What is a residential college? and why should I choose College living over a private rental or student apartment?

A residential college is a student accommodation community. At a residential college, students generally live in ‘corridors’ of individual rooms with shared bathrooms and laundry facilities. This means you get your own space (at Lincoln your room includes a king single bed, desk, fridge, and wardrobe), but always have friends nearby. As you move through the year, you will find your friendly corridor neighbours become like family. You can set up your room, your way – you can bring all your personality and comforts to your space and have an amazing time doing it!

You’ll instantly be surrounded by ready-made friends.
Living at college offers far more than just convenience. Many students say the best thing about living at Lincoln is the people you meet and the friends you make – including those who live in your corridor and the wider campus community.

Remember, when you arrive to move in, EVERYONE is in the same boat – transitioning to this next exciting phase of adulthood, starting university, potentially living out of home for the first time, or leaving the constraints of boarding school, and most students are keen to socialize and try new things. With so much in common from the start, making friends is a breeze.
Lincoln College accommodates up to 200 students across our 6 buildings on campus. Here it doesn’t matter what year you are in or what might be studying, our students are always eager to get to know each other and become an incredible support network.

You don’t have to cook!
At Lincoln, our students get three meals a day, seven days a week prepared fresh by our talented kitchen staff.

Your room is cleaned once a week by our professional cleaners – they will vacuum, empty bins, dust, and clean mirrors. They will also clean all common areas.
Laundry is up to you, but we have 24-hour laundry facilities on site that are included in fees.

You receive plenty of support while studying at University.
At Lincoln College, we provide a high level of care to our students. That’s because we know studying at a university level and living away from home can be stressful.
To help support our students, we have a dedicated team focused on keeping our students happy and healthy even during the most stressful period of the semester.
Lincoln also offers an academic support program. Our academic program doesn’t just include subject tutorials to complement your university education, but we also help connect students with expert alumni, for instance through our ‘fireside chats’, and seminars on various topics throughout the semester. Overall, the program helps students transition from the very different learning environment of high school to university.

Is the internet included?

Yes, it is. Once you move in, you will be provided with your unique username and password to access the high-speed internet on campus – this is included in your fees and comes at no additional cost.

Do you have scholarships?

We do; you can check out our available scholarships here. In addition to scholarships, we have a fund of bursaries for distribution each year to assist in managing the financial investment of attending college.

What type of room will I be allocated? Can I choose my room?

There is a robust process by which students are allocated rooms. For new students to Lincoln, our Deans meet in January and determine the best fit of students and rooms. We do our best to accommodate everyone in the best and most equitable way possible.

We allocate rooms with as much gender and interest balance as possible, and all floors have access to well-appointed bathrooms and kitchenettes, so no student should feel unduly concerned about the room they will be allocated.

The majority of 1st-year students will be allocated to the king single rooms in our Hambly, Scott, and Keith Murray Buildings.

We hope that you will live at Lincoln for your whole study career – the reward is that each year you progress, your seniority will stand you in good stead to get your chosen room. Lincoln operates a points-based accumulation system throughout the year. Those students who have accumulated the most points throughout the year by participating in college community activities get first preference on the room ballot for their following year as a returning student.

What do I need to bring?

Your room is furnished, so you only need to bring your personal clothing and hygiene items, as well as bed linen, pillows, and items to make your room your own.
Check out our recommended packing list here.

What is the application process?

All applications are submitted through a simple form on our website. You will be asked to provide basic personal information as well as a passport size photo. Before you apply, you are encouraged to make the most of our videos and images from the College website and social media channels to get to know a bit about College life. Once your application is submitted, you will be contacted to arrange an interview (preferably in person) with our Head of College. If your application proceeds to the next stage, an offer may be made to you.
To accept your offer, you will need to return your completed contract and arrange payment of the initial upfront fee invoice. This will secure your place, and we will reach out closer to your move-in date with details on your pre-arrival online training units, student handbook, and other essential details required to complete your student profile information.

