Arriving in Sydney

Hi there! Welcome to Sydney!

On this page, you will find useful information to help you settle into this city. Information on this page include:

Arriving at the Airport

Airport arrivals in Australia

Sydney Airport International Student Welcome Desk

In order to help you find your way to your pre-booked accommodation, StudyNSW have an International Student Welcome Desk just for you!

The Student Welcome Desk is located directly opposite Arrivals Hall A in Terminal 1 at the Sydney International Airport. It offers guides and maps together with information on iPads and LCD screens. The welcome desk staffed by dedicated International Student Volunteers who will understand what you will be going through, having freshly arrived in Australia! They will be able to direct you the trains or taxis to help you get to your accommodation.

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Leaving Sydney Airport

passangers going out of Sydney airport

Airport Link - Train

The airport line operates from the domestic and international terminals (these are not together and have separate train stations) to all Sydney City Circle stations every 10 minutes. The trip will take between 10 to 20 minutes, depending on where you are going. The line runs from around 5am until midnight, 7 days a week. The ticket booths are at the entrance to the Domestic and International stations. At Central or Town Hall stations you can change trains to catch another train to the Sydney suburbs.
If you would like more information, please check the Airport Link Train.
The Sydney Trains website provides information about all train lines and timetables throughout Sydney.


There is a taxi rank at the airport where you can line up and get a taxi to your accommodation.
If you would like more information, please visit Sydney Airport.


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Using Public Transport in Sydney

a student taps on their opal card before gets on a train

Transport NSW is the single contact point for customers wanting information on public transport services, fares and tickets. For fares, timetables, and more information, visit NSW Transport.

Opal card

To get around in Sydney you must first purchase a Opal travel Card, which can be used for public transport. This includes trains, buses and ferries and light rail. You can purchase an Opal card at the Airport, most train stations and corner stores around Sydney.

Remember, you need to tap on at the start of your trip, and tap off at the end of your trip to avoid being charged the maximum fare!

Find out more about how to use the Opal card.

Map Apps

A CSU Study Centres student using a map app on her phone

We suggest downloading these Apps on your smart phone. These free and easy Apps can assist you in planning your trip around Sydney by inputting your location and destination to find the times and locations to catch the appropriate transport. These Apps are available on the Apple and Google Play stores

TripView Lite

This App will assist you in finding the schedules for Trains, Buses & Ferries.

Download: iPhone; Android

Google Maps

This App will assist you in finding your location and routes to your destination.

Download: iPhone; Android


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How to Get to CSU Study Centre Sydney

63 Oxford Street, Sydney, NSW 2010


From Museum Train Station:

When you exit the train station, continue straight ahead through the Castlereigh street tunnel. At the tunnel intersection, turn left at the Liverpool street south exit. Take the escalator up to street level on to Liverpool Street

Walk straight along Liverpool street, continue onto Oxford street for 260 meters, and you will find yourself in front of Oxford Square and the CSU Sydney Study Centre!


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Banks near the Campus

A CSU Study Centres using a bank ATM near campus

Just around the corner from the Sydney Campus on Oxford street there are 2 banks.


Opening a local bank account is easy for overseas visitors provided it’s done within six weeks of arrival. Simply present your passport and give the bank a postal address and they’ll send you a debit card. After six weeks you need to provide more ID. You can also apply for a bank account before you arrive, read more here. You can also open up a NAB account in less than 10 minutes, online via NAB.

St. George

Chances are the first thing you'll need is an everyday bank account to help manage your money. Being able to manage your day-to-day banking such as accessing your cash at ATMs (cash machines) and keeping tabs on your cash through mobile banking will make your move to Australia much easier. St. George also have special migrant bank branches with multiligal staff and ATMs so that you can understand your transactions. Read more about how St. George bank can help New Arrivals to Australia and how to open an account before you arrive here. For more information please visit St. George.


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Accommodation in Sydney

Please refer to Student Accommodation in Sydney


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