placerUniversity 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.


New UniHallersAs 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.

236P__Currie_Hall_-_May_1969University 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.


Keith Conley, Principal of University HallOn behalf of our community, I would like to extend a warm welcome to University Hall residents for the 2014 academic year.

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.

Keith Conley

Principal University Hall

Volley Ball on Cottesloe BeachPerth 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 staff at University Hall have a wealth of experience to help you settle in and enjoy your time at University Hall.

Student Residences

Kamila Kramarczyk

Commercial Manager

Residential Life

Maintenance and Housekeeping

Each of our council members has made a significant contribution to the University or in public life.

Alan Brien (Chair) - Chief Executive Officer, Scitech

Alan Brien completed a Master of Education at UWA. He has held a diverse range of senior managerial positions including director of sport and recreation at the UWA, promotions and programming manager at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, manager of Whiteman Park and director of visitor services at Kings Park. Alan is now the CEO at Scitech.

He has been involved with the promotion of science and technology centres as president of the Australian Science and Technology Exhibitors Network (ASTEN), and chairing of the National Science Partnership of Science Centres, Museums and Science Education Centres.

He is a member of the Premier’s Science and Innovation Council Education Working Group, a judge for the Australian Eureka Prizes and a former member of the PLC School Council in Perth.

Ingrid Magtengaard - Executive Officer

Alan Brien completed a Master of Education at UWA. He has held a diverse range of senior managerial positions including director of sport and recreation at the UWA, promotions and programming manager at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, manager of Whiteman Park and director of visitor services at Kings Park. Alan is now the CEO at Scitech.

He has been involved with the promotion of science and technology centres as president of the Australian Science and Technology Exhibitors Network (ASTEN), and chairing of the National Science Partnership of Science Centres, Museums and Science Education Centres.

He is a member of the Premier’s Science and Innovation Council Education Working Group, a judge for the Australian Eureka Prizes and a former member of the PLC School Council in Perth.

Ms Gaye McMath - Executive Director, Finance and Resources, UWA

Gaye McMath is responsible for Financial Services, Facilities Management, Human Resources, Venues Management, UWA Extension, UWA Press and the Perth International Arts Festival.

Previoulsy she was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Resource Management) and Chief Financial Officer at Murdoch University. She was also a director on various university-related companies associated with education, research, commercialisation of intellectual property and aged care.

She has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Melbourne and Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School. She is a fellow of CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms McMath is a Director of the Silver Chain Nursing Association, the Western Australian Treasury Corporation and Gold Corporation.

Ms McMath was with BHP Billiton for 23 years in senior financial, strategic planning and commercial management positions.

Matthew Budge - Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

After travelling extensively throughout his career, Matthew Budge has recently returned to Perth and become an active member of the Hall’s Alumni. Matt was the Hall’s Res Club President in 2000.

In 2001, Matt started as a graduate at Price Waterhouse Cooper. He has now worked for PwC for over 11 years, and was recently admitted as a partner. During his career working for PwC, Matt has worked in Melbourne, Sydney and Washington DC.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA and a Masters of Taxation from the University of Melbourne. He has also completed the CA program through the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Winthrop Professor Carmen Lawrence

After training as a research psychologist at UWA and lecturing in a number of Australian universities, Dr Carmen Lawrence entered politics in 1986.

She become the first woman Premier and Treasurer of a state government before entering Federal Parliament as the Member for Fremantle. She was Minister for Health and Human Services and Minister assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women. She was elected national President of the Labor Party in 2004. She retired from politics in 2007.

She is now a Professorial Fellow at UWA where she is working to establish a centre to research the forces driving significant social change in key areas of contemporary challenge, as well as exploring our reactions to that change. The centre will also seek to expose for public discussion the processes most likely to achieve social change where that is a desired objective.

Charles Johnson - Alumni Committee Chair

Charles Johnson is a town planner, with 30 years’ experience working in Local and State Government and the private sector. From 2001 to 2008 Charles was the CEO of the City of Wanneroo. From July 2008 to July 2010 he was an Executive Director at the Department of Planning and was involved in the drafting of Directions 2031.

In July 2010 he established himself as a consultant in his business ‘Planning Context’ which has a policy research and governance focus. He recently was engaged by a group of 20 Metropolitan Mayors and CEOs to prepare a range of options for amalgamation. That group expressed a preference for a plan showing 16 local governments.

