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University isn’t all about study …

There's also time to socialise, make friends and kick back
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Our campuses play host to a range of entertainment and events throughout the year. From weekly pub trivia to live music festivals, you’ll always find a good excuse to log out and put down the textbooks.

What’s going on around campus

Happy hour

Local watering spots Manning Bar (in Manning House) and Hermann’s (in the Wentworth Building) are always open for decent food, cheap drinks and a friendly vibe throughout semester.

Happy hour (from 4–6pm) and regular live entertainment draw strong crowds during the week.

Manning Bar hosts local and international weekend gigs so if you’re looking to discover next year’s biggest music acts, there’s a good chance they’ll turn up. The Jezabels, The Vines and Cloud Control were all launched at the bar’s annual Sydney Uni Band Comp.

For mid-week comic relief, head down to Hermann’s on a Wednesday afternoon for stand-up comedy. Anyone willing to brave hecklers is invited to bring their best material to the stage. Hermann’s is also renowned for quirky theme nights (think awkward sweaters and ‘90s pop stars) and regular DJ competitions.

Put it in your calendar:

  • Pub trivia at Manning every Tuesday, 5pm
  • Stand-up comedy at Hermann's every Wednesday, 1pm (with open-mic spots for aspiring comedians)
  • Theatresports at Manning every Thursday, 1pm 

'Funch’ anyone?

Our student union hosts FUNCH every second Wednesday where you’ll find games, food, drinks, live entertainment and music between 12–2pm. It’s free for ACCESS members.

On alternate Wednesdays, market stalls line Eastern Avenue selling food, clothing and assorted bits and pieces from 9am to 5pm.

Keeping active

Balance out those sedentary study sessions at Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness.

Membership gives you access to premium cardio equipment, weights, tennis courts, yoga classes and plenty more. Exercise can help manage stress levels, regulate sleeping patterns and boost your mood, so be sure to make time for it the same way you would with study.

A premium membership gives you access to:

  • two health and fitness centres
  • 65 group fitness classes per week
  • 220 cardio and resistance machines
  • seven squash courts
  • six tennis courts
  • four basketball courts
  • indoor rock climbing
  • martial arts dojo
  • boxing ring
  • 50-metre indoor heated swimming pool

Soak up some culture

We have two art galleries and two museums on the Camperdown Campus.

Hidden in the northern side of the Quad is the University Art Gallery, opened in 1850 with little more than “a clock, a portrait of Sir Francis Forbes, two maps, two blackboards with stands and a large globe”, it now houses more than 7000 artworks.

The USU-run Verge Gallery is a multi-purpose creative space that hosts a broad range of exhibitions, events, panels and discussions throughout the year. The gallery also houses an impressive zine library open to students during semester.

The Macleay Museum is home to the oldest natural history collection in this country. It plays an important part in telling the story of Australia’s history in scientific practice.

The Nicholson Museum houses the largest collection of antiquities in the Southern Hemisphere, comprising nearly 30,000 artefacts of artistic and archaeological significance from Egypt, Greece, Italy, Cyprus and the Near East.

Volunteer for good causes on campus

There are a number of ways to get involved with volunteering at Sydney.

Compass – find your way to higher education
The Compass project aims to encourage primary and secondary school children to stay in school and go on to study at university. Student volunteers are asked to bring their skills, enthusiasm and energy to this grassroots volunteer program. Full training is provided.

Research projects
Have a look at the Volunteer for Research Studies page or keep an eye out for Student News in your student inbox each week, where academics, postgraduate students and research units post volunteer opportunities for a broad range of research projects.

University of Sydney Union Volunteer Program
Join the Union's V Team to have fun, make new friends, give back to your community and develop your personal and professional skills. The V Team is involved in all USU festivals throughout the year, a high school tutoring program as well as community volunteer events.

Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience
Alumnus Jack Manning Bancroft set up the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience during his student days to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to go on to higher education and complete their studies with the support of a mentor. Take part in encouraging wider participation in higher education.

The shows go on …

Live music and theatre is on show all year round at the Seymour Centre, and you can get cheaper tickets if you head for the Student Rush just before curtains up.

Performances by the Sydney University Dramatic Society (SUDS) are also held at the Cellar Theatre during semester. If you’re an aspiring director or thespian, join SUDS or visit its website for more details.