Let’s look at what makes < target=”_blank”>Sydney such a great place for students.
Table of Contents
- 1 Universities and Colleges
- 2 University of Technology Sydney
- 3 TAFE NSW
- 4 The University of New South Wales
- 5 MacQuarie University – Sydney
- 6 The Australian Catholic University
- 7 University of Western Sydney
- 8 Charles Sturt University
- 9 University of Notre Dame Australia
- 10 Raffles College of Design and Commerce
- 11 Sydney College of Business and IT
- 12 International College of Management Sydney
- 13 Australian Pacific College
- 14 Martin College
- 15 QANTM College
- 16 Holmes Institute
- 17 Student Accommodation
- 18 Living in Sydney
- 19 Things to do on a budget
Universities and Colleges
The University of Sydney
The University of Sydney is the oldest university in Australia. It was founded in 1850 and, over the years, has gained a reputation as one of the best universities in the world. It belongs to Australia’s Group of Eight, which comprises the eight most respected and highly esteemed universities in the country.
It consists of 16 faculties and their varied schools:
- Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
- Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning
- Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, with Schools of Economics; Letters, Art and Media; Languages and Cultures; Philosophical and Historical Inquiry; and Social and Political Sciences
- Faculty of Business, with Disciplines of Accounting; Business Information Systems; Business Law; Finance; International Business; Marketing; Business Analytics; and Work and Organisational Studies
- Faculty of Dentistry
- Faculty of Education and Social Work
- Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, with Schools of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic; Chemical and Biomolecular; Civil Engineering; Electrical and Information; and Information Technologies
- Faculty of Health Sciences, with Disciplines of Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health; Exercise and Sport Science; Health Informatics; Medical Radiation Sciences; Occupational Therapy; Orthoptics; Physiotherapy; Rehabilitation Counselling; and Speech Pathology
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Medicine, with Schools of Medical Sciences; Public Health; and Rural Health; and Central Clinical School; Westmead Clinical School; Concord Clinical School, Nepean Clinical School; Northern Clinical School; and Sydney Adventists Hospital Clinical School.
- It also contains Disciplines of Addiction; Anaesthesia; Anatomy and Histology; Biomedical Science; Brain and Mind Sciences; Clinical Ophthalmology; Dermatology; Ear, Nose and Throat; Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology; Paediatrics; Pathology; Pharmacology; Psychiatry and Surgery (etc.)
- Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery
- Faculty of Pharmacy
- Faculty of Science, with schools of Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Maths; Physics; Geosciences; and Psychology
- Sydney College of the Arts
- Sydney Conservatorium of Music
- Faculty of Veterinary Science
There are nine campuses dotted around Sydney:
1) Camperdown/Darlington is the main campus
2) Cumberland Campus
3) Mallett Street Campus
4) Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus
5) Rozelle Campus
6) Surry Hills Campus
7) Camden Campus
8) Burren Street Campus
9) Sydney Medical School Campuses
University of Technology Sydney
University of Technology Sydney was established in 1988. It’s fairly young when compared to the University of Sydney but then one should consider that it is actually the result of mergers between learning institutions that date back to the 1890s. There are two campuses: City Campus in the city centre and Kuring-gai Campus in the suburb of Lindfield.
There are seven faculties with their assorted schools and disciplines:
- Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, with Communication, Education and International Studies
- Faculty of Business, with its Graduate School of Business; and Schools of Accounting, Finance and Economics; Leisure, Sport and Tourism; Management; and Marketing
- Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, with its Schools of Architecture; Built Environment; and Design
- Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health
- Faculty of Science, with Chemistry and Forensic Sciences; Environmental Sciences; Mathematical Sciences; Medical and Molecular Biosciences; and Physics and Advanced Materials
TAFE NSW is a large institution that comprises 10 institutes and over 130 campuses. TAFE NSW has its origins in the apprentice system that dates back to the early 1800s. Over the years it has evolved, grown, merged and partnered with various other learning establishments until it has become the respected college that it is today. All of its qualifications, which range from certificates to degrees, are nationally recognised.
Institutes that will interest students in Sydney include Northern Sydney Institute, South Western Sydney Institute, Sydney Institute and Western Sydney Institute.
The vast majority of students study part-time, as a result the college has developed a flexible yet robust approach to learning that incorporates online and classroom based learning.
Vocational qualifications offered by the college include Graduate Certificates and Diplomas, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, Certificates I-IV, and Statements of Attainment. Degree programs include: Associate Degree of Accounting, Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation, Bachelor of Applied Finance, Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care, Bachelor of Information Technology, and Bachelor of Design.
Various short courses are also available, as well as TVET courses, which are ideal for kids who are still at school who want to get practical career related skills. TVET study options include business services, construction, financial services, hospitality, IT, retail and tourism.
