Two students walking through Hyde Park Sydney

Arriving in Sydney

On this page you will find information on what to do when you arrive in Sydney, how to get around the city and how to find the Study Centres.

Steps to take first

Before you book your flights, there are some important things you need to organise first. Check our Australia arrivals page for information on how to prepare for your journey and what to pack. Download your International Student Guide to find out everything you need to know about studying and living in Australia. 

What to do when you arrive at the airport

Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) is the main international airport closest to the city of Sydney. When your flight lands at the airport, collect your luggage and pass through customs. Then make your way to the Study NSW International Student Welcome Desk in Arrivals Hall A in Terminal 1. The volunteers here will be able to give you any advice on onward travel from the airport and how to get to your accommodation.

Getting into Sydney

Airport Link 

The Airport Link train is the easiest way to get from the Airport to the centre of Sydney. It takes approximately 20 minutes to get from the international terminal station to the Central Railway Station in Sydney, where you can travel onwards to your accommodation by bus or metro. For more information, visit the Airport Link website.


You can catch a taxi from the designated taxi ranks located outside the Kingsford Smith Airport terminal buildings. Uber is also available in Sydney which you can arrange via the app.

What to expect when you first arrive in Sydney

Sophie, Muhammad and Minioneti share their memories of arriving in Sydney and starting their studies with us.

Harpreet from India

If you come to Charles Sturt University Study Centres, you won’t feel homesick because there are so many international students here. You’ll become part of the family!

Harpreet from India
Bachelor of Accounting

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