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Why Live on Campus?

Students living in residence are five times more likely to complete their degree. Living in a supported student community is a great way to experience university life. You can choose what suits you – shared apartments or college/hall type residence. Single rooms provide privacy when you need it.

Join a residence or university team, use on-campus sporting facilities. Enjoy community events, barbecues and social nights.

Enjoy our flexible catering options. You can dine on site or take away from the Saltz Cafe Restaurant (Launceston) or Pepperz Cafe Bar Restaurant (Hobart) where our meals are healthy, great value and low cost or choose to cook for yourself in one of our self-catering kitchens.

Meet other students from Tasmania, the rest of Australia and around the world. Make friends for life and be part of a home away from home.

We provide extra tutorials as required in a range of subjects. Sign up for a tutorial or study group and meet others in your degree. Get help from senior students in your course and become part of a supportive academic community where you live.

Walk to lectures, use our free 24-hour computer labs linked directly to the university intranet.  Your electricity and heating are included as part of your fees. Our catering options allow choice in how you spend your food dollars. Internet services are available to all residents.

Live in a community where you get great support and can ask for help when you need it. Day and evening staff are interested in giving you a great university experience.

Our team of Residential Support Officers (RSOs) are responsible for the management and provision of pastoral care and residential support, and the development of a community of students in residence. The RSOs are professional staff members who are specifically employed to support students living on campus – they have a variety of skills and expertise and have access to a wide network of support services.

RSOs are available from late afternoon to the early hours of the morning and work in conjunction with UTAS Security and the Student Living Customer Service Officers (CSOs) to ensure that there is someone available to assist 24 hours, seven days a week. Hobart and Launceston have a duty phone (help phone) which diverts to one of these areas at all times.

The RSOs encourage the development of:

  • A safe and supportive living environment
  • Diverse residential support programs to encourage academic, personal, social and cultural development
  • Opportunities for leadership, independence, responsibility and community service
  • Programs that promote learning skills and an appreciation of the value of knowledge
  • Programs and activities that encourage an acceptance of diversity
  • Opportunities for residents to develop a greater appreciation of other cultures and customs.

These aims are achieved through:

  • Community development
  • Critical incident management
  • Preventative works
  • Information and referral service
  • Administration
  • Residential Programs – whole-of-life experiences.

The ‘whole-of-life’ experience is about providing choice in relation to the types of experiences that are available in a residential setting. These programs are concentrated in the following areas of development:

  • Social
  • Cultural
  • Sport and recreation
  • Academic
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Environmental.

Residential support staff play a pivotal role in promoting, implementing and evaluating these programs. In addition, the residential support staff coordinate communication forums, resident orientation sessions and the recruitment of tutors and mentors. In the past, RSO's have been instrumental in raising money for charities with charity dinners and auctions, aquisitive art prizes, Red Cross 'blood runs' where residents donate blood, contributing towards sight restoration operations for Vietnamese patients.

For email contact details please go to our contacts page.


All Sites - 03 6226 6400


Kerslake and Leprena - 0417 314 724
Investigator Hall – 0417 318 091

As part of the Student Development Program tutoring is provided to residents either on a one to one basis, group tuition related to a particular subject, or as a general program on essay writing, study skills, exam preparation and time management as well as vocational preparation skills

If you would like some assistance please complete and submit a request.

Additional assistance is also available through the following areas in the University:

UTAS offers a range of support services to all students

It is important to remember that your son or daughter is a young adult. Now is the time to trust in the way you have raised them.

Regardless of what is going on, we are here to help our residents, to encourage independence and to provide them with guidance for managing their own lives.

  • Help prepare for moving. Make sure that your son or daughter has all the necessities they will require (outlined in Before you leave home).
  • Provide a safety net. Let them know you are there for them but encourage them to be independent and begin to manage their own life.
  • Stay in touch. Write letters, send emails, use social media such as Facebook - whatever suits your family - to keep your son or daughter up to date with what the family is doing. However, don't be disappointed if replies aren't frequent - they may be busy with their studies.
  • Help with homesickness. Encourage your child to get involved, join a study group or attend local activities to meet other students. They can also talk to residential support personnel.
  • If you are concerned about your son or daughter, let us know: more often than not, we will already be aware of the situation and be working to help them resolve things.
  • Send goodies by mail. Packages containing favourite snack foods, photos or some homely comforts are always a source of delight.
  • Help when your child is panicking. If you are on the receiving end of an emotional phone call or email, don't panic. Be a good listener, ask to hear about some positives and direct them back to the residential support staff, who are here to help them.

The University of Tasmania provides a 24-hour security service all year round and operates a control room on both the Newnham and Sandy Bay campuses.

The University's security staff:

  • provide a security presence during peak hours
  • conduct patrols of the campuses day and night
  • respond to emergency calls, and
  • can provide escorts in specific situations.
  • can provide escorts in specific situations.
The UTAS Security control room operators:
  • monitor CCTV security cameras, security alarms and the 'Safer Walk' on both campuses, and
  • monitor and respond to emergency calls from Help Points.
  • Student Living places a very high emphasis on the safety and security of residents. There are rules and regulations regarding safety and security that cover a range of issues designed to protect every resident.

All residences are secured by external door lock systems together with individual room locks. Each bedroom is equipped with a smoke detector and alarm.

Working with the university's security staff are a number of Student Living staff and residents who are trained in emergency procedures and first aid. Student Living harassment contact officers can provide assistance in certain situations.

As the residences are adult communities, residents are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings and their peers and take normal common sense precautions regarding personal safety. Asset Management Services provides further information on personal security.

Student Living provides information to all residents during their induction sessions related to personal safety and security.