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Student life in Sydney

Sydney is a fabulous city to study in. It is a melting pot and a metropolis with plenty of social and academic activities to participate in. This page will tell you about all the activities that you can do when you won't be studying.

Student life in Sydney won't be boring

We can assure you that Sydney is a great city to be a student in. Sydney is one of the world's most multicultural cities and home to people from over 200 countries. Sydney is the place to meet different cultures, languages, people and perspectives. You will also find the different cultures represented in the restaurants, cafes, food markets and on campus. The international culinary experiences in Sydney are so amazing that you have to promise us that you try some (many) of the amazing restaurants with your newfound friends. All in all, one thing is for sure, you won't find it boring being a student in Sydney. This amazing city has tons of great activities even if you're on a tight budget. 

The University of Sydney is located in the state of New South Wales on Australia's sunny east coast. Most of the campuses are close to the centre of Sydney, including the main campus in Camperdown and Darlington, hence, you will be located right in the city when living on campus. 

The fun side of university life in Sydney

The University of Sydney offers more than 200 clubs and societies, two fully equipped fitness centres, and indoor rock-climbing wall, cafes, bars, live performances and a dynamic calender of events and celebrations. On campus you can get involved in athletics, swim squads, tennis tournaments, football, first-aid classes, golf, hockey, rowing, scuba diving, skiing and more. The University of Sydney has an Olympic-size heated swimming pool, basketball, squash, badminton, tennis court, American football club, rugby team. As an extra info, in 2012, the University of Sydney contributed 31 athletes to the Australian Olympic and Paralympic Games Teams. Chances of being in a study group with a sportsstar are fairly high!

Beaches in and around Sydney

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Sydney is close to no less than 35 beaches. Among the most popular is Manly (on the image above) to the north and Bondi to the east. It takes about 45 minutes by bus from the central station to get to Bondi and about 20 minutes minutes by boat from the port to Manly. Up the east coast the beaches are like pearls on a string and here you also find the site of the popular television series Home and Away. If you like beach life, you have a lot to choose from.

Combine city life and beach life in Sydney

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 curiosities found in the many 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 approx. 500 global companies.

Sydney is made up of many different neighborhoods with their own charms and attractions. This is an excellent place to study for those who want to combine city and beach life. Sydney has a lot to offer for everyone.

7 free activities in Sydney for students

So now you're in Sydney and hopefully you have some days to explore before you start university. We present to you some cool free 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 find tranquil gardens, walking paths, harbour views and open spaces, 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: Walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Walk 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.

4: Visit the Government House

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Alongside the Royal Botanical Gardens you find the historic home of the 37 Governors of New South Wales from 1846 to 1996. Read more about the Government House in Sydney here.

5: Queen Victoria Building - Clocks

On 455 George Street you find The Queen Victoria Building where you will discover two incredible mechanical clocks. The Royal Clock displays scenes of English royalty on the hour, while The Great Australian Clock features 33 scenes from Australian history. Great to learn a bit of history here.

6: Australian National Maritime Museum

The Australian National Maritime Museum is open daily (except for Christmas Day) and admission is free to the permanent exhibitions, special exhibitions, Maritime Heritage Centre at Wharf 7, the North Wharf and Marina to view the small fleet of historic vessels. The museum is located at 2 Murray Street in Darling Harbour. Read more about the museum here.

7: 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 the University of Sydney)

....just to name a few....


Student discounts in SydneyWith an ISIC you get access to student benefits and discounts

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 advantege of all the cool student benefits. Save money during your stay in Sydney with ISIC.

Learn more about ISIC benefits and discounts in Sydney  


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 temperatures on an average of 8-16°C. 

Rent a car in Sydney

Maybe you wish to explore the areas surrounding Sydney in the weekends. KILROY offers car rental in Sydney and we'll be happy to find you the best and cheapest option for your needs. Contact us to hear more. 

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