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University isn’t all about study …

There's also time to socialise, make friends and kick back

Our campuses play host to a range of entertainment and events throughout the year. From weekly pub trivia to live music festivals, you’ll always find a good excuse to log out and put down the textbooks.

What’s going on around campus

A hub of student activity, you're bound to find something going on at lunchtime on Eastern Avenue. It's a favourite spot for clubs and societies to host fundraiser stalls, and where the University of Sydney Union (USU) regularly holds events. Keep an eye out for BBQs, festivals, market stalls and bake sales. 

Balance out those sedentary study sessions at Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness.

Membership gives you access to premium cardio equipment, weights, tennis courts, yoga classes and plenty more. Exercise can help manage stress levels, regulate sleeping patterns and boost your mood, so be sure to make time for it the same way you would with study.

Find out more about the extensive range of facilities at SUSF

The Nicholson Museum houses the largest collection of antiquities in the Southern Hemisphere, comprising nearly 30,000 artefacts of artistic and archaeological significance from Egypt, Greece, Italy, Cyprus and the Near East.

The USU-run Verge Gallery is a multi-purpose creative space that hosts a broad range of exhibitions, events, panels and discussions throughout the year. The gallery also houses an impressive zine library open to students during semester.

Local watering spots Manning Bar (in Manning House) and Hermann’s (in the Wentworth Building) are always open for decent food, cheap drinks and a friendly vibe throughout semester.

Manning Bar hosts local and international weekend gigs so if you’re looking to discover next year’s biggest music acts, there’s a good chance they’ll turn up. The Jezabels, The Vines and Cloud Control were all launched at the bar’s annual Sydney Uni Band Comp.

For mid-week comic relief, head down to Hermann’s Bar for stand-up comedy. Anyone willing to brave hecklers is invited to bring their best material to the stage. Hermann’s is also renowned for quirky theme nights (think awkward sweaters and ‘90s pop stars) and regular DJ competitions.

There are a number of ways to get involved with volunteering at Sydney.

Widening Participation and Outreach – find your way to higher education
Widening Participation and Outreach aims to encourage primary and secondary school children to stay in school and go on to study at university. Student volunteers are asked to bring their skills, enthusiasm and energy to this grassroots volunteer program. Full training is provided.

Research projects
Have a look at the Volunteer for Research Studies page or keep an eye out for Student News in your student inbox each week, where academics, postgraduate students and research units post volunteer opportunities for a broad range of research projects.

University of Sydney Union Volunteer Program
Join the Union's Volunteering Team to have fun, make new friends, give back to your community and develop your personal and professional skills. The V Team is involved in all USU festivals throughout the year, a high school tutoring program as well as community volunteer events.

Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience
Alumnus Jack Manning Bancroft set up the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience during his student days to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to go on to higher education and complete their studies with the support of a mentor. Take part in encouraging wider participation in higher education.

Live music and theatre is on show all year round at the Seymour Centre, with concession tickets available for students. Performances by the Sydney University Dramatic Society (SUDS) are also held at the Cellar Theatre during semester. If you’re an aspiring director or thespian, join SUDS or visit their Facebook page for more details.