Sancta Sophia College, Camperdown, Sydney (Off-Peak)
Ensuite Casual Bed and Breakfast accommodation at a central college at the University of Sydney, located close to the CBD. Between end of February and November
Located in the heart of Sydney, yet hidden away amongst a beautiful and serene environment, Sancta Sophia College, University of Sydney, is a heritage building of grand stature, rich in history and character. A selection of rooms are available from the end of February through to November whilst the students are in residence. If you are looking for rooms during the summer vacation, please take a look at the Glebe Space profile.
The College presents guests with a charming, relaxing and tranquil atmosphere surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens and grounds abundant with blossoming trees and flowers.
Guests will find it easy staying so close to travel to Sydney’s CBD, abundant with shopping, nightlife, entertainment and tourist attractions as well as Sydney University and the bohemian Newtown, a dynamic and bustling precinct of cafes, restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment.
Rooms range in size and style including single and twin rooms accompanied by large, clean, light and airy shared bathroom facilities. A limited number of rooms do have an ensuite and/or double beds available. The rooms are individual and unique in style as well as inviting and comfortable with majority of rooms possessing leadlight windows that look out onto the tranquil College quadrangle.
History to the present day
In November 1923 the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Michael Kelly and the Bishops of New South Wales issued a pastoral letter that drew attention to the advantages of university education for the Catholic community and announced that a Catholic Women’s College would be built and Sancta Sophia College was founded as a residential college in 1925.
The first students moved into the Hall in its current location on Missenden Road, on 15 March, 1926. There were 23 women in the first cohort of students, three of them student nuns, and 20 lay students. In 1929, the Hall was raised by Act of Parliament to the status of a College within the University of Sydney. It remained under the administration of the Religious of the Sacred Heart until 1991 when the first lay Principal, Mrs. Janice Raggio, was appointed. A detailed history of Sancta Sophia College, Wisdom Built Herself a House by Marie Kennedy RSCJ, was published in 1997 and is available for purchase from the College.
Food and Drinks
Sancta Sophia College offers a complimentary breakfast included in the room rate. Breakfast is served in the Sheldon Dining Hall during the winter vacation period.
Lunch is available at $18 per person and Dinner $21 per person. Please organise this through Reception between business hours.
Café Missi, Café Iro and a Thai restaurant are located directly opposite the College. A Nando’s store, McCafe and 7/11 are located on the same block as the College.
King Street Newtown, located at the top of Missenden Road, has a diverse and vast range of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops to choose from.
Grounds and gardens
Sancta Sophia College has the expansive green lawn and flower beds of the Quadrangle, located in the centre of the College, providing a tranquil and beautiful setting that many of the rooms look onto. Flooded with northern sunlight and shaded by oak trees the area is an ideal space to unwind in and relax.
Laundry: the College provides washing machines and dryers as well as irons and ironing boards. Laundry vouchers will need to be organised through reception (during business hours ony Mon-Fri 9-5pm)
Recreational lounge: all guests are welcome to use the Recreational Lounge area that hosts; tea and coffee making facilities, a microwave, fridge and sink with a dining area on one side and a separate lounge area for watching TV or Foxtel on large screens or relaxing with a book.
Internet connection and computer room: The College has complete WIFI facilities connection. This is free and information will be provided upon check-in.
Arrival information and how to find us
Address: 8 Missenden Road, Camperdown, Sydney, 2050, Australia
Check in: from 14.00. Check out: before 10.00.
Sancta Sophia College is located behind a large wall, however, the Pedestrian access gates are always open. For car or taxi access please contact the Conference Manager for the Access Code.
The College has security doors at both entrances and offers a secure environment.
The Main Entrance to the College (facing St John’s Oval and the University of Sydney) is where you check in.
This main entrance has an external phone that is used to contact a staff member during business hours or the Resident Attendant after hours or on weekends for access and check-in.
Guests can arrange to take a taxi. Alternatively, you can catch the train from the Airport to Central Railway Station and then catch a bus or taxi to the College. A host of buses accommodate the immediate area from the city, western suburbs, eastern suburbs and other areas.