A comprehensive list of frequently asked questions to guide undergraduates.

In Australia, College is a place where you live to enrich your university experience. Some students come from overseas, interstate; others are from just down the road. Once the university year starts you live here, eat here (all meals are provided), study here, participate in sport and cultural events here and socialise here.

Ormond becomes your home away from home for 34 weeks of the year. With such a diversity of people here you will make an amazing network of friends, live in a supportive and equal environment and have a life changing learning experience.

Transitioning into University life can be daunting, so we’ve curated a comprehensive list of FAQs:

If there’s anything you can’t find covered here please contact our Admissions Team on admissions@ormond.unimelb.edu.au

If you’re a Graduate student please refer to our Graduate FAQs.

Financial Assistance

  • Financial assistance is a financial aid package consisting of a combination of scholarships, bursaries and employment (employment is only available to returning students).

  • Bursaries and scholarships are made possible through the generosity of our alumni and members of the Ormond and wider community.

  • Financial assistance options include scholarships, bursaries and employment with a total value of over $1,200,000.

  • Any student who believes they will require financial assistance to come to Ormond should apply.

    All of our scholarships and bursaries are awarded on the basis of financial need; we also have a few that have specific criteria. Criteria for scholarships include academic excellence, your home location (e.g. Tasmania or rural Australia), specific faculties and Indigenous Australians.

  • To ensure equity, financial assistance is offered on the condition that other means of financial support have been explored and exhausted. Financial assistance applications are means tested and ranked against all other applicants. An ability-to-pay model has been designed to assist the financial assistance committee in making fair decisions.

  • As a guideline, generally families who have a household income that exceeds $250,000 are not eligible for financial assistance.

  • The ability-to-pay model is a ratio that, in its simplest form, divides the total household income by number of dependants. A percentage of a household’s income is allocated to expenses such as mortgage, bills, groceries, etc.

    Income brackets have been determined to allow for the correct analysis of the data. For example, the ability-to-pay figure for a combined household income of $80,000 with 4 dependants will be lower than a combined household income of $200,000 with 4 dependents.

  • Approximately one in three students receive some form of financial support.

  • The typical range of financial assistance is from $2,000 to $7,000 however some students receive up to $15,000.

  • The amount received will be credited to your College account in the manner which matches how you have chosen to pay your fees (annual, semester or instalments).

  • The University of Melbourne has compiled the information below for students. Tuition fees, academic support, social activities, transport/car expenses, private health cover and other non standard expenses have not been included in this estimate.

    Type of Accommodation Weekly Rent Est. yearly rent and basic expenses
    2 Person Share Close to Parkville 190 – 230 21,400-28,200
    Within 6km 155 -180 19,500 – 25,800
    Rural area 80 – 100 15,000 – 20,100
    Student Apartment Two bed share 220 – 270 23,200 – 30,500
    One bedroom 300 – 370 27,700 – 35,900
  • You must apply to Ormond first before you can apply for financial assistance. The financial application is available to download.

    The application is an Excel document. Once all required fields are filled in a Budget Deficit figure is determined.

    There are three tabs to complete. STUDENT and SCHOLARSHIPS are to be filled out by the student and PARENTS needs to be filled out by the parent .

  • While you can defer a residential offer from Ormond, you cannot defer a financial assistance offer. So if you definitely plan to defer DO NOT APPLY.

  • The following documentation is required:

    From the student

    • Evidence of Centrelink payments (if applicable)
    • Information on University Scholarships (if applicable)
    • Signed declaration

    From the parents

    • Most recent tax return statement or group certificate
    • Signed declaration
    • A dollar amount of what parents are prepared to pay towards college fees and living expenses.
  • The model requires a reasonable estimate of income expect to be received for the year.  For example, if the student expects to get a part-time job, it should be included in the estimate.

  • Ormond uses a standard model for expenses, recognising the significant degree of commonality between students.  The application form has already factored in Ormond fees, personal spending money, bills, course-related costs and health-related costs.

    The standard model does not allow for expenses such as holiday travel, elite sports, or other similar expenses.

    It is expected that local students will defer their HECS debt.

  • All applications and supporting documentation are treated in the strictest confidence by the College. We understand that many financial assistance applications contain sensitive information relating to people’s personal and financial situations. The information you provide will only be used on a need-to-know basis by relevant senior staff.

  • A Financial Assistance Committee consisting of senior members of staff makes the initial allocation. The final decision remains at the discretion of the Master.

  • We make all financial assistance offers to future undergraduates via email in January (June – for Semester 2 applicants) with the offer of residence.

  • Financial assistance applications for Semester 1, 2018 open on 1 August and must be received by 30 November 2017.

    Late applications will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and are at the discretion of the Master.


Financial Assistance Brochure


Undergraduate Financial Assistance Application

Application Process

  • Complete the online application via the Intercollegiate website. The college you select as your first preference receives your application straight away.  If applying with Ormond as your first preference we will send you an acknowledgement email telling you how to submit your supporting documents and pay the $75 application fee. Once we receive your supporting docs we will contact you to offer you an interview. We don’t need to wait to apply until you have all supporting documents as applications close on 30 November for Semester 1 entry. For further information about the application process please refer to our How to Apply page.

    Students applying to study at the University of Melbourne through Study Abroad and Exchange must submit their college application directly to the University’s Melbourne Global Mobility office.

  • Ormond must have your VTAC number. If you make the application prior to receiving this number you MUST remember to send it in as soon as you receive it.
    A VTAC number consists of 8 digits and a letter eg:  89309078L

    Note: If you have already sent Ormond your university offer you are not required to send in a VTAC number.

  • All communication is done by email.  We provide regular updates so it is important to keep an eye out for our emails. It is possible that emails will go to Junk so add us to your list of safe senders. Please provide your personal email rather than your school email accounts.  

  • You can only apply to one college.

    You are required to list colleges in order of preference. You must list at least 6 colleges.  The college of first preference receives your application. The other colleges only see your application if you are unsuccessful at your college of first preference.

    You might find it a good idea to preference them all as some other colleges take non-university of Melbourne students. If you receive an offer from another university you could still receive a college offer – as long as you have them listed as a preference.

  • Yes, as long as it is before the application closing date. First you must ring the college you want to change to and ask if they will accept your application. Then notify Ormond by emailing admissions@ormond.unimelb.edu.au.

  • Initially

    • Two passport-style photos
    • $75 application fee (non-refundable)
    • Mid-year school report (scroll down for more information)

    An application is complete once it has

    • End of year results
    • ATAR Score or equivalent (scroll down for more information)
    • A one page reference (scroll down for more information)
    • University of Melbourne Offer (scroll down for more information)

    If already a university student we also require

    • University results (scroll down for more information)
  • When you submit your application online you will receive an email with a link to our secure online payment system.


  • Ormond requires a copy of your, Semester 1, Year 12 (or 13) report and your end of Year 12 results. Most schools do not provide an end of Year 12 (or 13) report so results are fine. Reports with comments are highly preferable.

  • Year 13 is the thirteenth and final year of compulsory education in the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, Ireland and Norway.

  • Your application to Ormond must be submitted before your final results are received. You are responsible for advising the College of your ATAR score (or equivalent), as soon as it is possible. Forward this to admissions@ormond.unimelb.edu.au

  • If you have done the IB (International Baccalaureate), Queensland OP (Overall Position) or ‘A’ levels you must still forward your end of year results.

    There is a conversion chart for the OP qualification. IB students may be eligible to receive a notional ATAR. For further information please refer to the VTAC website. Please send us the original score and the converted score.

    More information about ATAR, IB, OP and VTAC offers can be found at http://www.vtac.edu.au/results-offers/y12-atar.html

  • Please visit  the University of Melbourne website for further information about University offers . If you have an offer prior to applying or are already at university you must send us a copy of your original offer. 

  • Yes, absolutely – if you have an offer then you have a student number. Both are required.

