and cultural life
6. Ask questions!

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APPLYING IS EASY

Our step by step application process will guide you and ensure that you are kept informed along the way.

Application Steps

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Step 1
Complete the 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.

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Step 2
Arrange confidential reference

One reference is required from an academic referee (e.g. teacher, school principal, lecturer, year coordinator, head of boarding)

A reference from a family member or family friend will not be considered.

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Step 3
Attend an interview

Once your application has been received by the Admissions Office, we will contact you to let you know whether we’d like you to attend an interview. Interviews are conducted in person or by video conference.

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Step 4
Accept a Conditional Offer of Place

When you accept your Conditional Offer of Place, the College will hold your place until you have received your Letter of Offer from the University of Sydney in the first round of offers for which you are eligible.

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Step 5
Commencing at College

On meeting the conditions of your Offer of Place, you will be welcomed to the St John’s community.

Student Fees

Included in College fees are 3 meals a day, an extensive tutorial program, room cleaning, wifi, 24-hour on-site pastoral care and membership of the Sydney University Sport & Fitness. See the full list of inclusions below for Resident Students.

Resident Student Fees

See 2021 Fees

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Resident Students
The vibrant St John’s College community offers outstanding services and facilities

2023 Resident Student Fees include:

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  • King-single bed with an ensuite bathroom, or a shared bathroom on the corridor
  • Academic support with a extensive Tutorial Program
  • Access to pastoral care
  • Three meals a day, seven days a week
  • College and Student Club events
  • College jersey and academic gown
  • Unlimited wifi
  • Opportunity to participate and compete in intercollege sporting and cultural programs
  • SUSF membership
  • Chapel
  • Onsite sporting facilities

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Visit us
Discover College life

Experience the atmosphere of St John’s and meet current students on a personal College tour. Simply email our Registrar at registrar@stjohnscollege.edu.au , or call 02 9394 5000 to book your tour.

Frequently asked questions
How do I apply?

Complete our online application form. A $100 non-refundable application fee is required. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications for the following year open in April. It is best to secure student accommodation as early as possible, so you are advised not to wait until you have received your offer from the University of Sydney.

Do I need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to come to St John’s?

All St John’s students in 2022 will need to show evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), unless the student has medical contraindication to all approved vaccines certified by a medical practitioner.

What does the College look for in an applicant?

In considering applications the College is looking for individuals who have the ability and motivation to commit to the key aspects of St John’s culture:

• participation of all St John’s students in the communal life of the College;
• high academic standards, critical and open inquiry, intellectual rigour;
• the compatibility of intellectual inquiry with the Christian Gospel;
• high standards of ethical behaviour and social responsibility;
• service to those less advantaged;
• respect, honesty and charity.

Are the Registration Fee and Commitment Bond refundable?

The Registration fee is non-refundable. The Commitment Bond is refundable only after one semester of residency. It is not refundable if for any reason you do not take up your place at College.

Is there any financial support offered by the College?

Various residential scholarships and bursaries are awarded at the discretion of the College to commencing and returning students. Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement or outstanding abilities. Bursaries are awarded to Australian citizens, primarily based on financial need. Click here to view more information about scholarships and bursaries.

Does it help if someone from my family went to St John’s?

St John’s values its relationships with families past and present. However being a child or sibling of a current or past student does not guarantee the offer of a place at the College. All applicants are treated equally in the selection process.

Can I choose my own room?

No, your room will be allocated by the College, taking into account any accommodation requirements to support a medical condition.

Can I park my car at St John’s?

A very limited number of parking spaces are available. These are allocated by the College, taking into account any transport requirements to support a medical condition. Any remaining parking spots are allocated by ballet.

Can I store my belongings at College before moving-in date?

No. For security reasons, the College does not offer storage for student items.

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Applications open for 2023

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.