Living in Sydney
Sydney is one of the most desirable locations in the world, and ranked in the top three most liveable cities in the world (the Economist Intelligence Unit Rankings 2019). With sunny summers, stunning beaches, a bustling city centre and a warm, welcoming community, it's not hard to see why so many students choose to study here.
Why study in Sydney?
Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales. It has a bustling Central Business District (CBD) home to global companies, and the Study Centres in Sydney, while small inner-city suburbs each have their own character.
A global city
The population of Sydney is made up of people from around the world. It is famously friendly, welcoming and is proud of its multicultural heritage. Throughout the year, people in Sydney celebrate many different cultural and religious festivals with food, music and other public festivities across the city.
Sydney is built around the world-famous harbour, home to the UNESCO-listed Sydney Opera House. You can see spectacular views of the city and out to sea, talk a short walk to the beautiful Botanic Gardens and enjoy everything the Harbourside has to offer.
In the nearby CBD, you'll find larger galleries and museums, including Hyde Park Barracks Museum and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and enjoy shopping at The Rocks and The Strand Arcade.
Discover beautiful beaches like Bondi.
Explore the Blue Mountains to the west of Sydney.
Sydney is comprised of 32 neighbourhoods, known as inner city suburbs. Each area has its own distinct character and attractions, from fashionable and creative hubs like Surry Hills and Paddington, to waterfront areas like Elizabeth Bay and Potts Point.
Charles Sturt University Study Centres, Sydney is located in Darlinghurst, close to the CBD, and home to many exciting international restaurants, galleries and independent boutiques.
The beaches in Bondi and Manly are loved by Sydneysiders and visitors alike. Enjoy unbeatable views over the Pacific Ocean while you spend time with friends, try your hand at surfing or indulge in a typical Aussie barbecue.
Sydney is only a short distance from some of Australia's most loved national parks, including the Blue Mountains, Royal and Ku-ring-gai Chase, where you can enjoy nature walks, hikes and watch the country's iconic wildlife.
Public transport in Sydney
Transport NSW operate public transport services in Sydney.
The easiest way to get around Sydney is on public transport. We recommend you purchase an Opal card while you are living in Sydney, which can be used on buses, trains, light rail, ferries and the metro in and around the outskirts of Sydney. You can buy an Opal card at the airport train station, other major train stations in Sydney and at selected retailers.
Visit the Transport NSW website to find out more.
Sydney is located on the east coast of Australia and experiences a sunny climate with warm and humid summers and mild winters. Much of Sydney’s rainfall occurs during the winter, and the city is also prone to droughts.
- Summer (December to February): 18.6–25°C
- Autumn (March to May): 14.6–22.2°C
- Winter (June to August): 8.8–17°C
- Spring (September to November): 11–23°C
A top most liveable city
Ranked #3 in the world in the Economist Intelligence Unit Rankings 2019
I chose Sydney because it’s one of the largest cities in the world and there are lots of companies and jobs over here. It means you won’t have to struggle to find work after completing your studies.
Himal from Sri Lanka
Master of Information Technology