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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 you with opportunities to excel in your studies and develop your leadership skills. Our academic program offers small group tutorials to supplement your university course. The extensive range of student-led activities in sport, the arts and social life is an important part of our friendly and inclusive community.

Documents required to submit your application:
1. Proof of ID. (eg. Birth certificate or passport)
2. Latest school report
3. Two referee reports

Tertiary or gap year students must include, in addition to the above:
1. Final secondary education results
(eg. ATAR, IB, NCEA, A-Levels)
2. Letter of Offer from the University of Sydney
(if received)
3. Academic transcript (if applicable)

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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 25% 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 2022 open 30 April 2021.

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.

Click to download the Reference Template.



Attend an Interview

If your application meets the College’s entry requirements, you will be invited to an interview with a member of the College’s interview panel. Interviews are conducted in person, by zoom 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

Resident places for 2021 are NOW FULL

Resident Students
2021 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 Wi-Fi 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

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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 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.

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.

When do applications close?

There is no closing date for applications. You can submit your application at any time during the year, however we do recommend submitting applications early as spaces are limited.

What does the College look for in an interview?

The main purpose of a College interview is for us to get to know you better and to answer any questions you may have. So the best advice is to be yourself and take the opportunity to ask about anything you want to know.

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.

Can I apply for a Commitment Bond refund if I don’t receive an Offer from the University of Sydney or I decide to go to different University or take a gap year?

The short answer is no. The Commitment Bond is not refundable if for any reason you do not take up your place at College.

Is 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 you do not take up your place at the 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 stay at the College for more than 1 year? 

Each year over half of the student cohort comprises returning second, third- and fourth-year students. A decision whether to grant re-admission is at the discretion of the Rector, taking into account your academic record, conduct and health concerns. - For more information please see the 2020 Student Handbook..

Can I choose my own room?

You are asked to nominate your preferred room type when you accept a place at College. We do our best to accommodate your choice however we cannot guarantee availability of your preferred room type.

Can I park my car at St John’s?

A very limited number of parking spaces are available for students. Parking is charged per semester and allocated on a need's basis. On street metered parking is available on Missenden Road and a number of commercial car parks are located in close proximity to the College. 

Can I drop off my stuff before moving in date?

It may be possible to store your belongings in your room in College before your move-in date, at the discretion of the Rector. You will be charged for the room from the date you drop off your belongings, based on a daily rate of the semester fees.

What to bring to College?
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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.