Thinking of studying in Sydney as an international student? Here's everything you need to know

Study in Sydney: everything you need to know

Moving is hard enough on a good day, but when you’re moving internationally with intentions to step into a busy student-life? Things can get pretty complicated. If you’re thinking of studying in Sydney as an international student, we’ve made things as easy as possible for you. Here’s our complete guide on everything you need to know before moving.

International students: where to live when studying in Sydney

In Sydney, there are a wealth of accommodation options at your fingertips. There are houses, apartments, studios, share-housing or even on-campus options. Each of these options will give you their own unique range of features, amenities and benefits, but it’s all about finding the right accommodation that suits your preferences (and budget) perfectly. Luckily, with so many options, you’ll be sure to find the right fit! 

Student accommodation can be the most ideal choice for international students. We’re not just talking about on-campus options though – student accommodation also includes accommodation options located near educational institutions that offer the right kind of services.

where to live when studying in Sydney - University of Sydney

Studying at Macquarie University?

The northern suburbs are your fit. Marsfield, North Ryde, and Eastwood have a dense student population and a vibrant culture. But keep in mind: suburbs to the south-east of the uni are much more affordable. 

Studying at University of Sydney or the University of Technology? 

Camperdown, Ultimo, Newtown and Glebe are your best options. These suburbs have a wide variety of accommodation options, as well as being close to everything you could need. 

Studying at University of New South Wales? 

Many students choose to live on campus in the modern apartments in Kensington, but you can find appealing options in the suburbs of Randwick or Bondi Junction, which are still pretty close by. Like the beach? Coogee is a beautiful spot that’s both a short bus journey from the campus as well as super close to its famous beach (ideal for those study breaks). 

Studying at the University of Western Sydney? 

This institution has six campuses located in different areas in the west of the city, which makes it pretty hard to pick the perfect location to live. One of the biggest campuses is Penrith and situated near Kingswood which is a great location with all the needed amenities and perfect for living. You could also opt for Bankstown, Campbelltown, Parramatta and Hawkesbury to be as close as possible to this campus, which also offers great student services.

International students: how to plan your budget when studying in Sydney

It’s pretty difficult keeping a budget while studying, especially when you’re in a completely new and foreign country. As well as covering the costs of accommodation, you’ll also need to consider the added costs that come with enjoying your lifestyle and making the most of your stay.

how to plan your budget when studying in Sydney

If you’re worried you’ll break the bank during your studies, we’ve collected the best tips and tricks to budgeting made simple in Sydney. 

  • Look for casual/part time work. 

The great thing about studying in Australia is that international students are permitted to work part time as long as it’s during their studies. It’s automatically granted when you receive your student visa. This means you won’t just have the opportunity to make some cash to support your stay, but you’ll also have the chance to practice your English language skills and gain valuable industry experience if you get lucky enough. Working in Australia has more information on this here

  • Ask for advice from campus advisers

A lot of universities have financial service officers located on campus, whose purpose is to provide financial help to students. They can help you plan budgets, provide information about your work options, and give you handy tips – especially if you’re an international student with little idea on how Australia, let alone Sydney, works. There should also be an accommodation services team who can provide you with information about the range of accommodation options at your fingertips. 

  • Plan out your expenses 

Making a budget is one of the most important things you can do to ensure you stay on top of your money, no matter the situation. Divide your expenses into “essential” and “nonessential” items. List out all potential expenses and how much they’ll cost (if you’re not exactly sure, it’s better to go over than under) so you can gauge how much you’ll need and, more importantly, whether or not you’ll need to cut out certain expenses. Remember to set aside a bit of money for emergencies – anything can happen and it’s no fun being ill-prepared, especially not while you’re in another country!

  • Look for more affordable options (everywhere)

One of the easiest ways to stick to a budget is to search out cheaper alternatives. You don’t need to compromise on quality to do so, however. There are a tonne of ways to save money, while still getting the best out of your experiences and purchases. 

If you’re looking to eat out, whether with friends or alone, there are cafes and restaurants all across Sydney that serve meals at lower prices on certain days or have specials for students. It’s the same with cinemas and clothing stores (don’t forget to check the factory outlets, every city has at least one!). When shopping for groceries, opt for your local market or discount supermarket or, at the very least, avoid shopping at convenience stores – they often have higher prices and don’t have the same range of products.

International students: how to create a focused environment for studying in Sydney

When you’re spending a significant amount of time studying, it’s important to have the right study environment for encouraging academic success. 

how to create a focused environment for studying in Sydney

Here are just a few key tips to creating this focused environment in Sydney:

  • Choose a comfortable location

Whether it’s a personal office, a desk in your bedroom, or your kitchen table, it’s important to choose a location with minimal interruptions. Find the quietest, most relaxing space that’ll make it easy to focus and get your work done. It really doesn’t have to be an office either, studying at the library might work best for you, or help you mix it up a bit if you start to feel a little bored/isolated. By delegating a particular area to your study, you’ll train your brain to focus exclusively on studying, but remember it’s always about what works best for you!

