Information for School and University Representatives

Information for school and
university representatives

Be confident in recommending St Mark's to your students

More than student accommodation

St Mark's College is a world-class university residential college in North Adelaide which provides students with a complete university experience in a safe, inclusive environment. As a vibrant residential academic community, we provide everything students need to flourish in their studies and personal development.

What is a university residential college?

A university residential college is a community of students and academics living and learning together while pursuing their studies at affiliated local universities. While providing a place for students to stay while they study, university residential colleges offer so much more than accommodation. At St Mark's College, our students enjoy a strong sense of community, with activities and outings, clubs, sporting teams, arts and cultural activities, leadership training, volunteering, ample opportunities for personal growth, and the development of lifelong friendships. They also receive a first-rate program of both academic and wellbeing support.

What do College fees cover?

Fees cover a private and furnished room, all meals, utilities, unlimited Wi-Fi, library and gym access, academic support (including tutoring and academic skills workshops), wellbeing support (training and one-on-one sessions), participation in clubs, sports, cultural and social activities, and leadership training. For the current fee schedule, see here.

Who can apply for St Mark's College?

St Mark's welcomes applications from students who are currently enrolled in or intend to enrol in a full-time, on-campus degree at Bachelor level or higher at the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia, or Flinders University. Applications from international students, Study Abroad/Exchange students, and postgraduate students are warmly welcomed. Admission to St Mark's is competitive and students are selected for membership on the basis of:

  • Academic merit and determination to succeed in their studies;
  • Commitment to upholding the values of the College; and
  • Potential to contribute to College life.

Applicants normally need to have achieved a minimum ATAR of 65 (including adjustment factors) or equivalent to be offered a place, although a higher ATAR may be required to be competitive. Students need to have started or completed their final year of high school before beginning an application; however, students who have already commenced their university studies in Adelaide or elsewhere are also very welcome to apply.

When do applications open?

St Mark’s accepts applications year-round, and interviews start in March for commencement in the following academic year. We strongly recommend applying as early as possible to avoid disappointment - we tend to begin waitlisting applicants by August. That being said, if you're reading this later in the year, it's still worth encouraging students to apply: places can become available unexpectedly!

Students do not need to have received an ATAR or an offer for a degree to start their application for St Mark’s. In fact, most students will complete their application for St Mark’s before completing their application for university. However, students do need to have started or completed their final year of high school before they apply. Plus, an offer from St Mark’s can usually be deferred should their plans change, reducing the pressure on them.

We also have a small mid-year (Semester 2) intake each year. Again, we recommend applying as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

How do St Mark's College applications work?

The applications process involves completing an application form online, providing contact details for two confidential referees (one academic and one character reference), and submitting copies of their most recent academic transcripts. As part of the application form, students complete a personal statement providing information about their study plans, community and leadership activities, motivations for wanting to join St Mark’s, and their understanding of the College’s values. From there, students are normally invited to attend an interview, which can be completed in person or via video chat. More detailed information about the application process is available here.

Note: the application process is expedited for Study Abroad and Exchange students. You can find out more here.

What scholarships and other financial support is available?

Students from all backgrounds should have the chance to be part of the St Mark’s community and to benefit from the wonderful collegiate experience we provide. That's why we seek to remove financial barriers as much as we can with an extensive scholarship program that provides over $500,000 in financial assistance each year through scholarships, grants, prizes and bursaries. Around 50% of St Mark’s students receive some kind of support.

The main scholarship round for new students closes in January each year, with several significant scholarships (e.g. the A. Simpson & Sons Scholarship and the Robin Ashwin Scholarship) closing in December. Read more about these opportunities and how to apply for them here.

Why recommend St Mark's College?

A supported transition

The transition from high school to university involves a lot of adjustment, so we provide everything a student needs to succeed academically and personally.

Academic support

Formal tutoring, informal peer support, and academic skills workshops are provided for no extra cost. Students can also access feedback from our team of 50+ tutors. Learn more about the academic support at St Mark's here.

Wellbeing support

At St Mark's, we are uniquely focused on wellbeing. We have both a qualified psychologist and social worker onsite, and students can access group or one-on-one support. Find out more here.

Community living

Students become part of a supportive and diverse community where lifelong friendships are forged. Their social lives are enriched with plenty of activities, clubs, and events.


Why study in Adelaide?

Here's why Adelaide is a fantastic place to study. 

  • The University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia, and Flinders University are world-class institutions.
  • It's a safe city, and one of the world's most liveable, in fact!
  • Life here is up to 12% more affordable than in other Australian cities.
  • There's plenty to do in the city, and so many amazing tourist destinations can be explored on day trips. The Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, and Glenelg are only short drives away.
  • We're the festival city! Enjoy being close to the Fringe, WOMAD, and OzAsia festivals (just to name a few).
  • South Australia has so much natural beauty - some of the world's best beaches, camping spots, and scenic walking trails are right here.