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Student life in Sydney

Sydney is voted to be the world’s most popular student city, and we understand why! Let us share with you what's so great about this vibrant city.

Student life in Sydney

We can assure you that Sydney is a great city to be a student in, there is always something going on! In the city centre, you will find many pubs and several nightclubs with “Student nights”. You can participate in countless of events on campus every day, and you can join athletic competitions, parties, society & club gatherings, public lectures, performances, seminars, competitions etc. All you need to do is choose!

UNSW is located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, within easy reach of Sydney city’s commercial and cultural centre and even closer to Sydney’s famous beaches. In fact, it is less than 10 minutes by car to the beautiful Coogee beach! Apart from beaches, Sydney has a number of parks, galleries, festivals, museums and restaurants.

The fun side of university life in Sydney

As an international student at UNSW, you have access to nearly 200 clubs and societies as well as a full array of free services. This includes career and cultural workshops, legal assistance, day trips and volunteer opportunities to help you adapt to your new life in Sydney.

Beaches in and around Sydney

Student life in Sydney - You can easily get to and hang out at legendary Bondi Beach

Sydney is close to no less than 100 beaches. Among the most popular ones you'll find Bondi Beach (image above), about 40 minutes by bus from UNSW Kensington main campus. You will also be close to beautiful Coogee Beach, which is less than 10 minutes by bus from the UNSW main campus. A nice excursion is to take the ferry to other beaches like Manly Beach or Watson Bay for a surf or a swim.

Combine city life and beach life in Sydney

Student life in Sydney is sweet. Here you have the opportunity to start the morning with an early sunrise surf, or morning run on the beach if you prefer to keep both feet on the beach right before your lectures. If you need more sun, why don't you do your studies at the beach in the afternoon!

Apart from beaches, Sydney has a number of parks, galleries and festivals. In Sydney, there are endless shopping opportunities, from high-end brands such as Gucci and Prada to the various markets scattered throughout the city. It is also Australia's main destination for international students and the center of the country's economy. It houses the main offices of approximately 500 global companies.

Sydney is made up of many different neighbourhoods each with their own charm and attractions. For those who want to combine city and beach life, Sydney is an excellent place to study.

6 great activities in Sydney for students

Get to know your new city! As mentioned above, you can always find fun activities in Sydney. Here are a couple of free cool activities in Sydney:

1: Take a walk on The Rocks

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Explore Sydney’s urban locality, great history and some of the city’s oldest surviving buildings as you wander around these streets that were established shortly after the colony's formation in 1788.

2: Study in the Royal Botanic Gardens

Once your uni lecture is over you have to bring your books and workgroup to the Royal Botanic Gardens. In here, you will find tranquil gardens, walking paths, harbour views and open spaces, making it the perfect study area. And don't forget to take a selfie and show your friends and family at home your new study office. They'll only be slightly jealous.

3: Hang out in Hyde Park

Hyde Park is Australia's oldest park, located in the middle of Sydney. People go here for coffee, a run or just hang out and relax with friends. The main attraction in Hyde Park is the Archibald Fountain, seen by many as Australia's most beautiful public fountain. Other attractions in this park is a statue of James Cook and the Sandringham and Nagoya Gardens.

4: Walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge

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

5: Cool seasonal happenings in Sydney

Don't miss the Moonlight Cinema if you are here during the Australian summer, Australia’s favourite outdoor cinema, showing advance screenings, new release and cult films. And around May-June the spectacular 18-day festival of light, music and ideas Vivid Sydney occurs.

6: The best student bars

Ok, it might not be free if you wish to purchase something at the bar, but at least dancing is free and you just have to enjoy the awesome feeling of being a student in Sydney in one of these great student bars:

  • The Courthouse, 19 Upper Macdonald Rd, Newtown (this is a proper pub)
  • The Ivy, 320 George Street (Sydney's only rooftop pool bar)
  • Manning Bar (located at UNSW)
  • ....just to name a few

A great local pub with a nice atmosphere and that serves excellent coctails is The Baxter Inn at Clarence Street.

Student discounts in Sydney

With your ISIC student card you receive tons of discounts and benefits all over Sydney, Australia and the rest of the world. Download the ISIC Benefits App for free and take advantage of all the 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 warmest month of the year is January with an average temperature of 18-25°C. The winter is mild and slightly cool. The coldest month is June with 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

While in Australia, you HAVE to explore. You can rent a car in Sydney for the weekends getaway, or a cool and handy campervan in Australia where you have accommodation and transport in one for your Down Under road trip! If you want to know more, have any questions or are ready to book, you just need to contact us.

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