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Student life in Sydney

Sydney is a place where you won’t be bored. There are happenings going on all the time; events both on campus and in the city, festivals, shopping, restaurants, cafés, find your favourite student pub, and both indoor and outdoor activities, even if you’re on a tight budget.

Sydney is the biggest city in Australia with a population of about 4.28 million people, and the capital of New South Wales. The city is often described as one of the most vibrant and most multicultural cities in the world. People from more than 180 countries who speak over 140 languages have Sydney as their home.

Student life in Sydney - hard not to recommend

It is hard not to recommend you to study in Sydney, after it was ranked 4th best student city in the WORLD by QS World University Rankings. This is because of numerous reasons, but largely due to:

  • Student mix (student diversity, social inclusion and tolerance)
  • Desirability (quality of life)
  • Employer activity (based on employers’ perspectives on the world’s best places to recruit from). 

It is easy to get around in Sydney. There is a well developed public transport system, where you can get around with bus, train and ferry services throughout the city. Macquarie University is located in a 135 acre park area, 30 minutes drive north from Sydney Harbour on the southeastern coast of Australia.

The fun side of university life in Sydney

Join a student group when studying in Sydney. Student groups are created and run by students, and covers a lot of interests and hobbies. It is a nice way to network, get to know other students and HAVE FUN during your studies abroad. In addition, every year there is a student group award show that comes with a classy event festivity. Chose from close to 200 student groups at Macquarie University. 

Enjoy Sydney's beaches

Another reason Sydney is so awesome is the combination of urban entertainment and the sweet beach life. You will find more than 70 beaches in Sydney where Manly and Bondi Beach are the most famous ones.

Bondi Beach is popular and only 30 minutes away with public transport from the city centre! You can do the usual beach activities at Bondi, there’s a lot of surfing going on here, other great happenings are the Flickerfest Short Film Festival and Bondi Openair Cinema. To see some nice nature and move that ass, check out Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk! 

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A 30-minute scenic ferry ride from Circular Quay you arrive to Manly Beach. Manly has a laid back atmosphere that offer a lot of good food and nature. Try out Manly Bike Tours, hike the Queenscliff Beach or sneak off to protected marine reserve Shelly Beach, a part of Cabbage Tree Bay.

5 free activities in Sydney for students

It's nice to find some stuff where you don't have to spend too much as Sydney ALWAYS has something to do. Check out some cool free activities in Sydney.

1: Study in the Royal Botanic Gardens

Since you are here to study, why not do it in an enjoyable enviroment? The Royal Botanic Gardensyou can enjoy the tranquil gardens, walking paths, harbour views and open spaces, it's a perfect study area.

2: Vivid Sydney festival

Student life in Sydney - Check our the festival Vivid Sydney

18-day festival of light, music and ideas! Vivid Sydney is a free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations and a cutting-edge contemporary music program. Make sure not to miss this, it usually takes place around May-June.

3: Hang out in Hyde Park

People hang out in Hyde Park all the time. It's Australia's oldest park, located in the middle of Sydney. Go here for coffee, a run, hang out and relax with friends, or whatever you feel like. The main attractions in Hyde Park are the Archibald Fountain, a statue of James Cook and the Sandringham and Nagoya Gardens.

4: Take a walk on the Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Walk from north to south of Sydney, across the Sydney Harbour Bridge from The Rocks to Milsons Point featuring incredible views. Entrance via Cumberland Street. It is free to walk on the bridge and costs a bit if you dare to climb it.

5: Take a walk on the gorgeous beaches

Take the Bondi to Cooge Walk (or the other way around of course) and pass some amazing and iconic beaches in Sydney. It's a beautiful coastline, perfect for a stroll to get som fresh air and nice views. If you're doing this in late spring, don't miss out on the free event 'Sculpture by the Sea'.

Student discounts in Sydney

Did you know that with an ISIC student card you have more than 40.000 student discounts all over the world, and of course also in Sydney. Download the free ISIC Benefits App to locate cool student benefits. Save money during your stay in Sydney with ISIC. Read more about ISIC and purchase your card here.

Climate in Sydney

The climate in Sydney is temperate with warm summers and mild winters. The hottest months of the year are January and February with an average temperature of 18-25°C, although the temperature can go up to 40°C on a hot summer day. The winter is mild and slightly cool. The coldest months are June and July with temperatures on an average of 8-16°C.

Average temperature ranges:

  • Summer (December to February): 18.3 – 25.5 °C
  • Autumn (March to May) 14.5 – 22.1 °C
  • Winter (June to August) 8.7 – 16.9 °C
  • Spring (September to November) 13.3 – 19.8 °C

Rent a car in Sydney

As you probably know, Australia offers a lot to see and do. It's a great country to do road trips in to get life time experiences. Hit the roads in a cool and handy campervan in Australia, and travel with your accommodation and transport in one on your Down Under roadtrip! You can also just rent a car in Sydney for the shorter trips. If you want to know more, have any questions or are ready to book, you just need to contact us.

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