Your Life at JCH

Janet Clarke Hall students take their academic life seriously, and are encouraged by the College and by each other to achieve their full potential.

In turn, the smaller size of the College means that our staff and tutors are able to pay personal attention to our students, and to foster a culture in which a busy extracurricular life encourages, rather than detracts from, outstanding results.

While living in residence, here are some of the varied ways you might wish to get involved in College life:



‘Join a JCH sporting team and play against the other colleges. Whether you have played soccer for years or want to try badminton for the first time, there are a lot of fun and games on offer.’

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‘I think it’s cool that the Student Club is an independent body, has control over its committees, and that we have so many opportunities to lead. I am on two committees – environments and ball committee – and it has given me the chance to get involved and contribute to college life.’

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‘Everything is on tap in College – tutors, study spaces, text books, and we have access 24/7.’

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'Partying with friends is fantastic!  I love that moment when everyone gets into a particular song, especially the fresher dance.’  

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Get outside

'I love sitting out under the trees in the courtyard, either for study of just to take time out. It's just a fantastic space to find yourself after a busy day at uni.'

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Speak up

'With the Mid-Winter debate, the Oratory competition and Wintersong, I had so many opportunities to put myself out there and improve my public speaking!'

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Get fit!

‘MU Sport membership is absolutely fantastic. Having access to the pool, the professional gym equipment and all the Melbourne Uni Gym classes is incredible’.

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'The quality of food and the atmosphere at our big dinners is amazing.’



'I didn’t do any acting at school, but at JCH I tried out for a lead role, got it and enjoyed every second of it.  The amount of talent in this place is incredible.’



‘I don’t feel any pressure to conform at JCH, which is pretty refreshing. I really appreciate how open-minded everyone is and that discussion of varying ideas is totally accepted.’



‘We are pretty privileged in College, so it’s great to give something back to the local community, and to remind people of good causes – be it spending time with the migrant kids at the local primary school, or dyeing hair for cancer research.’

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'Sitting down with friends at breakfast is such a lovely way of starting the day. Coming back to JCH for lunch is also so convenient and it breaks up my long uni days with some laughter and socialising.' 

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Dress up

'The big events we have are fancier than usual, so it's fun that we all get a bit more hyped about dressing up for it.’

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’There is nothing like sitting in my room by the open fire. It's great on a cold Melbourne evening.’ 



’I love being able to play at dinners knowing that everyone is going to cheer me on. ’

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’I love our super small College tute sizes, and knowing my tutors care about my learning.’ 

Be safe

Among the first tertiary institutions in the world to accept women into residence, Janet Clarke Hall has long pioneered fair treatment and equal opportunity. The College is strongly committed to ensuring that all its members, guests and visitors can enjoy an environment that is safe and free from danger and risk as far as reasonably practicable. This commitment extends to creating and maintaining a safe culture and environment for all Under 18 persons. All members of our Community are bound by our Under 18 Persons Code of Conduct. Sexual harassment, discrimination or bullying is not tolerated in our community and complaints will be dealt with sympathetically, seriously and in confidence in accordance with the Intercollegiate Sexual Misconduct, and Discrimination, Bullying and Victimisation policies.

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