Student Club Culture

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As the first college in Australia, and one of the first in the world, to admit women into residence, Janet Clarke Hall prides itself on its deep commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusivity, and offers its members a brave space for rigorous discussion and debate.

The Student Club provides an environment for academic and personal growth as a foundation for achievement and fulfilment. Through opportunities for participation and leadership in sport, the arts, music, intellectual enquiry, and volunteering, the College provides an open space for all students to try something new. We pride ourselves on our ability to help students step outside their comfort zone, in an environment full of encouragement and free from judgement. Our strong College culture is underpinned by mutual respect and appreciation for our differences of opinion and experience, and encourages friendships between students of different levels of study, academic disciplines, and cultural backgrounds.

The Student Club plays an important role in maintaining a respectful culture, and we are committed to working closely with staff to ensure that this is enjoyed by all members of our community. With a student body of around a hundred students, we form a supportive group in which every student is valued for who they are and for the unique perspectives and strengths they bring to our community. We recognise the great privilege of being able to live, learn, and grow in our beautiful residential college environment, and we encourage our members to use their talents to give back to the wider community through service now and in the future.

Ayva, Senior Student and President

Janet Clarke Hall Student Club

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Who Applies to JCH?

Year 12 Students

Many of our students join us the year after they graduate from high school, or after a gap year. They come from all walks of life and all parts of the globe. They typically find that moving into JCH is a great way to foster their growing sense of independence within a great support structure and caring community. Janet Clarke Hall also accepts applications from students who may be under 18 when they enter university. 

It sounds cheesy...but JCH is safe, supportive and a heck of a good time

Eve, 1st Year Science

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Current Undergraduate Students

Already studying? For some of you, your current living situation may not reflect the on campus university experience you wish to have, or expected to have. We welcome current University students with open arms, with quite a few of our current students having moved into JCH in the 2nd or 3rd year of their degrees. We find that this type of student adds to the richness of our community, bringing maturity with their age and an eagerness to actively participate in, and contribute to, the unique opportunities of collegiate life. 

JCH is a place of acceptance, diversity, warmth and vibrance. It's like Hogwarts, only without Voldemort, and with a vending machine. Win win!

Keely, 2nd Year Music

Graduate Students

JCH can be described as an undergraduate college that accepts graduate students. While there are some extra perks for graduate students, for the most part you will live, dine and study like any other student, forming close-knit friendships with your peers and mentor/mentee relationships with residential tutors and staff. Some of the key differences of being a graduate student at JCH include:

  • Senior Common Room (SCR) membership. The SCR is a place to make coffee and read the paper during the day and drink wine by the fire of an evening, enjoying rich discussion with your peers and special guests. 
  • Larger student rooms, including fireplace, when available.
  • Additional weeks in residence included in your annual fee
  • Some opportunities for paid employment via our academic tutoring program, along with formal and informal opportunities to be a mentor to younger students.
The students here are wonderful and talented, a diverse and intelligent group that's always doing something. I couldn't imagine being anywhere else.

Zach, Arts Gradaute

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