  • Add inspiration

There’s nothing better than a little inspiration to make studying a breeze. Think about what motivates you and capture the essence of that motivation, whether it’s in posters, post-it notes or a motivational background on your computer. Don’t let a boring space hold you back! 

  • Schedule a set study time

Your weeks might vary, but having a designated study time can help you dedicate yourself to your studies each week. If your weekdays are a little busy? Schedule your study session for the weekend. Or if your weekends are jam-packed? Schedule a weekday afternoon/evening study session. 

  • Keep things organised

The best way to create a focused study environment is to make sure your books, notes, and other materials are organised. Keep them in the same place and, if you have any roommates you’re concerned about, make it a safe place too. 

It’s also a good idea to consider your lighting and opt for background noise if it helps you create a super-focused space. There’s no right or wrong answer to this, it’s about working out what works best for you and sticking to it!

International students: how to make the most of the local culture when studying in Sydney

Whether you’re studying or visiting another country, it’s always a good idea to make the most of local culture while you’re there. Here’s our top recommendations on how to immerse yourself in the local culture for the ultimate stay:

  • Research the local customs and traditions
  • Venture beyond the tourist attractions (although, definitely check those out too!)
  • Indulge in local food and drink – here in Sydney, we’re big foodies!
  • Explore the landscape, get outdoors and explore the land
  • Take public transport
  • Engage in the arts
  • Work or volunteer
how to make the most of local culture when studying in Sydney

Avoid isolating yourself or living vicariously through your phone, get into the streets of Sydney and check out things like the gallery, Hyde Park, Taronga Zoo, the Royal Botanic Garden, scenic walks, the Sydney Opera House and definitely some of our famous food hubs! Your university may hold a number of events too, so make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities at your disposal. 

Studying abroad is always a stressful and emotional decision, but when you prepare yourself with what to expect, the journey becomes a lot easier. We hope this super in depth guide to studying in Sydney as an international student helps! 

If you’re looking for the perfect place to study and live, check out our available accommodation options at Sydney Student Living today. We understand the stressors of international study and we’ll do everything in our power to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

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Thinking of studying in Sydney as an international student? Here's everything you need to know

Study in Sydney: everything you need to know

Moving is hard enough on a good day, but when you’re moving internationally with intentions to step into a busy student-life? Things can get pretty complicated. If you’re thinking of studying in Sydney as an international student, we’ve made things as easy as possible for you. Here’s our complete guide on everything you need to know before moving.

International students: where to live when studying in Sydney

In Sydney, there are a wealth of accommodation options at your fingertips. There are houses, apartments, studios, share-housing or even on-campus options. Each of these options will give you their own unique range of features, amenities and benefits, but it’s all about finding the right accommodation that suits your preferences (and budget) perfectly. Luckily, with so many options, you’ll be sure to find the right fit! 

Student accommodation can be the most ideal choice for international students. We’re not just talking about on-campus options though – student accommodation also includes accommodation options located near educational institutions that offer the right kind of services.

where to live when studying in Sydney - University of Sydney

Studying at Macquarie University?

The northern suburbs are your fit. Marsfield, North Ryde, and Eastwood have a dense student population and a vibrant culture. But keep in mind: suburbs to the south-east of the uni are much more affordable. 

Studying at University of Sydney or the University of Technology? 

Camperdown, Ultimo, Newtown and Glebe are your best options. These suburbs have a wide variety of accommodation options, as well as being close to everything you could need. 

Studying at University of New South Wales? 

Many students choose to live on campus in the modern apartments in Kensington, but you can find appealing options in the suburbs of Randwick or Bondi Junction, which are still pretty close by. Like the beach? Coogee is a beautiful spot that’s both a short bus journey from the campus as well as super close to its famous beach (ideal for those study breaks). 

Studying at the University of Western Sydney? 

This institution has six campuses located in different areas in the west of the city, which makes it pretty hard to pick the perfect location to live. One of the biggest campuses is Penrith and situated near Kingswood which is a great location with all the needed amenities and perfect for living. You could also opt for Bankstown, Campbelltown, Parramatta and Hawkesbury to be as close as possible to this campus, which also offers great student services.

International students: how to plan your budget when studying in Sydney

It’s pretty difficult keeping a budget while studying, especially when you’re in a completely new and foreign country. As well as covering the costs of accommodation, you’ll also need to consider the added costs that come with enjoying your lifestyle and making the most of your stay.

how to plan your budget when studying in Sydney

If you’re worried you’ll break the bank during your studies, we’ve collected the best tips and tricks to budgeting made simple in Sydney. 

