Life at UNSW

Welcome to UNSW Sydney

Kensington campus

UNSW Kensington is our largest campus. It has everything you need to maximise your time studying and socialising. The campus features cafes, restaurants, bars, fitness and aquatic facilities, sports fields, libraries, quiet spaces, open spaces and an IGA supermarket.

Paddington campus

The Paddington campus houses UNSW Art and Design. It is an exciting and stimulating precinct in a hip, inner city location. Designed around a central courtyard, the campus houses museum-standard galleries, state-of-the-art workshops, open studios, private workspaces, research and digital labs, student lounges and spaces for collaboration.

Canberra campus

UNSW Canberra is home to the Australian Defence Force Academy. International students can undertake postgraduate studies here. The campus features a large library, modern computing facilities and laboratories, sports facilities, recreation spaces, a bookshop, a café, a hairdresser, a dry cleaner and a florist.

Life on campus

We believe our students deserve a balanced and rewarding student experience both inside and outside the classroom. Our campuses are modern, conveniently located and safe with lots of communal study areas and amenities. You will find green parks, free Wi-Fi, indoor and outdoor study areas with power outlets and much more. 

Sport and recreation

From our well-equipped Fitness and Aquatic Centre, to joining a sports team, hiring a court, using football fields and rowing, there are plenty of reasons to be active.

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Modern libraries

Our libraries offer a range of modern facilities and services. Borrow books, study in the student lounge or hire a room for group work. Dedicated staff and online services are on hand to help you find that valuable article or book.

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Student clubs and societies

There are over 300 student clubs and societies to select from covering an immense range of hobbies, and cultural and social activities. You can also join Arc, the student association run by students for students.

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The Tyree Energy Technologies Building

A six star green building home to world-record breaking photovoltaic (solar power) technologies, the Australian Energy Research Institute, and the world’s fastest solar powered car.

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Michael Crouch Innovation Centre

A first for any Australian university, the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre is UNSW's new hub for innovation. Students are nurtured and given the opportunity to make strong two-way connections with business.

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The Lowy Cancer Research Centre

Home to 400 scientists from UNSW’s Faculty of Medicine and the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia (CCIA) who collaborate to take cancer research to a new level. Also part of a new world-class Biomedical Precinct.

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A day at UNSW

Whether it is early in the morning or late in the day, our campus is always buzzing with students and activity. Here’s a sample of what a day on campus is like:
  • Keep fit with daily exercise at the Fitness & Aquatic Centre
  • Make the easy walk from the Fitness and Aquatic Centre to your first class of the day
  • With a break in-between your class, catch up with a friend over a cup of coffee or tea at one of the many excellent cafes on campus
  • Attend your next class
  • Eat lunch outdoors at one of the many grassy spots on campus 
  • Head to your third and final class of the day
  • Before you return home, get to know your classmates better over ping pong, a game of pool or theatre sports at UNSW Roundhouse
  • Go to one of our regular movie and pizza nights hosted by Student Development International
  • Wind down from your studies with live music at The White House
  • Learn more at the Utzon Lecture Series
  • Find out when the next job interview and resume writing workshop is or begin your proposal to attend an upcoming research conference


We want your time at UNSW to be a rewarding and safe educational experience. Our security service provides a 24-hour comprehensive presence across the campus. Download the [email protected] app for free. It features a flashlight, alarm, security tips and a newsfeed.

Religious facilities

Our interfaith religious centre is provided for all UNSW students. Chaplains conduct worship services, lead Bible Studies, hold prayer meetings and offer spiritual counselling. The Islamic Society has an Imam in attendance with meeting and prayer rooms available.

Getting around

UNSW’s Kensington and Paddington campuses are serviced frequently by buses from Central Station. A bus to central from the Kensington campus takes around 15-20 minutes.  A bus to central from the Paddington campus takes around 10 minutes. UNSW Canberra is located less than 5 kilometres from the city centre of Canberra.

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