Serving each other
Gathering for community nights
Sharing meals and life
Mass, prayer and sharing experiences
Mentorship for faith and journey
Serving meals to the marginalised
Outreach to indigenous Australians and refugees
Advocating for social justice
For further information, contact the rector of Bellarmine House, Fr Ramesh Richards SJ at: email@example.com
Describe your experience at Bellarmine House.
I first joined Bellarmine House in Semester 1 2020 with Charlotte O’Brien as the first female residents. From there, we have expanded to 8 girls and 9 boys in Semester 1 2021. I have been so lucky to be surrounded by a diverse group of housemates who have always supported me in life following high school. As a Bellarmine House resident, you always have friends to go out with – whether it’s for a “coffee date”, a quick Lansdowne drink or a trip to go-karting. We get up to so much fun and have grown together as adults during a pretty difficult time in the world.
Throughout my time here I have also had many experiences and opportunities offered to me within the Cardoner community. From volunteer tutoring Thai students and sharing our dinner with the marginalised in Surry Hills, the service aspect of Bellarmine ensures we are continually aware of our local community.
I couldn’t have asked for a better home these past two years and recommend to anyone to give Bellarmine House a chance because you won’t regret it!
What is your favourite part of living in Bellarmine House?
Bellarmine House has been an incredible experience that I feel privileged to have been involved in over the last two years. I’ve loved immersing myself in all the different aspects of The Cardoner Project, working both as an intern and as a volunteer in the Two Wolves: Community Cantina. Living so close to University has also been a great perk, but my favourite part of Bellarmine House has undoubtedly been the community that I have been fortunate enough to be a part of, and all the long-lasting friendships I’ve developed and strengthened during my time as a resident.
Why would you recommend this to someone who might be on the fence?
It’s hard for me to recommend one finite reason as to why someone considering moving into Bellarmine House should take the plunge for their first semester, as every resident will have their own unique and enriching experience with the House. I can only guarantee that moving in will make you a part of something that will always surprise you and will unquestionably help you to grow as a person, intellectually, socially and spiritually.
What was an unexpected highlight for you?
As much as I’ve loved the weekends away, long dinners at community night and living in Chippendale, it’s been the little things that have arguably been my biggest and most surprising highlights whilst living in Bellarmine House. It was always a high point in the day when, after coming back from a long shift at work or University, I’d come into the kitchen and just run into a bunch of friends who were always ready to share stories from their day. It’s been a real pleasure of mine to witness and become invested in the passions of others, and have that support and interest reciprocated by my housemates. These incidental conversations have been some of my favourite whilst in the house.
Yes. We welcome all young adults, from the age of 18+
There are two floors. The first floor is located on the second level and is composed of the common room (kitchen, dining and lounge). The second floor is composed of 8 bedrooms.
Yes! We operate in a communal kitchen.
Groceries are provided weekly for residents to cook with. We send out cooking rosters where residents take turns in cooking for the Bellarmine community.
40 week agreement (exact dates TBC)
$375 per week
The recommended and average stay is 3 semesters, however it is common for residents to stay for 4 or more.
Each resident is expected to behave according to the Bellarmine House Handbook which will be provided for all residents.
No it is not required. Our residents are composed of a variety of school-leavers, college-leavers and Two Wolves Abroad placement and immersion alumni.