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​Student Life & Accommodation

Student Life

The practical nature of the courses delivered at Emerald Agricultural College and Longreach Pastoral College see students develop close working relationships with both instructors and peers.

Graduates frequently remain friends for life, having formed close friendships with the people they've lived and worked with at College. Students have access to a variety of services including dedicated Student Support Officers whose roles are to support students learning experience, provision of pastoral care and a range of activities or access to community base activities out of hours.

There is a vibrant Student Representative Council, and students are also encouraged to become involved in College and local sporting clubs, community events and voluntary organisations in Emerald and Longreach.

Each semester the Colleges pit their skills against each other at the popular Intercol, in both sporting and industry skill events including motorbikes, horse challenges, cattle judging, sheep mustering, station skills, chainsaw skills, touch footy, netball and debating. Students also get involved in agricultural and industry events including camp drafts, Beef Week, Ekka and other agricultural shows.

Students are encouraged to be involved in College life, undertaking agricultural skill related activities which prepares them for life on stations across the country. In addition students are assisted in locating community work or paid employment within the local community to enhance their college experience and future employability.

Student Representative Council

The Emerald Agricultural College and Longreach Pastoral College student representative councils are made up of a number of elected students who raise funds by organising raffles and social events throughout the year.

All funds raised by the student representative council are put towards purchasing improvements to college facilities that will benefit students now and into the future.

Student Accommodation

Students can choose to live on or off campus, with the nearby towns providing a variety of board and rental options.

Emerald Agricultural College and Longreach Pastoral College provide single study bedrooms for up to 90 and 150 students respectively. Rooms are fully furnished and serviced weekly. 

Each residential block has a common room fitted with a television, kitchenette and dial-in telephone. A full laundry service is provided with coin operated machines available for out of hours use.

Meals are provided in the student dining hall, at a cost of $20 per day (morning tea and lunch) for day students, or is included in the full board cost (accommodation, wi-fi, meals, and laundry) of $370 per week.

For more information view our Policies and Fees pages.

The Colleges also offer accommodation, auditorium and conference room facilities for hire, with catering able to be provided. For further information or to discuss your needs, please contact us.

Off-Campus Accommodation

A range of rental accommodation is available in the towns of Emerald and Longreach for College students who may wish to live off-campus.