What Educational providers are you affiliated with?

Lincoln College accepts students studying at any of the public universities (UniSA, Adelaide Uni, and Flinders), as well as TafeSA and all private university providers.

Is there a curfew for students at Lincoln College?

Lincoln College does not have a curfew for most students. The only curfews in place for students who are over 18 are noise curfews during SWOTvac and exam periods. At all other times, we have reasonable restrictions on noise so that people can sleep and study effectively.
So, in a nutshell, students can stay out as late as they like so long as they are considerate of their neighbours in the college when they are coming home.
Students who are under 18 when they move into College are expected to be back on grounds by midnight for safety; their attendance is checked each evening by the Duty RA.

What does the contents insurance cover?

Contents Insurance coverage is included in your weekly fees. Covered is included for the loss of personal items including mobile phones, laptops, bikes, surfboards, sporting equipment, musical instruments, etc as long as they are kept in a secure room either in their college room or a locked bike/storage shed.
Please note that loss of jewelry is not covered under this policy. There is no coverage for items once they are outside of the room, or if the room is not locked.
The maximum for each claim is $5,000 for all items. So if you have had a bike, laptop, mobile phone, and camera stolen worth $8,000, you will only be able to claim for up to $5,000.
The excess per claim is $250 which means you will get $250 less than the claim amount. For example, if you have had a camera stolen worth $2500, you will only receive $2250.
Students should keep receipts when buying personal items, making placing a claim much easier! If you don’t have a receipt, it is good to supply a user manual or photographs to support any claim.
Any loss should be reported at a police station, you will be issued with a Police Report Number which is required on the Insurance Claim Form. Insurance Claim Forms can be obtained from College Services.

Can I get mail and packages delivered to College?

You, you can. Mail must be addressed with your name and the College address; 45 Brougham Place, North Adelaide, 5006.
Mail will be left in the mail pigeonholes for collection and packages will be with College Services. You will receive a message to advise you have parcels ready for collection. If you would like another student to collect a package on your behalf, you will need to advise College Services via return message with their name and your permission.

Is there secure bike storage on campus?

Bikes can be locked in one of the secure bike sheds or at the bike racks across from the Dining Hall. Unfortunately, bikes cannot be kept in rooms, corridors, stairwells, or other areas of the College due to fire regulations. If you are returning the following year, your bike can be left in secure storage over the summer. Please let College Services know if you wish to leave your bike over the summer!

How much does it cost?

Please refer to our rate schedule here.
We encourage prospective students to consider our cost analysis and the true value of living at Lincoln College, above and beyond mere “student accommodation”.
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available to assist with affordability. Lincoln College aims to facilitate egalitarian access to education for all, if you need to discuss options or flexibility about fees or payments, we encourage you to engage in a confidential discussion with our Head of College to see what arrangements we can assist with.

Where are you located?

Lincoln College is located at 45 Brougham Place, North Adelaide. North Adelaide is one of the most stunning suburbs in Adelaide; you will be surrounded by leafy streets and parklands, local cafes, and some beautiful and historical architecture on your strolls around the campus or the suburb.
Lincoln is within walking distance from the Adelaide CBD and the major Adelaide University campuses. You will be a stone’s throw from the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Golf Course, and the Aquatic Centre

Tell me about meals?

We have a diverse menu with a range of meals, but our in-house chef can prepare meal plans that cater to a range of special dietary requirements including: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, halal, kosher, or any other food allergies/intolerances.
All ingredients and potential allergens are identified on our food labels for your well-being. If you did not indicate any food allergies, intolerances, or other special dietary requirements when you completed the Resident Information Form, please email to let us know so we can accommodate your needs.
Good nutrition is essential for supporting your academic success. Lincoln College provides you with delicious meals – every day of the week.
Above all, we like to make the evening meal at Lincoln a relaxed and enjoyable time for students to mingle and unwind from the day. And, once a week, we like to set the dining hall for something a little more special from 6 pm-7 pm: a formal dinner that you attend in your academic gown over the top of your daywear.
Meal times are a highlight at Lincoln. This is when our students come together to socialize and enjoy great food too! Service Times are as follows (and are subject to change)

