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Life in Sydney

Study on a beautiful campus in one of the world's best cities

Sydney ranks second on a list of the 50 best cities in the world in which to live, work and study, above New York and Paris. Our University has also been named among the world’s top 10 most beautiful campuses.

Study in the heart of our famous city 

With a network of campuses in the heart of the city and beyond, you’re never far from Sydney’s famous harbour, Opera House or beaches.

But there’s more to living in Sydney than our iconic buildings and beaches.

Our Camperdown/Darlington Campus is close to Sydney’s central business district (CBD) where you’ll find Chinatown, Darling Harbour and a labyrinth of shopping malls.

The inner-west suburbs around Camperdown/Darlington, such as Newtown and Glebe, offer a great range of small bars and restaurants.

Meanwhile, if you head to the eastern suburbs, such as Darlinghurst, Potts Point or Paddington, you’re never too far from the sea and a patchwork of parks where spending a lazy Sunday afternoon doesn’t cost you anything at all.

Our own campus is rich in greenery too, with the historic Quad at its heart; it’s just one of the many reasons we were voted one of the most attractive campuses worldwide.

The best student experience in Australia

When you’re not exploring the city or campus, there are plenty of other things to do.

The University of Sydney Union (USU) runs more than 200 clubs and societies, including 26 cultural groups. You can meet a variety of people, team up and make new friends, share your ideas and learn new skills through performances, sports and leadership opportunities. Check the USU calendar for upcoming social events. 

The USU also run the Clubs and Societies Program, which has more than 200 campus clubs – from calligraphy to photography, Pokemon to handball, there's something for everyone. 

Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness offers a huge range of facilities, programs and events to keep you healthy and active. You can get involved in athletics, swimming, tennis, golf, hockey, soccer, rugby union, rowing, scuba diving, skiing and more.

We also have performance spaces, museums, on-campus bars, cafes and even a heritage-listed graffiti tunnel.


5 great ways to enjoy our city and campus

Getting the most from your Sydney experience doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
Take a bus to Bondi, Coogee or Bronte beach for the day
Check out bus times
Take a hike through the Royal National Park
Plan your day trip
Wander through a museum
Take your pick from over 30 museums

Catch a ferry around the harbour

Spend all day on the water
Pick up a ‘Student Rush’ ticket to a show
Cheap tickets to the Opera House, Seymour Centre and more

Eva Hoskins

Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Design in Architecture
"To get the most out of your time here at uni, throw yourself into the clubs and societies on offer. It's good to have a uni work-social life balance."