  • Look for casual/part time work. 

The great thing about studying in Australia is that international students are permitted to work part time as long as it’s during their studies. It’s automatically granted when you receive your student visa. This means you won’t just have the opportunity to make some cash to support your stay, but you’ll also have the chance to practice your English language skills and gain valuable industry experience if you get lucky enough. Working in Australia has more information on this here

  • Ask for advice from campus advisers

A lot of universities have financial service officers located on campus, whose purpose is to provide financial help to students. They can help you plan budgets, provide information about your work options, and give you handy tips – especially if you’re an international student with little idea on how Australia, let alone Sydney, works. There should also be an accommodation services team who can provide you with information about the range of accommodation options at your fingertips. 

  • Plan out your expenses 

Making a budget is one of the most important things you can do to ensure you stay on top of your money, no matter the situation. Divide your expenses into “essential” and “nonessential” items. List out all potential expenses and how much they’ll cost (if you’re not exactly sure, it’s better to go over than under) so you can gauge how much you’ll need and, more importantly, whether or not you’ll need to cut out certain expenses. Remember to set aside a bit of money for emergencies – anything can happen and it’s no fun being ill-prepared, especially not while you’re in another country!

  • Look for more affordable options (everywhere)

One of the easiest ways to stick to a budget is to search out cheaper alternatives. You don’t need to compromise on quality to do so, however. There are a tonne of ways to save money, while still getting the best out of your experiences and purchases. 

If you’re looking to eat out, whether with friends or alone, there are cafes and restaurants all across Sydney that serve meals at lower prices on certain days or have specials for students. It’s the same with cinemas and clothing stores (don’t forget to check the factory outlets, every city has at least one!). When shopping for groceries, opt for your local market or discount supermarket or, at the very least, avoid shopping at convenience stores – they often have higher prices and don’t have the same range of products.

International students: how to create a focused environment for studying in Sydney

When you’re spending a significant amount of time studying, it’s important to have the right study environment for encouraging academic success. 

how to create a focused environment for studying in Sydney

Here are just a few key tips to creating this focused environment in Sydney:

  • Choose a comfortable location

Whether it’s a personal office, a desk in your bedroom, or your kitchen table, it’s important to choose a location with minimal interruptions. Find the quietest, most relaxing space that’ll make it easy to focus and get your work done. It really doesn’t have to be an office either, studying at the library might work best for you, or help you mix it up a bit if you start to feel a little bored/isolated. By delegating a particular area to your study, you’ll train your brain to focus exclusively on studying, but remember it’s always about what works best for you!

  • Add inspiration

There’s nothing better than a little inspiration to make studying a breeze. Think about what motivates you and capture the essence of that motivation, whether it’s in posters, post-it notes or a motivational background on your computer. Don’t let a boring space hold you back! 

  • Schedule a set study time

Your weeks might vary, but having a designated study time can help you dedicate yourself to your studies each week. If your weekdays are a little busy? Schedule your study session for the weekend. Or if your weekends are jam-packed? Schedule a weekday afternoon/evening study session. 

  • Keep things organised

The best way to create a focused study environment is to make sure your books, notes, and other materials are organised. Keep them in the same place and, if you have any roommates you’re concerned about, make it a safe place too. 

It’s also a good idea to consider your lighting and opt for background noise if it helps you create a super-focused space. There’s no right or wrong answer to this, it’s about working out what works best for you and sticking to it!

International students: how to make the most of the local culture when studying in Sydney

Whether you’re studying or visiting another country, it’s always a good idea to make the most of local culture while you’re there. Here’s our top recommendations on how to immerse yourself in the local culture for the ultimate stay:

  • Research the local customs and traditions
  • Venture beyond the tourist attractions (although, definitely check those out too!)
  • Indulge in local food and drink – here in Sydney, we’re big foodies!
  • Explore the landscape, get outdoors and explore the land
  • Take public transport
  • Engage in the arts
  • Work or volunteer
how to make the most of local culture when studying in Sydney

Avoid isolating yourself or living vicariously through your phone, get into the streets of Sydney and check out things like the gallery, Hyde Park, Taronga Zoo, the Royal Botanic Garden, scenic walks, the Sydney Opera House and definitely some of our famous food hubs! Your university may hold a number of events too, so make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities at your disposal. 

Studying abroad is always a stressful and emotional decision, but when you prepare yourself with what to expect, the journey becomes a lot easier. We hope this super in depth guide to studying in Sydney as an international student helps! 

If you’re looking for the perfect place to study and live, check out our available accommodation options at Sydney Student Living today. We understand the stressors of international study and we’ll do everything in our power to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

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