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Student life in Leura and Sydney

As a student of Blue Mountains, you will study at 2 different campuses in 2 different cities. Experience the student life in Leura, where the campus is located in the middle of the Blue Mountains National Park and in Sydney. Discover the amazing opportunities these two cities have to offer.

Student life in Leura

As a bachelor student, you will spend your first two years on the Blue Mountains campus in Leura. The city is lying in the Blue Mountains National Park just about an hour's drive of Sydney. With a campus in one of Australia's most spectacular and popular tourism destinations, you will have numerous outdoor ativities to choose from. The Blue Mountains is a magnificient nature area consisting of seven national parks and is included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites.

Leura is a unique little town with small shops, cafes and restaurants situated 3 km from the larger town of Katoomba, which is the main town in the Blue Mountains. You will definitely enjoy the 'small town' vibe of this place, full of character and charm. Leura Mall is filled with small shops, where you will find things you can not find anywhere else. Everyday busloads of tourists come down here on a one day trip from Sydney  In Katoomba you find larger stores and an exciting nightlife.

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Student life in Sydney 

Sydney is the biggest city of Australia and often voted the most viable city in the world. It is such a vibrant and multicultural city with people from more than 180 countries and over 140 languages. Being ranked as the 4th best student city in the WORLD by QS World University Rankings you will without a doubt have a great time here during your studies! 

The campus is located in the center of the business district and many of Sydney's tourist and sporting attractions, as well as shopping and entertainment spots are literally on the campus doorstep. The public transport is really good organized and it is easy to get around in the city using bus, train and ferry. Sydney is an expensive city, here are some tips to save you some money while you're out and about: 

  • Pubs and clubs are the definitely the best place to go if you are looking for some cheap food. Check out the Norfolk and the Shakespeare in Surry Hills. Craving for a cheap burger with an amazing view? Try out the North Bondi RSL.
  • For cheap theatre tickets, head down on Mondays to the Stables Theatre in Kings Cross. 
  • Check Event Cinemas, Palace Cinemas, Dendy or Hoyts for cheap movies. 

Sydney: city and beach life 

Sydney offers it all. You will find here a great combination of the exiting buzzy feeling of a world city and amazing beaches. Sydney has more than 70 beaches to offer, with Manly and Bondi beach being the most famous ones. 

Student life in Sydney - beaches in Sydney


5 free outdoor activities to do while studying in Leura & Sydney 


1. Check out the Sublime Point Lookout over the Blue Mountains National Park

Get of the main tourist road and discover this amazing, wonderful place yourself! From here, you will have beautiful views over the Blue Mountains. This spot is also really beautiful during sunrise or sunset, offering sublime views over the Jamison Valley. There are also several hiking tracks around depending on your condition. 

2. Go hiking and discover the waterfalls in the Blue Mountains

Take the 3-kilometer long South Lawson Waterfall Circuit walk in the Blue Mountains park and discover four very different waterfalls: Adelina Falls, sand lined Federal Falls, Cataract Falls and Junction Falls.

3. Stroll down the Sydney Habour Bridge 

Enjoy a walk over the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can also climb up on the Sydney Harbour Bridge but that will cost you at least $148.

Student life in Sydney - The Sydney Harbour Bridge

4. Enjoy the peace and tranquility at the Royal Botanical Gardens

Escape the buzzy city life and discover these beautiful gardens. In these gardens, you will find everything from herbs till a tropical greenhouse. There are free guided tours in the Royal Botanical Gardens, so plan you visit accordingly. Keep this place in mind when you are looking for a place to study. 

5. Pass by Sydney Harbour

Sydney Habour is the place to be if you are looking for some fine dining, snacks, shopping or people watching. From here you can also take cheap ferryboats to nearby places, like Manly for example. 

Student discounts in Australia

As a student, you can get great student discounts and deals with your ISIC card in Australia and in other parts around the world. Download the ISIC Benefits App for free and don't miss out on any cool student benefits. Get your ICSIC student card here

Climate in Leura and Sydney

The seasons in Australia are the opposite of ours. While it is dark and could in the winter months here, you are able to enjoy a Christmas in your bathing suit in Australia. The summers can be really hot in Australia and the winters are mild. 

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