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.

Other facilities

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.


Disabled access available for some rooms

20th century buildings

Breakfast Included

No parking

No smoking

Children welcome



Internet access for a charge

Shared gardens

Outdoor terrace

Self-catering facilities


Linen included

Towels included

Common room

Sitting room

Iron/ironing board


Washing machine

Bicycle storage

Food and Drinks


Tea room

Self-catering facilities

Continental breakfast (included)

Lunch available (at additional cost)

Dinner available (at additional cost)

Picnic area



Nearby Recreations

Recommended walks

Beach (a short drive)

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (a short drive)

Historic houses


Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Sancta Sophia College, Camperdown, Sydney (Off-Peak) - Reviews


Based on 55 reviews
Service 4.4
Rooms 4.3
Food 3.7
Value 4.3
Overall Experience 4.5

I always enjoy staying here at Sancta Sophia College when I am in Sydney for uni intensives. I will be back again in November
Ms Amy T

Very convenient to CBD. Most welcoming staff. Fine facilities.
Mr John B

convenient and efficient.
Dr John M

Thank you for making my stay in Sydney to attend a conference enjoyable. I was quite pleased at your selection of dairy-alternative milks.
Ms April H

I really enjoyed my stay at Sancta Sophia College and would stay there again. I hadn't stayed in the area before and found it well serviced by buses in to the city and to circular quay. It was also handy to have the supermarket so close.
Ms Robyn K

Very clean,nice rooms Very good hot buffet breakfast for such a reasonable price Thanks heaps
Dr Shaminderjit K

The room at Sancta Sophia was brilliant. Very clean with excellent amenities and service. Communal breakfast in the students dining room was good. Perfect welcome by the resident manager out of hours. I would definitely recommend.
Mrs Kirsten C

Lovely people who provided key and showed me the room. The room was very clean and everything worked. Very good location for weekend students at the University of Sydney.
Mrs Judith T

Clean; neat, with bar-fridge and microwave [yuk!]; well-serviced by friendly staff; TV, free wi-fi; quiet, when uni students not screeching in corridors, which happens occasionally; Breakfast is only if you like cereal and toast, although there is fruit and veggies - but I did not like it; great Thai restaurant/takeaway and mini-market across road; IRO cafe too, great for breakfast at good price, nice owners, close to King St Newtown and Glebe Rd, Glebe with more restaurants and bars than you could go to in 6 months here. Highly recommended.
Mr Brenton P

Excellent accommodation at a reasonable price. It would have been helpful to know that the airport bus transfer to and from Rydges Hotel (opposite Sancta Sophia College) could have been used. Better information about how to find reception would have also assisted.
Mr John B

Arrival Info

Address: 8 Missenden Road, Camperdown, Sydney, Sydney2050, Australia

Check In: 14:00 (2:00pm) - 22:00 (10:00pm) (arrivals normally allowed outside this window if your travel plans can't be adjusted)

Check Out: 06:00 (6:00am) - 10:00 (10:00am)

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.