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St Ann’s is a university residential college located in North Adelaide, South Australia. In the tradition of ‘residential colleges’ (popular in the United Kingdom and the United States) we provide a place of living and learning for students whose home is a long way from their place of study.

As well as providing a ‘home away from home’, St Ann’s prepares young adults for the future. Their college friends become friends for life. They learn to be independent within a safe, caring environment. And they thrive academically, receiving extra tuition from experts in the subject whenever they need or want.

Our Latin motto, ‘Light through letters’, means that inspiration comes from learning



Student Origins

  • Regional SA and Broken Hill
  • Interstate
  • Overseas



St Ann’s is an intimate, friendly, co-educational college of 190 students.
Approximately, 60 per cent of our students are from country South Australia; 20 per cent are from interstate and 20 per cent are from Asia, Europe and North America.
We have 10 Residential Tutors offering pastoral care 24/7.
We have 56 Academic Tutors offering tuition seven days a week.
While St Ann’s is traditionally affiliated with Adelaide University we are also associated with the University of South Australia and Flinders University. We also welcome students enrolled in any of Adelaide’s private universities,  and TAFE.
We are a Not For Profit college with all funds invested and reinvested for the benefit of our students.
We are non-denominational.
Our yearly fees are around $16,000 for a minimum of 32 weeks for new students.
Our contract is based on 32 weeks’ minimum stay, not 40 weeks as at other colleges, offering a considerable saving.


ASHLEY HAMS, Chair St Ann’s Council

"My five years at St Ann’s were very influential on my life. The College provided me with a safe environment that was academically supportive, allowing me focus on my studies. Also, the leadership positions I held at College gave me a great foundation for dealing with people from all walks of life – something which has been essential in my career as a general manager of a large mining company. Just as importantly, I formed what have been lifelong friendships with people from a variety of backgrounds and fields of study. It was the start of a network of people I still reach out to even now. St Ann’s was a wonderful experience for me. I’m very thankful to have been part of it."

TOM DE LA PERRELLE, Senior Residential Advisor 2020

"I am extremely grateful to have been selected for the Chartwells/St Ann’s College/Playford Residential Scholarship. It means a great deal to not only myself, but my family and extended family that I should be recognised in this way. Furthermore, this financial assistance will allow me to focus more heavily on my studies throughout this year, as well as tutorship at St Ann’s College. I am sure that this focus will hold me in good stead as I continue my Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and move into the workforce, and so I thank the College for choosing to invest in my future. On finishing my degree, I aim to work in the space industry, possibly at the orbital launch facility at Whaler’s Way on Eyre Peninsula."


"St Ann’s College has been the perfect gateway for me, coming from regional Victoria into Adelaide without knowing anyone prior to my arrival. The College has helped every step of the transition, from introducing me to countless life-long friends to providing academic support in my studies from older year students. It has become my home away from home."


"Walking into St Ann’s College for the first time, I could really feel the community and connectedness of everyone. It was wonderfully homely and everyone was so supportive and helpful. It became my home away from home and helped me develop so many new friendships with people all around Australia. Academia is held in quite high regard, and it’s great to have such supportive academic tutors – people who are happy to help you with anything from studying to working through tough assignments. There is always something to do at college, whether it's a fun pub night, sports or college event. You’ll never find yourself feeling lonely!"

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Our Mission, Vision and Values

St Ann’s mission is to transform school leavers into young professionals. To do this we seek to instill, or reinforce, a number of key values including: Integrity, courage, responsibility, self-discipline and goodwill. As the St Ann’s community, we agree to treat each other with respect, and tolerance and this is turn generates loyalty, enthusiasm and a sense of fun.

Contact Us

The office is open Monday to Friday 9-5pm. To contact us, please call (08) 8267 1478 or send us a message using the form below.