We provide accommodation for students attending the various university, college and TAFE options in Melbourne. We strive to provide the experience of a friendly, supportive community at a reasonable cost. Kew Student Residence welcomes students from all backgrounds. It aims to provide opportunities to meet others and form friendships in a safe environment. Students coming to Melbourne for the first time are provided with support from resident managers and support staff.
Students at KSR attend a number of different Universities and Colleges including the University of Melbourne, Australian Catholic University, Deakin, Latrobe, Melbourne, RMIT and Swinburne. We also have students who attend Box Hill TAFE, JCM Academy, and the Australian National Academy of Music to name a few.
There are lots of good reasons for you to choose KSR as the place to live while at University. Not only do you share life with others in a supportive community, have all your meals and utilities covered, and make friends for life, it is also a place where you are encouraged to grow as a person.
Our vision is that KSR will be the kind of environment in which all members of the community will have a strong sense of belonging and connectedness which will enable them to explore who they are – their sense of self, values, beliefs and purpose – and to grow as people and as contributors to society.
By way of achieving this, we see it as our mission to provide affordable and inclusive accommodation that allows students from any background to study in Melbourne within a supportive community that enables them to grow and learn as they prepare for life after study.
The Kew Student Residence began its life as the Kew Baptist Hostel in the nearby suburb of Canterbury.
Rev. Arthur Wilkins provide the vision and initiative for the establishment of the Hostel. Things moved fairly quickly with the deacons of Kew Baptist first meeting to discuss the possibility of a hostel in April 1961 and the opening of the Kew Baptist Youth Hostel in Canterbury in January 1962 – less than a year later!
The old mansion that forms the “old side” of the current residence in Mary St, Kew was purchased by the Church in September 1964 and the residents moved from Canterbury to the present site in August 1965.
Since that time, there have been fifteen different managers of the Residence and many different changes to the buildings and daily life. What remains is a commitment to provide a home guided by a Christian ethos for young people of any background who are moving to Melbourne for the purpose of tertiary study. It also remains a place where lifelong friendships are forged.
To be part of the community means that you accept what it means to share in the following values and to strive to live accordingly.
Good, healthy societies are built on re-spect. At KSR, we seek to respect others, the environment and ourselves. This means that we assume that other people and the world around us are deserving of dignity. We choose life-giving words and deeds that encourage and sustain people and our natural world.
We live in the kind of society that is often criticised for being individualistic and selfish. At Kew Student Residence we believe that adopting an attitude of care helps us to focus on the needs of others. When we see someone struggling, whether at Res or elsewhere, we want to be a people who seek to provide practical support or a listening ear.
Part of the student residential experience is exploring our beliefs and values. We expect – and assist – students at KSR to consider what they think and feel about political, social and spiritual matters. We do not seek conformity and nor do we think that views accepted now should be set forever. It is the commitment to being open-minded and applying one’s opinions to rigorous reflection and respectful debate that is part of the KSR way.
We believe that living a life of service is more fulfilling than self-indulgence. Part of the rhythm of life at KSR is to serve each other and the wider community. We urge every person – both staff and students – to choose at least one service opportunity in which to participate as part of the KSR experience. By developing this rhythm now, we hope it will continue to be foundational to each student’s life in the future.
We are a learning community. Our com-mitments to open-mindedness, to respect and to service are all ways in which we affirm that we are here to learn. This is a place where it is hoped that all members of the community choose an attitude of learning whether it be academically, so-cially, emotionally or spiritually. An attitude of learning means that we expect both mistakes and, subsequently, growth.
Mark & Amy Gellie are in their first year of managing the Res. They live on-site with their three children, Briah, Sam & Lewie.
Responsible for the overall running of the Residence, they are present at most evening meals and are always available to the students for a chat, to hear various concerns and to handle any issues or pastoral needs.
Alex McMullen is our administration whiz. She has a varied role ranging from bookkeeping, to office management and anything else that needs doing! Apart from keeping everything running as smoothly as possible, Alex loves community and enjoys getting to know the students. Alex grew up and went to school in Kew and, along with her husband and two children, continues to live in the area.
Residential Life Coordinators (RLCs)
Taking care of community life and assisting with pastoral care are our two Residential Life Coordinators: Michelle Ginnivan and Sam Taylor. They also live at the Residence and are always available to assist the students with practical and pastoral help. The RLCs are also responsible for the many fun events and crazy antics.
Taking care of duty management, leading the student community and basically being great people, we have four student leaders. They help to coordinate events, look after new students and, when needed, advocate for the student body. This year, our student leaders are: Kate, Benji, Liz and Daniel.
Further support in terms of pastoral care and community life is provided by four young adults who live in a neighbouring house. Tim, Zoe, Marny and Simon live in the House with the intention of serving the Residence and Church communities.
With this structure in place, someone is always on hand to deal with any issues which may arise.
A Committee of Management is elected annually from members of the Hostel Association at the Annual General Meeting. It comprises a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and ordinary committee members. A number of ex-hostel students have played a significant role as members of the Association and have served on this Committee over the years.
The Managers are appointed by this Committee and the Church. The Manager reports to this committee.