Lily grew up on the coast of NSW. After finishing School, she realised that she wouldn’t feel right heading straight into university. She knew she had a passion for travel and wanted to explore the world before picking up study again.

So, she packed her bags and headed to London, where she worked as a nanny for four years. During the COVID-19 outbreak, she decided to be closer to her family. A friend encouraged her to head to Tasmania.

Lily hadn't visited Tasmania before, but was told that it was a beautiful place to live and study. One friend compared Tasmania to Scotland, which helped seal the deal.

Living and studying in a small state like Tasmania has had its benefits, especially when it comes to industry connections and getting to know likeminded people.

The view over Hobart from Lily's accommodation window.

Lily is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Media and Communication. When moving to Tasmania, she didn’t know many people and decided a great way to make new friends would be to live on campus. That’s why she lives in the Melville Street student accommodation, right in the heart of Hobart’s CBD.

Since settling in, Lily has made many lifelong friendships and really enjoys all the fun events that Student Life put on. The location is perfect, with views of the city, as well as close proximity to the water and eateries. She doesn’t have a car, but that’s not a worry, as it's only a 15 minute walk to the Media School or a free shuttle bus to the campus.

The application for accommodation was very simple It was quick and easy, and I felt like the university gave me the best chance in being successful.

Lily says.

Social events such as games nights, cook ups, sports training and social gatherings are held weekly. Plus, there’s always someone in the common areas playing pool or table tennis to socialise with. The common areas in her accommodation are modern and relaxing places to hang out in.  

Lily enjoys playing cards with other residents at the Uni Accommodation.

The large kitchens are also utilised for big gatherings,” Lily says, “which creates a sense of family and togetherness.”

Lily's advice if you are thinking about applying for student accommodation? Make the most it, attend the events and make yourself talk to new people. After all, other students are there to make new friends too.

When Lily graduates, she intends to move overseas again to work in media. Her sights are set on Edinburgh, as she’s wanted to live there since she was little.

A job in media, whether that’s for a company’s media team or working behind the scenes on a TV show would be great.