Come and study in one of the world's best cities.

A city of beauty

Sydney is surrounded by beaches and its energetic central business district is positioned on breathtaking Sydney Harbour, meaning a water view is never far away. Both of UNSW’s Sydney campuses are within easy reach of famous beaches and landmarks, as well as the buzzing city centre.

A business powerhouse

Ideally positioned as the gateway to the Asia Pacific, Sydney is home to more global firms than any other Australian city. It is where great minds do business. Studying at UNSW means you will be right in the middle of the action.

Student friendly

Sydney has been shaped by its location and its open doors to people from around the world. It is home to a diverse and cosmopolitan society. And the city was ranked the 4th best student city in the world winning extra points for quality of life (QS Best Student Cities 2015). The food and coffee are pretty good too.

UNSW’s surrounding suburbs

UNSW is surrounded by suburban beaches and parklands. In fact, we are the closest university to the ocean in Sydney.

Bondi Beach

(30 minutes by bus)
Bondi is Sydney’s most famous beach. With pristine white sand – and a passionate local community – Bondi Beach is perfect for experiencing the Sydney lifestyle, people watching, parties, surfing, exercise or swimming.

Coogee Beach

(less than 10 minutes by bus)
The closest beach to UNSW, Coogee Beach, is a wide bay-style beach making it a great swimming spot. On sunny days, expect to see families, tourists and locals enjoying free-access BBQs, large park areas and one of the many cafes and restaurants.

Centennial Park

(5 minutes by bus)
Centennial Park is inner Sydney’s biggest park. There are tracks for bike riding, horseriding, jogging as well as ponds, sports fields and more.

Kingsford and Randwick

(3 minutes by bus)
The surrounding suburbs of Kingsford and Randwick are just a short walk from UNSW's main campus. There are lots of cafes and restaurants with many offering affordable prices for students. There is a huge range of International cuisines to try too, reflecting the diversity of the area.

Love Sydney for $10 or less

You will quickly find that there are endless indoor and outdoor activities, and delicious fresh food to enjoy in Sydney at affordable prices.

There are over 30 cafes, restaurants and bars across three main food courts throughout the Kensington campus. There are also many affordable eateries within a short walk, meaning a cheap and healthy meal for under $10 is always close by


Take in the iconic view of Sydney Harbour from the Sydney Pylon, a local secret. Visit the Sydney Observatory for a planetarium session or watch a movie at the nearby Randwick Ritz cinema – one of the cheapest cinemas in Sydney


Set off on a beautiful coastal walk, enjoy an Aussie barbeque or ask a local for tips on breathtaking swimming, snorkelling and surfing spots. All free of charge

Culture and creativity

Whether you want to explore vibrant Sydney or stay close to campus, there is always something exciting happening. 


Here is what is on offer:
Art and culture
  • Vivid Sydney

    See Sydney transformed into a wonderland of light installations, music and ideas

  • Sydney Festival

    Enlivening suburbs all over Sydney, a bold festival of big ideas, culture and art

  • New Year’s Eve fireworks

    Arguably the best display of fireworks in the world

  • City2Surf

    Sydney's popular running race with over 80,000 enthusiastic participants

  • Sydney Cricket Ground

    Cricket test matches at the Sydney Cricket Ground

  • AFL

    Australia's own brand of football, known as Aussie Rules, played in local stadiums

Food and shopping

Sydney is famous for its vibrant food scene and café culture. With thousands of restaurants, cafés and bars, the diversity of cuisine and fresh food is outstanding. Sydney also boasts excellent shopping. From local fashion boutiques and weekend markets to large shopping centres, there is something for everyone. 


World-famous attractions include Bondi Beach, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Blue Mountains National Park, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Fish Markets and the Sydney Botanic Gardens.


Summer runs from December to February, Autumn (fall) from March to May, Winter from June to August and Spring from September to November. Generally, Sydney boasts a comfortable temperate climate. The hottest months are January and February and the coldest months are July and August.

Getting around

The easiest way to travel around is by modern public buses, trains, ferries and trams. Sydney is also an easy city to explore by foot. UNSW's Sydney campuses are serviced frequently by buses from Central Station and the CBD.

The future you at
Australia's global

Enjoy a truly personalised
experience with information
tailored to your goals and interests.

Personalise your experience

I am from
Please select a maximum of 3 study areas to personalise your experience.
From academic
excellence to life on

Choose your areas of interest to
highlight what’s important to you
as you browse.

Personalise your experience

My areas of interest
Your personalised
International Student
Guide 2018

Everything you need to know in
your very own personalised PDF -
for easy offline viewing

Personalise your experience

My details
Include information on

Thank you

Your preferences have been saved. Continue further to personalise your website experience and get your personalised guide.

You can finish updating your preferences at any time by selecting the 'Edit Preferences' button in the right hand side bar