International Students at St Thomas More College

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A safe, modern and welcoming ‘home away from home’ for International students studying at university in Perth.

St Thomas More College is a Residential College located opposite the University of Western Australia and provides an ideal place for International Students studying in Perth to live whilst they learn.

Having undergone a large redevelopment in 2016, our 400 single rooms are modern, spacious and affordable, with unlimited internet access. Students also have the option of selecting differing meal plans, upgrading to air conditioned rooms, as well as upgrading after their first year to more premium Studio Rooms.

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Meet some of our International Students…

Sean Soh | Study Abroad Student| St Thomas More College - What is it like to study abroad in Australia

When I came to Australia for my studies, I was really excited but also a little apprehensive about whether I would be able to fit in here. I chose to live here at Tommy because I saw that it looked the newest out of all the colleges.

After one and a half years here, I now realise that the exterior of the College was impressive, but not the major takeaway from St Thomas More College. The people and their energy makes Tommy More what it is. Everywhere you go in college, you are greeted with a smile and a “How’s it going?”

As an international student, it isn’t easy to find a place that makes you feel at home. Tommy More has given me more than that. I have found friends from all over the world that I will keep for life and learned so much from those around me.

Sean Soh
Singapore
Bachelor of Arts (Communications and Media Studies, and Marketing), The University of Western Australia

I chose to come to Perth for my studies because of the opportunities that studying overseas provided, and also because the course I wanted to study wasn’t available in Singapore.

Having come out of service in the Army right before I arrived, the rooms at Tommy More feel like luxury to me. The Studio Rooms have everything I could ask for, and I like that at Tommy More I wasn’t committed to a 21 meal plan, as I often don’t require breakfast.

Before I arrived, I was nervous about meeting people because I was travelling on my own and didn’t know anyone in Perth. My fears diminished very quickly once I arrived at college and I was able to quickly make friends and find a new community. Living here is very convenient – my university is just a short stroll away, and there are always lots of events and social occasions I can be part of. It’s a very exciting life.

Justus Tan
Singapore
Bachelor of Medical Science (Biomedical Science)
The University of Western Australia

Anirudh Rangajaran | Study Abroad Student| St Thomas More College - What is it like to study abroad in Australia

As a new kid on the block, Tommy gave me a group of people who were always around me and who I knew would look out for me.

I think if you put individuals in a shared living space, you develop a sense of intimacy that you wouldn’t be able to replicate on the outside.

As a fairly active person, something that I find particularly helpful is that people are always up to play pick-up basketball. It’s also really helpful that getting a meal is also a great way to take a break from studying and just engage with people in the wider community.

Anurudh Rangajaran
Chennai, India
Masters of Asian Studies, University of Western Australia

As an international student from Singapore, not having been away from home, deciding to study in UWA was a huge decision. However, it was a decision that I am I proud to have made, along with having chosen to stay at St Thomas More College, more endearingly referred to as ‘Tommy’.

Tommy is situated right across the road from UWA which makes it extremely convenient to travel to and from classes. Living here has helped ease the transition of having to live apart from family during my study at UWA. Many services are offered here that are especially catered to the well-being of its residents. One such service is the tutoring program that they have where residents who need help with their studies will be matched with fellow residents who have done the same units and have excelled in them. Apart from academic help, there are numerous activities like inter-wing and inter-college sports, formal dinners, the college ball and many more which are conducted in college. These activities and the friendly environment in Tommy have very much helped me to meet new people and forge lasting friendships that I will cherish for years to come.  Having stayed here for three years now, I can definitely say that what I love most about Tommy is the people and the care that they show towards the residents.

Abiraami Magendran
Singapore
Bachelor of Medical Science (Assured Pathway to Medicine), University of Western Australia

Salim Arsiwala | Study Abroad Student| St Thomas More College - What is it like to study abroad in Australia

When I think about decisions that I have made in my entire life, choosing to live at St Thomas More College goes down as one of the best decisions I could have ever made.

I remember sitting alone in the dining hall, intimidated by the lack of familiar surroundings and being in a new and foreign place. But that uneasy feeling was soon dispelled when my fellow collegians came up and initiated a conversation with me. It has been amazing ever since. Living on your own can seem daunting but being surrounded by so many magnificent humans makes the experience so much better. You feel a sense of belonging and that is priceless.

My biggest fear about coming to study in Australia was that I would miss my family but Tommy and the people who live here acts as a kind of surrogate family and provide you with the help and support that you need to ensure that you get the best out of your academic and life experience at university.

You also have the opportunity to meet so many new people outside of your classes and lectures which is pretty cool too. College life encourages you to be more outgoing and engage in a lot of social, cultural and sport-related events which encourages you to live a more rounded and enriching life

The highlight of living at Tommy for me so far was when I was voted Mr Congeniality at the annual Tommy Ball this year. I felt so loved and grateful, the entire experience was so brilliant.

And who could forget this final perk. The fact that you are so close to UWA means you can sneak in those 10 extra minutes of sleep every morning. Any university student will tell you the importance of those precious few minutes in bed!

Salim Arsiwala
Mumbai, India and Cardiff, United Kingdom
Masters of Biotechnology: Environmental Biotechnology, The University of Western Australia

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