Breakfast – Monday to Friday 07.00 am – 09.00 am
Brunch – Saturday and Sunday 11.00 am – 12.30 pm
Lunch – Monday to Friday 12.00 pm – 01.00 pm
Dinner – Monday to Sunday 05.30 pm – 07.00 pm

Sample Menus
Get a cracking start to the day with a freshly prepared cooked Continental breakfast. Grab a table in the light-filled dining hall, or find a sunny spot for some fresh air in the courtyard. Want to sleep in on the weekend? No problem. Brunch will be available right up to 12:30 pm Saturdays and Sundays.

Breakfast options include;
– Fried scrambled, or poached eggs, sausages, bacon, sautéed mushrooms, grilled tomatoes or
golden hash browns
– Filled croissants, waffles, or pancakes
– Selection of cereals and porridge with natural and low-fat yogurts, dried fruits, seasonal cut
fruits and fruit compote
– Selection of toasting bread and bakery items – including, white, wholemeal, multigrain, gluten
free bread, raisin bread, crumpets, and English muffins served with spreads
– Tea and Coffee

For lunch, there are always hot meals available, as well as an extensive salad bar, fruit, bread, vegetarian and vegan options, and a make-your-own sandwich bar for those heading off to uni for the day. Lunch options include;

– Selection of sliced bread, rolls, wraps, bagels, gluten-free bread
– Rotating range of sandwich/salad ingredients – including proteins, salad ingredients, antipasto / pickled ingredients, and spreads, and condiments.

Hot lunch dishes may include:

– Crispy salt and pepper calamari
– Chef’s noodle bar featuring meat and vegetable and other protein options
– House-made pizza (GF & Vegan Available)
– Make your burrito bar featuring BBQ meats, frijoles, and chef’s selected salads
– Honey soy marinated chicken wings with fried rice (GF & DF)
– Pan-seared lamb and rosemary meatballs with an Italian pasta salad
– Singapore-style marinated tofu and vegetable noodles

Our dinners always include cooked meat, vegetarian and vegan options, as well as scrumptious desserts and fresh fruit to finish.

Here’s an example of the dishes we serve for dinner throughout the week:
– Braised beef medallions with roasted garlic, seeded mustard, and crushed tomato
– Grilled chicken in a zesty lemon and herb marinade
– Baked vegetable and lentil strudel with tomato relish
– Fragrant butter chicken with fresh coriander and pappadums
– Chermoula rubbed leg of lamb with beetroot hummus and pan juice gravy
– Grilled tofu in a sticky ponzu glaze
– Halloumi and vegetable Jamaican jerk marinated vegetable skewers
– Rich chocolate mud cake served with chocolate sauce and Chantilly cream
– Homemade banoffee pie with chocolate fudge sauce
– Eton Mess – mixed berry, meringue, and Chantilly cream

Security on Campus

All external access doors to every building are locked at all times, and your room is locked with your key. During office hours, you can contact College Services for anything you may need, and out of hours, we have a rostered RA on duty that you can call on the Duty Phone (number given to you in your check-in packs). For any out-of-hours escalations, the RA on duty will involve either our Dean of Students, Dean of Studies, or Head of College, whom all live onsite.

What are the rooms like?

We offer private, single-occupancy rooms. Each has a king single bed (some of our senior student rooms do offer a Queen-sized bed), wardrobe, bookcase, desk, chair, and small refrigerator. You’ll need to provide all bedding, including a pillow. There are free laundries throughout the College with washing machines, dryers, and irons for you to do your laundry.

Each floor offers well-appointed shared bathrooms and kitchenettes for those late-night hot chocolates or snacks!

