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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

About MNSH

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