Off-campus living

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney is a vibrant city and there are many suburbs surrounding the main campus that are delightful to live in! You can choose to reside in a homestay for a short period and move on to independent renting or you can choose to reside in one of the many privately owned student residences such as UniLodge. The options are plenty so ensure you thoroughly research the options before committing yourself.

The University of Sydney also has an Accommodation Database where private homes are rented out to students. You can search the database for available listings and make contact directly with the landlord; the database is only available to currently enrolled students. Please note that this information is provided only as a service to assist students; these are not University owned or managed accommodation

There are plenty of resources available to ensure that you are equipped with information on the procedures involved with the rental market. Redfern Legal Centre has a Survival Guide that provides resources on share-housing and legalities regarding rights and responsibilities. Tenants NSW has several factsheets that detail the current tenancy law and information regarding rents, bonds and privacy.

Remember, it may take several weeks, especially during the start of each semester, to find an ideal place to live – do not leave house hunting to the last minute!


Closest suburbs

The suburbs surrounding the Camperdown/Darlington Campus include:

  • Darlington
  • Newtown
  • Stanmore
  • Enmore
  • Redfern
  • Glebe
  • Forest Lodge
  • Annandale
  • Ultimo

St Peters, Petersham, Erskinville, Marrickville and Leichhardt are also near the Camperdown Campus but will require a short bus ride. Or you can bicycle it!

Most of the above locations are also convenient for the Sydney College of the Arts at Rozelle. If you wish to live closer to the Sydney College of the Arts then Rozelle and Balmain are the closest suburbs.


Suburbs close to the Cumberland Campus are Lidcombe, Aurburn, Regents Park, Chullora, Homebush (near the site of Sydney's Olympic Park). Also fairly close are the larger centres of Strathfield and Parramatta