Meet some of the students from Basser College.

Abby Butler


Moving straight to university in Sydney from high school in Newcastle was so daunting, but the moment I met the supportive and welcoming individuals that make up Basser College, I realised immediately that I had made the right decision. I knew that there would be plenty of cultural and social events, but I’ve been so pleasantly surprised by the amount of academic and mental health support that Basser offers as well. The college really encourages a healthy balance between both. 

It might be busy, but you’re encouraged to set your own pace and from Resident and Student Fellows and Dean Jimmy to every resident, you are surrounded by people who have a genuine interest in your wellbeing. It’s pretty difficult to comprehend the culture of each college by browsing the respective websites, but the diverse community, positive vibes and huge range of opportunities made Basser the perfect fit.

What do you study?

International Studies/Media (Journalism & Communication)

What are three words that describe Basser?

Supportive. Positive. Inclusive. 

What is your favourite ice-cream flavour?

When my student budget allows it, I like to treat myself to an M&M McFlurry rather than the usual soft serve or if I’m having a real #treatyourself moment than a trip down to Gelatissimo at Coogee for a mint-choc chip is always on the cards.

What is the #1 played song on your iPod?

Say My Name by Tove Styrke

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Even though I’m learning Spanish, I wish I could learn it a little faster and sound less Aussie and more Shakira when I’m speaking it.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Ever since I read ‘Tracks’ by Robyn Davidson and watched the movie ‘Bran Nue Dae’ I’ve wanted to be a bit of a tourist in my own country and road trip around central Australia.

Tamara Bowers


After living in England for 3 years, I returned to Australia in 2016 to attend UNSW, and despite having heard great things about living on campus, I couldn’t help but be nervous moving into Basser on my first day. However, this angst was quickly eroded; I am in awe of the kindness, diversity and fun that Basser is filled with, and feel so lucky to be a part of this community.

Apart from the convenient location to my lecture halls and Coogee Beach, what I love about Basser is that complementary to studying, there is a vast array of cultural, sporting and social activities to engage in. There are so many different ways to get involved no matter what your interests and everyone is encouraged to do so. You also get the opportunity to take on leadership positions and help sustain the awesome culture at Basser.

What do you study?

Psychological Science

What are three words that describe Basser?

Comradery, Inclusivity and Liveliness

What is your favourite Ice cream flavour?

I have a huge soft spot for anything by Messina (non Sydney students will quickly find out what this is and regret it immediately due to its significant toll on diet and bank statements)

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Play an instrument! I really wish I had listened to my mum when she said you shouldn’t quit Guitar

What is the #1 played song on your Ipod?

Real Love Baby by Father John Misty

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

South America because of my fascination with their rich culture