Canberra student accommodation

Blackfriars Residence is located on the top floor of the Blackfriars building on ACU’s Signadou Campus in Canberra. The residence is comprised of 42 purpose-built studio apartments with a large communal kitchen, lounge room, dining room and media areas with lift access. Each studio includes a kitchenette with a full-size fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle, ample storage and an inbuilt study area. 

How much are the weekly fees?

The residence has two accessible studio apartments Please contact the team to discuss your needs.

The residence contains bank card (tap and go) operated laundry facilities. An iron, iron board, mop, bucket and vacuum are all available for students to use from this room.

Yes, the residence has a large communal fully equipped kitchen and dining area. Residents also have access to shared lounge areas, media facilities and large internal courtyard.

Our Residential Life Program brings our students together from diverse backgrounds who have equally diverse aspirations and support needs. To help you meet new people and enjoy everything university life has to offer, our dedicated team of staff and residential advisors offer a free comprehensive program of academic, social, health, sport, wellbeing, spiritual, cultural, and community events to enhance your experience.

Getting involved in our Residential Life Program will help you meet new people and have a great time. We encourage our residents to participate in as many events as they wish.

RAs are recruited from residents living in ACU student accommodation. Our RAs represent our diverse community of residential students in Canberra, and international and exchange students are encouraged to apply. RAs are chosen for their leadership skills, community participation and demonstrated commitment to improving student life.

We recruit RAs in October for the following year, although occasionally we recruit them at other times throughout the year. To be an eligible candidate, students must be residing at an ACU property for a minimum of two semesters.

Canberra is Australia’s national capital. It provides excellent facilities for study, including access to the National Library, which is the largest in Australia. There’s something for everyone in Canberra, including cinemas, cafes, large department stores, a range of boutiques, and local eateries with plenty of international options. The city’s well-planned bike paths make cycling a great way to get around. Picturesque Lake Burley Griffin is at the heart of Canberra and is also a great place to walk, run, or cycle in beautiful surrounds.

Read information about local bus routes.

As we try to group students together by course and year level, you might find that you can carpool with other students who are driving to campus.

Yes, residents have access to free unlimited Wi-Fi.

No. Your partner may apply for a separate apartment in the residence if they are an ACU student, but all rooms in the residence are single occupancy only.

Visitors are permitted until 10pm Sunday to Thursday, and until 11pm Friday and Saturday. Visitors are not permitted to stay overnight in any of the premises.

No pets may be kept or brought into the residence. Please contact staff to discuss if you have a support animal.

Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the residence, or around the perimeter of the residence. If you wish to smoke, you will need to move to a safe location away from property doorways and windows.

No, however all studios apartments have a kitchenette with a toaster, kettle, microwave, sink and full sized fridge. Our communal kitchen is fully equipped with cooktops, ovens, and a commercial dishwasher.

The common areas are cleaned by our staff. However, residents are responsible for cleaning their own studio apartments.


If you are enrolled to study at ACU, you are eligible to apply for a place at our Blackfriars Residence.

The application form is available online. To submit your application, a $75 non-refundable application fee is required. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Once you have paid the required application fee and provided the requested references, we will contact you in a timely manner. If you are offered a place you will be emailed an acceptance letter and rental agreement to complete. Your place will be confirmed once documentation has been completed and submitted, and a bond equivalent to four weeks rental fees has been processed.

There is no closing date for applications. You can enter ACU student accommodation at any time during the year if there are spaces available. However, we do recommend submitting applications early as spaces are limited.


Your rent is an all-inclusive fee covering electricity, gas, water and internet.

ACU student accommodation runs a number of free social and academic events throughout the semester as a part of our Residential Life Program, these are free for Blackfriars residents to attend.

To secure your place in Managed Residence, a security deposit equivalent to four weeks of rent is required. This payment does not contribute towards your rental fee, but it is held for the duration of your rental agreement. In addition, a standard $90 maintenance fee, plus two weeks of rental fees will be required.

At the end of your rental agreement, the security deposit will be returned to the account from which it was taken. If there are any outstanding fees, damages, or cleaning fees allocated to your account, these will be deducted from the security deposit.

Rental fees are paid by fortnightly direct debit only. For international students, you are able to make credit card payments until you open an Australian bank account is opened. Our payment schedule operates two weeks in advance.

We do offer short stays for students, subject to availability.  Rates are dependent on the length of your stay.

Please contact staff if you’re interested in a short stay in a Blackfriars Residence.

Contact details

ACU Student Accommodation
Phone: +61 (0)3 5336 5323


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