St Thomas More College Health and Wellbeing

Meet our Residents

Below you’ll see the profiles of our Resident Advisors for 2021

Before coming to Tommy I was fairly quiet and reserved. As I moved into campus, I  didn’t know what to expect and I remember being genuinely terrified upon arrival after only recognising a handful of people. Enter O’Week. You are thrown into all sorts of activities with the other freshers (first year college students) and this is where your first friendships are made. Even after my first few weeks within college I noticed a difference. Relying more heavily on myself really brought me out of that so-called shell.

Initially I came to Tommy for the convenience of living close to campus but boy, oh boy did I get more than I bargained for. Between the friends I have made, growth as an individual and the overall supportive community filled with like-minded people, I couldn’t recommend Tommy enough.

What separates Tommy from the other colleges is the people. Cliché? Yeah. But I can guarantee after one year you’ll be saying the exact same thing.

Jesse Musitano (Senior RA)
Bachelor of Psychology (Double degree in psychology), The University of Western Australia

I came to Tommy More because it’s conveniently located and close to University. Tommy also has very well-appointed and modern rooms. I was initially worried about getting engaged in the College community, such as getting used to the lifestyle and making friends with domestic students. However, the people at Tommy were friendly to international students and cared about every resident so I didn’t need to worry at all.

Also Tommy More has the one and only College gym. I love getting involved with the Aussie college lifestyle while also keeping my own vibe. Come join us if you wanna live a (much) better life in Aussie!

Sophia (Longkai) Li (Senior RA)
Shantou, China
Masters in Counseling, Notre Dame University

I chose Tommy because it provided a range of options and supports me with my everyday life and academic work.


Moving to Australia as an international student is quite transformative and choosing a residential college was an easy way to make moving easier. When I first arrived in Perth I didn’t know anyone. Moving to Tommy allowed me to make a lot of friends and  I now have friend that support me and help me get through the tough times.


I have really enjoyed my 3 years stay at Tommy. This palace has made my studying abroad  exciting and enjoyable.

Haochen Zhao 
Daqing City, China
Bachelor of Science (Engineering and Environmental Science), University of Western Australia

To say that my first year at Tommy has been the best year of my life is quite an understatement. From the small town of Manjimup, I came up to Perth after my gap year at a winery having an exceptional ability to forget that traffic lights exist, not knowing about wearing anything other than work boots and thinking that my life at college would be second to my life at home.

To mum’s disappointment, this is definitely not the case! Tommy has provided me with opportunities that are beyond anything I could have expected. From the incredible outreach program to sports to academic and pastoral care, there is rarely a dull moment! Just always having someone willing to hang out, steal clothes from and make unnecessary trips to Kmart with really makes the difference.

The fact I get meals cooked for me is awesome too because sometimes spaghetti on toast 3 times a day doesn’t quite cut the mustard. Tommy has allowed me to thrive in a supportive environment which is unique in the best way possible. The second I put that fresher shirt on merely a year ago, I knew I’d made the right decision in choosing Tommy More.

Darcie Bowden
Manjimup, Western Australia
Bachelor of Secondary Education (Maths) and Bachelor of Science (Human and Medical Sciences), Notre Dame University

I had heard quite a bit about Tommy before I arrived and it has exceeded my expectations. Coming up to Perth from Bunbury was such an easy transition with Tommy providing a great community.

O’Week is an awesome time that you’ll never forget and provides a ton of opportunities to make friends. It doesn’t stop there though, coming out of high school and having a place to hang out with mates, play sports and having a place to study was such a great experience. One I’d highly recommend.

James Granger
Boyanup, Western Australia
Bachelor of Science (Majoring in Chemical Engineering), Curtin University

I was really looking forward to coming to Tommy at the start of 2018, and had chosen to come to Tommy a long time ago. I had heard a lot of good things about the College, and had a family connection with the here too.

What makes Tommy special to me is certainly the large amount of opportunities it offers; opportunities to make new friends, to get involved in volunteering and outreach events, and providing a great place to live while studying at uni. Personal highlights include all the social events, such as the formal dinners, and the Inter-college sports, as well as the many hours spent procrastinating with a game of ping pong.

Andrew Italiano
Bachelor of Science (Honours, Majoring in Physics), Curtin University

Coming to Tommy More was always an exciting prospect for me. The fondness my parents recollected as they told stories from their own time here left me in high anticipation to try it out for myself.  

I can thoroughly say their stories did not disappoint. Intercollege events, Outreach programs and Kings Park on your back doorstep are just a few of Tommy’s highlights.

College is definitely what you make of it and will leave you with friendships and memories, you won’t soon forget. 

Vivienne Noonan
Gelorup, Western Australia
Bachelor of Sports Science, Exercise & Health and management, The University of Western Australia

My brother went to Tommy More before me and I liked the look of it whenever I visited. Getting to play against other college teams in inter-college events like frisbee and dodgeball is awesome. I suggest you try as many things as you can like college events, interwing tournaments, inter-college sports, University clubs, all of it.

Ben Kirke
Gelorup (Near Bunbury)
Bachelor of Science – Double Major in Psychology, University of Western Australia

Moving to Tommy was an easy decision for me once I realised it was nothing like boarding school.

I came to Tommy as I thought it would be easier than moving out of home and that I would have enough independence from my parents to call myself an adult (but also keep mum happy that I would have some of my meals cooked for me so she knew I would eat some veggies!)

