What to bring

To help you better prepare yourself for the transition into college life, we recommend packing the following items:


  • Light casual clothes
  • At least one warm sweater/jumper/jacket for cooler winter nights
  • Light jacket (air-conditioned lecture rooms can become quite cool)
  • Smart casual outfits for more formal functions
  • Trainers/joggers
  • Bathers/swimmers
  • Hat, sunglasses, etc.

Personal Articles

  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Any necessary prescription medication


You may prefer to purchase these items locally:

  • Two sets of king single bed sheets
  • Blanket/doona
  • Pillow and pillowcases
  • Towels (including beach/swimming towel)
  • Curtains (for University Hall A&B Wings only, supplied elsewhere)

Welcome Packs
A Welcome Pack containing a king single sheet set, blanket, pillow and pillow case, towel, soap and laundry detergent can be purchased from Your Shop.

Kitchen Items (Self-Catering Only)

Self-catering residents of Rotary International House will need to supply their own basic kitchen items (white goods are supplied). For example:

  • Tableware (dishes, cutlery, drinking glasses)
  • Cookware and bakeware
  • Kitchen utensils (can opener, peeler, spatula, etc.)
  • Tea towels and dishcloths
  • Napery


  • Internet cable (CAT5E)
  • Laptop/computer
  • Mobile phone, tablet, camera, etc.
  • TV, media player, games console, etc.
  • Hobbies, games, sports equipment
  • Posters, photos, flags, ornaments, etc. to decorate your room (please use Blu Tack and not yellow/green tack, nails or pins!)
  • Cultural artefacts (clothes, jewellery, books, ornaments, etc.). Our Residential Life Team hosts an International Ball and our Halls host International Food Nights, Home Balls, Valedictory Dinners and other functions which may include cultural displays and dancing, etc.

We recommend you purchase the following items locally:

  • Linen/pillow
  • Coat hangers
  • Clothes pegs & laundry basket
  • Clothes airer
  • Iron & ironing board (ironing board provided in unit lounge at George Roberts Hall)

Electrical Items

Residents are responsible for ensuring any personal electrical appliances are certified by Australian Standards, and suitable for 240V power supply.  Voltage/international power adapters are not permitted. Appliances suitable for use with Australian (240V) supply that do not have an Australian plug will require a new lead or must have the plug changed by a certified electrician. For this reason, we strongly recommend you buy electrical items locally. Read more.

Please take care not to overload the power circuit by using too many appliances at once. For safety reasons double adapters are not  permitted in the Halls. A power board with a safety switch may be used instead. Use only one power board per socket - never “piggy back” power boards. For efficiency, we recommend you purchase a power board with individual on/off switches per plug, and always turn off electrical appliances  when not in use.

Residents must not tamper with electrical fittings in the Halls under any circumstances. Any maintenance issues should be reported via the maintenance form, or if immediate action is required, report directly to your Hall office or duty Residential Assistant.