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Sydney, one of the world's best cities

Sydney. It’s one of the best. And that’s not just according to us. It’s rated as the third most liveable city in the world*.

What makes it so great? Well, take a look. With a stunning harbour and year-round amazing weather, it’s easy to see why people fall in love with it.

There’s always something to do in Sydney, and UNSW is right in the heart of it all. Come join in.

*Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index, 2019

Why Sydney?

It’s a multicultural city

It’s a multicultural city full of people from all over the world. So, it will feel like a home away from home, no matter where you’re from. And the best bit about living in a multicultural city? The food. You can find any food you want here. There’s Chinatown, Spice Alley, Little Italy and an array of fresh food markets all within easy reach.

It’s a safe city

Sydney was ranked fifth safest city in the world in 2019*

*Economist intelligence Unit Safe Cities Index, 2019

It’s Australia’s financial and economic powerhouse

Sydney is home to more global firms than any other Australian city. And as a gateway to Asian economies, you’ll find many valuable networking opportunities to help you stand out in the global job market.

Sydney is all about the outdoors. And it’s more than just beaches.

Grab a picnic and head to one of the beautiful public parks for a barbecue with friends. Or if you’re up for a daytrip or weekend adventure, the Blue Mountains to the west of Sydney, the Royal National Park to the south or stunning Palm Beach in the north are great for a getaway. And of course, there are those beautiful beaches to the east.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
UNSW Art & Design
UNSW Sydney
International Airport
Sydney Centre
Central Station

And if you need any more reasons as to why to choose Sydney...

Sydney is the 9th best student city in the world.

QS Best Student Cities, 2019

Sydney has an average of 236 days a year with sun.

31.7% of Sydney's population is born overseas.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is also called “the coat hanger”.

There are over 100 beaches in Sydney.

There are over 250 languages spoken in Sydney.

Things to do

Whether you want to explore vibrant Sydney or stay close to campus, you’ll find plenty to do.

Here are some suggestions:

Art and culture

Sculpture by the Sea

One of the largest free public sculpture exhibitions in the world on the coastal walk between Bondi and Tamarama

Galleries and museums

There are plenty to choose from including the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Australian Museum and the White Rabbit Gallery

World famous attractions

Visit the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, the Botanic Gardens, Taronga Zoo and the Sydney Fish Markets, or go further afield to the Blue Mountains and the Royal National Park.


Our Summer is from December to February, Autumn (fall) from March to May, Winter from June to August, and Spring from September to November. Sydney has a comfortable temperate climate; the hottest months are January and February and the coldest months are July and August.


Both the Sydney campuses have regular bus services to and from the CBD and Central railway station, with nearly 1,700 UNSW Express Bus services to the Kensington campus each week. There are also Light Rail Services running between the CBD, Central and the Kensington Campus. Sydney’s other public transport services include trains, ferries and trams. A shuttle service runs between the Kensington and Paddington campuses. Find out more about Getting to Uni.


City to Surf

The world's largest fun run, which raises money for charities

Sydney Cricket Ground

The home of cricket and AFL, Australian football, which is also known as 'Aussie Rules'

Sydney Cycleways

A great way to see Sydney

Water sports

Swimming, surfing, snorkelling, paddleboarding or kayaking


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