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Social Life

The New College Communities offer a rich social program for both undergraduates and postgraduates, with different social events happening every week across the university year.

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New College

New College has a full and exciting social calendar to help you get the most out of your university experience. Activities range from informal and spontaneous fun – Frisbee on the oval or a game of cards in a Resident Adviser’s flat - to more organised events such as barbeques, ski trips and the College Ball. Each week features both a whole College supper and a smaller group supper evening. The elected Social Directors and sub-committees of the New College Students’ Association coordinate these activities. No matter what you love to do, there is something on the New College social calendar for you.


The College year kicks off with O’Week, jam-packed with activities, sport, and social events. The student-elected O’Week Committee design a program that gives ‘freshers’ and ‘oldies’ as many opportunities as possible to get to know each other and learn about life on campus. You can look forward to:

  • Beach trips
  • Bush dance
  • Amazing Race
  • Harbour cruise
  • The Annual Public Transport Rally
  • Welcome lunch
  • Learning the Fresher Dance
  • Skit Night
  • Games and trivia
  • Commencement Service

Social Calendar - A Year of Fun

The social calendar has something for everyone, with events that include:

  • Parties – Night in White, Time Warp, Come as Your Nickname, Famous Couples, Toga Party
  • Day and weekend trips - Ski Trip, Fishing Trip and Wine Trip
  • New College Ball
  • Band Night and Music Night
  • Love Week
  • Assassins' Week
  • New College Christian Fellowship Weekend Away
  • Mental Health Week

New College Students' Association

The New College Students' Association (NCSA) represents the student body at New College. It seeks to promote community and encourage residents’ active participation in university and College life. Each year, students elect a leadership team, known as the NCSA Executive, to run the Association and coordinate activities.

Part of the Executive's responsibility is to oversee the development of different social sub-committees, including:

  • SurfSoc - collegians are able to book the College bus for early morning surfing at nearby beaches
  • EarthSoc - promoting environmental awareness and action in College and the wider society
  • NerdSoc - for all things video gaming
  • PicSoc - responsible for all the photos of resident life used for record keeping, social media and the College Magazine

Meet the NCSA Executive

New College Postgraduate Village (NCPV)

NCPV has a vibrant and eclectic social life, reflecting the diverse range of people of over 40 different nationalities who call NCPV home. Each floor gathers weekly for supper, and this is the best place to catch up with other residents and find out what is going on in the community. About once a month the entire student body gathers for supper in the Main Common Room and ground floor courtyards. NCPV also runs BBQs throughout the year for all residents.


At the start of every year, new and old NCPV residents spend a week meeting each other, enjoying activities, and getting to know Sydney. O’Week usually starts with some ice breaker events. The program varies from year to year with typical events including:

  • Karaoke
  • Wine and cheese evening
  • Social sport
  • Outdoor cinema in the courtyard
  • Italian Night
  • Games night
  • Speed friending
  • Pancake breakfast
  • Commencement Service

Social Calendar - A Year of Fun

The social calendar offers a mix of events in-College events and trips to popular attractions in and around Sydney:

  • Talent and Music Night
  • Weekend trips to Kiama, Canberra, the Hunter Valley, and the Blue Mountains.
  • Christian Fellowship Weekend Away
  • Movie and Games night
  • Harbour Cruise
  • Pot luck dinners
  • Beach trips
  • Cooking classes
  • Culture Nights
  • Cocktail Night
  • Trivia Night

Formal Dinners

The New College Communities gather several times a year for Formal Dinners. These evenings are great opportunities to dress up, enjoy a three-course meal, appreciate the musical talents of fellow residents, and hear from an eminent speaker. These special guests are always distinguished leaders in society, whether university academics, politicians, sporting heroes, contributors to the arts, or successful alumni.

Recent speakers have included Stan Grant, journalist and television presenter; Thomas Keneally AO, renowned Australian author; The Hon Gladys Berejiklian, the current Premier of NSW; Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons, accomplished Australian physicist; and Dr Terry Percival, one of the developers of Wi-Fi.

New College holds a Fresher Formal Dinner at the start of the year to welcome its new residents, and finishes the year with a Valedictory Dinner to farewell departing students and celebrate the achievements of the year. NCPV finishes the year with a Cocktail Night where residents are acknowledged for their contributions to the College community.

Formal Dinner

Stan Grant Formal Dinner