Sydney’s CBD sits at the edge of its breathtaking harbour, close to its famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Both UNSW’s Sydney campuses are in within easy reach of stunning beaches and landmarks, as well as the buzzing city centre.
A business powerhouse
Sydney is home to more global firms than any other Australian city. A gateway to Asian economies, the city attracts great minds and is known for its ideal climate, relaxed outdoor lifestyle and friendly locals. It’s no wonder Sydney ranked the 10th best city in the world to live and work in Mercer Quality of Living Survey, 2018.
Sydney is a diverse and cosmopolitan city. It ranked 13th best student city in the world in the QS Best Student Cities Index 2017. The Harbour City is not just a destination but a life experience. World-class performances, spectacular events and stunning landscapes await you in a city where there is as much to do at 7am as there is at 11pm.
UNSW’s surrounding suburbs
UNSW is in Sydney’s leafy Eastern Suburbs, minutes away from Coogee Beach and Centennial Park.
(30 minutes by bus) Bondi is Sydney’s most famous beach. With pristine white sand – and a passionate local community – Bondi Beach is perfect for experiencing the Sydney lifestyle, people watching, parties, surfing, exercise or swimming.
(less than 10 minutes by bus) The closest beach to UNSW, Coogee Beach, is a wide bay-style beach making it a great swimming spot. On sunny days, expect to see families, tourists and locals enjoying free-access BBQs, large park areas and one of the many cafes and restaurants.
(5 minutes by bus) Centennial Park is inner Sydney’s biggest park. There are tracks for bike riding, horseriding, jogging as well as ponds, sports fields and more.
Kingsford and Randwick
(3 minutes by bus) The surrounding suburbs of Kingsford and Randwick are just a short walk from UNSW's main campus. There are lots of cafes and restaurants with many offering affordable prices for students. There is a huge range of International cuisines to try too, reflecting the diversity of the area.
Love Sydney for less
Sydney has endless affordable indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy. Visit free art galleries, watch a movie at the local cinema or walk along the coastline.
Choose from more than 30 cafes, restaurants and bars across three main food courts throughout the Kensington campus. You’ll find affordable eateries just a short walk away, which means a cheap and healthy meal is always close by.
Visit the Harbour Bridge South Pylon Lookout for spectacular views, wander along the waterside through Barangaroo and Darling Harbour, or walk a coastal path past some of Sydney’s famous beaches.
Find the best swimming, snorkelling and surfing spots or watch a film at the local Randwick cinema – one of the cheapest in Sydney. Ride a bike around Centennial Park or enjoy an Aussie BBQ with new friends.
Things to do
Whether you want to explore vibrant Sydney or stay close to campus, you'll find plenty to do.
Swimming, surfing, snorkelling, paddleboarding or kayaking
Visit the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, the Botanic Gardens, Taronga Zoo and the Sydney Fish Markets, or go further afield to the Blue Mountains and the Royal National Park.
Our Summer is from December to February, Autumn (fall) from March to May, Winter from June to August, and Spring from September to November. Sydney has a comfortable temperate climate; the hottest months are January and February and the coldest months are July and August.
Both the Sydney campuses have regular bus services to and from the CBD and Central railway station, with nearly 1,700 UNSW Express Bus services to the Kensington campus each week. Sydney’s other public transport services include trains, ferries and trams. A shuttle service runs between the Kensington and Paddington campuses. Find out more about Getting to Uni.