Self Catered Campus Living


The Village was built in 2003 and was officially opened in 2004. The Village has six buildings (called blocks) and sits at the rear of the College site and has a very tranquil environment. The 'street' running through the centre of the Village is a place to meet or hold social events during the warmer months. The Village is surrounded by trees and gardens making it a very pleasant environment to live in.

Please read the Furniture Policy.

Accommodation Options

There are four types of accommodation options:

  • 5 Bedroom Apartments
  • 3 Bedroom Apartments
  • 2 Bedroom Apartments
  • Studios


5 Bedroom Apartments

Each apartment has a shared kitchen which has plenty of cupboards for storage space, four hot plates and an oven. There are two showers and two toilets. There are also apartments suitable for disabled accommodation and these have a slightly different configuration. Each resident in the apartment has a private room with a lock containing a standard single bed and a study desk. A TV port is available with an external antenna on top of each building.



2 & 3 Bedroom Apartments

On the ground floor of each building there is one 2-bedroom apartment. Some are given to the residential advisors of each block with the remaining available for resident accommodation. The 3-bedroom apartments are identical to the 2-bedroom apartments, with an extra room and a bigger common area. There are only four 3-bedroom apartments. The facilities for these two types of apartments are the same as those found in the 5-Bedroom apartments.



Due to the high demand for studios, first year postgraduate residents may apply but are not guaranteed to be given a studio apartment. These are self-contained units which include a double bed, desk, kitchen and bathroom. The kitchen has two hot plates and a microwave oven.


Monthly Meal Bonus

"The Village enhances the independent lifestyle of apartment living, by fostering a cohesive and supportive community. 2015 will see the introduction of a monthly 'Dinner Party', planned by the friendly RA team and is compliments of Burgmann College. Each 'Dinner Party' will bring together the residents of the Village with the wider Burgmann community, celebrating a different theme of the month, each month. This is a current bonus to the Village package and replaces the weekly Sunday night dinners."


College Facilities

Burgmann has many facilities to help you relax, socialise and study.

The Lounge

This room adjoins the Chapel and is the Village common room. It houses a TV with Foxtel, coffee making facilities, comfortable lounges and some tables and chairs for meetings or study.



Common Room

The Common Room is used for casual social and study gatherings, formal events, group meetings, table tennis and watching TV. The Common Room is equipped with a television, lounge suites, a stage, and numerous tables and chairs.

The TV area located at the far end of the Common Room, is connected to a DVD player, Foxtel (pay TV), as well as the usual free-to-air TV channels. Postgraduates are welcome to use this room.



Named 'Le Chat Noir' (The Black Cat) the College Bar is a major social hub and an important part of College social life. The bar is open for formal events and often open between 8.30pm - 10.30pm.  It sells food, sweets and drinks, alcoholic and non alcoholic. It is run by the College and staffed by a College-employed Bar Manager and resident bar staff. All bar staff must have a Responsible Service of Alcohol Certificate. The Principal has absolute discretion in regard to the bar, including prices, opening and closing times, and the regulation of people using it.


Snooker Table

Situated on the ground floor, the common room houses a snooker table, donated to the College by the late Trevor Wigney, Master of Burgmann, 1976–1980. The classic style table is free to use and there are both snooker and pool balls.

One of the traditional Burgmann formal events is the Burgmann Snooker competition 'Dawborn'. The competition is played for weeks, eliminating people until the final match between the last two players. The final match is preceeded by a formal dinner and drinks. During the match people socialise and watch the competition being decided. The Dawborn competition has been running at Burgmann since 1984 and is known as an event with much ‘panache’.

Grounds and Gardens

The College maintains extensive gardens and grounds for resident enjoyment. There are two large lawns, one at the front of the College and an internal courtyard. The internal courtyard has numerous tables and chairs allowing residents to study, socialise or dine together in the pleasant surrounds.

The Burgmann Vegetable Garden

Green thumbs are welcome to be part of the communal Postgraduate Village Vegetable Garden. Residents can buy into the plot for $5 with the funds going towards the purchase of seeds, gloves and tools. Join us for a potter, weed or a water.

The broccoli yield in 2012 was a bumper crop of 32 broccoli plants. Unfortunately they all came to harvest at the same time resulting in a week of broccoli related meals including broccoli pesto, broccoli soup and broccoli mash. Other vegetables regularly featured include carrots, beets, zucchini, tomatoes, lettuce and a delightful variety of herbs. Join us in both the fun and the produce!

Meeting and Study Areas

Computer Lab

The computer lab is located in the Griffin Wing. The lab is an ANU InfoCommons facility, restricted to Burgmann residents, but otherwise identical to University computing facilities. It houses printers and a mixture of PCs and Macs. All computers are connected to the University network and have Internet access. One computer has an attached flatbed scanner. Any files you save on the Burgmann computers are accessible from other InfoCommons labs on campus

Tutorial Room

The Tutorial Room is a multi-purpose room for functions, meetings and study.  The folding partition allows the room to be divided in half enabling two tutorials or study groups to use the room simultaneously.




Grenfell Price and Campbell Edwards Rooms

Situated near the Dining Hall, these two linked rooms, often referred to simply as the 'GP' Room, are used for special or private meetings or functions and study. Some of the College art collection hangs here, along with annual photographs of residents and mounted posters of College formals, plays, fashion parades, etc.




Hawker Room

The Hawker Room is situated on the ground floor of the Homer Wing and faces towards Lake Burley Griffin. The room is used for small meetings, workshops and study space.  BRA often uses this room for meetings.





The Chapel is available to all residents and is used for numerous purposes. It also houses one of the College's grand pianos.


Music Room

The College's dedicated music room is away from bedrooms allowing residents to practice without disturbing others. The music room has an upright piano.

Other Facilities

IT Services

The IT Crowd assist the College in the administration of the College’s network. This includes helping people install the software, making the appropriate configuration changes to connect to the College network, monitoring the computer lab and printer paper supplies and updating the College website. From time to time, orientation sessions are held to instruct on software and hardware used in the lab. Burgmann provides an unmetered internet service. An upfront flat fee is incurred for the year.

Computing in Student Rooms

All residents’ rooms can be connected to the internet via Ethernet cable (CAT-5, usually blue). Network cables are available for purchase from Reception. There are no additional network traffic fees for contracted residents. Wireless access is currently available in all common areas. The College does not allow any activities which involve or promote copyright infringements.

Car Parking

Surface parking is available in the immediate precincts of the College. Residents must obtain a parking permit from the ANU Parking Office. Limited numbers of permits are available on a ‘first-come, first served’ basis. There is a fee for permits.

ANU’S Dickson Precinct multi-story car park behind Burgmann provides secure, designated spaces, undercover, except for the top floor (slightly cheaper).


Bicycles should be kept within the College bike sheds or on the bike racks in the Village. The bike shed is locked at all times and can only be accessed with a security code given to current residents. A bicycle tag identifying Burgmann should be attached to all bikes and can be obtained from Reception . The bicycle racks fittings for chaining your bicycle and anti-theft devices are advised. Although the bike shed is roofed, bicycles do suffer in the Canberra weather and residents should weigh up the advisability of bringing expensive bikes to college. Bicycles, vehicles (and parts of same) must not be kept inside the College buildings, in residents’ rooms, corridors or under the stairs.


There is a large laundry block in the Postgraduate Village that contains five washing machine/dryer dual units. A large enclosed clothes line area is right outside the laundry block. Laundries are also located on each floor of the Postgraduate Village Blocks some of these contain washing machines.