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St John’s College welcomes applications from Australian and international students intending to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level at the University of Sydney

Life at St John’s provides students with many opportunities to excel in their studies and develop their leadership skills. Our academic program offers small group tutorials which supplement university classes. Students are encouraged to participate in an extensive range of student-led activities in sport, the arts and social life. Our community is friendly and inclusive, and we value diversity in the student body.

As a St John’s student you will commit to performing to the best of your ability in your university course and be willing to contribute to the community life of the College. You will take the opportunity to make friends with people from a wide range of backgrounds, and to understand better the challenges of connection in a globalised world. You will ask the bigger questions about meaning, value and ethics and develop further your inner life.

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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


Complete Online Application

Complete the online application and pay the application fee. Applications for Semester 2 2020 and Full Year 2021 are now open.

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 Confidential References

Use the reference template and have them sent directly to

Two references are required. One reference must be an academic reference (senior teacher, principal etc.) and the second reference can be a personal reference (employer, sports coach, music teacher or community leader etc.).

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

The completed confidential reference should be sent by your referee directly to the Admissions Manager.

Click to download the Reference Template.



Attend an Interview

If your application meets our entry requirements, you will be invited to an interview with the Rector, Vice-Rector or Director, Community Engagement in person, by phone or skype.

In response to the current COVID-19 public health emergency, interviews will be conducted via skype or phone.


Accept a Conditional Offer of Place

When you accept your Conditional Offer of Place, the College will hold your place until you have a confirmation of offer from the University of Sydney.


Commencing at College

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

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.

Resident Student Fees

See 2020 Fees

Affiliate Program Student Fees

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Resident Students Affiliate Students
2020 Resident Student Fees include:

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

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  • Each room is single occupancy with a minimum size King Single bed, desk and chair and comes with either an en-suite bathroom or a shared bathroom on the corridor
  • 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
Affiliate Program available

As an Affiliate 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 Affiliate Program.

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Discover College life

Experience the atmosphere of St John’s and meet current students on 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?

A decision on your application will usually be made within two weeks after your interview. You can assist the timely consideration of your application by ensuring that your referees have sent their reports and booking your interview promptly.

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.

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

Yes, you should apply as early as possible.

Your offer will be conditional until you notify the College that you have a University of Sydney offer and send us your end of school results.

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 park my car at St John’s?

There is a very limited number of parking spaces available for students. Parking is allocated on a needs basis. There is a semester fee for parking.

Applications open for 2021

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. In response to the current COVID-19 public health emergency, interviews will be conducted via skype or phone. Apply now to register and get started.