Communitas is a Latin noun for a community in which individuals are considered equal; and it encompasses the spirit of community itself. The term sums up St Hilda’s rather nicely.
For 54 years, life at St Hilda’s has nurtured people into adulthood. Our egalitarian roots as the first co-educational college at Melbourne, means we’ve grown up with a philosophy that every person is welcome here and belongs.
The people in our community hail from rural places, interstate and overseas, and this diversity enriches us all.
Life at St Hilda’s is guided by the spirit of Communitas. It’s a feeling - part of the college DNA that infuses our approach and the experiences we share.
We’re people who live together but we are also an expansive community connected across generations – a collective keen on achievement, with an egalitarian ethos that is embraced by our supporters, parents, schools and alumni. Our community comes together at events and through programs, and we live on through the legacy of giving.
As a Communitas with gravitas we’re focussed on achievement and academic success but it’s in the context of supporting the whole person through their transformative years. St Hilda’s is a place of belonging and connection, where everyone knows and supports one another. It’s the place to be, and a college where you can become yourself.
St Hilda's College is a living community and residential college on campus at the University of Melbourne.
We acknowledge and pay respect to the Wurrundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Owners of the land upon which our college is situated. We pay our respect to all the Elders of Indigenous students who call St Hilda’s home. We also acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of our community, the University of Melbourne, and the wider world.