Established in 1959 Basser is the oldest residential college on the University of New South Wales campus. It was named after Sir Adolph Basser, who donated £40,000 towards the building. The original building provided accommodation for 132 residents and 6 residential academic staff. Basser is made distinct through its own peculiarities, whether it be the family trees the resident create by way of room allocations or the status that is demanded by being the college highest up the hill.
In 2009 Basser college celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a 'Back to Basser' event. The day brought together alumni from every decade and made for an interesting day of stories and reconnecting with old friends. The day ended with a formal dinner in the Dining Hall that despite the many years had not changed.
Highlights of the Basser College social year have been the 'International Trivia' competition, 'Enchanting Evening' and of course the Annual Ball. No year is complete without recognising your senior members of college and the Valedictory Dinner is that event. The students come together for the last social event before their heads go down during STUVAC in readiness for their final examination.