University of Sydney Union (USU)

What is the USU?

Founded in 1874, the University of Sydney Union (USU) is Australia’s oldest and largest student union and non-profit organisation dedicated to giving students a once in a lifetime university experience.

The USU is run by a student board of directors and is in charge of most of the fun stuff on campus including the clubs & societies program, parties (think themes such as Thrift Shop, Dodgy Sweaters and 90s), festivals, revues, Manning and Hermann’s Bars, Courtyard Restaurant and Bar, Laneway cafe, debating and heaps more! To get the most out of the USU, you’ll need an ACCESS card.

What is ACCESS?

This little piece of plastic is useful for basically everything on campus that isn’t learning-related. Buy your ACCESS card from the USU to:

  1. Get 15 percent off all over campus* with cheap food, drink and other uni essentials
  2. Join clubs and societies and make new friends Go to parties, events and festivals with discounted or free entry
  3. Get discounts off campus with cheap movie tickets, cheaper food, fashion, entertainment, travel and more
  4. Join free day trips to get to know the uni and Sydney
  5. Become a leader and learn valuable career skills
  6. Apply for business and creative grants to help get your idea off the ground

*Available at Unimart, The Sydney Store and every food and drink outlet on the main campus excluding Ralph’s and Mint. 10 percent off at Poolside.

Can’t wait to start?

Say hi on social media before semester begins. If you have any questions, photos or videos you want to share with us, we’d love to hear from you. Find us on:
Facebook (link to, Twitter (link to, Instagram (link to, Youtube (link to, Flickr (link to]

Hashtag all your Instagram pics with #usuaccess for us to see, and we’ll regram our favourites. You can also hashtag #unilife to connect with the wider university community.

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