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The best free things to do in Sydney in 2018

28 February 2018
Immerse yourself in Sydney's art, music and sport - for free
The start of a new year at uni can be busy - and expensive. But life on a student budget doesn't need to be boring. That's why we've put together a collection of just some of the many free events Sydney has to offer.

Get to know the city

Sydney is a beautiful city and coastal walks are the one of the best ways to experience it. The Bondi to Bronte walk, trails through the Dharawal National Park, the Bay Run through the inner-west and the Spit to Manly are just some of the amazing walks that Sydney has to offer.

Hear some of Sydney’s best musicians

What’s better than live music? Free live music! The Courtyard Sessions are a series of free concerts run by the Seymour Centre, featuring some of Sydney’s best local artists. Even better, they’re family and dog friendly.

Explore the markets

Buying and selling at the markets is a great way to live cheaply in Sydney, but taking in the atmosphere is just as fun. From Glebe, to Marrickville, to Bondi, wandering around the markets is the perfect way to get some free retail therapy. Plus, the USU runs markets on campus once a month, too.

Check out some amazing art

Sydney is home to some incredible art galleries – and mostly, admission is free. The Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum of Contemporary Art have free general admission, and in October and November you can see Sculpture by the Sea with the added bonus of an ocean view.

Test your general knowledge with new mates

If your classes don’t tire you out too much, heading down to a pub trivia night after class can be one of the best ways to cement new friendships. There’s plenty of trivia nights to choose from, no matter which campus you’re studying at.

Relax on the grass or sand

From the Royal Botanical Gardens by the Harbour, to the Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Gardens in Western Sydney, relaxing in some of Sydney’s parks is the best antidote to a stressful semester. Plus, while Bondi and Coogee are famous for a reason, exploring some of the beaches off the tourist track is definitely worth it.

Listen to Sydney Ideas talk

Sydney Ideas brings together leading thinkers from around the world to the University of Sydney – and most of the events are free. Held on campus, the talks range from physics and philosophy to literature and law, so whatever your interest, there’ll be something up your alley.

Make the most of student perks

There are plenty of freebies to make the most of right here on campus. With weekly Theatresports at Manning Bar and free food on Eastern Avenue, courtesy of the USU’s FUNCH, hanging around campus has plenty of perks.

Watch a free gig (or get on stage yourself)

Whether you’re just keen to watch some free comedy or music, or you’re eager to jump up on stage, go along to an open mic night. The Tudor Hotel in Redfern runs free comedy every Thursday, and there are loads of other open mic nights all over Sydney.

Keep fit for free

Sydney has plenty of options when it comes to free sport and fitness, whether you want to watch or participate. You can find free table tennis at Ultimo, running clubs, and free yoga passes all over Sydney.

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