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Katherine accommodation

How to book and when to apply.

Katherine Student Accommodation (KSA) is owned and operated by Charles Darwin University (CDU) on its Katherine Rural campus and managed by International House Darwin (IHD).  Its grounds are available for our guests' enjoyment, including a recreation room, dining room, sports oval and pool. The facilities are available to all residents whether living here on a short or long-term stay.

The campus is located 16 kilometres north of Katherine's CBD in a rapidly developing mining, agricultural, horticultural and tourist region. 


Agitation for more local control of training throughout the decade saw the establishment of the Katherine Rural College in 1979 (Katherine Rural College Planning Committee 1976) and the Community College of Central Australia in Alice Springs. These two would join renamed Batchelor College of TAFE in being responsible, through their councils, to the NT Education Department and Minister for Education as a result of the report of the Education Advisory Group (1978).

In 2001, the operations of the Katherine Rural College were incorporated into the NT University. Following a major process of community consultation and negotiations with the Commonwealth Government, CDU was created by the formal merger of the NT University, the Katherine Rural College, Centralian College and the Menzies School of Health Research in 2003. Both of these dual-sector training providers continued to operate in the quasi-training market that was funded and monitored by the Department of Employment, Education and Training.

Our mission

The Katherine Student Accommodation aims to increase student and residential participation by:

  • providing an accommodation facility that is cost-effective, safe, secure, accessible and conducive to academic achievement; and
  • intellectual inquiry whilst aiming to contribute to the social, cultural and intellectual development of all residents. 

Rooms, rates and rules

KSA accommodates students, staff and visitors. It's perfect for staff retreats and training, teaching blocks, placements, research projects, field trips, relocation or other related activities. 

Accommodation packages


Room type

Room rate includes

Single standard (no meals)

Single furnished room with:

  • one single bed
  • one chair
  • one desk
  • air conditioner
  • ceiling fan
  • pillow, pillowcase and pillow protector
  • sheets and mattress protector
  • blanket
  • towel
  • wardrobe
  • laundry bags
Single standard (meal package)

Single furnished room with:

  • one single bed
  • one chair
  • one desk
  • air conditioner
  • ceiling fan
  • pillow, pillowcase and pillow protector
  • sheets and mattress protector
  • blanket
  • towel
  • wardrobe
  • laundry bags
  • meal package includes continental/hot breakfast, lunch and dinner

Dining hall

The campus Dining Hall is where you will be served breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Hall can also cater for morning and afternoon tea, as well as meals for residents upon request.

Computer lab

KSA's computer lab, located in the Library in Building 5, is available for use by KSA guests during business hours as well as after hours. In addition, KSA has wireless internet access for residents in the library and computer room.

Recreation room

The recreation room, located close to the accommodation, is in Building 16. Residents can relax and socialise out of hours. The recreation room has a flat-screen television with a DVD player, as well as a pool table, table tennis table and dartboard. DVD's can be hired for use by guests.

Campus swimming pool

There is a swimming pool that is available for all guests. The swimming pool is for the use of all KSA guests and their invited visitors. It may be used at any time, but please be mindful that noise from the pool may disturb guests of nearby buildings. Please adhere to the safety signs and apply common sense.

Training Rooms

There are a number of training rooms available for hire by guests and/or groups. This includes conferences, team-building and corporate meetings. Please contact the Accommodation Officer if you wish to make a booking.

Multi-purpose courts and oval

KSA has two multi-purpose courts and a sporting oval for residents, as well as sporting equipment for hire.

Laundry service

KSA provides a weekly laundry service to all guests. Laundry bags are supplied in rooms.

How to apply

To get started, please complete the KSA Booking Form  (PDF, 237.95 KB)and email through to the Accommodation Officer. You will be contacted within 48 hours of your submission. If you are under 18 years of age, you are also required to complete a Parent/Guardian Consent Form. Applications will not be processed unless all required information has been provided.

