Kensington Colleges Development: modern student accommodation

The new Kensington Colleges Development Project on High Street is now complete. The new colleges deliver a significant increase in UNSW college accommodation, enabling more students to share in the benefits of residential college life.

The new project, which was developed at a total cost of $110 million, was completed in time for commencement of Session 1, 2014. The new colleges retain their traditional identities as Basser, Philip Baxter and Goldstein Colleges.

  • Provide modern residential college accommodation for 920 students over five colleges. This new development includes the rebuild of Basser, Philip Baxter and Goldstein Colleges as well as a new fourth college that will be open to all students but also meet the unique needs of Islamic students who may wish to reside on campus and a new self-catered Seniors College 
  • Increase activity at High Street and along other pedestrian connections to help create a secure residential college environment 
  • Enhance pastoral and academic support for students by a variety of dedicated common rooms, formal and informal group study areas, support facilities and outdoor open spaces.
Key design features 
  • The iconic Goldstein Dining Hall was refurbished to increase capacity and will continue to serve as the central hub of the community.
Project progress
  • Commencement of fit out works to create new teaching space in Fig Tree Lane (Gate 4) and refurbishment of the adjacent courtyard (which houses the bronze figure group sculpture by Bert Flugelman) has begun.
  • The overall project was completed in January 2014. A number of “cold shell” tenancy spaces along Basser Steps have been allocated to Arc to facilitate greater student engagement and development through Arc’s services and programs. These fitout works will be carried out under a separate contract in 2014. 

TKC September 2013 Newsletter

Project contact

UNSW Senior Project Manager
Tim Piirto, email: