Living in Sydney

Summertime in Sydney is always exciting. While studying at the Sydney Summer School, students are in close proximity to the city's cultural festivals; hundreds of possibilities offered by the beautiful harbour and the buzzing inner city. From main campus, to Surry Hills, to the Bondi to Bronte Beach walk, there is no limit to the way students can mix intensive study at Summer School with the necessary relaxation time that goes with it.


Students and food go together like rice and black-eyed peas and, in the time that students take to complete Summer School courses, there is a great culinary triangle to complete across precincts near the main university campus. Start at King Street, Newtown, for cheap and cheerful dishes from around the world, from Thai through to authentic Mexican; then move on to try Japanese on Darling Street, Rozelle; take the tram to eat fish and chips outdoors from the Sydney Fish Markets at Pyrmont, try yum cha in Chinatown on a hectic Saturday morning there; sample Spanish or Italian restaurants hidden away in Surry Hills, before making your way back up Broadway to the University.


Students are spoilt for choice, especially in Newtown, with shops ranging from idiosyncratic boutiques to streetwear outlets to real vintage. Students can also visit some great weekend markets, including the ones located at Surry Hills next to the Clock Hotel; Paddington; Bondi Beach; Glebe and Rozelle. Discount retailers of otherwise expensive clothing can be found in the city at Haymarket.

Arts and Culture

Sydney’s reputation for maintaining one of Australia’s best arts calandars is well deserved. During the Summer you’ll be able to see productions from such world-class groups as Opera Australia, the Australian Ballet, the Sydney Dance Company and the Sydney Symphony. For great theatrical performances check out the program of the Sydney Theatre Company ( who perform at the Sydney Opera House and Walsh Bay, in the Two Wharf Theatres and the Sydney Theatre. Quite simply, there may be no greater setting in the world to hear a classical performance than at the Sydney Opera House. The splendidly refurbished Capital Theatre in Haymarket hosts many a big show. The Lyric and Showroom Theatres in the Star City Casino are also home to mega-hit musicals. With student discounts often available for many performances, you don’t have to break the bank to hear and see an eclectic and exciting mix of classic, contemporary and Australian performing arts. The Art Gallery of New South Wales has significant collections of Australian, indigenous and Asian art. The Museum of Contemporary Art is Australia’s only Museum dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting and collecting contemporary art from across Australia and around the world. With a continuing changing program of exhibitions there is always something exciting and inspiring to see at the MCA.

The Powerhouse Museum develops collections and presents exhibitions and programs that explore science, design and history; it has a reputation as a museum that celebrates human creativity and innovation in ways that engage, inform and inspire diverse audiences. At the Museum of Sydney, Sydney’s heritage is presented in a contemporary context .

And- most importantly for students - many of the exhibitions at these and other museums are either free or modestly priced.

Getting Around

Travel passes are cheap, convenient and a great way to explore Sydney using Sydney Buses, Sydney Ferries and CityRail services. Check out what deals are available. Undoubtedly, the most subline way of seeing Sydeny – and a very economical break from the Summer School – is taking a ferry ride to any number of destinations, as each trip is it’s own harbour cruise .