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1920s manor aspect of the student houseBased in Richmond, Victoria, Australia, Madre Nazarena Student's House provides accommodation for female tertiary students from overseas, interstate, and country Victoria. The Daughters of Divine Zeal (FDZ) Sisters have been providing female student accommodation in Richmond for over 35 years.

To further cater to the needs of our students, the student's house (formerly known as the Antonian Ladies Hostel) underwent a complete rebuild and refurbishment. Today Madre Nazarena Student's House continues to provide a safe, secure, friendly and homely environment for students to live and study.

We welcome female students, who are undertaking tertiary studies in Melbourne, from all backgrounds and beliefs. Spiritual and ethical guidance is available for those who seek it. Our Sisters also provide liturgical assistance and pastoral care to the people of St Ignatius' Church, across the road from MNSH.

The Founder of our order, St Annibale
The Founder of our order, St Annibale

Madre Nazarena Student's House is run by the Daughters of Divine Zeal, a worldwide religious order of Catholic Sisters. Our concern for young people is expressed through providing you with education and shelter, within a conducive environment that enables you to pursue your ambitions. Here you will find a home and Sisters as your friends, as your own sisters, and, if you wish, as your mothers.

Like Madre Maria Nazarena Majone, the co-foundress of our religious order — and to whom this House is dedicated — we commit ourselves to the service of the young ladies in the search for the meaning of their life and in their search for truth. Madre Nazarena was the faithful disciple of Saint Annibale Maria Di Francia, our founder. Because of this faithfulness in obediently living the demands of her vows, especially that of Rogate (pray), she became the cornerstone of the Daughters of Divine Zeal from the moment it began in Messina, Italy in 1887.

We welcome you with our whole heart to Madre Nazarena Student's House. For us, your presence is a blessing because you are giving us the chance to serve you and to let you experience God's compassionate love.

May Saint Annibale and Madre Nazarena bless us all.

Daughters of Divine Zeal

Madre Nazarena Student's House (MNSH) has zero tolerance for child abuse.

MNSH  is committed to providing and actively promoting a safe environment for children where they feel listened to and empowered. 

MNSH has systems to protect children from abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and in accordance with our policies and procedures. 

I came to Melbourne, Australia from India and immediately I felt welcomed into Madre Nazarena Student's House (MNSH) by the Sisters and the current residents. When I moved into this student house, the Sisters and the residents made me feel so comfortable - and this is an ongoing process. When a new resident moves into the house the Sisters and the residents make them feel at home. I made friends so quickly.

One thing I really like about Madre Nazarena Student's House (MNSH) is its strategic location: it is close to the city and to most universities, and it is just opposite the beautiful St Ignatius' Catholic Church which makes it easy to go to church so that I do not miss the Sunday Mass.

As an international student, I experienced how hard it was to find a place and to feel at home. After moving several times from one apartment to another, I finally found Madre Nazarena Student's House (MNSH) in Richmond, Australia. From the first day I moved in, I felt welcomed, warm and—most importantly—at home.

It was a bold step to move from a very small rural area in southern NSW to the big smoke of a city. When I was looking for accommodation in Melbourne my parents were concerned for my safety and also how I would manage domestic chores and study.

Arriving in a new country, not knowing anyone or not knowing your way around can be a daunting, intimidating and overwhelming experience. It is the first time you have been separated from your family and the comfort of familiarity in a country that you call home. Without the necessary support and assistance, it is understandable why many people feel depressed and lost, not used to the independence and relative solidarity one feels when in a completely new atmosphere.

About MNSH

Based in Richmond, Victoria, Australia, Madre Nazarena Student's House provides accommodation for female tertiary students from overseas, interstate, and country Victoria.