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Living

NCV is a unique residential community on the campus of the University of New South Wales.  Part traditional residential college, part self-catered accommodation, NCV combines the social and cultural benefits of living in a college with the independence afforded of apartment and studio style living. No other UNSW student housing options achieve this balance like NCV. 

Residents will find NCV to be a vibrant and friendly place to experience life. While initially designed as a postgraduate college, NCV is home to people at all stages of the university education, from the UNSW Foundation Year through to bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. Residents range in age from 17 through to people in their 20s, 30s or 40s. Our more mature residents bring a wealth of experience to the community, while the younger residents, bring vitality and enthusiasm. NCV is arguably the most diverse and interesting residential community at UNSW

Residents of NCV play sport together, organise diverse and interesting social events, enjoy excellent communal facilities such as the Games Room and common rooms and receive support from the academic tutors. The regular social activities organised by the residents provide many opportunities to form friendships and have fun. NCV residents volunteer to serve society locally and overseas, as part of charitable fundraisers and aid-projects. Everyone in the community has the opportunity to express or explore the Christian faith. There is no religious test for entry to NCV and people of many backgrounds and faiths call NCV home.

Situated on the Western end of the University of New South Wales’ main campus in Kensington, NCV is close to the Airport (15 minutes), City (15 minutes), Coogee Beach (10 minutes), Maroubra Beach (15 minutes), Bondi Beach (20 minutes). Also close by, within a 10 minute walking distance, are a large number of restaurants and cafes, shops and parks, together with the UNSW Gym and Swimming Pool a short stroll away. The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is located right next door. The College of Fine Arts (CoFA, UNSW) is just a short bus ride away. There are bus stops located outside the UNSW main entry on Anzac Parade which go to the city, airport and beaches, and taxis are readily available. To see our location or find out how to get to NCV, visit Maps, Transport & Access.

The 2013 NCV Senior Resident Team

Pastoral Care

NCV is much more than a building – it’s a home away from home where people are cared for and supported while they study. The Master, Dean and Assistant Dean of NCV lead a friendly and helpful team of Senior Residents (SRs) whose role is to foster a  supportive environment for residents. The staff work constantly to provide a physically, emotionally and psychologically safe environment. The SR team also assist with administrative duties out of business hours, such as helping to get access to your room if you arrive after the office closes, or inadvertently lock yourself out.

A Self-Catered & Air Conditioned College

NCV is primarily a self-catered college, with every resident having access to a kitchen or kitchenette. That said, students can opt for a meal plan which covers lunch and dinner on weekdays. Every room at NCV has air-conditioning and its own private bathroom. Cleaners will attend your room once each week to freshen up your room, giving you the flexibility to focus more on your studies. You don't get that in a share house!

At NCV there are two styles of accommodation available: self contained studio rooms and apartment rooms.  All studios are fully furnished and come with a well-equipped kitchenette that includes a microwave, hotplate, a small fridge and many other cooking appliances and utensils. Residents who live in apartment rooms share a very well-equipped kitchen and living area that includes a lounge area, kitchen table, microwave, double-sink, stove and oven, a large fridge and many other cooking appliances and utensils.

NCV also has a number of common areas available to residents for relaxing, either alone or with friends. You can play pool or table tennis in the Games Room, catch your favourite show or the nightly news in one of the eight TV spaces (each with Foxtel), enjoy a BBQ on the roof top terrace with great views of the campus and city, or work on your computer using the wireless internet in the central courtyard.  When you compare NCV to other UNSW student housing, remember that living at NCV gives you so much more than just a bedroom! 

Catered Option

Even though NCV is primarily a self catered residence, quite a few of our students opt for a meal plan which entitles them to 10 meals per week at the New College Cafe. The Cafe serves a variety of different cuisines, and residents can also use their credit to buy coffees, sweets or ice creams.  Additionally, the cafe is a comfortable space to catch up with your NCV and New College friends after a busy day at university. 

The New College Cafe - Student Accommodation Catering

Who Lives at NCV?

NCV is home to people from all over Australia and all around the world who are studying at the University of New South Wales. One of the advantages of living in a college on campus at UNSW is the diverse group of people you can make friends with. If you apply to live at NCV and your application is successful you can expect to be living with students studying a diverse range of courses. Even if you are a UNSW med student or science major, you may be living with mining, civil, environmental, mechanical and renewable engineers. You might be UNSW music student but your best friends might end up being UNSW law students. The range of disciplines really does reflect the wide variety of world class courses of study provided by the University of New South Wales. We also have a group of Foundation Studies students and people from NIDA who live with us.