The University of New South Wales
The University of New South Wales has a great reputation nationally and internationally and regularly ranks as one of the top 50 universities in the world. It excels in research and boasts an eclectic collection of students from across the globes. Like the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales belongs to the Group of Eight. It has three main campuses: the primary campus at Kensington near Sydney’s Centre, the College of Fine Arts Sydney’s Paddington suburb and the University College at the Australia Defence Force Academy in Canberra.
The university has nine faculties:
- Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
- Australian School of Business
- Built Environment
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Medicine
- Faculty of Science
- COFA – Art, Design, Media
- ADF Academy
MacQuarie University – Sydney
The university is named after Governor Lachlan Macquarie. It might not be as old or established as some of the other universities and colleges in the region but it already has a reputation for its high standards of education.
There are four faculties with their various departments, schools and institutes:
- Faculty of Arts, with departments in Ancient History; Anthropology; English; Indigenous Studies; International Studies; Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies; Modern History, Politics and International Relations; Philosophy; Sociology; and Macquarie Law School
- Faculty of Business and Economics, with its Applied Finance Centre and departments of Accounting and Corporate Governance; Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies; Economics; and Marketing and Management
- Faculty of Human Sciences, with its Australian School of Advanced Medicine; School of Education; Institute of Early Childhood; Institute of Human Cognition and Brain Science; and departments of Health Professions; Linguistics; and Psychology
- Faculty of Science with its departments of Biological, Chemistry and Biomolecular and Earth and Planetary Sciences; Chiropractic; Computing; Engineering; Environment and Geography; Mathematics; Physics and Astronomy; and Statistics
The Australian Catholic University
The Australian Catholic University (ACU) doesn’t discriminate based on religious beliefs. Anyone can attend the university, whether they’re Catholic or not. It has six campuses in Australia, one of which is in North Sydney. The North Sydney Campus is called MacKillop and it offers undergraduate programs in Accounting and Finance; Business Administration; Environmental Science; Human Resource Management; IT; Marketing; Nursing; Physiotherapy; and Public Health. Postgraduate programs are similar.
University of Western Sydney
The University of Western Sydney comprises six campuses:
- Bankstown campus
- Nirimba Education Precinct, Blacktown campus
- Campbelltown campus
- Hawkesbury campus
- Parramatta campus and Westmead precinct
- Penrith campus
It comprises nine schools: Business; Computing, Engineering and Mathematics; Education; Humanities and Communication Arts; Law; Medicine; Nursing and Midwifery; Social Sciences and Psychology; Science and Health.
It also contains four institutes and eight research centres.
Charles Sturt University
Among its chapters in Australia, Charles Sturt University has a Study Centre in Sydney. The centre offers Bachelor degrees in Accounting, Management, Marketing, IT and Business Studies, as well as Associate degrees in Business Studies and IT and Diplomas in Business and IT. On the Postgraduate level, it offers Masters degrees in Professional Accounting, Business Administration, IT and Business, as well as Graduate Diplomas in Accounting and Business and IT.
University of Notre Dame Australia
University of Notre Dame takes its cue from its counterparts in the US and Europe in that while it maintains high standards of education it adheres to a Catholic approach. It has three locations in Australia, one of which is in Sydney.
Courses offered at the Sydney campus include those related to Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Law; Medicine; and Philosophy and Theology.
Raffles College of Design and Commerce
Raffles offers a range of nationally accredited VET courses and degree programs, including:
- Bachelor of Accountancy
- Bachelor of Arts (Visual Communication) in Animation, Games Design, Multimedia Design, New Media and Digital Film and Photography
- Bachelor of Commerce in Design Management, Finance, Hospitality, Management, Marketing and Tourism
- Bachelor of Design in Design Management, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Graphic Design and Interior Design
- Master of Commerce and Master of Design
- Graduate Certificates and Diplomas
- Associate degrees
- Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas
- Certificates I-IV
Sydney College of Business and IT
Sydney College of Business and IT is located in the heart of Sydney, surrounded by other institutions of learning and a plethora of sights. It offers a range of VET courses, such as Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Management, and Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Information Technology. It also offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs, including:
- Bachelor of Business Adminstration
- Bachelor of Business with majors in Accounting, Management and Information Systems
- Bachelor of Applied Computing
- Bachelor of Information Technology
- Master of International Business
- Master of Professional Accounting
- Master of Business Administration
International College of Management Sydney
The International College of Management, Sydney offers a full range of tertiary qualifications from diplomas and associate degrees to master’s degrees. You’ll find the college in Sydney’s Manly suburb, which offers outstanding views of the harbour.
Undergraduate degrees include:
- Bachelor of Business Management
- Event Management
- Hospitality Management
- International Tourism
- Property Services Management
- Retail Services Management
- Sports Management
Australian Pacific College
Australian Pacific College consists of three campuses in the Sydney CBD. Courses on offer include business certificates; marketing certificates and diplomas; management certificates and diplomas; certificates and diplomas in tourism; and diplomas in IT.
