Student life - The University of Sydney

Student life

An unforgettable student experience
Get involved in everything our campus has to offer and make a bunch of new friends along the way. Our community and co-curricular opportunities create a diverse, supportive and vibrant student experience.

University life isn't just about the classes. It's also a chance for you to make lifelong friends, try new things, develop your hobbies and interests, gain leadership skills and have fun. 

There are countless opportunities to immerse yourself into our vibrant student life, and make the most of your university experience. 

Our student union

Deck chairs on a lawn at a festival

Welcome Week festival

The University of Sydney Union (USU) is a big part of what makes our student experience so memorable.

One of the few remaining independent, student-led organisations in Australia, they organise clubs and societies, events and programs throughout the year.

Membership is free, and you can upgrade to USU Rewards to access discounts and offers across campus.

University of Sydney Union (USU) at the heart of Uni Life

Clubs and societies

SCA Medieval Society is the society for medieval reenactment.

We have over 250 clubs and societies, bringing together students to celebrate their culture, indulge in a favourite food, discuss a fandom, develop a professional network and more. 

There's bound to be one (or many) that interests you - but if there isn't, then start your own! It's a great way to make friends outside the classroom, discover a new hobby and develop your skills.

Sports and fitness

Basketball team huddle

A social basketball game.

Whether you’re training for a gold medal or looking for a lunch time social competition or Pilates class, Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) offers programs, membership options and sports clubs to suit everyone.


Student media

Students with video equipment

Student journalists

If you're a budding journalist, there's no better place to be. Published since 1929, Honi Soit is the only weekly student publication in Australia, and has been edited by an illustrious list of alumni.

We're also home to Pulp, an online publication, and SURG, a student radio station.

Student representation

Student leader giving a speech

Get involved with one of the organisations that looks after our students' interests: 

Cafes and shops

Cafes, bars, coffee carts, bookstores and a computer store are just a few of the outlets that make our University feel like a small village.

Mardi Gras parade

University float at the Mardi Gras parade.


We have a busy calendar of events throughout the year, with highlights including:

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