Applications for Semester 2, 2023 and 2024 are now open.
Applications for Semester 1, 2023 remain open for postgraduate students ONLY.

How to apply

Application Step 1


Confidential referee form

Ask someone who knows you in an academic capacity (e.g. school principal, teacher, lecturer or tutor) to complete this form

Letter to the Principal

Write a letter (about 500 words) detailing why you could be a suitable Emmanuel resident and why you are seeking to live at Emmanuel

Proof of age

One copy of your passport/birth certificate/driver’s license or equivalent


A recent portrait photograph – this will remain on your records while you’re at College

Academic documentation

Have the following documents (as applicable) ready:

  1.  A copy of your latest school report card
  2. A copy of your OP/ATAR/equivalent (if available)
  3. A copy of your offer letter from a Brisbane-based university (if available)
  4. Your official academic transcript if you’ve studied at university already
Application Step 2


Upload the information listed in step 1

Pay the $175 AUD (non-refundable) application fee at the end of your online application

Application Step 3


Attend an interview

You’ll be invited for an interview with a member of our Student Engagement Team

This can be conducted over Zoom, or in person at College

Application outcome

After your interview, you will hear from a member of our Student Engagement Team on a selection date so please make sure you check your email regularly. We have multiple selection dates throughout the year: Tuesday 12 September 2023, Tuesday 24 October 2023 and Monday 18 December 2023.



Fees may be subject to change

Fee schedule 2023

What your fees cover

Residence fees at Emmanuel College cover:

  • 39 weeks full residence, including all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper)
  • Personal room with a king single bed, study desk, ceiling fan, small fridge, whiteboard, spacious cupboards and drawers and internet connection
  • All utilities including WiFi
  • Weekly cleaning and laundry
  • Excellent, tailored academic program
  • On-site counselling and wellbeing support
  • Safe college with after-hours staff and support
  • Formal dinners with guest speakers
  • Access to all college amenities, including common rooms, sports court and music rooms
  • Emmanuel College Chapel services and meditative space

Additional compulsory charges cover:

  • Sporting and cultural activities
  • Social events organised by the Emmanuel College Students’ Club
  • Access to UQ Sport Fitness Centre, Aquatic Centre, tennis court hire and UQ Olympic-standard athletics track
  • Academic gown
  • Orientation Week (new students only)

Additional information

  • Ensuite rooms and smaller rooms are subject to availability 
  • Emmanuel College residential contract aligns with The University of Queensland Academic Calendar (includes accommodation over the mid-semester break)
  • No credit is given for periods of absence from the College
  • Additional charges may be applied for periods prior to, or after each academic semester, at $90 per day. 
  • Fees must be received by the due date. The College may refuse entry if fees are not paid in full before check-in. Refunds are only granted at the discretion of the Principal, and only in exceptional circumstances.

Refund information

Discounts and extras

We offer discounted residence fees for:

  • Returning students
  • Students in their third year or above at College
  • Siblings of current College students
  • Full annual payments made early
  • Student leaders

Payment Plans

We provide flexible payment plans through an external provider to fit your budget and circumstances:


Edstart Pay is an interest-free plan to spread your fees in weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments. For more information, visit Edstart.

Edstart Extend can reduce your repayment amount by extending your education costs beyond the residential period. For more information, visit Edstart.

Apply for a scholarship or bursary

We want to make an Emmanuel College residency available to the most outstanding students, regardless of the financial means of their families, and to bring in students from diverse backgrounds around Australia and around the world. 

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit. For your scholarship to continue from semester to semester, you need to maintain high academic achievement. Bursaries are awarded on the basis of need and sound academic achievement. If you’re seeking a bursary, you’ll need to provide evidence of financial hardship.

Most scholarships and bursaries are offered as a remission of College fees.

You can apply for either a scholarship or a bursary or for consideration in both categories. You can apply for more than one scholarship at a time.

When and how to apply

New applicants

Submit your scholarship application form after you submit your separate online application for residence.


New Applicant Scholarship Form


For any questions regarding new and returning scholarship applications, please email

Bursary applications

New applicants should submit your application form no later than 31 December 2022.


Bursary Application Form

Emmanuel College scholarships and bursaries

Additional scholarships

University of Queensland Scholarships — See details on the UQ scholarships website.

Associate Member Program

Applications to become a part of the program for 2024 are now open.
Associate Membership offers will be made on Monday 18 December 2023.
Associate members wishing to participate in Orientation Week must have applied and been interviewed for the program by Tuesday 23 January 2024.


Being a part of the Associate Member Program allows UQ students to enjoy the benefits of the Emmanuel College experience without residing at college.

The Associate Member Program offers key aspects of the College experience to students who, although they do not live at Emmanuel, want to be involved in the academic, networking, mentoring and social aspects of College life. Emmanuel has a diverse population with students and staff from all over Australia and the world. The program offers the following benefits:

  • Orientation Week Program in Semester 1 (extra accommodation and activity payment required) – Associate Members live in and participate in all activities, establishing bonds with the
    College community
  • Academic Centre and Gill Student Centre – State-of-the-art learning and quiet study areas
  • College Tutorials – 80+ small-group tutorials (usually 3-6 students) offered with experienced and qualified tutors to assist students consolidate learning in addition to University courses
  • Academic Mentoring and Wellbeing Care – Senior staff are on hand to provide academic and wellbeing support
  • Dining Hall Access and Meals – Associate Members are welcome to join their College friends for lunches in the dining hall, as well as for dinner on the nights they attend tutorials and formal dinners. Associate Members are also welcome to have other meals in the Dining Hall for an additional fee per meal
  • Attendance at College Visiting Scholar Events – Emmanuel College hold lecture series and seminars throughout the year where Associate Members can network with academics and colleagues
  • Junior Common Room – This common room includes a pool table and a small gym, is available to Associate Members between the hours of 8am and 5pm daily
  • Bag Pipe and Drum Lessons – Associate Members are welcome to join the Emmanuel College Highlanders at The University of Queensland Pipe Band
  • Music Practice Rooms – The College’s music practice rooms are equipped with pianos and a drum kit
  • UQ Sport Gym Membership (extra payment required) – Students can purchase a UQ Sport Gym Membership through the College at a significantly reduced rate
  • Clubs and Societies – Associate Members are encouraged to join the various clubs and societies the College provides
  • Cultural Activities – Associate Members can participate in cultural activities, such as musical and theatrical performances
  • Community Service – Community service is encouraged and the Students’ Club runs many community service activities and projects throughout the year

Associate Member Program information brochure




Apply for Associate Member Program as a new associate member

Documents required for application include:

  • Proof of age – One copy of your passport/birth certificate/driver’s license or equivalent
  • Report card – A copy of your latest school report card
  • OP/ATAR result – A copy of your OP/ATAR result if available
  • University of Queensland (UQ) offer letter – A copy of your offer letter from UQ if available

Apply now




Fee Schedule