Our cleaning staff empty rubbish bins, clean the bathrooms, and dust and vacuum the bedrooms. It’s the student’s responsibility to make sure their rooms are kept tidy and to report any damage or breakages through the maintenance notification form.

Do I get a room to myself?

Yes, all rooms at the College are single occupancy.

Can I bring my car? Where can I park?

On-site parking is available, but very limited and tends to be for senior students or those with circumstances that mean having a car on-site is essential. The local council also makes a small number of street parking permits available to Lincoln students. It is also important to note that there is free all-day street parking available in the nearby streets. Some restrictions apply when there are events at the Adelaide Oval.
As Lincoln College is in an excellent location, within walking distance of most amenities, entertainment, and university, most students find that they don’t require a car while living here.
When filing your new or return student application, parking places can be applied for. In 2023 the fee for an onsite park is $1408 for the academic year.

When should I apply?

To have the greatest chance of a place, we suggest that you apply as soon as you plan to attend university. Applications are always open for your convenience.

We generally aim to fill places for any given year by the end of the previous November.

How can I get to Uni from Lincoln?

Our College is a 10-15 minute walk from the City Centre, with Adelaide University a 15-minute walk, Flinders University Adelaide campus is about a 20-minute walk from the college, and the University of South Australia, a 25-minute walk.
Students can use the inner city’s free tram services to connect to each of the universities.

Nearly all Adelaide Metro bus services start and finish within the city. Adelaide Railway Station is 20 minute’s walk and both methods offer regular services to Flinders University, Bedford Park Campus. From the city, multiple buses will take you to Flinders Bedford Park and will take about 30 minutes from the city. You can also make use of the Flinders Loop bus to grab to get from one end of the campus to the other if you wish.

Can I have a guest at college?

This can be arranged through College Services. Some students have guests share their rooms for a night or two, and we can have a mattress moved in if needed and space in the room allows. Alternatively, your guest can occupy one of our vacant resident rooms (subject to availability and fees). If your guest wishes to join us for meals, this is at an additional cost and be confirmed with College Services. Guests can stay for a maximum of 2 nights.

What happens during Uni Holidays?

You are welcome to stay at Lincoln College for the entire duration of the academic year. During mid-term and mid-year holidays students either stay at Lincoln or return home to visit friends and family. For those returning home, there is no need to move out, your belongings can remain safely in your room.
For the summer break, we can offer a competitive rate per week for you to stay if you are not in a position to travel home and stay for the duration.

I’m coming back next year, can I leave my things at college over the summer?
Students returning to the College the following year may store their belongings (at no cost). Returning students are entitled to two storage shelf bays, size 55cm H x 91cm W x 76cm D.
Items being stored must be securely packaged in sealed cardboard/plastic storage boxes or suitcases and clearly labelled. No food or perishables can be stored for hygiene reasons.
If you are leaving your bike, this needs to be noted with the administration team and clearly labelled with your details.

What is a “College Club”? And why do I pay fees for it?

The College Club is an incorporated student club run by the elected student members of the College. All students are members of the Club. The Club provides activities such as sports, social functions and organises other special events throughout the year and ensures that its members are represented by the management of the College.
The Club is in many ways the heart of the collegiate lifestyle, and along with the Residential Advisors, create and run welcoming and inclusive activities all year around to ensure that students are looked after throughout the year.

Can I bring a TV or gaming console?

All students are allowed to have a personal television and DVD player/gaming console in their room.
A large television with Netflix and a DVD player have been installed in the Common Room for students to use. Other televisions, often with gaming consoles attached, are also available in the kitchenettes adjoining KMB/Scott, the Hambly building, and the Federation Common room

Who is there to help me if I need it?

There will always be assistance to you at Lincoln College, be it for study, mental health, friendships, or administrative assistance. You will be able to rely on;
– Residential Advisors
– Senior college students
– Your corridor family
– Academic tutors
– Our Deans and Head of College, who all live on site
– College staff