Guardians and Parents

Preparing your teenager for their next stage in life and deciding where they should live while at university can be a daunting process. With so many options on offer, it is important to know the facts.

What are the advantages of university?

Your teenager may be asking you questions about what they might want to do after high school, so we've put together some pointers to explain the advantages of a university education, where it can be a passport to an exciting future, especially in today’s competitive job market. While not all jobs require tertiary qualifications, the university experience itself offers a head start for those wanting to make their mark on the world. Many employers value university graduates because they not only bring specialised knowledge and skills to the workplace, but also the persistence and commitment needed to be successful.

  • Build an exciting future — Establish a dream career with WA's world-leading universities.

  • Acquire new skills for life — Gain life-long and transferable skills and discover personal strengths.

  • Develop higher-order thinking — Learn to think critically and creatively.

  • Appreciate life-long learning — Learn the value of continual personal and professional development.

What are the advantages of residential colleges?

Living in a residential college is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, allowing students to be fully immersed in a tight-knit community. Besides practical advantages and conveniences like easy walking distance to the university campus itself, residential colleges also provide academic support, social, cultural and sporting activities and the opportunity to build networks and friendships that will last a lifetime.

  • Enjoy great experiences — Participate in a range of academic, social, cultural and sporting activities in a supportive environment.

  • Boost employability — Tap into an extensive alumni network with strong industry links to start building working relationships while a student.

  • Make new friends — Meet new people and make friends for life.

Why should my teenager choose to live at St Catherine's?

We've built a strong reputation as one of Australia's leading residential colleges. We truly understand that the transition to university is a big adjustment – not just for students but also for parents. We make that transition as smooth as possible.

When it comes to finding good quality accommodation close to the UWA campus, many choose to live at St Catherine's, since it gives students an immediate sense of belonging and an instant circle of friends from across Australia and around the world.

We offer enormous value for money not only in the activities on offer but in the academic and pastoral support we provide to ensure your teenager successfully navigates life at university. More than just a place to live, the full calendar of sporting, cultural and social events, leadership opportunities and fantastic facilities makes St Catherine's a warm and welcoming home away from home.