Sydney is Australia’s largest and most dynamic city. It is an exciting and ever-changing urban centre and was ranked 6th in the “QS Best Student Cities in the World 2012'. Sydney is vibrant and cosmopolitan with a diverse and unique lifestyle. Importantly, Sydney is considered to be safe, clean and green.
With a population of 4.5 million people Sydney provides a friendly English-speaking environment in which to live, study and travel.
Sydney is the largest, oldest and most beautifully situated city in Australia, and it is also a major business centre for the Asia-Pacific region. Over four million people live in this exciting, cosmopolitan city, which offers more entertainment, shopping and sightseeing than any other place in Australia.
Traffic in Australia drives on the left-hand side of the road. The city and inner suburbs of Sydney are linked by buses, trains, and ferries. There are different types of fares covering the network and the cost varies with the type of pass and distance travelled. For full details on UNSW public transport, fares and timetable, check the UNSW Transport Website:
Sydney hosted the 2000 Olympic Games and is well-equipped with world-class sporting facilities. Swimming and surfing are major pastimes for the people of Sydney; the famous beaches of Bondi and Coogee are close to UNSW Global. The city has many parks and gardens. Centennial Park, near the University, is a vast green area for jogging, horse or bike riding, walking and picnicking.
Sydney is a multicultural city, where you can experience the food, entertainment and customs of many cultures. It is the principal port for international airlines operating into Australia and offers more entertainment, shopping and sightseeing opportunities than any other Australian city.
For more information visit Discover Sydney Website for places to go and things to do: www.discoversydney.com.au
Sydney is the home to many of the nation’s leading cultural activities, including: The Art Gallery of New South Wales, State Conservatorium of Music, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australian Museum, Australian Opera, the Sydney Dance Company and the Australian Ballet.
Sydney has a lively nightclub scene, with international artists from around the world attracting capacity audiences at many live entertainment venues.
Vibrant weekend markets are a feature of many areas, such as the famous Rocks district, Paddington and Bondi and Balmain markets. They provide a cheaper shopping alternative to the established department stores and designer outlets in the city.
Sydney is a great place to live and study, and to help you understand your new city, we have put together some typical costs.
We recommend that you have at least AUD$2000 when you arrive to cover the initial costs of books, rental bond, and other expenses.
To obtain a visa, future students may need to demonstrate and/or declare they have genuine access to sufficient funds to be granted a student visa.
|Expenses||AUD (per person)|
|Travel||Return air fare to Australia|
|Living||AUD$18,610 per year|
Please note that annual costs do not include tuition and study related fees.
Further details are available from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
|Weekly cost||Shared house of flat||One-bedroom unit||On campus (college)|
|Mobile phone and Internet||AUD$25||AUD$25||AUD$22.50|
|Household products (cleaning, toothpaste)||AUD$10||AUD$10||AUD$10|
|Utilities (gas, electricity, phone)||AUD$20||AUD$20||AUD$0|
|Average weekly costs||AUD$575||AUD$755||AUD$662.50|
Note: These figures do not include large household items such as a refrigerator or furniture. Owning a car in Australia can be very expensive and we recommend that you use public transport as much as possible.
|Item||Cost (AUD$AUD)||Item||Cost (AUD$AUD)|
|Milk (1 litre)||AUD$1.50||Chicken breast (1kg)||AUD$10.00|
|Bread ( loaf)||AUD$3.00||Potatoes (1kg)||AUD$3.00|
|Can of tuna||AUD$2.00||Apples (1kg)||AUD$4.00|
|Can of Cola||AUD$2.00||Ice Cream||AUD$4.00|
|Item||Cost (AUD$AUD)||Item||Cost (AUD$AUD)|
|Restaurant meal||AUD$30.00||Glass of wine||AUD$8.00|
|Movie rental||AUD$7.00||Soft drink||AUD$4.00|
|Bottle of wine||AUD$15.00||Cafe tea/coffee||AUD$3.50|
Sydney enjoys a warm and sunny climate that lends itself to a healthy lifestyle. With pristine sandy beaches to the east, National Parks to the north and south and mountain ranges to the west, Sydney’s natural assets present an ideal setting for outdoor activities.
|New Year's Day||1 January|
|Additional Day||2 January|
|Australia Day||26 January|
|Good Friday||14 April|
|Easter Saturday||15 April|
|Easter Sunday||16 April|
|Easter Monday||17 April|
|Anzac Day||25 April|
|Queen's Birthday||12 June|
|Labour Day||2 October|
|Christmas Day||25 December|
|Boxing Day||26 December|
|Sydney daily newspaper||Sydney Morning Herald|
|National daily newspaper||The Australian|
|Exchange rate information||OZ Forex|
|Online magazine for international students (published by IDP Education Australia)||Boomerang
|What's on guide for Sydney||CitySearch|
|Australia's national Special Broadcasting Service of overseas news and entertainment||SBS-TV|
|A range of Sydney radio stations
(including non-English language services)
(including weekly passes and trip planner)
|Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)||Medibank|
|Study in Australia||Study in Australia website|
|Sydney Official Travel & Accommodation Website||www.sydney.com|
|Information about accommodation, events & things to do in NSW||www.visitnsw.com|