Imagine studying in a city that boasts such international landmarks as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Then there’s Bondi Beach, the Blue Mountains, fascinating colonial history, the world-famous New Year’s Eve fireworks and the gigantic Westfield Sydney shopping mall. But if studies are at the top of your priorities, Universities in Sydney will be your drawcard.
Well that’s kind of like asking who your favourite child is. Every institution has its own great things to offer so you’d be best basing your choice on where you want to study, whether you want to study in the centre of the city or further out and whether you have the entry requirements to get in.
All are highly regarded educational institutions, and they all deliver accredited degrees that are recognised across the world. Arguably, what makes them different from universities in other parts of Australia is the fact that they are located in the country’s premier tourist destination. Lifestyle is an important factor when deciding where to live, study or holiday. You want to feel like you fit in and can enjoy your life in school and out of it.
Sydney is a busy, bustling city with a great deal to offer in terms of climate, facilities, entertainment and infrastructure such as public transport. There are beaches, national parks, rivers, museums, art galleries, libraries, theatres, major shopping centres, vibrant nightlife and so much more that you won’t know where to start! But let’s take a look at where you could think of studying.
There are 6 major universities in Sydney and campuses of a further 11 are hosted there. The main ones are:
Then there are the individual campuses including the Music Conservatorium of the University of Sydney plus the University of Wollongong, the University of Newcastle, University of New England, University of Notre Dame Australia and Torrens University.
All up, Sydney has 35 Australian University campuses educating 254,000 students, 51,000 of them from overseas. The University of Sydney and University of New South Wales each have more than 50,000 students enrolled.
If you’re an international student, you will be pleased to know that in 2018, Sydney scored the number 9 spot in the top 10 of the QS Best Student Cities ranking for international students. The rankings are based on affordability, desirability and employer activity. One of the more impressive improvements was for ‘student view’. In terms of an enjoyable student experience and opportunities to stay and work in Australia upon graduating, Sydney is now at number 14.
The city’s report card does show a couple of weaknesses. Affordability of living and tuition is high compared with other cities of the world. However, it appears that international students and their families find a way to overcome the financial downside. Sydney has been named as one of the world’s 10 most liveable cities by both the Mercer Quality of Living Survey and The Economist’s Global Liveability Ranking.