If you are experiencing difficulties please contact the Accommodation Officer

KSA has been designed to cater for groups or individuals who require comfortable and communal short-term accommodation. We offer short-term rates for students, staff and visitors; perfect for teaching blocks, placements, research projects, field trips, relocation or other related activities. 

If you require accommodation for longer than 28 consecutive days, please contact the Accommodation Officer to enquire about long-term rates and availability. 

The University reserves the right to select guests based on information provided in their application and on information acquired from previous stays at any University student accommodation facility. 

Booking request form (PDF, 237.95 KB)

Please note: availability is limited and full payment is required to confirm your reservation. 

Single standard without meals
$55 per day + GST
Single standard with meals
$110 per day + GST

Cancellation Fees

  • Within 48 hours of arrival time
  • Day of arrival
  • No-show or cancellation after arrival date
Equivalent two nights' accommodation charge
Accommodation owed up to the point of notification plus two nights' accommodation

Lock-out fee between 9pm - 8am


Replacement/unreturned key


Once your reservation is confirmed you are required to pay in full. If this is not possible, please discuss a payment plan with the Accommodation Officer. 

If you are booking on behalf of, or as part of, a group of 10 or more guests, please refer to the Group Booking Confirmation and Cancellation Policy.

How to Pay

Credit and debit card payments can be made via CDU webpay

Cancellation Policy

Please read the Terms and Conditions for Short Term Residency for the cancellation policy and conditions of stay.

Office opening hours

Office Opening Hours

The KSA Office is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:21pm. 

The Resident Handbook will also provide you with more information about KSA. 

Arriving at KSA

KSA is located in the Administration Building of CDU, Katherine Rural Campus. When you arrive at KSA, please come directly to the reception in the Administration Building (at the main entrance). If you arrive outside of business hours, please use the after-hours phone on the wall to contact staff.


Check-in time is from 2pm to 6pm daily.

If your check-in time is anticipated to be later than 6pm please contact the KSA Accommodation Officer to make alternative arrangements. 


Check-out time is strictly 8:30 am unless prior arrangements have been made with KSA staff. 

All keys must be returned to the KSA Office prior to departure. During office hours staff will attend to all check-ins and check-outs. If you are checking-out outside of office hours, please leave your room key in the after-hours key return box located next to the front door of the Administration Building. 

Security and other matters

Outside office hours, the duty officer can help you with any security issues that may arise, including lockouts, noise complaints, medical incidents or other urgent issues. 

The KSA Accommodation Officer is available during office hours for any other issues including maintenance. 

Please note: room lock-outs occurring between 9pm and 8am will incur a $40 charge.

Whilst visiting KSA, please ensure:

  • your room is always locked when unattended, even if you are only making a quick trip to the bathroom
  • you do not leave valuables such as laptops, wallets, keys and bicycles unsecured or unattended at any time
  • you do not leave laundry in common areas or public places.

The University/KSA takes no responsibility for your possessions.


Student Residences Code of Conduct

The University is committed to providing a residential environment conducive to study at all times, including a place for people to live while studying. Please read the CDU (Student Residences) By-LawsUniversity Residences Code of Conduct and Student Residences Misconduct Procedures.


The University is committed to providing a safe and respectful learning and working environment. KSA aims to ensure all students and staff are safe from sexual assault and sexual harassment. Please read the CDU Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy.

Residential terms and conditions

Please make yourself aware of our Residential Agreements and Terms and Conditions policies

KSA Resident Handbook

This Resident Handbook (PDF, 769.67 KB) is designed to provide guests with helpful information about KSA and the services provided. 


Jennifer Trew
Accommodation Officer

Jennifer coordinates the day-to-day operational functions of KSA.

Kalindi Marnell
Business Manager

Based at International House Darwin (IHD) on the Casuarina campus, Kalindi oversees accounts and business functions within Accommodation Services, including KSA, IHD and Alice Springs Student Accommodation (ASSA)

Philip Mosely
Manager, Accommodation Services

Based at IHD on the Casuarina campus, Philip oversees the management of accommodation facilities offered by CDU in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs. 


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