Message From the Head of College

John XXIII College is a Catholic residential college that has been a home away from home for thousands of students, who have gone on to serve in the professions around the country.   The website that awaits you will give you something of a taste of life at John’s and give you an insight into what it means to live at John’s and to be from John’s.

Johns is a Collegiate College that has a family atmosphere, where its residents feel at home and support each other.   We support our residents so they are best able to meet the challenges of university study.   Because of this the College has a history rich in academic as well as sporting and cultural success.

John XXIII College provides accommodation and associated services for 317 residents, both men and women, who are undertaking studies at the ANU.    We are a multi-faith, multi-cultural and inclusive community and have residents from as far afield as the UK, US and Asia, as well as residents from each state and territory of Australia.   Johns’ spirit and camaraderie underpins and sustains our sense of community… there is something for everyone here at Johns.

As a fully catered college, our residents enjoy three fine meals, and two snack times per day, seven days per week.   To assist our students achieve the best results possible we have a convenient location, provide them with academic support and the facilities they need to succeed in their studies.   We look after the well-being of our residents with a strong emphasis on safety and security as well as a pastoral support network.  This means that all of our residents can feel supported as they live a relaxed and pleasant lifestyle while completing their studies at ANU.

In addition to these benefits the College also offers its residents opportunities to take on leadership roles, to participate in community service activities and engage in a broad range of cultural and sporting activities.  With our chapel and on-site chaplain each resident has the chance to explore their faith and to worship.    Johns fields teams in each of the Colleges and Halls sporting competitions and has an enviable record of success on the sports field, winning the coveted Interhall Sports Shield for the last 13 years in a row.

Johns’ facilities are among the best on campus.  Our rooms are one of the largest among the catered colleges, they are all fully renovated and contain a king single bed, a wash basin and have in-room study facilities.   We also have an ANU-provided computer lab, three music rooms, a licensed tavern, library, study rooms, Junior and Senior Common Rooms and free-to-residents laundry facilities.   Our beautiful grounds and gardens have barbecue areas with alfresco dining options and there are bike sheds to secure your bike.  You can then relax watching television or using the pool table, table tennis table or Foosball table.

I hope to be able to welcome you to the College in the very near future and that your stay with us enriches and nourishes your studies at university.   University is about so much more than academic success and at Johns you will find much more.   You will make friends for a lifetime, establish networks that will ease your transition into your working life and come to think of College as your home at the ANU.

Mr. Geoff Johnston
Head of College & CEO