University House is an integral part of life at ANU, especially for staff and post-grad students. Uni graduates can become members, giving them discounted accommodation, but anyone can book to stay overnight. Either way, you feel like you're part of the university community while you're there. It's got a special, unique atmosphere that you don't get in a ordinary hotels or hostels.
I had a single room with a shared bathroom. The room was like an unrenovated 1970s college dorm room, nothing flash but perfectly adequate. There was a mini bar and basin in the room, and also a TV. The bathroom just down the hall was great and modern, with a separate area for the toilet and shower. It was spotlessly clean every time I used it, and I was very impressed.
The only problem I had during my stay was the loud snorer in the next room. Of course, this wasn't the fault of University House, but it did make it hard to sleep. There was a locked door separating my room from that of the snorer, and I was wishing it had been a solid wall instead as I suspect the noise travelled very easily through the thin wooden door. I'll bring ear plugs next time!
There is a small computer room opposite reception with free use for guests. This includes internet access, though note that the computers are old and slow. I was disappointed not to find free wifi access for guests, which I consider to be a standard 'basic' that should be included by hotels in these days of smartphones and tablet computers.
Locationwise, University House is about 15-20mins walk to the centre of town and the Jolimont Coach Station, but there are buses at the door (including direct to the Uni of Canberra). It's a bit of a dark stroll across campus after sunset during uni vacation when there aren't many students around, but I felt reasonably safe walking alone at night. It would also be possible to walk on the more brightly lit public road, though that would take a bit longer than cutting across campus. It's only about 5-10mins for a gorgeous walk from University House down to Lake Burley Griffin. Guests with cars have parking available to them.
If you don't mind being slightly away from the centre of town, and you want to stay in a place with a very special atmosphere all of its own, I definitely recommend University House.
PS. if you phone to book and they take interminably long to handle your query, be patient. It's worth the wait as this is a nice place to stay.
Ask not to be next door to a guest who snores!!!
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