Leaving school about to start Uni? It might surprise you to know that we have a number of student houses particularly across Sydney as part of the Uniting Church. There are a couple of different styles but a significant amount of them are intentional Christian communities.
What is an intentional Christian community? Each of the houses offer this to varying degrees. It is an opportunity to live with others, who want to live out their faith in more holistically way. Most of the housing is attached to a congregation which gives you an immediate community to belong to and a place to explore and grow your faith further. Most of the congregations have a worshipping community that has a significant group of young adults as part of it’s makeup and leadership.
Why would you move into a UCA house? Most of the student houses are associated with a Uniting Church and have a Christian ethos. This often includes community activities, shared meals and a pastoral carer. They are welcoming places that work hard to support the community and help people to grow. Jessica Shaw said “for me one of the striking things for someone fairly new to this community is the dedication many people in the congregation and the ministers have to making LUC as welcoming and inclusive as possible for people from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. I think that this has flowed on to the culture of the young people at Epworth House and thats a very beautiful, inspiring thing to be a part of. “
So where do we have these houses?
Hope Uniting Church in Maroubra Junction – Corio House
Hope Uniting Church (located in Maroubra), in seeking to support students at UNSW and
elsewhere, built two houses for student accommodation (each housing 4 students). Corio A and
B are next to each other, and on the same block as Hope Uniting Church. Residents have their
own furnished bedroom (bed, desk, chair, wardrobe, bedside table, and chest of drawers),
shared bathroom, kitchen, laundry and living room.
Corio is an intentional Christian community supporting each other in friendship and faith.
Residents are students, most from rural and country Australia. Everyone cooks, cleans and
makes their own decisions, while still being in a supportive, Christian atmosphere. A house
committee, the church community and Hope Uniting minister pastorally support residents.
Roseville Uniting Church – The Cottage
The Cottage is a five-bedroom house next door to Roseville Uniting Church and right next to Roseville station. For the past four years it has been a shared house and intentional Christian Community, with four or five residents, most of whom have been actively involved in the life and ministry of the Church. The Cottage is not specifically for students (though they are welcome!) but more broadly for young adults – many of the residents have been in the early stages of their careers, and have valued the opportunity to do life together in a supportive and welcoming shared home. With a couple of people recently moving out we have rooms available – so get in touch if you think you might like to join us! Roseville Uniting Church (and The Cottage) is a safe place for all, regardless of age, race, gender identity, sexuality, or ability.
Leichhardt Uniting Church – Epworth House
Are you a student moving to Sydney?
Epwoth House provides reasonably priced student accommodation, available to students in the heart of the Inner West of Sydney.
Epworth House is low cost student housing located in Leichhardt. It is closely connected to Leichhardt Uniting Church which focuses on the values of Keeping Faith, Doing Justice and Building Community.
Students at Epworth benefit from being connected to a diverse, inclusive Christian community that is warm and welcoming. We have regular fun, creative activities, gatherings, house dinners and games nights that students can participate in. There is also a beautiful rooftop garden with panoramic views from the city to the Blue Mountains.
A strong tradition of musical connections has been fostered between Leichhardt Uniting Church and Epworth. Musical equipment, rehearsal and performance spaces are available to Epworth House residents.
Mentorship and Pastoral care are readily available to residents to help them navigate through their formative time as young adults. Epworth residents have opportunities to be a part of leadership workshops and seminars with the aim of increasing their confidence as young adults, strengthening their faith and broadening their sense of community.
St Andrews Uniting Church, Glenbrooke – Banksia House
Banksia House is a new ministry of St Andrews Uniting Church Glenbrook starting in 2023. Banksia House will provide four young adults with a base from which to form an intentional Christian community, where residents support one another in friendship, deepen their discipleship, and develop gifts and missional leadership that will empower and place young people at the centre of church life.
Let’s just say this is so much more than a share house. Banksia House is a community supported by a growing intergenerational and inclusive congregation and hub for community engagement and mission outreach.
Banksia House is a recently refurbished 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom home located within walking distance to Glenbrook village shops, cafes and train station. One of the distinctive features of Banksia House is its location within the world heritage Blue Mountains National Park, yet an easy commute to several universities and cities in greater Sydney.
This is a unique opportunity offered by St Andrews Uniting Church Glenbrook. To find out more, email: email@example.com
Outside of Sydney
St Andrews Uniting Church Wyong – Andy’s House
In 2012, our Congregation refurbished the residence adjacent to the Church, formerly the Minister’s Residence, in order to make it available, at reasonable cost, suitable for accommodation for students undertaking Courses of study in this area, particularly at the Ourimbah Campus of Newcastle University and local TAFE Colleges. Since then, the house has been home to numerous students from NSW country areas, Interstate and overseas.
The house contains four separate lockable bedroom/study rooms. Each room is suitably furnished for individual students, with the lounge room, dining room, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and laundry areas all shared spaces.
Armidale Uniting Church – St Andrews House
Armidale Uniting Church runs a student residence (St Andrews House) that supports Christian and non-Christian students wishing to live in a self-managed community, guided by Christian values.
- Six individual furnished bedrooms
- Two bathrooms
- Two living areas
- Large well-equipped kitchen
- Equipped laundry, clothes line
- Rent includes internet, electricity and water
- Double carport plus extra off-street parking
- Central city location (200 m from supermarket and bus stop)
- Comfortable and affordable
- Support from Armidale Uniting Church members.
Karen Mitchell-Lambert is ordained in the ministry of Deacon and is the team leader of PULSE.