Frequently Asked Questions
Atherton provides unique support for young students, many of whom are international students and living away from home for the first time.
What is it like living at Atherton?
Atherton offers a unique balance between private and community living. Students have complete access to a designated study area as well as a communal kitchen, so there is plenty of opportunity to live independently and have the privacy you need to study and relax. There is also a resident lounge, gym, and BBQ area available for students to meet fellow residents and connect with them.
Residents cook their own meals and clean their own apartments. YMCA staff ensures all residents have a safe, enjoyable and successful stay with us.
What should students bring?
Moving to a new dorm room can be both an exciting and stressful time. To make sure you have everything you need for a smooth transition to living with the YMCA we have prepared a list of items you will need to bring.
Items you may wish to bring:
- cooking utensils
Some of these items can all be bought upon arrival from shops close by to our location. Our staff are happy to provide you with directions to these locations.
Are the utilities included in the rent?
Utilities like Water, Electricity and Internet are included in the rent.
Can students have guests?
Yes, guests are welcome to visit when you’re with them. Visiting hours are from 8am until 11pm that day. Guests are not allowed to stay over at Atherton and must check in at the front desk.
Can students have goods delivered before they arrive?
If students are having packages delivered, they must be present to accept them.
What do students do when they arrive?
Please visit the reception and have the the following ready:
- Photo identification
- Copy of the YMCA rental contract
- Confirmation of enrollment at an accredited institution of higher learning or a class schedule
After signing arrival forms you will be given keys and shown to your apartment. YMCA reception is open 24 hours a day seven days a week, so if you arrive after hours you can still gain access to your room.
Does Atherton offer a Pick-up service?
No, but there are many services that do offer shuttle services to the University area.
Can I share a one bed unit?
One bed units are only available for one person. We have two bedunits for up to two people to share.
What happens when I go on holidays or need to be away in the event of an emergency?
If you are taking a holiday, your dorm room will always be secured for you during your lease period. You will need to notify YMCA staff that you will be away, and also in the event of an emergency.