Sydney over summer

Sydney Summer School students are close to the cbd, the Harbour and the, always humming, inner city areas such as Surry Hills. When intensive study becomes tiring, then Bondi or Bronte Beach are just a bus ride away, up Oxford Street.

Cheap eats

There is a culinary triangle across precincts near the main university campus: You can find cheap Vietnamese or Thai on King Street, Newtown; there is great pizza found on Crown Street, Surry Hills; it's always good to eat sushi / fish and chips outdoors at the Sydney Fish Markets in Pyrmont, or to stop in the city to have yum cha in Chinatown on a hectic Saturday morning. All of this is near the University.


In Newtown, there are shops ranging from idiosyncratic gift shops and boutiques - to streetwear outlets - to real vintage stores. Students can also visit some great weekend markets, at Surry Hills, Paddington, Bondi Beach, Glebe and Rozelle. Discount clothing retailers can also be found in the city at Haymarket near Chinatown.

Arts and Culture

Over summer you’ll be able to see performances by the following world-class companies at the Sydney Opera House:

Opera Australia

Australian Ballet

Sydney Dance Company

Sydney Symphony

The Sydney Theatre Company ( perform at the Sydney Opera House and Walsh Bay, in the Two Wharf Theatres and the Sydney Theatre and their annual programme offers terrific actors in productions such as reworked versions of Chekhov or Gorky, as well as new work by Australian playwrights.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales has significant collections of Australian and Asian art as well as a new contemporary wing and many free events based around touring exhibitions.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art from across Australia and around the world and has presented huge art stars like Yoko Ono and Annette Messager.

The Powerhouse Museum develops collections and presents exhibitions and programs that explore science, design and history for diverse audiences, especially children.

At the Museum of Sydney, Sydney’s heritage is presented in a contemporary context .

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.

Studying over summer is a good excuse to throw your books in a bag and take a ferry ride to find a Harbour beach and tree under which to read.