Welcome to Sydney
Welcome to our online Sydney Summer/Winter School Orientation.
We hope the following information will be useful for you, during your stay at the University of Sydney.
This orientation will provide information about our University, some tips about studying at the Summer/Winter School, our campus, and most importantly tips for your safety on campus, at the beach and in the bush.
We have also included some key places you might like to visit around Sydney.
We hope you enjoy your stay with us, and if we can assist you in any way, please let us know.
Please feel free to drop in to make contact with one of our friendly staff members, or if you need any assistance during your Summer/Winter program.
Our Summer School office is located in Room 228, The Institute Building, On City Road, near the Darlington Centre and Mereweather Building.
We are open Monday to Friday, 9am-4.30pm.
Location of Summer School office
Check out the videos about the University, accomodation, sports, libraries and other facilities and services. Videos for International Students
A little history about the University
The University of Sydney is the oldest University in Australia, and has a blend of neo-gothic sandstone history complete with gargoyles, cloisters and courtyards and contemporary, well-equipped architecture. The University of Sydney offers the highest quality teaching, learning and research facilities.
The University of Sydney has several campuses throughout Sydney. Most of our students and staff are located on the Camperdown and Darlington campus, and many of them live locally. The campus is filled with important heritage buildings, close to the heart of Australia’s largest and most international city, which have been complemented by the recent completion of state-of-the-art teaching, research and student support facilities.
Guided historic one hour tours of the Camperdown campus are available from University Heritage Tours. They can tell you about 150 years of history of the University’s Quadrangle Building and surrounding environs. Discover the architectural, historical and cultural significance of the campus.
Tours are available from Monday to Friday between 9am to 4pm.
Cost: $13 per person ($7.50 per senior citizen), incl. GST. A Minimum charge applies for small groups. Bookings should be made at least two weeks in advance, and requests must be in writing please. Tours booking site
Phone: +61 2 9351 2274
See the videos. Videos for International Students
Located on our main Camperdown campus off City road. This student dining area features ample seating and an alfresco garden area. The outlet offers a fine selection of international hot dishes, gourmet sandwiches, toasted Turkish bread, and a range of pastries, pies, great coffee and burgers freshly made to order. Open at 7.30am for breakfast through to late all year. It also contains the following services for students;
University Health Service - The University Health Service provides a fully experienced general practitioner service, & emergency medical care, for staff and students. Located in the Wentworth Building. Open from 9am-5pm.Phone: +61 2 9351 3484
Level 3 Wentworth, open from 9am-6pm.
Ph: + 612 9692 8900
Level 3, Wentworth Building, open from 9am-5pm.
Phone: +61 2 9660 3338
Banks - Commonwealth Branch and NAB Branch
Level 3, Wentworth, open from 9am-4.30pm.
ANZ ATM - located ground level Wentworth, Eastern Avenue Ground Floor, Law School, Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building
WESTPAC ATM - Lower Level, University Sports and Aquatic Centre
HI-Q Computer Store
Level 3, Wentworth, open from 9am-5pm.
Student Travel Australia (STA)
Level 3, Wentworth, open from 9am-5pm.
Level 3, Wentworth Building
T 02 9660 8835
Mobiles for Vodafone and Optus networks, Mobile phone repairs, Mobile phone covers.
Level 3, Wentworth Building, open from 9am-5pm.
Level 3, Wentworth , open from 9am-5pm.
Phone: +61 2 9552 3324
Jane Foss Russell Building (next to Wentworth Building)
160 City Road, Darlington
Open from 9am-5pm
This student dining area features ample seating and an alfresco garden area. The outlet offers a fine selection of international hot dishes, gourmet sandwiches, toasted Turkish bread, a range of pastries, pies, great coffee and burgers freshly made to order. Open at 7.30am for breakfast through to late all year.
Mint – for great coffee/lunch (next to Aquatic Centre)
Manning Bar at Manning House
Level 2, Manning House
The Manning Bar offers entertainment as well as alcoholic beverages and pub style meals. Seating can be found inside and outside on the balcony.
