Experience Living in Sydney

It’s no surprise that students from over 200 international backgrounds come to live and study in Sydney. Renowned for its unique combination of urban and outdoor living, culturally diverse and friendly community, Sydney is a fun and inspiring city in which to live and study. The beautiful harbour, pristine beaches and temperate climate mean you will be able to enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle; while a vibrant social and cultural scene, with museums, theatres, galleries, and hundreds of restaurants, bars and cafes will give you the chance to meet and make new friends, no matter what your interests.

Sydney is also Australia’s number one business destination. With many multinational companies located here, it accounts for 30% of the country’s economic activity. This gives UTS:INSEARCH access to some of Australia’s finest industry professionals.
For more information about Sydney visit http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/

Sydney ranks 4th in the world in the recent QS Best Student Cities in the world rankings, based on the attributes of student mix, quality of living, employer activity and affordability. More details at Best Student Cities Ranking 2016

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Set around a stunning natural harbour, Sydney offers the best of urban and outdoor living. 

UTS:INSEARCH is located in the vibrant central business district, putting you in the heart of the action, amidst restaurants, cinemas, theatres and shops. Meet friends in the cafés of fashionable Newtown and Surry Hills, kayak under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, learn to surf on Bondi Beach or jump on a train to the Blue Mountains. And don’t forget the city highlights – Sydney Opera House, the NSW Art Gallery and the Botanic Gardens are all within easy reach of the campus.

Check out a list of things to do here at: http://www.sydney.com/things-to-do

Student Safety

At UTS:INSEARCH we are committed to ensuring the safety of all our students when they are on campus. Campus security is provided in all UTS:INSEARCH buildings to ensure your safety and to provide additional support if required. To access all facilities, students are required to carry their identification cards while at UTS:INSEARCH. If you lose or misplace your card, you will be issued a replacement card via the Student Centre at a cost of $20.

Student Safety

Recreation Spaces

There are a number of recreation spaces available throughout the newly refurbished UTS:INSEARCH campus in which to meet friends, study or relax in between classes. Have lunch in the open-plan kitchen areas, chill out in the brand new retro student lounge area or meet up with friends over coffee at a nearby café. The main UTS campus is also just minutes away for access to the ActivateUTS, the food hall and other facilities.

Recreation Spaces


Cost of Living

Living in a beautiful city like Sydney doesn't have to cost the world. In fact, Australia is very cost-effective when compared to other western countries such as Canada, the UK or the USA. As a general guide, on average, you will need around $17,472 to A$25,896 for living expenses for one year. This covers accommodation, food, transport and clothing. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection require that prospective international students must demonstrate access to a minimum of A$19,830 per year to fund their living costs in Australia. 

You can find out more about the cost of living here or alternatively speak to your Education Representative.

Study and Work

A part-time job is not just a great way to earn yourself some extra Australian dollars, it's also perfect for making new Australian friends, gaining insight into Sydney work life and practicing your English. 

UTS:INSEARCH students spend an average of 35-40 hours per week studying, with half these hours being private study and the other half being face-to-face class time. International students may legally work up to 40 hours per fortnight during the semester and as many hours as they want during holidays.
For more information on Study, Work and Living in Australia you can refer to the official Australian Government website for advice on study in Australia.

Public Transport

International Students

International Students will need to use an adult Opel card when travelling on public transport in NSW. 

For more information, including pricing and how to obtain an Opel card, please visit the Transport NSW website.

Domestic Students

Full time domestic students enrolled at UTS:INSEARCH may be eligible for a travel concession and a concession Opal card. Find out more information about concession Opal cards and eligibility requirements.

Sydney public transport is modern, reliable and safe. There are many forms of transport to choose from, including trains, buses, ferries and the light rail, all easily accessible from the UTS:INSEARCH campus. For more information on Sydney public transport, including fares and times visit the NSW Transport Information website


Catching the train is one of the easiest ways to get around Sydney. Sydney Trains is a convenient and relatively cheap way to travel, particularly to the outer suburbs of Sydney. Many UTS:INSEARCH students catch the train to our campus from their homes. The best thing is, the campus is just a 5 minute walk to Sydney's main station - Central Station. For more info visit Sydney Trains


Buses are a great, user-friendly way for both visitors and residents alike to get around Sydney. Sydney buses go everywhere - covering all Sydney suburbs. UTS:INSEARCH students can also purchase discounted weekly bus tickets. For more info visit Sydney Buses


Sydney Ferries are popular with tourists, particularly if you want to get somewhere but also want to see the sights along the way. There are regular Sydney Ferry services to Manly, Parramatta, Balmain, Watsons Bay, Taronga Zoo and other locations. The entire Sydney Ferries fleet is wheelchair accessible with 20 accessible ferry wharves. Visit Sydney Ferries