Sydney Summer School Orientation: In-bound External Students

This orientation will provide information about our University, an introduction to studying at the Summer/Winter School, our campus, safety on campus, and elsewhere in Sydney.

There are also some videos about the University, accomodation, sports, libraries and other facilities and services here: Videos for International Students

Some University history

The University of Sydney is the oldest University in Australia, and has a blend of neo-gothic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture with the latest teaching facilities. There are several campuses throughout Sydney. Most of our students and staff are located on the Camperdown and Darlington campus.

Historic 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.

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
Campus map

Campus Amenities

Wentworth Building

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

Union Pharmacy
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.

Chattabox USYD
Level 3, Wentworth Building
9:30-5:30 Mon-Fri
T 02 9660 8835
Mobiles for Vodafone and Optus networks, Mobile phone repairs, Mobile phone covers.

University Newsagency
Level 3, Wentworth Building, open from 9am-5pm.

Level 3, Wentworth , open from 9am-5pm.
Phone: +61 2 9552 3324

Counselling Service
Level 5
Jane Foss Russell Building (next to Wentworth Building)
160 City Road, Darlington
Phone: 86278437

Smart Eats
Wentworth Building
Open from 9am-5pm

Getting 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
International Office

Main Quadrangle – Located on the Main Quadrangle, Close to Fisher Library Main Quad

Fisher Library – Located on the main Camperdown Campus Fisher Library

By Train

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.

By Bus

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.

Studying at the Sydney Summer School

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.


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

Special Consideration

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

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.

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

General Safety

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, poorly 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.

Do not hesitate to ring the police if necessary.

Beach Safety

Many tourists get into trouble on Sydney metro beached due to strong currents causing rips that pull swimmers out to sea. 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. 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
Dendy Cinema
Hoyts Cinema

Circular Quay
Circular Quay

Opera House
Sydney Opera House

Bush Walking (Blue Mountains)
Blue Mountains

Government House
Government House

New South Wales Art Gallery
NSW Art Gallery

Manly Sea Kayaks
Manly Kayaks

Paddington Markets
Paddington Markets