Law School Café
F10 Law School, Open from 9am-6pm
University Health Service
Level 4 Holme Building, Science Rd
The centre offers a wide range of fitness services, an indoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art cardio and resistance equipment, and group fitness classes.
Getting To and Around campus
The campus is on the corner of Parramatta Road and City Road, Camperdown, approximately 5 km from the Sydney CBD.
Locations of Main contacts on Campus;
The Sydney Summer School – Located in Room N228, The Institute building, on City road, next to the Darlington Centre and Mereweather Building
Sydney Summer School
International Office - Located on Level 4, Jane Foss Russell Building
Main Quadrangle – Located on the Main Quadrangle, Close to Fisher Library Main Quad
Fisher Library – Located on the main Camperdown Campus Fisher Library
The two closest train stations to our campus are;
Redfern Station and Newtown Station.
If walking to Redfern station, it is best to keep to the footpaths, and stay in groups. Try to avoid walking there at night.
Location for Redfern Station - public transport
Note: the free Campus Security bus does a loop round campus to include Redfern Station.
The main stop heading into the city and Central Station is located on City Rd, opposite the Wentworth Building. Catch routes 422, 423, 426, 428.
For stops on Parramatta Road (closest to the Quadrangle) catch routes 412, 413, 436, 438, 439, 440, 461, 480, 483 or metrobus m10 from George Street or Railway Square.
Buses 422, 423, 426, and 428 go from Circular Quay (in the Sydney CBD) to International House. Tell the driver you're going to the "University of Sydney".
As a lot of buses are pre-paid only, you can purchase bus tickets from our newsagent, located on Level 3 of Wentworth Building. You may also need to wave your hand to stop a bus.
It is less expensive to purchase a book of 10 tickets.
Tips for Studying at the Sydney Summer School
Whilst studying in Australia, there is a focus on practical learning that encourages creative, independent thought and debate. Critical thinking skills are generally considered to be vital to success at the University.
Due to the intensive nature of Summer and Winter School study, the class sizes are generally much smaller than during Semesters, and attendance for at least 80% of classes is recommended.
Start your assignments as soon as you get them, and ask for help from your lecturer if you are unclear about assignments.
Plagiarism - is considered very serious by the University. It is a form of theft or fraud.
It is when the words, ideas, diagrams or data of another are passed off as your own without the original source being cited or referenced. If this is done knowingly, the University considers it as Dishonest Plagiarism and academic misconduct.
Please see the following link. Academic Board Policy: Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism
The University’s assessment practices are designed to ensure that conditions are fair to all students, as consistent as possible, and that individual students are not disadvantaged by adverse personal circumstances beyond their control or by the activities of other students.
Only illness or misadventure during a semester or occurring at the time of an examination will warrant Special Consideration for academic performance. The academic judgement as to whether Special Consideration will be granted will depend upon both the nature of the illness or misadventure and its timing with respect to the assessment. For instance a short acute illness supported by a Professional Practitioner Certificate the day of the examination would normally be accepted as grounds for Special Consideration, but the same illness occurring several weeks before an assessment would be unlikely to be considered acceptable grounds.
Please see the following link. Download the University of Sydney Special Consideration form
Tips for Safety on campus
Our on campus Security Service provides a wide range of services to the entire University Community: Staff, Academics and Students.
In case of emergency call 9351 3333.
Depending on the type of emergency, the most appropriate method is to contact Security and/or Police, Ambulance, Fire Brigade by phone. If out on the campus, go to a busy place such as the libraries, especially Fisher Library (which is open late), phones are available for use there.
There are emergency contact points at locations around the University. These are marked in the UniSafe brochure on Personal Safety.
There are flat-surfaced phones with press button action (that direct dial security).
These phones all direct dial the Security Services emergency number when activated. To operate press the button and wait. Emergency telephone & duress button map in PDF format (760kb).
