What makes Boarding at Methodist Ladies' College so special is that sense of belonging. From the moment your daughter steps into our Boarding House, she becomes a part of a special community where she will make lifelong friends.

We aim to provide a safe, caring and supportive environment where she can have privacy and room to grow, and importantly, where she can have fun and feel at home.

Set in the heart of our campus in the elegant Centenary Building, our Boarding House is home away from home for up to 90 girls each year.

Our historic exterior disguises our modern facilities including study labs, kitchens, theatre rooms, family rooms and comfortable bedrooms. There are nooks throughout where our girls can relax on their own or with their friends.

To ensure a bespoke experience, we encourage our girls to bring a piece of home with them; be that their favourite floor rug or lamp, cushions or photos. This is, after all, their home where she has an array of 'sisters' to support her learning and growing journey.

Our girls can spend their spare time using our wonderful facilities, including our gym, swimming pool and tennis courts, or lazing in our gardens which overlook the Swan River.

To find out more about Boarding at MLC, please contact Admissions via

Connect With Us In The Regions

We treasure time to reach out and connect with our regional families – future, present and past. MLC Principal, Ms Rebecca Clarke, warmly invites you to visit us at one of our upcoming regional visits near you.

Connecting with key MLC staff is a wonderful opportunity to hear more about the exceptional initiatives and opportunities available to your daughter at MLC. It is also the chance the learn what she can look forward to with the MLC Boarding House as her home away from home.

Click on the regional visit below to register your attendance:

Welcome to Boarding at MLC

Our Director of Boarding

Mrs Jodie Mellor has extensive education and boarding experience with a firm belief in the value of all-girls’ schooling. Her background living and working in Boarding communities ensures she is well qualified to support our students in finding their way to a purposeful future.

“It is a great privilege to be entrusted with the role of Director of Boarding, and I am committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment in addition to providing meaningful opportunities for Boarders that complement and support those offered within the broader school structure.

As a home away from home, embedding a mix of fun, relaxing, active, and purposeful programs and activities is central to my purpose, as these are critical factors to facilitating positive wellbeing, health, and balance in each girl’s experience as they transition through formative schooling years and form life-long friendships within the MLC community.”

Boarders' Activities

We encourage the girls to pursue their own passions, while being part of an inclusive extended family. And, like a family, we have lots of fun, especially at weekends when our Recreation Officer organises an array of events. Examples include:

  • Themed Boarding dinners and events
  • Shopping trips, including visits to the Fremantle Markets and Joondalup
  • Quiz nights
  • Sculptures by the Sea at Cottesloe Beach
  • Socials with other schools
  • In-house Movie nights
  • Weekend baking
  • Attending AFL and Fever Netball games
  • Sports and games (Skating/Volleyball/Tennis/Lawn Games)
  • Silent Disco and Music and games nights
  • Swimming pool fun – onsite and offsite
  • Visits to Escape Rooms / Cinema / Bounce / AQWA / Wildlife Parks / Adventure World

Much like smaller families, our Boarding community will be flexible to the needs of each girl and will respond and consider requests for fun opportunities as they arise throughout the Boarding year.

    Urban Boarding

    Subject to availability, at MLC, we offer Day girls the opportunity to join our special Boarding community on a short-term basis. Here, they can experience a home away from home, with benefits on offer such as:

    • Supervised study with our Academic Tutors
    • Weekend recreational activities
    • Healthy meals
    • Reduced commute time

    Places for current MLC Day students in Years 6-12 can be considered for Weekly Boarding, subject to Boarding House capacity. Weekly Boarding can be requested in seven-night blocks (5pm Sunday-11am Sunday) within a minimum of 14 night (two week) stay.

    To find out more about Urban Boarding, please contact Admissions via

    We Are Family

    This episode of our MLC podcast explores day-to-day life within our Boarding House. Hear some of our boarders reflect on their experiences from forming close friendships to unique morning wake-up calls and the ultimate chicken curry lunches.

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