Studying in Australia

What’s Sydney like?

Sydney is the gateway to Australia for many who make their way “down under”. We may not ride kangaroos to work despite the well-known stereotypical image of Australians roaming the outback in popular culture, Australia is one of the most urban nations on the earth.

Sydney is a sprawling city famous for its luscious harbour, a city that spans west towards the picturesque Blue Mountains. Many choose Sydney as home as it doesn’t have one uniform national culture, all thanks to the waves of migration.

Australia is unique in nature, with its coffee culture, street art, dive bars and pubs, and known widely for its fresh farm-to-table cafés.

How is diversity celebrated?

Multiculturalism is the reality of Australian society, we live it every day in our cities and suburbs, in our schools and workplaces, on our buses and trains. UNSW Sydney is proud of attracting diverse students who come from Australia and beyond to receive a world class education.

Diversity and inclusion are an essential aspect of UNSW Sydney’s continued success and this inclusive and collaborative culture underpins our research and teaching excellence. We aspire for our workforce and student population to reflect the demographics of our society. We celebrate and promote diversity as a key strength of our organisation.

What are the local employment opportunities?

Sydney is Australia’s biggest city and financial centre, home to national offices for the Big 4 - PwC, KPMG, EY and Deloitte, global marketing agencies, tech companies and government organisations. The corporations and the industries that support them make Sydney the best place in Australia to find work.

UNSW Business School’s dedicated Career Accelerator suite of opportunities are designed to give you practical experience to complement your studies. With Career Accelerator, you can undertake internships and global business practicums in Sydney or overseas for credit towards your degree. UNSW Sydney also has more internships available than we have students. You build industry connections through networking and mentoring. UNSW Sydney has produced more millionaires than any other Australian university* and UNSW Business School boasts industry-leading alumni such as Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes and Airtasker founder Tim Fung.

How is the UNSW timetable flexible?

Through UNSW Sydney’s strong links to industry, world class academics and global networks, our degrees empower you to enhance or shift your career, with a range of flexible study options to fit into your life.

Three intakes a year

The UNSW3+ academic calendar gives students the opportunity to customise their studies and build experience into their degree. The calendar means you can begin studying at three different times a year. You can graduate faster by increasing your study load. Alternatively, you can start your career straight away by reducing your study load and complete more internships.

Work while you study

Working while you study can mean earning extra spending money, getting a taste of the local culture, making friends or increasing your skillset.

People with a student visa can work whilst their program is in session. If you’re here with family who depend on you, they also have permission to work.

What can I expect on campus?

Network with the next generation of game changers and other international and domestic students just like you. You can study, work, live and play whilst uncovering Sydney’s vibrant lifestyle at our campus in Kensington. The campus is in a convenient location, with free Wi-Fi, and features both indoor and outdoor study areas.

Our Kensington campus is so big that if UNSW was a town based on population, we would be the 6th largest in NSW. It’s also based in the perfect location, only 3 kilometres from Coogee beach and 6 kilometres from the central business district. Indulge to your hearts-desire at the large variety of food and retail spots on campus including bars and cafes, do your grocery shopping, bank, send a package, get a medical certificate and have your teeth checked- without ever leaving campus.

Living on Campus

UNSW offers a wide range of accommodation on-campus or close to campus, including colleges, self-catered apartments and private rental units in the surrounding suburbs. Find out more about student housing at UNSW.


You’re only a short light rail ride away from the city and all its attractions – from the Opera House and harbour to museums, shopping, festivals and nightlife.

You can catch the light rail from Circular Quay all the way to Randwick. UNSW has a dedicated stop near Gate 9, at the corner of High Street and Wansey Road.

Student Life in Sydney

Get fit at the Unigym and UNSW sport and recreation centre, join a university sports club, or explore the many beaches nearby, including Coogee, Maroubra, Clovelly and Bronte.

UNSW Business School has 22 formally affiliated Clubs and Societies including BSOC and GSA. The UNSW Business Society or BSOC, is the constituent society for all students studying an undergraduate degree at the UNSW Business School. Whilst the Graduate Student Association, or GSA, is the postgraduate equivalent. Clubs and Societies are where you’ll find like-minded people and can help you network your way to employment.

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