Studying at our Campus in Sydney is an enriching and unique experience. Come and find out.

Living in Sydney should be something everyone does at least once in their life – there’s nothing like it!

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Living in Sydney

Sydney – the ultimate Australian city for unforgettable experiences.

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See the answers to some of the most common questions. If you want to speak with a personalised advisor, we are ready to help you.

There are so many features of this iconic city that make living there an incredible experience from its stunning harbour location to world class attractions, enthralling entertainment, and activities for days. You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to dining out and there are plenty of affordable transport options to get you from A to B.

With a population in excess of 5.2 million and the largest economy in Australia, Sydney boasts a multitude of employment opportunities. It’s easy to see why large numbers of international students’ flock to this bustling city.

With short winters and warm summers, Sydney’s temperature ranges from 8° to 27° throughout the year but rarely gets below 5° or above 32°. This leaves plenty of days with clear blue skies to enjoy all that the city has to offer.

Summer (Dec – Feb) Average temperatures: 19.6°C – 26°C
Autumn (Mar – May) Average temperatures: 15°C – 22.3°C
Winter (Jun – Aug) Average temperatures: 9.6°C – 17.3°C
Spring (Sep – Nov) Average temperatures: 14.3°C – 22.6°C

While there are some slightly higher costs to living in Sydney, it is possible to study and enjoy this city on a student budget. There are always smart ways to save and stretch your budget, it’s just a matter of knowing where to look and weighing up options. Although accommodation will be the biggest expense when it comes to living in Sydney, there are plenty of choices further afield in the suburbs. The travelling time can be used to catch up on study or reading. Consider sharing a studio apartment or house, where you can split utility bills, sometimes you will find a place that includes water and electricity in the cost of rent.
Australian Education International estimates than an international student in Sydney will spend about $550 a week on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport and telephone. This figure is a guide only. The costs will vary depending on your location, lifestyle and even your course.

Here’s a general guide to the cost of living per week in Sydney:
TRANSPORT: $10 – $40
MEALS: $100 – $150
PHONE: $10 – $75
INTERNET: $15 – $20

Even though you will want to spend most of your time taking in the sights and sounds of Sydney (when you’re not studying), you are within a few hours of some of the highlights of New South Wales. Whether it be a visit to a coastal town or an inland village, time will feel like it has slowed down, and you will be able to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and the welcoming nature of people in these communities. The world-famous Blue Mountains are right on your doorstep and is your closest day trip from Sydney. If wining and dining is more your thing, you can get to the Hunter Valley by train and bus in around three hours from Sydney. In less than two hours by train you can get to Coalcliff Station and walk to the Sea Cliff Bridge, and as the name suggests, walk along a 665m bridge which goes out over the water away from the rock face. This is the start of the true South Coast which is known for its beaches, national parks and whale watching. Getting from one place to another is easy with websites like Rome2Rio 

It’s not surprising that Sydney is one of the most welcoming cities in Australia when it’s also one of the most multicultural. Here you get to be whatever you want to be. You will feel right at home and accepted because almost anything goes. Sydney has a rich arts and culture scene which embraces personal expression and creativity. As an international student, you get to explore this vibrant city and discover yourself in the process.

With a sophisticated transportation network, making your way around Sydney is easy and affordable. All public transport, including trains, ferries, buses and light rail, use the Opal card system. This allows you to travel as much as you like within the Opal network without paying any more than the capped fare.

Sydney students receive discounts on services such as local public transport and bike hire.

For more detailed information on Sydney transport visit Sydney and Transport NSW.

You will never be bored in Sydney as there is always something exciting happening somewhere. Between festivals and events (many are free to enjoy) and seeing the iconic sights of Sydney, there are options for every budget. A trip to famous Bondi Beach is a must and it’s free! Talk a walk around Circular Quay and The Rocks and get acquainted with what makes Sydney so special. Attractions to activities, entertainment to arts and culture, nightlife, tours, cruises and day trips to places like the Blue Mountains, there is definitely something for everyone.

Each year, Sydney hosts the diverse Sydney Festival in January, the illuminating light festival of Vivid in May and June, and the largest independent arts festival in the state with the Sydney Fringe Festival in September. Prepare to be mesmerised by one of the most lively and lovable cities on Earth.

Key attractions 

Sydney Opera House
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
Taronga Zoo
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Sydney Tower eye
Madame Tussauds


Scenic flights and helicopter tours
Indoor skydiving
Hot air ballooning
Jet boating


Live concerts, shows and theatre

Arts and Culture

Art galleries and museums

Cruises and Tours

Sydney Harbour Cruises
City Tours
Haunted Sydney Ghost Tour
Escape Hunt Sydney
Pubs and History Tour
Winery and Brewery Tours


Bars and pubs

Day trips

Blue Mountains

Food and drink

Fresh produce and markets


Airport transfers
Taxi service

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(07) 3910 0043
(02) 4472 2401

The 6 train stops directly under the College at the 68th Street station. Alternatively, you can take the F train to the East 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue stop. After exiting the station, walk north on Lexington Avenue to East 68th Street.


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