The House accommodates 38 residents in single bedrooms. The remainder of the House, including bathrooms, dining, lounge and computer rooms as well as laundry and ironing room, are shared facilities.
Each bedroom has a single bed, wardrobe, small chest of drawers, study desk and chair, bookshelf, pin-board and waste bin. It also has a sink with hot and cold water and heating for the winter months. Each room has wireless access to internet. Bedrooms are the responsibility of each student. Regular room inspections will take place to ensure full refund of the bond and to assist in providing references to students when moving into private rental. During winter the House is centrally heated and electric blankets are not necessary. In the interest of safety Radiators or heaters of any kind are not permitted.
The Dining Room is a gathering place for students and is open most of the day. Breakfast is a self-serve meal with cereals, yoghurt, fruit, breads and juice available in the dining room. Students may pack a lunch to take if they are out for the day. If home, they may prepare lunch from available supplies. A home-cooked meal is served each evening at 6pm Monday to Saturday inclusive. For students unable to be at the evening meal, due to classes or work, a late meal can be arranged.
The Common Room provides a place for groups to gather, watch TV or entertain friends. It has comfortable lounges, large TV, DVD/VCR player, and some exercise equipment. There is an area that can be closed off for study / which also has a TV etc.
Mackillop House provides computers for students and access to the wireless network. The internet is a complementary service. Due to the location of MacKillop House and the number of students accessing the internet at the one time, the speed of the internet can be compromised. If students are in courses that require a fast download it might to advisable to provide one’s own wireless. To use printers students are required to provide their own paper. The internet is provided for study purposes but inappropriate or excessive use of social networking sites may result in these being blocked.
Washing of clothes and personal linen is the responsibility of each student. Washing machines and a coin operated dryer are provided in the laundry. Students are expected to provide their own washing supplies i.e powder, washing basket. Clotheslines are located in the garden area. There is an ironing room upstairs where each student has a cupboard to store her iron and washing powder. Ironing boards are provided.
There are car spaces for 25 cars. Parking of cars or motor bikes on site will be at owners’/drivers’ own risk. It is advisable that vehicles are appropriately insured and that all care be taken to ensure vehicles are secured to avoid theft. It is strongly advised that students purchase a steering wheel lock and use it each night. MacKillop House will not be liable for any damage to such vehicles or loss of internal accessories or other personal effects contained within a vehicle.
MacKillop House provides a shelter and rack for bikes to be stored, but is not responsible for the security of or any damage to bicycles. Students are advised to purchase a chain and lock and strongly recommended to keep their bikes secured at all times.
A self-contained flat on the premises is available for parents who are visiting Canberra. It can accommodate up to five, with a queen bed, a double sofa bed and a small fold-away bed suitable for a child. It has a kitchenette with microwave and small fridge. Bookings need to be made in advance.
Security - Insurance
The insurance policy of MacKillop House does not cover the students’ (and/or their guests’) personal possessions such as bicycles, cars, mobile phones televisions, computers, ipods etc. Contents insurance and vehicle insurance are the responsibility of the student.