Dining, Facilities and Resources
Dining together three times a day is at the heart of this community. It is an extraordinary opportunity for learning. Our four chefs ensure that food is plentiful, tasty and varied, and the College caters for a wide range of diets. The College holds a number special dinners throughout the year.
Allan and Maria Myers Academic Centre
The Allan and Maria Myers Academic Centre was designed by the award-winning architect team of Peter Corrigan and Maggie Edmond, and was completed in 2004. It draws upon and complements Burley Griffin's original design for the Catholic College, and is an expression of hope and confidence in the future. Its soaring internal spaces and lovingly detailed fit-out underline its purpose: of furthering the Ignatian vision of human scholarship, of nurturing the heart and soul as well as the mind, in order to serve the Australian and wider community. The Centre has nine tutorial rooms; four music practice rooms; extensive information technology facilities; an impressive library which holds 50,000 volumes (made up of the collections of Newman College and St Mary's College); a Choral Room; specialist collections (the Gerry Higgins Irish Library, the Allan Myers Law Library and the Maria Jens Australiana Collection) and a student lounge. The facility is open 24 hours a day to students of the College.
In addition to the beautiful quadrangle, the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, the Lady Chapel and the Dining Room, common areas in the College include the Junior Common Room (for meetings, performances, table tennis and social events), the Reading Room (facilities for watching TV), the Coffee Lounge (relaxing, board games and socialising), the Billiards Room, the Oratory (for meetings, debates, performances musical soirees and the Senior Common Room.
Student rooms at Newman vary in size and in location. All rooms (except two - which are double) are single rooms. Students are accommodated in rooms around the Quadrangle, in the Kenny Wing (adjacent to St Mary's College) and in various residences adjacent to the College in Swanston Street.
The College has, over the past two decades, purchased six residences across the road in Swanston Street and rent another five, accommodating about sixty students, mainly in the Senior Common Room. Fleming House, Scott House and Gleeson House in Swanston Street are purpose-designed for graduate students.
The rooms in the main College buildings are arranged into 'flats', which typically consist of eight single rooms. The flats have a mixture of students from different year-levels and faculties and provide one of the greatest and most accessible opportunities for interaction.
Most rooms have built-in furniture, and all rooms are equipped with basic furnishings:
- A large desk and desk chair;
- Easy chair;
- Single bed and bedside table;
- A bookshelf (if not built into the desk).
All rooms are heated, and have fast wireless and broadband internet access which includes free access to the student intranet. About 70% of rooms have a sink. Some rooms also have a balcony.
Staff in Residence
The College has four Jesuit priests in residence including the Rector along with the Provost, the Deputy Provost, the Dean, the Business Manager, and the Assistant Dean.
Dining together three times a day is at the heart of this community