From the age of 15, Rockhampton local Sam Stein recognised that his immediate future was in Brisbane, where he now studies a Bachelor of Education at Queensland University of Technology.
After moving to Brisbane in 2017, The Cathedral College alumnus knew that he wanted to live in a strong community environment as opposed to a share house.
After looking at multiple accommodation options, Sam decided that Raymont Residential College in Brisbane’s inner west was the right fit.
“The other students made it really easy to settle in,” says Sam. “Everyone knows everyone and the small college has created a true community vibe.”
The college has been hosting students since 1944, with staff and offices based in a heritage-listed mansion. Raymont is less than four kilometres from many major tertiary institutions and universities with access to all public transport options.
“When I came down I had a look at a number of different colleges, but Raymont was closer to university,” says Sam. “Raymont’s location is fantastic, I have access to everything I need.”
The close-knit residential college in Auchenflower is one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets, with numbers capped at 120 residents who enjoy on-site facilities including a swimming pool, library, study house, gymnasium, recreation spaces and laundry.
“The food is fantastic,” says Sam. “In the units themselves, there are small kitchenettes where I can make a coffee late at night, which has proved invaluable when I’m working on assignments or during exam period.”
Sam’s parents who are still in Rockhampton believe he has made the right decision.
“After the first few weeks and hearing how smoothly everything was going and how easy it was to settle in, I remember numerous phone conversations back home where they said ‘I believe this is the best thing for you’,” says Sam.
Raymont is not your typical residential college with points of difference including pastoral support and an alcohol-free policy, which suits Sam.
“The lifestyle is very different to what you hear about at other colleges,” he says. “Not having a next-door neighbour throwing parties all the time is a safe feeling.”