  • No, you have to email it to admissions@ormond.unimelb.edu.au

  • To attend Ormond you must attend the University of Melbourne, therefore, unfortunately you are no longer able to be considered. We do not hold places for students who expect to receive an offer in the second round unless they are a NZ student.

  • Semester 1 applicants only
    New Zealand students studying the Cambridge model will not receive their university offer in the first round. We will hold a select number of places for these students but please do understand that if you are not made an offer at Ormond your chances of being placed through the Intercollegiate Pool are minimal. 

  • If you are already a University student (at the University of Melbourne or elsewhere) you must provide us with your most recent results and your initial course offer.

    Current university students do not have to provide a VTAC number.

  • Regarding references, we generally do not contact the referees listed on the form. We require you to ask one of them, preferably the character/personal referee, to send us a reference. If someone else that is not listed on the application has written you a reference that is fine. There is no specific format and we don’t require anything more than one page.

  • Applications for Semester 1, 2018 open on 1 August and close on 30 November.

  • For Semester 1 applicants – VTAC results are released on 15 December and University offers will be made to most applicants in January. So at 30 November most applications will be missing these two documents. As soon as you receive your VTAC results (ATAR) and your University offer you must send it in.

    Please understand that you will be disadvantaged by not sending in required documents.

  • Yes. Once you have applied online you are offered an interview by email. The interview process enables you to talk about your background, what you value and what you want to do with the opportunities that come from being at Ormond. We consider the interview as the most important part of the application process.

  • The main interview rounds for 2017 will be conducted on the following days/ weeks:

    Sunday 20 August (interstate, overseas and rural applicants only)

    25 – 29 September

    6 – 10 November

    13 – 17 November

    20 – 24 November

    4 – 8 December.

    Once you have received the email offering you an interview you are required to contact the admissions office and book a suitable time.

    Interviews for Semester 2, 2018 entry will be conducted over April, May and June.

  • All interviews are held at Ormond College, 49 College Crescent, Parkville, Victoria. If you cannot make it to a face to face interview we can arrange a phone or Skype interview.

  • Interviews are conducted by a member of Learning and Community. We cannot advise who your interviewer will be prior to the interview.

  • Although a face-to-face interview is preferable, we do not expect overseas students to travel to Melbourne to attend. In this situation you are able to book a Skype or phone interview.

  • We offer a very small amount of interviews on Open Day to students who have travelled from the country, interstate, or overseas. These interviews will be by appointment only and you must have applied to be able to be interviewed.

  • Offers for Semester 1 will be made by email in the fourth week of January. Offers for Semester 2 will be made in early July.


  • Ormond sends all unsuccessful applications to the Intercollegiate Pool.

    Please direct all questions regarding the Intercollegiate Pool to enquiries@colleges.unimelb.edu.au.

    More information about what to do if you are unsuccessful can be found here.

  • This is not usually an issue for students unless they are from overseas. To be eligible to receive a student visa anyone under 18 must have an Australian legal guardian. Ormond is NOT able to be this guardian. This is not negotiable.

Selection Process

  • To be eligible for resident or non-resident membership of Ormond College in Semester 2, 2017 applicants must:

    • have completed the online application prior to 5.00pm on Friday 26 May 2017
    • if finished school, have forwarded (by mail or email) a copy of final school results as soon as they are received
    • have received (and forwarded) a scanned copy of their University of Melbourne Course offer
    • have been interviewed.
  • We are looking for students who want to make a difference in the world, who are interested in participating in the life of the College and its academic, service, cultural and sporting programs. We are looking for students who want to be part of a values based community and are interested in being part of a diverse student community.

  • Our aim is to have a diverse and dynamic community, made up of:

    • approximately 25% of students from either overseas, interstate, Victorian rural/regional and Victorian metropolitan backgrounds
    • a balanced gender ratio
    • good representation from across the six Melbourne university degree courses
    • students from a range of secondary school types; including independent, Government and Catholic schools

    This balanced community is established through the combination of returning and new students.

