The first Hall of Residence
While the first architectural plans for Monash included generous space for student residences, the reality was that only a minority desired, and could afford, to live on campus. Nevertheless, the Halls became an important factor in Monash’s success in attracting rural students. Monash avoided Oxbridge-style colleges in favour of secular halls of residence. The University’s only ‘true’ college, Mannix College, was opened to men in 1969 and became co-ed in 1974. The Halls were named for famous Australians, particularly Victorians. The first to open was [Alfred] Deakin Hall, in 1962 – one year after the first intake of students – followed by [William] Farrar (1965), [Alfred] Howitt (1966), [Tom] Roberts (1971) and [Ethel, known as Henry Handel] Richardson (1972).