My favourite part of Tommy is the huge sense of community and belonging that I have here. There is always someone looking out for you and if you ever need help there will always be someone there for you. The first week at college is easily one of the best weeks of my life. You meet so many people and end up bonding with the other freshers over things like a fresher dance and laser tag. The second you step foot in the quad in your fresher shirt you know you’re now a part of something that’s pretty special and there is definitely not many other things that are like it.

Casey Shields
Boxwood Hill
Bachelor of Primary Education, University of Notre Dame

Moving to the big city was a daunting prospect for a 17 year old kid fresh out of school. I wanted to make the transition as seamless as possible (in other words I didn’t know how to cook) so living at a residential college was my first choice. I did my research and was impressed by the new, world class facilities Tommy had and its strong sporting culture.

A last minute course change to Curtin meant the location was no longer crazily convenient. However, no other accommodation came close to what College Row offered. The perks easily made up for the extra travel time. I wasn’t sure what to expect coming to Tommy. What I discovered was a friendly, vibrant and welcoming community that I immediately felt comfortable in. I was surprised by the amount of students that went to other universities as well, which opened up the opportunity to carpool. Whether it’s meeting new people in the dining hall, kicking the footy on the quad, studying hard in one of the learning centres, or relaxing in the rec room, Tommy has something for everyone. My highlight so far is winning inter college AFL. Closely following that glorious day is the Tommy Ball, which always promises to be a great night. Just don’t expect the resident dog Monkey to like you! 😉   

Paul Schilling
Bunbury, Western Australia
Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Curtin University

Coming to tommy I remember being so nervous & not knowing what to expect. 

Now, tommy has given me so much – Friends that will last a lifetime, a community, social and professional experiences and opportunities I would’ve have been able to have anywhere else. 

Rachel Fernley 
Beelerup, Western Australia
Bachelor of Commerce (Majoring in Management and Human Resources), Curtin University

Tommy provides the opportunity to make new friends and an environment that makes it easy to balance social life and study.

Everything you need for your first few years out of home is right outside your door; food, sport, friends and great facilities to study.

I came for the convenience and stayed for the experience that only Tommy could provide.

Archie Hall
Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Curtin University

I was very excited to come to Tommy and embark on a new chapter of my life after finishing Year 12 and chose Tommy for the friendly culture it promoted and the incredible facilities it had on offer.

The fact that Tommy is also situated opposite UWA means my life as an Architecture student is a lot easier as it’s a quick walk to Uni each morning and I’m constantly taking models or sketches in with me. My experience at Tommy over the last two years has been very positive and allowed me to build on and create so many new friendships. The social events run by our Student Club and Admin are always amazing and very unique to our College. The transition into university life can be quite difficult but I strongly believe that coming to Tommy gives you a second family, who are there to support you along the way!

Amira Benterrak
Broome, Western Australia
Bachelor of Design (Architecture), University of Western Australia

It didn’t take much research to know Tommy was the place for me and right from the start I knew I chose the best place to live while studying.


I’m in my second year of college and the friendships I’ve made with the people here will stay with me forever.

I highly recommend coming to St Thomas More College, it doesn’t matter whether you’re shy or outgoing, you’ll fit in at Tommy!

Bailey Edwards
Collie, Western Australia
Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics and Finance, The University of Western Australia

I came to Tommy from Albany expecting to stay for a single year, but by the end of my first year I wasn’t ready to leave.

Tommy has been an incredible environment for me to grow in and is the perfect place to help you adjust to life in the city. Living at Tommy means you are never looking for company. Whether you are eating a fantastic meal in the dining hall or finishing an assignment in a study room, there is always someone to chat with.

Laura Parker
Albany, Western Australia
Bachelor of Science (Majoring in Environmental Science and Botany), The University of Western Australia

I stayed here for a short amount of time in year 12 for an ATAR Revision course and it seemed like a really convenient place to stay. After comparing all the colleges, Tommy was the most worthwhile taking all expenses into account. It was a much larger community than I’d expected and I had no idea of what college was before coming here, all I knew was that I’d be living in a room and see some people in the dining hall every day.

I had no idea I’d make this many long lasting friends and connections. Tommy’s Outreach program is second to none and being lucky enough to join the Cambodia trip in 2018 was incredible as well as all of the other outreach events we run to give back to the community. Being on the Student Club Committee in 2019 and helping in run some of the incredible events like the Ball and River Cruise has been great! If you thinking of coming to college, just do it!

It’s by far one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! Living right next door to your best friend is a dream we all have as a kid, imagine a whole college full of friends!

Shae Richardson
Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology, University of Western Autralia

I chose to come to Tommy because I’d heard of other kids from home that came here, and I thought it’d be a great opportunity to make new friends & live on campus. It’s my third year now and it is still the best decision I made.


Living at Tommy has gifted me with new friendships, opportunities and experiences that will last a lifetime.


When I first moved here as a fresher, I was so nervous about making new friends and living in Perth without much guidance, but being at college really helped with that because everyone else is in the same boat & we all figure it out together.


Tommy has such a great sense of community and it makes moving to Perth and starting uni life a whole lot easier. 


Lily Trovato
Bachelor of Arts (Majoring in Psychology), University of Western Australia

I came to Tommy because I wanted to meet new people and experience a diverse campus culture. The friends I have made are some of my best mates, and it helps that you see them everyday.

Living with other university students compels me to study harder and participate in more events.

Adam Khong
Bachelor of Commerce (Majoring in Economics), University of Western Australia