In the last few years, regional Australia has experienced droughts, bushfires, flooding, the pandemic and the devastating economic fall out of all these events. Often young regional Australians are unable to afford the high cost of living in Sydney, even at affordable rent options like Arundel. This has lead to an increase in students:
- studying under the pressure of juggling increased work hours with their full time study load
- shifting to part time study in order to take the pressure off as they work more
- staying home for longer before moving to the city – either working to save for UNI, or studying online until they can move
For some young women, the inability to pay full rent prevents them from moving to Arundel House despite their desire to do so. By supporting this project you will be enabling young students from a range of backgrounds and challenging circumstances to focus on their tertiary education, and transition into university life and adulthood in a safe, comfortable environment. It will also ensure young women who would thrive at Arundel House do not miss out due to financial inability.
This fund enables Arundel House to continue to provide affordable accommodation for students and ensure they have access to a tertiary education, as well as have the opportunity to grow in faith and life with personalised support. This fund will directly subsidise rent for residents unable to afford rent without it, and those who come under unexpected financial stress during their stay.