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With a half century behind us, St Hilda’s is looking ahead to share the Communitas spirit far and wide, and to make a difference with and for future generations.

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DEveloping Young people

The purpose of St Hilda’s is to educate, inspire and launch young people into their adulthood with the self-confidence, vision and know-how to improve the world. A St Hilda’s education is transformational, empowering and sets students apart from other university graduates. Every member of the St Hilda community feels included, supported and like they belong. Mutual respect, care and warmth characterise our interaction with one another. People can be themselves because they are accepted and loved for who they are and who they can become.

St Hilda’s is a place that develops authentic leaders, problem-solvers and change agents for a global society.  It is a living community of 250 people who belong to each other, and work together to connect their university experience with the world’s issues.  We were founded with the motto of Communitas: a ‘community in feeling’ or ‘oneness in spirit’.  This means that we care about each other, but also care about making a difference beyond our community. 

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St Hilda’s community is full of amazing people. Our goal is to better harness the networks we have – to tap into the spirit and wisdom of our alumni, parents and supporters to nurture our living community into a brilliant future.

We are always gathering ideas to drive us forward, including opportunities for you to grow your connections, to make a difference to life at St Hilda’s, and to support the future our next generation will create.

Our founders’ egalitarian ethos remains firmly at the core of who we are. We welcome a diverse student body, and our engagement strategy will enhance opportunities to realise our education mission, and keep the Communitas spirit alive for years to come.

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  • Solar energy is our preferred source, and we have solar panels on top of our buildings.
  • Whatever we build is eco-friendly with double glazed windows, energy efficient LED lighting and energy efficient 6 star rated hot water service
  • All rooms are stocked with recycling bins
  • We all know how much students love their coffee! New students are gifted with a keep cup to reduce the need for single use coffee cups
  • Our gardens are planted with drought friendly plants and watered with grey water collected at the college 
  • We are a smoke free zone 

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St Hilda's has a ground-breaking employability program designed to nurture and grow soft-skills in demand by employers around the world.  We call it The Edge because it will give you the edge you need in a very competitive job market.  Find out more here.

St Hilda's College
19-25 College Crescent Parkville VIC 3052 Australia.

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 Wurundjeri 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.

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