University Hall (formerly Currie Hall) is The University of Western Australia’s own residential hall. It is where over 750 students of all ages, interests and cultural backgrounds live, socialise and study together, enjoying the many benefits of a collegiate community.
With a focus on connectivity, vertical neighbourhoods and community activation – University Hall is the ideal place for students to live, socialise and study; and enjoy the many benefits a collegiate community has to offer.
As The University of Western Australia’s only official Hall of Student Residence, University Hall gives you the best
opportunity to take advantage of UWA’s resources and facilities.
UniHall continues to enjoy a positive and healthy relationship with UWA Sports and through our links we are able to offer exciting opportunities on top of the free gym membership given to all residents. Renowned for its diversity UniHall retains an equal balance between domestic and international students, giving residents the chance to meet people from all over the globe.
At University Hall not only will you make lifelong friendships but create a network that spans beyond Australia.
University Hall (previously named Currie Hall) was founded in 1946 as the University Hostel, having been established in buildings that had previously been used as the Bachelor Officers’ Quarters by the American Navy during World War II.
The Hall is named after Sir George Currie, the second Vice-Chancellor of UWA and patron of the Men’s Club that administered the University Hostel. The character of University Hall reflects the mature attitudes of the original ex-servicemen and women, who prevented elitism and provided equality of membership. The early traditions of individualism of The Hall and student participation in Hall activities and events have been retained today, with an active student-elected Residents’ Club Committee and open feedback lines between the Principal and the residents.
There were major changes at the Hall between 1966- 1974 with the construction of C, D and E Houses and a new amenities block. This building program catered for a total of 231 rooms and allowed men and women to live alongside each other for the first time.
The next major stage in University Hall’s history occured in 2011- 2012 when 500 rooms were built on the current site. 132 One Bedroom Apartments and 369 Studio Rooms were built, fully equipped with kitchens and bathrooms, allowing for fully self-catered living. The new development also meant additional new common spaces such as a games room, two music rooms, art room, multiple computer labs etc, which are accessible by all residents.
Our residents and staff are drawn from all parts of the country and the world and study across a comprehensive breadth of academic areas at UWA. While our size is a great strength and source of diversity, we are also mindful that each resident comes to our Hall with their own individual story worthy of respect and understanding. To build a healthy and supportive community from such diversity requires each of us to value these stories and to respect the rights and needs of other residents of University Hall.
University Hall is a great place to explore different paths. The jump from high school to university can be daunting, but there are many making the same leap with you. This is a rare chance to try new experiences, to break the mould and perhaps re-shape yourself a little. If you have harboured a secret interest in music, sport, politics or the environment, and not had an opportunity to be involved before, now is your time to shine. And, more than likely, there will be other UniHallers interested in the same things. I urge you to make those connections with others and push yourself to see what else you can achieve. The friendships you make here in college will be lifelong and amongst the best memories you take away from your time at UWA. Your peers will also be your most effective support in achieving your academic potential.
University Hall is born of the pride, culture and traditions of Currie Hall. It carries forth the same characteristics and values of an open, friendly, fun, egalitarian and academically focussed community of scholars. I invite you to make the most of the expanded academic and social opportunities our community offers and I look forward to meeting you as the year progresses.
Principal University Hall
Perth is Australia’s fourth- largest city and is the capital of the thriving state of Western Australia. Voted as one of the world’s most liveable cities, Perth enjoys a climate and lifestyle that is envied by many. The Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers is ideal for sports and outdoor activities such as golf, tennis, sailing, swimming and windsurfing.
The city has an enviable standard of living, and has been consistently voted one of the top ten cities in which to live by the The Economist as well as being ranked 25th in the inaugural Best Student Cities Ranking released by QS Top Universities. Perth has Australia’s most internationally diverse student community.
Perth offers a seamless combination of urban sophistication and international flavour. With the population of Western Australia growing at twice that of the national average and the State experiencing the lowest unemployment rate of all the states and territories, Perth attracts more migrants from overseas and other states than any other area in Australia.
Perth’s public transport system makes it easy to get around the city. International students receive a West Australian Government-sponsored 40 per cent discount on all public transport.
A major bus stop is located right outside University Hall. Buses regularly run between UWA and the City.
Parking at University Hall is extremely limited. Priority for car bays are given to returning residents, regional students and those who need their car for study purposes (eg: late night prac shifts at hospitals) but even then there are no guarantees.
UniHallers who are successful in receiving a car bay from ResLife are required to pay the annual fee in exchange for a permit. The cost of this parking permit will vary depending on the length of your lease agreement and whether or not your car bay is outside. Your permit must be displayed at all times.
There are eleven bays for visitor parking, as well as four bays for 30 minute parking and one universal access car bay. All visitors who are parking at University Hall must visit the Student Residences Office to collect a parking permit (maximum time is two hours).We recommend that if visitors arrive only to find that there are no spare bays left that they find alternative street parking or utilise the Watersports Centre short term carpark on the opposite side of Mounts Bay Road.
Bicycles are a popular form of transport around UWA. They provide a quick means of getting from one end of campus to another. At University Hall we have a large bike shed and bike racks situated around the Hall to provide residents with secure storage for their bikes. Residents must report to the ResLife office to get a bike permit (which must be on display on the bike at all times) and to get their key coded for access.
We recommend you have a secure heavy duty bike chain for securing your bike within the bike shed or on the many racks around both University Hall and the University. Please also ensure that your bike is tagged with your details.
Bicycle helmets must be worn at all times while cycling, including on campus.
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The University Hall Council consists of prominent leaders who together make key decisions to enrich the student experience at UniHall. Each of our council members has made a significant contribution to the University or in public life.
University Hall Council Chair
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Community and Engagement)
Director International Centre, Director of Global &Community Strategy
Director Campus Development
Director of Student Residences (UWA)
Chief Operating Officer (Finance & Resources)
Principal University Hall
Residents Club President