  • We look at students’ capacity to benefit from and contribute to Ormond,  as well as their ability to balance and moderate competing goals in an adult environment, their alignment with Ormond values, and their overall suitability to college life.

  • We will certainly be keen to hear about your interests and passions, and your involvement in school and community life. However, we value diversity and individuality, and there is no pre-determined list of achievements that matter more to us than others. We are also interested in students who are looking for opportunities they haven’t had before.

  • No, in that there are no ‘right answers’. The interview is a way to get to know you a little.

    Yes, in that we would hope you have thought deeply about whether Ormond is the right kind of environment for you, and brought along questions to help you decide.

  • Interviews are conducted by members of the Learning & Community team at Ormond.

  • Although Ormond supports and values strong family connections, being a child or sibling of a current or past student does not in any way guarantee a place at the College. All applicants are treated equally in the selection process.

  • The selection panel includes the Master, the Vice-Master, the Director of Learning and the Director of Advancement.

  • You will be contacted by us within a few days of the release of University of Melbourne offers in January. It is very important that, at this time, you are able to access the email address you have given us and respond promptly.

  • You can defer a place to the start for the following year and it will be guaranteed.

    We understand that overseas applicants receive university offers prior to domestic students and therefore have to wait longer for a residential offer.

    You can defer a place for mid-year entry and it will be available as long as a place becomes available, which is common. Although you can defer residency, you cannot defer your financial assistance, this needs to be applied for each year.

  • We understand that not receiving an offer can be very disappointing. Please understand that we do not give out specific information on why you have not been selected for an offer.

    In many cases, it is simply not a question we could answer. You might well have done everything right, and been just the kind of person we would love to have at Ormond. We meet lots of truly wonderful applicants each year and, if there are many more applicants than places, we are simply unable to offer places to everyone we would like to.

  • You are able to reapply for the following semester or the next year, however please note that applicants can only be interviewed once within a 12 month period.

  • We have put together a list of other possible places you could contact for accommodation. Please refer to ‘Unsuccessful Application’ at the bottom of this page.

  • When our current students decide whether they will be leaving Ormond or staying for another year, we discover how many places will become available. This can range from 100-200 depending on the year. We expect to make approximately 160 offers each year.

  • We do not give out details on the number of applicants. The number is not really meaningful. Some of our applicants will not be offered a place at the University of Melbourne, and others will defer or simply change their minds.

    However, we do have more applications than places and the process should be considered extremely competitive. It is important to prepare yourself for all outcomes and have other accommodation options in mind.

  • We suggest smart casual. Most importantly something you feel comfortable in. We understand that some interviews are during school hours and your school uniform is also appropriate.

Moving into Residence

  • O Week (Orientation Week) is an opportunity for new members of Ormond to become familiar with the College and Melbourne.  Our O week is very different from most other Colleges or what you may have seen in the media.

    At O Week you will get know your fellow students and to find out more about collegiate and university life. O Week is an important start to your Ormond experience. We offer social and academic programs which focus on helping students get to know Ormond as a values based community.

  • A group of students who are selected for their leadership skills organise and host O Week on behalf of the College.

  • Semester 1 O-week starts on 18 February and runs until 24 February. There is an overseas student’s day on 17 February for students who have not lived in Australia before. This move in date does not include Study Abroad and Exchange students (SAEX) who move in after the Melbourne Welcome program.

    Semester 2 O-week starts on 18 July.

  • During this day, we will assist you for life in Melbourne with such things as getting a mobile phone, opening a bank account, obtaining a Myki card so you can use public transport and directing you to the nearest shops so you may purchase your living essentials.

  • We have a staff member (also originally from overseas) who works as the International Student liaison. Additionally, the Tutorial Team can assist with English Second Language (ESL) consults.

  • This is not ideal because you will miss out on important parts of the introductory programs. We strongly urge you to arrive on this day.

