Toad Hall

Toad Hall opened its doors on April Fools Day 1974 - something which residents still celebrate with an annual 'Friends and Follies' party.

The hall is a bricks and mortar representation of the spirit of student activism prevalent in Australia during the late sixties and early seventies. Some students agitated for more freedom in their living arrangements, and something different to the traditional catered residential halls along Daley Road.  

Stepping up to the challenge, ANU engaged internationally-renowned Australian architect John Andrews to design a self-catered residential hall along the banks of Sullivans Creek among the willow trees. This last fact saw its original residents take its name from Kenneth Grahame's popular children's novel 'The Wind in the Willows'.

Today's 'Toadies' are mainly postgraduate students who have come from all corners of the globe to study at ANU. About 50 countries are represented among its 227 residents making Toad Hall a sort of mini United Nations and reflective of its motto 'Unity in Diversity.'

When you move into Toad Hall, you will look forward to coming together with your neighbours to celebrate your differences through food and performance at the annual Toad Hall Multicultural Festival.  Food is an especially important part of life at Toad Hall.    

Each day you can join your fellow residents in the communal kitchens scattered throughout the hall to prepare and share food. Your neighbours will understand the time constraints and rigours of postgraduate study, so if you're chasing a deadline, someone will cook a little extra something to make sure you don't go hungry.

Sometimes you won't feel like cooking, so you'll join up with some of your fellow Toadies and head out to sample one of the many excellent cafes and restaurants in town and nearby Acton.

Toad Hall's support programs are there to meet the needs of mature-age, international and postgraduate students undertaking a challenging program of study.    

If you've left a young family to pursue your studies, you will find understanding and support in the Toad Hall Parents Group, an initiative they hope to spread to some of the other residential halls hosting older students at ANU.    

If you're an international resident about to graduate, there's a Returning Home Group to help you prepare for the adjustment heading home with new skills, knowledge and experience.

Even after you leave, it's unlikely that you will lose your connection to Toad Hall. The network of 'Global Toadies' is spread far and wide. You will never be able to forget your time at Toad Hall and it's doubtful that you will want to.

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