Standard phones capable of dialling internal extensions only
(9351 3333 for emergency) are located as follows:
Externally near the main entry door to the Blackburn Building.
The external entry door at the Computer Lab Madsen Building (City Road side).
In the foyer of Fisher Library.
Emergency telephone & duress button map in PDF format (760kb).
The Security Service operates a patrol and emergency response service.
Patrol Officers wear distinctive uniforms to make them readily identifiable.
The Security Patrol uses high visibility patrolling techniques to deter crime. The frequent patrols are also designed to facilitate the identification of areas of risk for crime or general safety.
Campus Security Bus
The Security Service operates a free bus service during semester, Monday to Friday, except public holidays, commencing at 4.45pm outside Fisher Library. The final run leaves Fisher at library closing time. The bus does a loop around campus to include Redfern Station and the Telfer building.
Afternoon services: Mon to Fri
Regular Bus: 4.30pm to 9.30pm Mon to Fri
Express Bus: 4.30pm to 7.15pm Mon to Fri
Note: Express Bus out from City Road Proceeds straight to Redfern
Afternoon service is dictated by the Fisher Library hours of operation and the last run leaves Fisher at library closing time.
Note: There is no security bus service during public holidays and the University Christmas shut down period.
Campus Security Bus
Sydney is like any other major city, it's not crime free, but it is relatively safe, particularly in the main tourist areas.
It is not recommended to walk in the streets alone outside of daylight hours. If you have late lectures, arrange to walk to the bus stop, the station or your home with other people. If this is not possible, catch the free campus shuttle bus to the nearest public transport, or contact Campus Security(9351 3333), and ask for an escort.
STAY IN WELL LIT AREAS. Avoid dark, badly lit areas both on and off campus. Keep to brightly lit areas around campus and brightly lit, peopled streets if you have to walk alone at night.
KEEP YOUR LOCAL POLICE STATION NUMBER HANDY near your home telephone, and do not hesitate to ring the police if necessary.
DO NOT CARRY LARGE AMOUNTS OF CASH OR ALL YOUR CREDIT CARDS AT ANY ONE TIME.
CONTACT CAMPUS SECURITY ON 9351 3333 (and 13333 on an internal phone) if you are on campus and feel unsafe or under threat at any time.
SAFETY WHEN BUSHWALKING.
The Australian bush can be unforgiving. It is easy to get lost.
- Check weather forecasts and local park conditions and modify your plans accordingly.
- Make sure you will have at least three people in your group. If there is an emergency, at least one can go for help, while the other stays with the injured or ill person.
- If you have a mobile phone, remember that it may not receive or transmit in some areas.
- Take appropriate clothing and wear closed footwear – preferably boots or runners. Regardless of the season, always take a windproof/waterproof jacket, and clothing that can keep you warm when wet.
- For camping take a good tent and a sleeping bag appropriate to the conditions.
- For any walk of more than a kilometre or so, take extra water, snacks (such as fruit or health bars) and a first aid kit. Insect repellent and a torch can prove to be very useful.
- Give complete route details of where you are going to close relatives or friends, or the police. Tell them your: destination and intended route; equipment list; any special medical conditions group members have, for example diabetes or asthma and when you expect to get back.
- Remember to tell your friend or relative when you do return or, if you are overdue, to phone them from the first phone box or police station you come to.
Spiders: are present, so you just need to be vigilant. However bites are generally rare and hardly ever fatal, however if you are bitten, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible to access anti-venom.
Snakes: they're around, but generally get out of your way before you have a chance to see them. Not something you should be worrying about, but you should be aware.
Only ever swim between the flags where life savers patrol the beach. Many beaches have dangerous rips which can take you out to sea very quickly. Don't swim by yourself. Life savers will also alert swimmers to any sharks in the water.
Make sure you wear 30+ sun screen and a hat when going to the beach. The sun is most dangerous between 11am and 3pm.
