Why Choose St Mark’s College?

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    College Life

    Active, vibrant and diverse. That’s our community! St Mark’s College provides a supportive and stimulating environment where students pursue their optimum academic achievement. While aiming at the pursuit of excellence in specific fields of study at university, the College also promotes amongst its members a love of learning, and a critical approach to issues.
    Colleges cater to the uniqueness of individuals –we recognise that each student living in our community is an individual and our relationship with students is transformational, not transactional. By providing an atmosphere in which students are accepted as mature and self-responsible, St Mark’s aims to make a student’s stay at College a fun, enjoyable, intellectual, and maturing experience.

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    Our values

    Our Values are integral to the success of our community. Our values guide student behaviour and ensure that all members of our community and staff are living and working harmoniously in a safe and supportive environment. St Mark’s offers a dynamic student and staff interaction, peer support, a strong sense of belonging and the opportunity to make lifelong friends and connections. We’re also a not-for-profit organisation so all revenue is reinvested in facilities and opportunities for the benefit of all students.

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    Our Past

    St Mark’s College, the oldest of the university residential Colleges affiliated with universities in South Australia, opened its doors to students in 1925 and has a rich and significant history.  It became co-residential in 1982 and now provides accommodation for over two hundred and forty undergraduates, post graduates, senior members and visitors. The College is associated with the Anglican Church of Australia, but is freely open to women and men of all faiths and nationalities.

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    A former Dean of St Mark’s once said that “At university you get a degree – at St Mark’s you get an education”. Certainly we take academic achievement seriously here, and St Mark’s students consistently achieve high results in their exams. But there is a lot more to life at St Mark’s than study; this is a fun and vibrant community, which encourages students to participate in a plethora of activities. There are plenty of activities in which to involve yourself in, whether it is on the stage or sports field, in the spheres of music, drama, through outreach to the community, or just by coming along to any or all of the College events.

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    Our Alumni

    We treasure our alumni of over 4,000 St Mark’s Old Collegians. They are our true ambassadors who passionately support the college through their lifetime. They are pioneers in their field, entrepreneurs, politicians, experts, Ambassadors, and more, all of whom have all enriched the world in many different ways.
    Our Old Collegians are also some of our most generous supporters and benefactors who have enabled St Mark’s to thrive through not only their financial donations but through their advice, encouragement and support for the College.
    Our Old Collegians also connect with their peers through reunions and events which enable them to develop strong personal and professional networks around the world

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Our Facilities

Amongst the heritage buildings and stunning grounds, St Mark’s College offers you a range of first-class facilities to ensure that you have access to everything you need to succeed at university.


  • St Mark's College is truly a home away from home. Moving to a big city was quite daunting, however the welcoming community at St Mark's has made that transition exciting. It's a place where people you didn't know beforehand become your family and you meet people from all walks of life. It's great to form friendships with new people from all over Australia and abroad and be involved in a community which supports you to thrive and achieve.

    Elena, Mt Gambier SA, 2016 - current
  • Now that I have fully settled back in to life in the UK, I have had time to look back on all the wonderful experiences I had during my year spent in Adelaide, specifically St Mark’s. I wanted to say a big thank you, to you and everyone at St Mark’s for welcoming me in to your community and making it a year I will never forget. My year abroad expectations were totally surpassed as a result of the college experience, from O’Week and pond parties, to intercollegiate sporting events, balls and dinners put on throughout the year, as well as the general buzz within the gates of such a vibrant community. I feel honoured to have spent my time on exchange at St Mark’s, and anyone that gets the chance to live part, if not all of their university experience at college are extremely lucky, as I am yet to hear of anywhere comparable! I only wish I could have stayed longer, but as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end! St Mark’s will always hold a very special place in my heart and the fond memories I have from my year spent in such a brilliant place, will stay with me forever.

    Holly, Study Abroad 2016 - 2017 (University of Edinburgh)
  • College has been the best experience of my life. I've learnt that I am stronger and more resilient than I ever thought. The College environment is inclusive and supportive and got me through my first semester at university, something I don't think I'd have deemed possible if I were living alone or in a flat elsewhere. The facilities at St Mark's complement my learning style, having the Academic Centre where I can sit in a quiet environment which is separate to my College room, as well as tutors and tutorial rooms and the gym which I enjoy using in my spare time. I believe College has allowed me to meet and become friends with a variety of new people which is very important to me. I love being surrounded by friends and loved ones so being in an environment where this is possible every day is of utmost importance to both my academic success and my happiness and well-being.

    Meekah, Renmark SA, 2016 - current
  • St Mark's College gives an environment that perfectly cultivates an academically and socially focused space that allows students to both work hard and to relax and de-stress when faced with the hard work required of them. College gives me a place where I have support and can rely on this totally. I know that retuning every day I will have a hot meal, there will be people around me that I am close friends with that I can talk to and get support from. College also gives a fantastic social experience where there are events designed to grow interactions between older years and freshers to grow your social circles and skills. College also offers a fantastic academic focus that allows me to truly achieve my study requirements. Having like-minded people that are focussed on gaining the best results possible for themselves means I am able to easily focus on my own studies. I truly believe St Mark's offers a fantastic environment for me to grow as a person.  

    Hamish, Adelaide SA, 2014 - 2017
  • As I settle in back at home, I find myself reflecting on all the experiences I have been fortunate to have. From O'Week, sporting events, pond parties, High Table, Arts Evenings and Port'n'Talks, each has heavily contributed to the amazing time I had at College. I feel incredibly fortunate to have found St Mark's. This place has become my home and family during the 10 months I was a resident. The profound impact from all my experiences here will stick with me as I continue onto the next chapters of my life."

    Andrew, USA exchange student, 2014 - 2015


Stay connected to our College community by attending one of our events throughout the year.

Founders’ Day

Founders’ Day

Apr 28, 2019 @ 9:30am - 11:00am

The Annual St Mark’s Day Service to honour our Patron Saint, our Founders and Benefactors and those members of the College who died in the service of their country. Sunday 28 April 2019, 9.30am – 11.00am Service to be held in the College Chapel 46 Pennington Terrace North Adelaide All Fellows, Distinguished Collegians, members of […]

2019 History Festival – Settlers, Statesmen and Scholars: A Tour of St Mark’s College

2019 History Festival – Settlers, Statesmen and Scholars: A Tour of St Mark’s College

Apr 28, 2019 @ 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Settlers, Statesmen and Scholars: A Tour of St Mark’s College Take a journey through time and join us for a tour of the architectural and cultural heritage of St Mark’s College. Hear how Adelaide’s historic families built North Adelaide while Australia’s founding fathers built a nation. See where the Australian Constitution was drafted, hear how […]

J C Bannon Oration – Honouring History, Academia and St Mark’s College

J C Bannon Oration – Honouring History, Academia and St Mark’s College

May 09, 2019 @ 5:30pm - 7:15pm

  BOOK TICKET NOW   The Inspiration  Former Premier of South Australia, the Hon Dr John Charles Bannon AO was the Master of St Mark’s College from 2000 to 2007.  He was also a student at the College in 1962-1963 as an undergraduate law student at the University of Adelaide. The importance and perpetuity of […]

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Get in Touch

For accommodation or function enquiries, or to arrange a personal tour of the College, please make contact!

Our Location

St Mark’s College

46 Pennington Terrace, North Adelaide

South Australia, 5006

Contact Us

P: +618 8334 5600

F: +618 8267 4694

E: stmarks@stmarkscollege.com.au

Tour the College

You can arrange a personal tour at any time by contacting the College office on
+61 8 8334 5600 or take a Google virtual tour around the grounds.