Laura Minchella

Laura Minchella

When I was a high school student I thought life at university would be purely academic, with a strict study curriculum. But there is so much more you can get out of your time here.

When I first started at Sydney, I was welcomed into a vibrant student community, filled with active and enthusiastic people who are passionate about what they do, and involved in a range of fun and interesting activities.

The University supports more than 200 clubs and societies, run by students, for students. Whatever you’re interested in, whether it’s sport, photography, or comic books, there’s a club that you can join. It’s a great way to meet other students who share your interests, and get involved with the many social events organised by the clubs.

These events are amazing. From open-air movie screenings to theatre productions, and society balls and celebrations, there’s always something happening.

Lots of societies are based on a particular course, which is a fantastic support network for new students – it helps you meet others in your class and get great advice about your studies from older students.

One great thing about participating in extra-curricular activities is that it enables you to develop useful skills outside of the classroom, such as representing the University in sport or public speaking or helping plan events.

In many ways, the University of Sydney is like its own suburb – it even has its own postcodes!

The main campus (Camperdown) is filled with modern cafes and bars where you can catch up with friends. If you love art, our galleries host exhibitions for many of Sydney’s art festivals.

Health-wise, all kinds of services are right on your doorstep. There are doctors, dentists, optometrists, counsellors, physios, even chaplains, plus shops to cover all your needs: newsagents, banks, chemists, bookshops and a post office.

If you enjoy sport, you’ll love the fully‑featured gym, plus three basketball courts, 16 tennis courts, three squash courts, an indoor climbing centre, and a 50m heated swimming pool!

One of the things I really appreciate is how close we are to the city. I love that it’s a quick walk to Newtown, Redfern and Central station, or a short bus ride to Sydney’s CBD where I work and visit art galleries for assignments.

There are also many facilities to help with your studies, such as computer labs, free Wi-Fi, and huge libraries to research and meet up with study groups.

My favourite spot on campus to study and relax with friends is on the landscaped lawns and gardens around the Quadrangle. It is perfect any time of year.