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Living and studying in Sydney

Life in Sydney and student support

Immerse yourself in a new culture, get out of your comfort zone and explore life down under. Read about opportunities to make new friends and how to get by living in Sydney.

Every year, we welcome hundreds of students who participate in one of our study abroad or student exchange programs. Some come for our academic reputation and wide range of courses, while others wish to experience our vibrant student life bolstered by our guaranteed accommodation and unique internship program.

There are many reasons to choose to study at the University of Sydney and lots of support for students once you get here – take a look through the links below to find out what you can expect.

Why study here?

Preparing for life in Sydney

  • Our semester start dates are quite different to other countries in the world. Check our key dates to get an idea of how our academic year runs.
  • Find out about your accommodation options.
  • Read up on the living costs associated with living in Sydney.
  • Check your program fees and costs.
  • Learn more about student visas.

Support for study abroad and exchange students

  • We offer the Mates Abroad mentoring program to hundreds of study abroad and exchange students. You will be paired with a likeminded, enthusiastic local student mentor to ease your transition into Sydney life. You will create new friendships and share exciting adventures in Australia together. Every study abroad and exchange student is invited to opt-in to this program via email before your study begins at Sydney.
  • We have more than 200 student clubs and societies, including the student Global Exchange Society – a student group for study abroad and exchange students. You will have the opportunity to meet other current study abroad or exchange students, as well as other students who have returned from exchange, or are considering exchange themselves. The society organises regular social events, including barbeques and pub crawls.
  • There are a number of activities that are popular with study abroad and exchange students, including a surf camp that runs throughout most of the year. You will meet other students, explore a beautiful Australian beach, and of course, learn to surf!
  • All incoming study abroad and exchange students are required to participate in an orientation session on arrival in Sydney. You will meet other students, be introduced to life in Sydney and be invited on a campus tour.
  • Our students can also participate in our internationally-focused leadership development program, the global citizenship award.The extra-curricular program offers you outstanding leadership opportunities and shapes you as a global citizen.

General student services

We have many health and wellbeing services right on campus to help you succeed while studying in Sydney.

  • Academic support offers study skills workshops, free tutorials, group study sessions and bridging courses in areas such as grammar, mathematics and science.
  • Disability services ensures equal access. We offer a range of services and adjustments to minimise the impact of any disability on your learning experience and to optimise your academic success.
  • Health, wellbeing and success support from doctors and physiotherapists, to psychologists and chaplains, you can access the support you may need.
  • The Careers Centre is your resource from finding jobs to career advice. We can provide a comprehensive range of careers services to guide you.

Sydney abroad peer advisers

We have peer advisers that are available at the Student Centre and on sydney.abroad@sydney.edu.au, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm for any study abroad and exchange needs that you may have.