All female places are currently filled for 2021. Please call 07 3871 9100 for further information. Limited male places remain for 2021 – apply as soon as possible!

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When to apply

Emmanuel College doesn’t have an application cut off date, but places fill up quickly every year – apply as soon as possible!

How to apply

Application Step 1


Confidential referee form

Ask your 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

Proof of age

A copy of your passport, birth certificate, driver’s license or equivalent


A recent head and shoulders style 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 senior school results
  2. A copy of your offer letter from a Brisbane-based university
  3. Your official academic transcript if you’ve studied at university already
Application Step 2


Upload the information listed in step 1

Pay the $110 AUD (non-refundable) application fee

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 telephone, or in person at College


  • We welcome applications from students studying full-time at any Brisbane-based University
  • Your application won’t be processed until you’ve submitted all parts of the application
  • Submission of a completed application and application fee doesn’t guarantee a place in College
  • Following your interview, you may qualify for an immediate offer, however, most offers are made in January after the allocation of university places
  • We consider every application


Emmanuel College Residence Fees 2021

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What your fees cover

Residence fees at Emmanuel College cover:

  • 34 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
  • Weekly room cleaning and laundry service during the semester
  • Academic support program
  • Wellbeing care
  • Formal dinners and guest speakers
  • Clubs and other amenities, including common room, gym, 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 access to UQ Olympic-standard athletics track
  • Academic gown
  • Orientation Week for new students

Discounts and extras

We offer discounted residence fees for:

  • Students in their third year or more at College
  • Siblings of current College residents
  • Up-front payments

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 rather than as a cash payment.

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

Existing Emmanuel College residents:

Submit your application form no later than 30 November 2020 for 2021.

New applicants:

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

You should submit your application form no later than 31 December 2020 for 2021.


Scholarship and Bursary Application Form

Emmanuel College scholarships and bursaries

See the list of our main scholarships and bursaries.


Download here

Other scholarships

AIEF-BHP Billiton Tertiary Scholarships — awarded to outstanding Indigenous students undertaking engineering and other mining-related degrees who aspire to work for BHP Billiton and become leaders in the business. Students living or planning to live at Emmanuel College can apply for a scholarship providing financial assistance for accommodation, living and education expenses; ongoing professional development; and career support. See scholarship criteria and application forms on the AIEF website.

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

Apply for Associate Member Program

We are currently accepting applications for this program for 2021. This program is subject to change pending COVID government directions and applicants will be updated on any changes.

As a student at UQ, you can get lots of the benefits of the Emmanuel College experience without living in college.

Use our facilities and join in our academic and social activities, including:

  • Orientation Week program in Semester 1 (extra payment needed)
  • Opportunity to live in College and participate in all activities (accommodation and activity payment needed)
  • Academic Centre and Gill Student Centre
  • College tutorials
  • Academic mentoring and wellbeing program
  • Lunch in the dining hall with College friends, dinner when you attend tutorials and formal dinners, and other meals for an extra fee
  • Visiting scholar events
  • Weekly College chapel service
  • Junior Common Room
  • Bagpipe and drum lessons as a member of the Emmanuel College Highlanders at The University of Queensland pipe band
  • Music practice rooms
  • UQ Sport gym membership at the reduced College rate
  • Cultural activities such as musical and theatrical performances
  • Community service activities

Associate Member Program information brochure




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Apply for Associate Member Program if you’ve previously been an Emmanuel College resident


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