For more information about beach safety, please see the Surf Life Saving website.
Getting Around Sydney
Best ways to get around
Taking a City Circle Train, or walking, are the best ways of seeing city attractions, while buses and ferries represent the best way to visit points and attractions around the harbour. The government-run Explorer Buses and Sydney Pass service represent an ideal and inexpensive way to see most of the main tourist points around the city and out to Bondi.
Sydney Ferries, which leave from Circular Quay, provide an inexpensive way of seeing the most beautiful harbour in the world. The best ride is to Manly. It takes ½ an hour and goes straight down the harbour, past all the key iconic buildings and the Harbour Bridge.
For excursions around the harbour, private operators offer a myriad of harbour cruises, that promise more than a just a simple ferry ride.
Use the Trip Planner to work out a travel plan using CityRail services, or a combination of train, bus and ferry services to get you to your destination, then, for low cost travel for the day, on Buses, Ferries and Trains, buy a MyMulti Day Pass.
A cost-effective way to travel around Sydney is to purchase the Sydney pass. The Sydney pass allows unlimited travel on all regular Sydney buses, Sydney ferries, City rail trains, Sydney Explorer, Bondi and Bay Explorer, Airport Express and Sydney Harbour Cruises. You will save on time and money as you can hop onto any of these modes of transport to get you where you want to go. Passes for 3, 5 and 7 days are available. Passes can be purchased from Transport Info Kiosks located around the city, the Sydney Ferries Ticket Office, on board any Explorer or Airport Express Bus and any City Rail station.
Places to visit
Victoria Park Heated Pool – close to campus on the north side, near the main gate on the edge of the Victoria gardens
Victoria Park Pool
Cinema in Newtown and Broadway
261-263 King Street,
Newtown NSW 2042
Circular Quay - is the hub of Sydney Harbour. It is a stepping-off point for most attractions based around the harbour and an exciting place to be on a warm summer's day. The quay is a vibrant, bustling place with ferries leaving every few minutes to different parts of the harbour, including Sydney Aquarium, Manly, Watsons Bay, Mosman and Taronga Park Zoo. There are great views of the Harbour Bridge and The Opera House, a short distance away. It also has lots of cafes and bars.
Taronga Zoo – You can see our native animals, feed the giraffe and see our baby elephants.
Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes from the city by ferry, with breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, and there are free shows and keeper talks throughout the day. The quickest and easiest way to get to Taronga Zoo is by public transport, or a short bus trip from the city or North Sydney. Great discounts are offered with combined public transport and zoo entry tickets!
Opera House – Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre opened in 1973, the world heritage listed and the most iconic building in Australia. It is also one of the most popular visitor attractions in Australia, with more than seven million people visiting the site each year, 300,000 of whom take a guided tour.
Sydney Opera House
Bush Walking (Blue Mountains) - The Blue Mountains is a must see while staying in Sydney. Located approximately 2 hours by train from Sydney, leaving from Central station. The Blue Mountains Region is a captivating world of National Parks, spectacular scenery, awe inspiring vistas and the grandeur of ancient mountains.
The cable car trip is a must! Blue Mountains
Government House - located in Sydney, alongside the Royal Botanical Gardens, overlooking Sydney Harbour, and just south of the Sydney Opera House. It was formerly the official residence, and remains the official reception space, of the Governor of New South Wales, and is now managed by the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales as a museum.
New South Wales Art Gallery – The Art Gallery of NSW is one of Australia’s leading art museums. Over one million visitors a year enjoy the Gallery’s collection of Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian and contemporary art. Located within beautiful parklands overlooking Sydney Harbour and only 15 minutes walk from the city centre.
NSW Art Gallery
Manly Sea Kayaks - There is no better way to explore the famous Sydney Harbour than by paddling a kayak. Embark on 3 Beaches Tour and you will be shown this widely historical and majestic water way.
Paddington Markets - 395 Oxford Street
Clothes, vegetables, food, ceramics & art.