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Pastoral Care

Moving away from home and starting tertiary studies can be a daunting prospect. Even if you’re prepared, university life can be challenging. We have a passionate team of people here who support all our residents academically and personally. On top of their own lived experience and enthusiasm, our team are trained in first aid, mental health first aid, emergency management and response, ethical bystander and first responder skills.

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Integrated wellbeing

At St Hilda’s we believe that being well is more than just excelling academically and having friends. We have developed a platform of events, activities and guidance on what we believe are the pillars of wellbeing. These events form our wheel of wellbeing and are part of everyday life at college. This allows our students to build their knowledge in all areas of life or continue to develop their passions that they bring with them to college.  Giving back to the community, looking after the environment, creating an inclusive space for others, and mental health first aid are just some of the things we make sure you have in place for everyone to be as healthy as possible.

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Open Doors

An open door policy is in place so you can drop in to chat about any issues of concern with the Principal or Dean of Students. You’ll get support for referrals to external services. Privacy and confidentiality are respected.  Because we are a medium-sized college of 220 students, it is very hard to get lost in this very caring and close-knit environment.


Great support

Looking out for each other is what we do at St Hilda’s. We range from a Residential Advisor (RA) team of 10 trained senior students to professional wellbeing staff prepared to assist with more complex issues. Pastoral care is also built into our academic offering.  First Year mentor groups are led by the Residential Tutors every Wednesday evening for the first six weeks in order to form an ongoing safe space.We have an academic and well being coordinator on staff, and a dedicated staff group who love to nurture young people.  You will find a college full of professional people who care about you and your development.

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24/7 Care

People are here for you. A duty tutor is always on call at night. Your resident tutor plays an academic and pastoral role for you. Don’t be shy about approaching them for a chat. Student Club leaders and pastoral support workers  can provide valuable peer support, too.

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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