Living in Sydney

Sydney is ranked as the 9th best city in the world for students in QS World University Rankings 2018

A diverse, sophisticated study destination

International students in Sydney, the cosmopolitan capital of New South Wales, will enjoy a melting pot of cultures from around the world. It’s a city that attracts the country’s best, from chefs and writers to architects and stockbrokers.

Sydney has a great deal to offer as an international study destination. Visit the world-famous harbour, home to the UNESCO-listed Sydney Opera House, and enjoy spectacular views of the city and out to sea. Head for the bustling central business district, the commercial centre of Sydney, where large skyscrapers sit between relaxing green spaces, and are home to shops and restaurants. You can also explore Sydney's innercity suburbs, each with their own unique character and attractions.

Plenty to explore

As you’d expect to find in most major cities around the globe, it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to places to take a break from your studies. Its collection of galleries and museums is a great place to start, including Hyde Park Barracks Museum and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

From handmade goods at Paddington Markets to cutting-edge design at The Rocks, and high-end fashion in The Strand Arcade, the shopping offers something to suit just about every taste.

Food from around the world

Sydney's multicultural population has resulted in a mouth-watering range of world cuisines on offers. From fine dining to budget-friendly snacks, you’ll find plenty of options for satisfying your hunger around the CSU Study Centre itself.

Head a little further afield to Manly for fish and chips. Or if you prefer to prepare your own, Sydney Fish Market showcases an impressive range of the fresh catch of the day.

Be surrounded by nature

With a coastline formed of a long stretch of eastern-suburb beaches, as well as a collection of national parks, it’s easy to feel far removed from the urban landscape without venturing far. You’ll even find local wildlife throughout the city, including cockatoos keen to be heard above the traffic hum and flying foxes in fig trees at twilight.

Students living in Sydney can wander the coastal trail from Bondi to Coogee, or even venture inland for a more challenging trek in the Blue Mountains National Park. Life in Sydney offers its international visitors a safe and friendly taste of Australia, the sixth-largest country in the world.


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