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 monetary support offered to eligible students wishing to join or remain part of the Ormond community.

  • Our financial assistance program is made possible through the generosity of our alumni, the Ormond community as well as the wider community.

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

    Financial assistance is awarded on the basis of individual financial need, and some financial assistance is awarded on the basis of speciality criteria, such as study discipline, among other things.

  • Financial assistance is offered to students from households with a combined taxable income below AUD$250,000.

    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.

  • 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 Ormond students receive some form of financial assistance.

  • The typical range of financial assistance is from $2,000 to $7,000 per student, however each application is assessed individually.

  • 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 have submitted an application for residency before submitting an application for financial assistance. Applications for financial assistance for Semester 1, 2020 will be open and available to download here on 1st September.

    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 for financial assistance at this time.

  • 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 ATO Notice of Assessment
    • Signed declaration
  • The model requires a reasonable estimate of income 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 factors in a sum to cover 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.

  • As per our privacy policy, all applications and supporting documents are treated in the strictest confidence by the College. 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) in conjunction with the offer of residence.

  • Financial assistance applications for Semester 1 open on 1 August and must be received by 20 December.

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


Financial Assistance Brochure


Financial Assistance Application - Undergraduate 2019

Application Process

  • Complete the online application via our How to Apply page. 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 application we will contact you to offer you an interview. 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 please enter the temporary number 11111111T and remember to send in your actual number as soon as you receive it.
    A VTAC number consists of 8 digits and a letter eg:  89309078L


  • 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 do not provide your school email address.  

  • You can only apply to one college.

    You are required to list all the other colleges in your order of preference. Your application will go directly to your college of first preference. The other colleges only see your application if you are unsuccessful at your college of first preference and you choose to have your application sent to the Intercollegiate Pool.


  • Yes. 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.

  • Ormond requires the following supporting documents as they become available:

    • Copies of your Year 12 reports.
    • A copy of your ATAR (or equivalent) notification, including subject scores.
    • Your University of Melbourne course offer.

    Please note: If you are an Undergraduate Applicant who is in second or third year of University please provide your University transcripts in lieu of your Year 12 reports and ATAR.

  • 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 mid-year report when you first apply, and a copy of your year end Year 12 (or 13) report when it becomes available. If your school does not provide a year end Year 12 report, please provide your results.

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

  • Yes, you must send us a copy of your ATAR notification when it becomes available.

  • 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, your University of Melbourne student number appears on your University letter of offer.

  • 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.

  • If you are already a university student you must provide us with your most recent results and your initial course offer from the University of Melbourne.


  • We require you to provide a one page character reference. This can be written by someone who knows you well such as a teacher, employer, or sports coach, etc. There is no specific format and we don’t require anything more than one page.

  • Applications for Semester 1 entry close on 20 December.

  • For Semester 1 intake, all supporting documents must be received by the time we make offers in mid-January. This includes your University of Melbourne offer.

    If you are applying for Semester 2, your supporting documents must be received by the time we make offers in late June. You must provide your University of Melbourne offer as soon as you receive it.


  • Yes. Once you have applied online you are offered an interview by email.

    The interview is with a member of our Learning and Community team and will last around one hour. There will be a series of  questions with no right or wrong answers, so no need to be nervous;  it’s more about getting to know you better, and chatting about what you want to get out of your time at Ormond and University.  Whilst we love to hear about all your wonderful extra curricula activities and achievements, we also want to hear about your interests and passions, what drives you and why and so on.  So it’s a great idea to start doing some thinking about these things so you are as prepared as you can be.

    We consider the interview as the most important part of the application process.

  • Interviews for Semester 1 entry are held between September and December.

    Interviews for Semester 2 entry are held between April and June.

    You will receive an email from the Admissions Office offering you several options for dates.

  • 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 third week of January. Offers for Semester 2 will be made in early July. You must make sure that you check your in-box regularly as these dates may change.


  • We will let you know if you have been unsuccessful and we’ll give you the option of having your application sent to the Intercollegiate Pool to be considered by the other colleges.


  • If you are under 18 you are still able to apply to Ormond College. However, 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 applicants must:

    • have completed the online application prior to the closing date
    • have forwarded all necessary supporting documents by the due date
    • 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 Melbourne metropolitan backgrounds
    • a balanced gender ratio
    • good representation from across the six University of Melbourne degree courses
    • students from all secondary school types

    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, past student or donor does not in any way influence a place at the College. All applicants are treated equally in the selection process.

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

  • You will be contacted by us within a few days of the release of University of Melbourne offers in January or June, depending on when you are applying. 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 your place for up to 18 months as long as you have a current University of Melbourne offer.


  • 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.


  • You are able to reapply for the following semester or the next year.

  • 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.

    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 not optional. It is a vital part of your introduction to College life and 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. We offer social and academic programs which focus on helping students get to know Ormond as a values based community.

    Students who have not attended O Week are unable to join the Ormond community.

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

  • Arrival at College starts with O Week which is generally around the third week of February for Semester 1 intake or 3rd week of July for Semester 2 intake.

    There is an international students day, generally held the Friday before O Week, which all overseas students are expected to attend. This is for students who have not previously lived in Australia.

    This move in date does not include Study Abroad and Exchange students (SAEX) who move in after the Melbourne Welcome program.


  • During this day, we will familiarise 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.

  • Attendance at the international students day is not optional and you should make your travel plans with this in mind.

  • No, not the actual room but you can see photos of student’s rooms on the Campus Living page of our website.

  • 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 long single bed, pillow, mattress, mattress protector, mirror, towel rail, desk, desk-chair, wardrobe, bookshelf, pin-up board, 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 long single bed) and bedding (doona and pillow). If coming from overseas, you can buy these locally or have them delivered from department stores, such as Spotlight or Target
    • a lamp

    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 $140 for unlimited use per semester. Printing is charged at 6c per black & white A4 and 25c per colour A4.

  • 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; 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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