He also has a number of leadership and decision making roles in the planning and development industry including;

  • Board Member of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and Chair of its Central Perth Land Redevelopment Committee
  • Presiding Member of the Joint Central Metropolitan Development Assessment Panel
  • President of the WA Division of Planning Institute of Australia

Keith Conley - Principal, University Hall

Keith has lived and worked in a Hall of Residence at the ANU since 1996 fulfilling every role in student support and college administration. He served as Head in four of the five University owned Halls. These varied colleges ranged from small, catered undergraduate, through to mature-aged, self-catered, postgraduate and large undergraduate, self-catered communities.

In recognition of his exceptional service, Keith was awarded the Outstanding Service to the ANU Community Award, which is the highest reward for professional staff at the university. Keith has a strong interest in student sport and building a strong community. He recently completed a Masters in Management and is progressing towards completing an MBA.

Chris Massey - Director of Student Residences

Chris Massey became Principal at University Hall in 2006. Previously he had more than 12 years experience in the education sector encompassing secondary teaching, physical education, and managing an educational self esteem program within Australia and Singapore.

Chris has had more than five years experience in the health sector, including two years at the Cancer Council of WA and three years as part of the WA Senior Executive team in Medicare Australia, including time as Western Australia Manager.

He has a Bachelor of Physical Education, Diploma of Education and a Master of Education from UWA and a Masters Of Business Administration from ECU. He is undertaking a Doctorate of Education at UWA.

Chris is the treasurer of the Association of Australian University Colleges and Halls and is a life member of the UWA Football Club.

Kelly Smith - Director, UWA International Centre

Kelly Smith completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Curtin University of Technology in 1987. After further study in teaching English as a second language, he taught for 10 years in Japan and then at the UWA Centre for English Language Teaching. He joined the International Centre in 1999.

Completing an MBA at UWA in 2000 he worked for a time in the private sector with Study Group before returning to the UWA International Centre, initially as Associate Director and then as Director.

Outside work, Kelly is interested in sailing, rugby and travel.

Rowan Maclean - Director, Sports Park and Director Strategic Project Management, UWA Office of Finance and Resources

Graduating from UWA in 1989, Rowan Maclean travelled widely, settling in London in 1990 and practised architecture. In 1991, she joined Coopers & Lybrand, working on property development and construction, asset and facilities management, procurement, and change management.

Returning to Australia in 1996, Rowan worked as a consultant in strategic and corporate asset management for clients such as the WA Police Service and Woodside Ltd. She joined the Water Corporation’s Finance and Administration Division as a Strategy Manager in 1997.

In 1999 she ajoined the then Department of Training and Employment, managing a diverse portfolio, supporting a broad spectrum of industry training from aquaculture facilities in the Kimberley to the internationally-acclaimed Central School of Art and Design.

In 2004 she moved to the Department of Culture and the Arts as Director of Property Development and Management. In 2008 she became the Director of Sports Park at UWA, later taking on the additional role as Director, Strategic Project Management with the University’s Office of Finance and Resources.

Jimson Tan - President, ResClub

Jimson Tan is a current third year UWA student studying a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Economics & Finance.

This is his third year of residence in University Hall, Jimson was elected last year as ResClub President for 2014 which is an important time for the Hall. In its second year, traditions are being established and an identity is still being formed. He is committed to moulding a strong and positive culture at University hall and creating an inclusive community in all aspects of university life.

Jimson aims to collaborate with the other colleges in UWA, to create a bigger sense of community along college row. He is motivated in leading his committee to achieving their goals for the year.

Kaylee Anderson - Postgraduate Representative

Kaylee Anderson is Ph.D. candidate in the School of Earth and Environment at UWA, studying ancient reef systems in North-eastern Thailand. She has previously completed a B.Sc. of Biology, a B.Sc. Geology (honours), and an M.Sc. Geoscience through the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada with research areas of palaeontology and oil & gas geology. She has done geologic field work in the Canadian High Arctic, Thailand, Canadian Rockies and American Southwest, and has given presentations in Calgary, Spain, and Houston, Texas. Her interests and hobbies including drawing and painting, photography, hiking and camping.

Contact us

Milica Rajkovic
Executive Officer- University Hall Council
Ph: (+61 8)  9273 3372