Below are some of the more common Frequently Asked Questions. Click on the question to see the answer. If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
- What is St Thomas More College?
- Do I need to be a student at UWA to stay at St Thomas More College?
- Do I have to be Catholic to stay at St Thomas More College?
- Where is the College in relation to other facilities?
- What is the statistical breakdown of the College?
- Is there an advantage to applying early to St Thomas More College?
- If I am placed on the waiting list, will I know how many people are ahead of me?
- Can I defer a place in College if I defer my University place?
- Can I visit the College to take a look around?
- Is living in College more expensive than living out?
- Does St Thomas More College have a curfew?
- Are residents allowed to have overnight guests?
- Do I have to pay extra to receive tutorial assistance?
- How do I go about applying to St Thomas More College?
- Who was the College founder?
- Do you take a bond or deposit?
- Do you provide car bays?
What is St Thomas More College?
St Thomas More College is a Catholic residential college, administered on behalf of the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth, and located directly opposite the Crawley campus of the University of Western Australia. We offer convenient and cost-effective accommodation to both Australian and international students studying at any of the give universities in Western Australia.
Do I need to be a student at UWA to stay at St Thomas More College?
No, you can be studying at any of the five universities within Western Australia.
Do I have to be Catholic to stay at St Thomas More College?
No. We have students from a number of different faiths and backgrounds residing here each year.
Where is the College in relation to other facilities?
We are literally across the road from the main UWA campus. The University Gym is two or three minutes away on foot, while our nearest shopping centre is a pleasant ten minute walk along Broadway. Kings Park, one of the largest city-centre parks in the world, is right on our back doorstep.
Bus stops located just outside the College cater for those wanting to head in to Perth (about a ten minute bus journey) or Fremantle (about a twenty minute trip), and make it very convenient for students studying at the University of Notre Dame, Murdoch and Curtin University.
We are situated on the banks of the Swan River, and we are within easy reach (by bus or bicycle) of Cottesloe Beach.
View more information about our location.
What is the statistical breakdown of the College?
This will vary from year to year, but we aim to have a 50/50 balance of male and female students, and to offer approximately 60% of our places to students from rural West Australian and inter-State backgrounds.
Is there an advantage to applying early to St Thomas More College?
Yes! Don’t leave it until you have your UWA (or other university) offer before you contact us, as most of our places will have been filled by then.
Get in early, and we may make you a conditional offer, guaranteeing you a place if you accept an offer from your university of choice. Applications are generally accepted through the UWA Residential Colleges Application Portal 12 months in advance, and students who apply early, have a better chance of choosing one of our Limited Special Offer rooms.
Learn more about how to apply here.
If I am placed on the waiting list, will I know how many people are ahead of me?
Not normally, as there is no strict order of priority with candidates on the waiting list – different applicants have different needs and circumstances, and the College reserves the right to take these into consideration when making offers. It is possible for prospective residents on the waiting list to be offered a place right up until the beginning of Orientation Week, but we do recommend that those who find themselves on the waiting list consider other alternatives.
Can I defer a place in College if I defer my University place?
In most cases, yes.
Can I visit the College to take a look around?
Yes. Our friendly staff will be happy to show you around the grounds, and let you see a selection of rooms (subject to availability). Prospective residents and their parents are asked to telephone ahead, where possible, to allow us to identify suitable rooms, etc. You can also arrange a tour here.
Is living in College more expensive than living out?
We don’t think so. Please take a look at our Prospectus and look at the range of inclusions before deciding on the matter of “expense”. We think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Does St Thomas More College have a curfew?
No. Students are free to come and go as they please. The only condition is that residents are respectful of others on campus and in neighbouring colleges as they come and go.
Are residents allowed to have overnight guests?
Residents are welcome to have a guest stay overnight. There is a process to be followed that allows the College to keep track of numbers in case of an emergency and to ensure that overnight guest stays are within reasonable limits.
Do I have to pay extra to receive tutorial assistance?
No, the College will arrange tutorial assistance for students who require it free of charge. Students who think they would benefit from assistance in any particular subject should contact the Deputy Head of College, who will make appropriate arrangements.
How do I go about applying to St Thomas More College?
Applying for Tommy is easy, and we will guide you through each step of the process. You can apply on-line right now by clicking here.
Or, if you’d like to learn more about how the application works, click here.
Who was the College founder?
The College was founded by Archbishop Redmond Prendiville (1900-1968), who was born on 11 September 1900 at Wood, parish of Brosna, County Kerry, Ireland. Educated at the local National school and at St Brendan’s College, Killarney, Redmond began studies for the priesthood at the seminary of All Hallows College, Dublin, in September 1918, but was expelled for playing cards on the night before a retreat. He studied philosophy and history at University College, Dublin (B.A., 1922, National University of Ireland), and theology at St Peter’s College, Wexford (1921-25). Selected for the Kerry Gaelic football team in 1924, he played in the all-Ireland final and was named ‘man of the match’. He was ordained priest at St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny, on 11 June 1925.
Arriving in Perth on 15 September 1925, Prendiville was appointed to the cathedral parish of St Mary’s, with particular responsibility for the church of St Francis Xavier, East Perth, and the working-class area around it. On 22 October 1933, after only eight years as a priest, Prendiville was consecrated titular archbishop of Cypsela and coadjutor archbishop of Perth, becoming, reputedly, the youngest archbishop in the Catholic world.
He held that Catholics should be able to walk to Sunday Mass in under half an hour: during his episcopacy sixty-one new churches and chapels were built in the Perth archdiocese. Furthermore, by overseeing the construction of 240 new buildings and 54 separate projects to extend existing ones, he earned his title of ‘the builder’.
Learn more about our rich history here.
Do you take a bond or deposit?
St Thomas More College does not collect a bond, but does take a non-refundable deposit from students that is payable upon submission of a signed acceptance Residency Contract. This fee secures their room and is offset against the Total Residency Fee upon commencement of your contract (i.e. similar to an advance rent payment). In the instance that the applicant does not gain entry into UWA or another approved tertiary institution, the Acceptance Deposit will be refunded.
Do you provide a car bay?
St Thomas More College has a number of car bays available for students and these are allocated on an application basis each year, for all students, in January. Car Bays are first and foremost provided to senior students (primarily students in One-Bedroom Apartments and then based on their time at the College). After that, car bays are assessed on a needs basis. Many students in second year and above will be approved for a car bay, however not all (or sometimes not many at all – it depends on the number of car bay applications) students in their first year will secure a car bay. Many students at Tommy More will car pool to university if studying at other universities, and there are a number of bus stops and other transport options on campus.
Car Bay applications are only processed in January and are separate to College room applications. Unfortunately we are unable to provide College accommodation on the proviso of a car bay, with the exception of Post Graduate Students living in One-Bedroom Apartments.
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