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The best things about living in Sydney as a student


While Australia might seem ‘out of the way’ when it comes to the rest of the world it’s exactly that aspect, combined with Sydney’s incredible climate, diverse culture and can-do mindset that makes Sydney an excellent place to live and study as a student.

When studying, you want to feel safe and be able to enjoy a lifestyle that is relaxing on your time off. So, to focus on Sydney itself, we’ve listed the best things about this fabulous city that will have you ready to book your flight.

First things first, what’s the student mix like? And what is “student mix”, anyway?


Sydney: excellent student mix

Student mix is defined as “what proportion of a city’s population is made up of students? How diverse is that student population?”

In QS Best Student Cities, Sydney makes the Top 10. Those of us who live in Sydney might say “well, of course!” but we invite you to come and see for yourself.

Further, Top Universities notes that the student mix in Sydney is one of the best things about living in Sydney as a student,  “thanks to its large, diverse and inclusive student community. It also ranks fourth in the world for desirability, reflecting the all-round high quality of life in the city, as well as its popularity among prospective students.”

When we think about what’s on offer across the planet, we say that being ranked fourth in the world for desirability isn’t bad at all!

And NYU Sydney notes that Sydney is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. This is reflected in the proportion of international students to Australian students over the years.



Sydney: excellent quality of life for students

The climate is extremely agreeable with a great balance of nature/city vibes, and the diverse culture ensures students feel welcome, no matter where they’re from. 

National parks allow students to stay grounded, the city brings the arts and culture energy, and the harbour provides the perfect backdrop to make sure friends and family “wish they were here”. Enjoy exhibitions, theater, markets, sports, and a huge variety of options for food and drink. 

And then, imagine unwinding with these incredibly good beachside weekends … of course, we do remind you to remember to concentrate on your studies!


Sydney's beaches make it easy to live a relaxed lifestyle while studying in Sydney.


And if you give yourself time to stay and enjoy Sydney over the Christmas/New Year period, you’ll be in for a treat at the annual fireworks on Sydney Harbour, with the Sydney Harbour Bridge as the star of the show. 



Glam it up at Sydney's Sydney Harbour while studying in Sydney as a student


Sydney has been ranked one of the 10 most livable cities on the planet by The Economist.

The wealth of natural beauty and the vibrancy of the city is something that Aussies sometimes take for granted, enjoying it all with their laid-back vibe. However, for newcomers, Sydney’s heart and soul can take hold of them for the rest of their lives.

Sydney: excellent job opportunities for students (aka employer activity)

Both the authorities and the business community value the role international students play in the city’s economy, and with most student visas permitting 40 hours each fortnight of work, there is plenty of scope to supplement your income while studying in Sydney.

The City of Sydney acknowledges that students make a “significant contribution to the local economy, as well as contributing to the vibrancy and livability. The City of Sydney actively encourages employers to consider employing international students as they recognise it is not only the students themselves who contribute to the economy, but their friends and family who come to visit.

Hospitality and tourism are two broad industries that welcome international students as employees, and each gives students a great opportunity to mix with the locals and become immersed in the local culture.


Sydney: great value for money for students

Sure, Sydney isn’t the cheapest place to live. But when you evaluate the type of lifestyle you can enjoy as a student, it’s worth figuring out the finances. 

Getting to know where to find “cheap eats” can help, where you can find what’s been called “Sydney’s most affordable food tour” (and it doesn’t have to mean you miss out on taste!). Also, there are plenty of thrift shops to assist in keeping the wardrobe expenses down. Upcycling clothes allows you to express your individuality and extend the budget at the same time.

Then, there are loads of free things to do that mean life doesn’t have to be costly.

Find accommodation that’s reasonably close to your university or college to keep travel costs down.

Also, because students are able to work 20 hours per week when studying in Sydney they are able to cover some of those lifestyle perks that don’t come free.


Everyone needs to visit Sydney at least once in their lifetime – the city is a wonderful blend of sophistication, relaxed lifestyle, and celebration of the natural environment. Opportunities for career development post-university are rich, and employment while studying is not difficult to find for most students.

If you are thinking about studying in Sydney, contact us about our long-stay accommodation options at either our Top Ryde or Concord locations.



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