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Sydney may be famous for its Opera House and Harbour Bridge,
but there is so much more to explore, and for university students
there are countless ways to relax and enjoy the city after class.
Sydney Opera House and skyline. Photographer: Robert Wallace.
Courtesy of Tourism Australia.
Australia’s biggest city is known for its iconic architecture,
harbour views and lively inner-city neighbourhoods. With more
higher education providers and domestic students than any other
city, it’s the perfect destination for students seeking a wide choice
of courses and classmates.
What does Sydney have to offer?
Where can you study?
There are nine universities in Sydney, in addition to a range of
private higher education providers and TAFE institutes.
New South Wales’ total student population stands at around
391,000. Of these, around 12 per cent of domestic students hail
from interstate and around 23 per cent are international students
(Department of Industry, 2013).
Your study options
Thanks to its wide range of higher education providers, Sydney
offers courses in just about everything — from arts and classical
studies to medicine and sciences.
Sydney’s universities are scattered all over the suburbs, and the
vibe changes dramatically from one campus to the next. Students
at city campuses tend to cluster in bohemian Glebe and
Newtown, while other institutions are based on the North Shore
or far out of the CBD in the picturesque Hawkesbury River
district. After class there is always something happening as the
city plays host to an endless list of festivals and events, including
the Mardi Gras, Sydney Film Festival and Australian Fashion
Week. The nightlife caters for all tastes — from regular opera,
symphony and theatre performances in grand venues through to
the rowdy nightclub strips of Oxford Street and Kings Cross.
Thanks to Sydney’s multicultural population, there are plenty of
restaurants serving cheap food from around the globe.
Chinatown is particularly popular with those on a budget, and
nearby Paddy’s flea market or the Glebe weekend market are
great places to browse for bargains.
New arrivals can join the tourists for a look at Sydney’s most
popular sights — a visit to the Opera House, a walk (or climb)
along the Harbour Bridge, a day trip to Taronga Zoo and a stroll
around The Rocks, Sydney’s historic old town. From the CBD, the
golden sands of Bondi or Manly are just half an hour or so away
by bus or ferry. For others looking to escape their assignments
and busy city life, Sydney’s surrounds offer short breaks for all
tastes. For the active there is hiking in the scenic Blue Mountains,
water sports on Lake Macquarie and great skiing on the NSW
snowfields. For those looking for more relaxing pursuits, there are
beautiful scenic walks and wine tasting in the Hunter Valley and
opportunities to explore the coastline in Newcastle and
Living in Sydney
The median weekly rental price for a house in Sydney is
$500, with the median weekly rental price for a unit sitting at
In comparison, the median price of a house in Melbourne is
around $375 a week and in Brisbane is around $400.
The student rental market is very competitive. Visit your
institution’s housing service for referrals or advice.
Note: Figures presented here are intended as a guide only. Prices
vary within and between suburbs. Source: Australian Property
Monitors, December 2013.
Sydney is connected by a network of buses, trains, ferries
and light rail. Services are frequent and concession cards
are available to full-time domestic students. Weekly,
monthly, quarterly and yearly ‘MyMulti’ tickets are available,
which cover travel on all types of public transport. An
electronic 'Opal' card has recently been introduced, and can
be used on ferry, train and bus services.
Sydney is temperate, with warm summers, mild winters and
an average maximum temperature of around 26°C in
January, falling to 16°C in July.
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