Martin College, based in Darlinghurst near Sydney’s CBD, offers nationally accredited certificate and diploma courses in business, management, marketing, graphic design, IT, tourism and events.
Qantm College Australia specialises in digital media-related courses. It has locations in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Qualifications offered at Sydney include:
- Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment (Animation)
- Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation Specialisation)
- Bachelor of Creative Media (Interactive Media)
- Diploma of Interactive Digital Media
- Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment (Games Design)
- Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment (Games Programming)
- Bachelor of Creative Media (Graphic Design)
Holmes Institute specialises in business-related qualifications. There are campuses around Australia, including Sydney. From relatively humble beginnings, Holmes has extended its offerings to undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs. Courses offered at the Sydney campus include: diplomas in Accounting, IT, Hospitality, Management and certificates in hospitality and business. Degree courses include: Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Professional Accounting, Master of Business Administration, Master of Professional Accounting and Graduate Diploma of Business.
Students in Sydney are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding accommodation. Many of the universities, the larger ones at any rate, offer residential accommodation or digs, but students who prefer a little more independence have plenty of options to choose from.
There are certain companies that specialise in student accommodation, such as UniLodge, which has accommodation facilities all around Australia, including Sydney. UniLodge provides well situated, safe accommodation for students, and peace of mind for their parents.
Greenwich Village Accommodation also specialises in safe and affordable accommodation for students. It even provides two square meals a day in the price.
For students looking for a home away from home, homestays are a great option. You get to live with family (carefully vetted, of course). Homestays are great for international students in Sydney for the first time, as they get to find their feet while being immersed in local culture and taken care of with all the comforts of home. Nervous local students will also appreciate the comfort that homestays provide, especially during the first few difficult months.
If you’re looking for even more alternatives, you might want to consider sharing a house (digs by any other name), renting a single room or even finding a cheap apartment. There are plenty of furnished apartments near all the universities and colleges in Sydney, some are more affordable than others, so you might need to shop around.
Living in Sydney
Sydney provides a unique living experience for students. It’s a thriving metropolis, cultural haven, and tourist dream. The cost of living in Sydney is a little on the expensive side, however, which is never good when you’re a student. But, the weather is good, the beaches are great and the people unfailingly friendly.
Public transport is available in the form of busses, ferries and trains, although livingin-australia.com says that it’s not the best public transport system in the world. As most of the universities and colleges are in or around the centre of Sydney, students would do well to try and find accommodation in the area. That way they won’t have to worry about getting to class on time and they’ll be near many of the major attractions, shops, restaurants and clubs.
Given its cosmopolitan nature, you can find pretty much anything in Sydney. There are boutique shops, of course, but there are also plenty of markets and second hand stores where you can get anything from clothes and furniture to books and pots and pans.
You’ll also find a variety of fresh foods at markets and supermarkets, especially from the relatively nearby Orient. Organic produce is fairly big in Sydney, and it’s also affordable, so students can live healthily without much expense or hassle.
If you want to splash out there is a variety of restaurants, once again ranging from top of the line Michelin starred restaurants to cosy Chinese and Indian takeaways. All diets and religions are catered for, so being vegan is not a problem.
Sydney’s night life is also varied, with live shows, music events, theatre productions, movies and, of course, clubs providing the bulk of the attractions in the CBD and many of the suburbs.
Sydney’s medical facilities are outstanding, so you needn’t worry too much if you’re beset by illness and injury.
Things to do on a budget
Some of the best things to do in Sydney cost next to nothing. Take the beaches, for example. Sydney has amazing beaches with outstanding surfing, swimming and diving opportunities. And what student doesn’t like to take time off catching some waves?
Then there are the really, really famous tourist spots. The Sydney Opera House is free for gawkers, the surroundings are great for a picnic in the sun and if you wait till sunset you’ll be treated to one of the most amazing views nature can produce.
Pop down to China Town where you’ll be transported to another world and, unless you plan on buying the kitchen sink, your wallet won’t suffer any serious harm.
Sydney has an abundance of parks for students to enjoy free of charge. The famous Botanic Gardens are free but the peace is priceless.
Consider some quiet contemplation in some of the museums and galleries. Generally, entrance to the permanent exhibits is free (although donations are appreciated) but you’ll have to hand over a little more cash if you want to see something a little more special.
If you want to get a bit of a buzz – the non-alcoholic kind – visit Darling Harbour; walking and soaking in the atmosphere are free, eating, drinking and buying curios are not.
Other attractions that aren’t free but which won’t break the bank include:
- Targonga Zoo
- Luna Park
- Sydney Aquarium