  • No, not the actual room but you can see photos of student’s rooms on our website. http://www.ormond.unimelb.edu.au/gallery/undergraduate-accommodation

  • Yes, friends, family, next door neighbours – all are welcome. There will be lunch and a welcome from the Master.

    Families and friends are welcome to stay until 1 pm to get to know some of the other new students and the O-Week student leaders.

  • Your college room will be furnished with: a single bed, pillow, mattress, mattress protector, mirror, towel rail, desk, desk-chair, wardrobe, bookshelf, pin-up board, clothes rack for drying, carpet and curtains.  All rooms are heated during winter.

    All students receive an academic gown on the first day.

  • Aside from clothes and university requirements you will need to bring with you:

    • your computer
    • towels and toiletries
    • coat hangers
    • bed linen (most fresher rooms have a single bed) and bedding (doona and pillow). If coming from overseas, you can buy these locally or have delivered from department stores, such as Spotlight or Target.
    • an alarm clock
    • a lamp
    • Power boards and extension cords. Follow this link if coming from overseas

    A list of additional general items (such as clothing for costumes) will be emailed to you prior to O week.

    Feel free to bring whatever personal touches you require to make your room into your home but remember an easy mistake to make is to bring too much!

  • Yes, $1 for washing and $3 for drying. Machines are provided on each floor.

  • Yes, all rooms have wireless internet. Internet is charged at $130 for unlimited use per semester. Printing is charged at 5c per black & white A4 and 24c per colour A4.

  • No, but you can organise to have a land line in your room for approximately $65 per semester. You can organise this with us once you are here.

  • Candles and incense burners – due to fire regulations these are not permitted and will be treated as contraband.

    A Television – there is no antennae in student rooms. We have several TV rooms and you can always stream through your laptop.

    Equipment such as vacuum cleaners and irons are unnecessary as they are available for loan from Reception. 

    A fridge – In keeping with reducing our carbon foot print, the College strongly encourages Residents not to bring fridges and other large appliances for their rooms. A surcharge for fridges will apply.

    Heaters and cooking appliances such as microwaves are not permitted in student rooms.

  • Yes, two per week. You are required to wear your academic gown which is provided by the College.

  • Yes there are several throughout the year and you will need to bring one set of formal attire. For men, this could be a business suit and tie; for women, this is appropriate evening wear.

  • As a part of a commitment to keep our fees as low as possible and being a service oriented community, all residents are required to help in the kitchen for two hours per fortnight.

  • First year student cannot request car parks.

    Car parking is very limited as there is excellent public transport; cycle paths and a short car hire service very closely located to the College.  Parking is allocated on a need basis. You will need to fill out a survey as well as an application form. Car parking is decided by the Vice Master, The Chair of the General Committee and Head of Seniority.

  • Ormond College, 49 College Crescent, Parkville 3052. Please label each box with your name and write NEW STUDENT. We will hold it until you arrive. Please send as close to arrival as possible. Please understand all parcels are sent at your own risk.

  • ALL students are required to leave residence outside of semesters. Dates of residence are available on our Key Dates page.

  • Students are expected to maintain a 65 GPA, remain up to date with their financial obligations and be in good standing with the College. If they have fulfilled these requirements they are able to return.

    Student contracts are only for one year so each year they must re-sign an Acceptance of Offer before they return. New students pay a non-refundable enrolment fee and returning students pay a re-enrolment fee which is credited back to their first account.

    • The Academic Centre (library), and Reception are open 24 hours a day.
    • All staff at front desk are trained in first aid in case of an emergency.
    • All residents have access to our fully equipped gym, open 24 hours
    • We have a fully qualified psychologist on staff that is available to all students to have confidential discussions with if required.
    • All meals have a vegetarian and gluten free option.
    • All students must be part of the Ormond College Students Club and a $353 (approx.) fee per year is charged on the first account.
  • Please be aware that the College’s insurance policies do not cover privately owned items. You should arrange insurance cover for any valuable items (particularly notebook computers), either by adding them to existing household policies or by obtaining separate cover.

Unsuccessful Application

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