Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House

Life in Sydney

Experience one of the world's most liveable cities
Set around the world’s largest natural harbour, Sydney is home to beautiful golden beaches, world-class museums and art galleries, delicious fresh food, and a calendar of exciting events and festivals.

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Sydney's natural beauty is world-renowned, from the stunning Sydney Harbour to our iconic beaches. 

We're also home to gorgeous national parks, where you can encounter Australian wildlife, hidden waterfalls, and private beaches. 

Why not try the new Bondi to Manly walk, an urban coastal walk which will take you past some of our most iconic landmarks.



Moving away from home can be daunting, so it's important that you feel safe in your new home. 

Sydney was rated the fourth safest city in the world, in the Economist's Safe Cities Index 2021.

"I think Sydney is safe, it's beautiful and it's the perfect place for someone to kind of figure out how to be themselves - I love Sydney, I love it all," says Yasmin Samiee, a student from Canada.



We're proud to be a vibrant, diverse and inclusive city. In fact, only 17% of people in Sydney were born in Australia (2016 census).

This multiculturalism has shaped our food, shops, customs, hobbies and cultural scene. 

The University is surrounded by international cuisines and grocers. Within a short walk, you'll find Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Mexican, Indian, Pakistani, Spanish, Chinese, Malaysian, Greek, Lebanese and Turkish restaurants. 

There are also streets and suburbs with strong communities from specific countries.



You'll never run out of things to do in Sydney. Spend your weekends exploring our array of museums, art galleries, music venues, theatres, festivals and annual events. 

For the fashion-lovers, we're also home to designer fashion, unique boutiques, outlet stores, markets and bustling malls. 

We're also well-connected, with a number of daytrips accessible by public transport. Take a ferry to Manly, or catch a train to the World-Heritage listed Blue Mountains or pristine South Coast beaches. 

"It's a big international city and there's a lot for you to do here, but then there's also a lot of nature very close by," says Ben Ross, a student from Melbourne.



Australians are known for being friendly, welcoming and hospitable.

"Even though I was 10,000 miles from home I felt at home right away," says Sally Gillis, a student from the US. "Australia is such an amazing country and I was able to learn so much about it and see a lot!"

We have a number of programs and extracurricular opportunities to help you settle into life and make friends at the University of Sydney.