Student Life

Why Residential Life at Newman College?

Newman keenly observed in his seminal work on The Idea of a University that where students, “keen, open hearted, sympathetic and observant come together and freely mix with one another, [they]are sure to learn from one another, even if there is no one to teach them.” ( Discourse VI, first published in 1952).
In another private letter written in 1873 he stated that, broadly speaking, ‘a residence without Examinations comes nearer to the idea of a University Education than examinations without residence’.

Faithful to the Spirit of Newman, NCI is a Catholic Residential Liberal Arts College; it has no day students.

Its residential campus promises a welcoming, simply structured, academically rigorous and pedagogically sound, inclusive and safe environment where students can flourish and grow humanly, academically and spiritually.

A typical day at NCI begins with breakfast together followed by a morning dedicated to classes, lectures and reading. Students usually dine together at midday before returning to classes or lectures in the afternoon. Many students can be found after the evening meal preparing assignments in the library or gathered in small groups for private study.

Daily Mass is made available for all who wish to participate and Eucharistic adoration is often available during the week for staff, students and visitors to the campus.

Saturdays and Sundays are free for personal activities.

All students at NCI take an active role in the upkeep of the residence, take turns at serving meals and participate in the housekeeping tasks.