Sydney is a city rich with culture and history, known for its iconic landmarks and vibrant city life. While some may know its acclaim as the capital of the British colony of NSW back in 1788, not many know the rich history behind some of the suburbs themselves.
(And, trust us, once you see them for yourselves, you’ll understand why this is a need-to-know!)
As students flock to this bustling metropolis for study and opportunity, it’s essential to let you in on the rich history of the areas surrounding Sydney Student Living. So you can take a journey through time and understand why Sydney Student Living is the place to stay in Sydney!
History near Sydney Student Living, Concord
Just ten days after the landing at Sydney Cove on the 26th of January, 1788, Captain John Hunter led an expedition along one of the rivers running into Sydney Cove – now known as Parramatta River. He indicated in a report that the land around the areas might be suitable for farming, so led another expedition a few days later.
After breakfast, they rowed into the flats just around the bay and walked two or three miles into the country. This was the first recorded exploration beyond the riverbank of land now within the Municipality of Concord.
Concord itself takes its name from Concord, Massachusetts in the USA, which was the site of the Battle of Concord. Some believe that the Sydney suburb was given this name to encourage a peaceful attitude between soldiers and settlers.
At the beginning of the 19th century, Concord was a peaceful rural backwater, densely wooded but sparsely populated, as it remained for the first half of the century.
However, it experienced dynamic changes in the second half of this century, with the coming of large-scale industrial complexes. The original Concord Council was established in 1883 and it saw dramatic growth from these changes.
It has since flourished and become a popular hub for commercial shopping, and a great place for family living and students. It features a number of sports facilities, a pleasant waterfront walk, a variety of gorgeous parks, hip restaurants, and it even still holds the Bushells coffee factory – an old industrial glimmer of the past.
You can even spot one of the oldest churches in Concord, St Luke’s Anglican Church which is over 150 years old now!
Sydney Student Living Concord
We like to think that Concord is one of the best kept secrets of Sydney’s vibrant inner west, which is one of many reasons why this location is a great one for students.
It blends the best of both worlds: close enough to everything with a safe community feel. And we carry that feel through everything we do at Sydney Student Living.
Our student accommodation at Concord has various options to suit your budget, right from simple rooms to luxurious, fully furnished student apartments. All our student housing options include various utilities and amenities, such as a games room, rooftop chill-out area, bbq areas and so much more.
We pride ourselves on our high-speed wifi throughout all areas of the building, 24/7 staff, the comfortable student rooms featuring flat-screen TVs, handy storage and all linen and utilities supplied.
And we’re located just 20 minutes from The University of Sydney, University of Technology, Australian Catholic Uni, Sydney Olympic Park precinct as well as many private colleges.
But the best part about SSL Concord? The incredible community. You’ll have no trouble meeting your new #squad, studying in comfort, and making the very most of your student experience here.
“I was looking for a long-term hostel to stay at in Sydney, and stumbled across Sydney Student Living — and I’m so glad I did … The rooms are really comfortable and spacious. There are plenty of areas to keep your space. I loved how there’s a large rollaway storage area under each bed. The WI-FI works really well, which I was surprised about because it is a large building.The beds are probably the best bed I’ve ever slept at in a hostel. The quality of mattress, the sheets, and the comforter all make for a nice and deep sleep. The common areas are really great as well. Lots of people hanging out, watching TV, and swimming in the pool. I planned on staying here for only one week, but have ended up extending my stay here for much longer.”
History near Sydney Student Living, Top Ryde
In January 1792, the first land in the Ryde area, then known as Wallumatta by the Aboriginal people, was granted to eight marines. It was originally named ‘Field of Mars’ – Mars being the ancient God of war, intended to reflect the military associated with the new settlers. However, it was eventually named Ryde after the town on the Isle of Wight.
The name Ryde was used from the 1840s and adopted as the name of the municipality in 1870. The suburb now contains some of the oldest settler’s cottages in Australia, “Addington” along Victoria Road. Also known as “New Farm”, Addington is now included on the NSW Heritage Register and the National Trust of NSW.
But that’s not the only historic building you’ll find in Ryde today … The police station on Victoria Road, and Willandra on Willandra Street can also be found, alongside less common finds such as the cottage Riversdale. The police station was originally built in 1837 and Willandra is a two-story Georgian home built around 1845, which is now used as a vibrant art gallery and headquarters for the Ryde and District Historical Society.
Due to Ryde being located at the top of the hill, it also became known as “Top Ryde” and is now a popular suburb for students, families, and singles, thanks to its parks and recreation, public transport and the famous Top Ryde City Shopping Centre. In fact, Top Ryde City has a special place in the heart of Ryde: the original shopping centre on this site was the second of its type to be built in Australia!
Meaning it’s more than just a great place to hang out, have a meal, and get a good shop in – it’s a historical experience too!
(Also, for those of you who love some pop culture … Iggy Azalea was born in Ryde Hospital!)
Sydney Student Living Top Ryde
With Sydney Student Living at Top Ryde, you can access more than just a room. Our student accommodation offers an unparalleled experience for students from around the globe.
Our accommodation features fit all needs, whether you’re looking for plenty of space or a more intimate setting. With our luxurious amenities and well-designed, deluxe studios, it’s the top choice for students.
Make the high-end choice and stay in our fully air-conditioned studio for a truly secure and relaxed experience, with 24-hour on-site management and security access systems to put the cherry on top of your peace of mind and comfort.
We understand the importance of having a place to unwind away from the hustle and bustle of school life and provide students with the necessary amenities, and home away from home, to do so.
Just like in Concord, we have high-speed wifi available in all areas of the residence, as well as an arcade and games room, commercial communal kitchen, rooftop chill-out zone (with an AMAZING view), meeting room and on-site cafe.
It’s centrally located to all parts of the metro area by the bus service centred around the Top Ryde City shopping centre – just across the road from SSL Top Ryde! For those studying at Macquarie University, Le Cordon Bleu Sydney, University of Western Sydney Parramatta Campus or the Northern Sydney Institute; it’s an ideal location.
It’s the ultimate in luxurious student accommodation, located in the brand new ‘Studio 8’ building and designed to be your home, your chill-space, your ‘cave’ and haven from school. It’s like being at home – without your parents!
“This is certainly one of the most top of the line student accommodations that I have seen in a long time. They have an arcade and games room. They have a cinema room and guess what they also have a BBQ area where you can have a great time with your friends.”
While Sydney itself boasts a vibrant culture and history, there’s nothing like stepping into the history behind friendly neighbourhood suburbs like Concord and Top Ryde. Both suburbs feature glimmers of the past that add to the rich culture of the city and help to blend the modern expanse with the history of its time.
If you’re considering staying in Concord or Top Ryde for your studies, Sydney Student Living can give you everything you need to live, study and dream in comfort, convenience, and with a community that makes you feel right at home. Learn more about our unique student experience here.
“I booked a twin room for three days and extended my stay there without hesitation. A nice place, friendly and helpful staff, and real value for money. I highly recommend this place and will consider it as first choice when coming back to Sydney at anytime.”