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New Residential Scholarships at DRS

  • Blog
  • 3 min read
  • Posted October 2022

*Please note that scholarship applications for 2024 have now closed. Applications for 2025 will open later in the year.

Deakin Residential Services is an inclusive, supportive and friendly place to live during your studies. You can enjoy the vibrancy and diversity of our residential community while taking advantage of our fantastic facilities.

We are delighted to offer scholarships for our beautiful Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds and Geelong Waterfront campuses.

These scholarships are offered to ensure that our on-campus accommodation is accessible to a wide range of people, and are made available by HEPPP funding (Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program). They will cover up to $14,000 of the cost of on-campus accommodation throughout the year.*

While there are already a range of scholarships in place for our Warrnambool campus, we wanted to offer this opportunity for other students as well. These scholarships are open to domestic undergraduate students who satisfy one or more of the HEPPP eligibility criteria, including low-socio-economic status, being from a remote or regional background and being an Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander person.

Sound like a great opportunity? Don’t take our word for it, we asked Sheridan Finn, Residential Leader and Warrnambool resident what having a scholarship has meant for her. Her’s what she had to say:

Having a scholarship to assist with accommodation costs was actually the deciding factor for me to move out of home for the first time.

Originally, I had planned on travelling (just over an hour) to uni each day that I had classes and hadn’t seriously considered moving onto res until I received an email saying I had received a scholarship.

I’m so glad that when I received that email my parents encouraged me to take up the offer, as it has made living out of home affordable, taking away financial stress and allowing me to focus on my studies more than working to pay for my expenses.

By being able to concentrate and spend more time on my studies, I have had many academic achievements which have opened doors for me. I’m also able to spend more time socialising with my friends, which is important to me.

Now, I couldn’t even imagine having to drive to uni each time I have a class or need to borrow a book from the library, as on res I have everything so close to me, which again is a huge time saver!

I would strongly encourage all students to apply for a scholarship for res, as it is a great first move away from home and with a scholarship, it is so much cheaper than renting, it's amazing and so convenient to live just a minute’s walk from everything you need and it’s a great place to meet new friends that become family!

Keen to apply?

Step 1: submit an application to live on Res. This is a free application which can be cancelled any time if circumstances change.

Step 2: head to Deakin's Scholarship page to complete the scholarship application.

We look forward to welcoming the recipients of these new scholarships onto Res next year, as they settle into their new homes and make the most of what on-campus accommodation has to offer!

Sheridan (L) and friend enjoy life on residence at Deakin
Sheridan (L) and friend enjoy life on residence at Deakin

*Please note that HEPPP funding is subject to approval each year

Written by

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Sam Johnstone Manager, Experience and Engagement

Sam Johnstone is Manager, Experience and Engagement at Deakin Residential Services. With a background in engagement and student experience roles across Deakin and the wider Higher Education sector, Sam is passionate about supporting students to reach their full potential.

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