Life at UNSW

Welcome to UNSW Sydney

Kensington campus

UNSW Kensington campus has everything you need, including dozens of cafes and restaurants, two banks, four ATMs, a post office, supermarket, food cooperative, pharmacy, medical centre and dentist, two libraries, a fitness and aquatic centre, and sports fields and courts. 

Paddington campus

The Paddington campus is home to UNSW Art & Design and is centrally located in Oxford Street, Paddington. Built around a central courtyard, it has museum-standard galleries, state-of-the-art workshops, open studios, private workspaces, research and digital labs, collaboration spaces and student lounges. 

Canberra campus

International postgraduate students can study at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), which is less than five kilometres from the CBD. The campus includes a large library, computing facilities and labs, sports facilities, a cafe and a bookshop. 

Life on campus

We believe our students deserve a rewarding experience, both inside and outside the classroom. Our modern campuses are in convenient locations; they are safe, and have free Wi-Fi, green spaces, and indoor and outdoor study areas with power outlets.

Sporting facilities and activities

Keep fit by visiting our well-equipped Fitness and Aquatic Centre, joining a football or rowing team, or booking a tennis court.


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State-of-the-art libraries

Use our online services, borrow books, study in the student lounge or hire a room for group work.


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Clubs and societies

Join a club or society and make new friends. Choose from more than 300 student-led clubs and societies across a range of interests. 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 International Student Experience Unit (ISEU)
  • 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


To maintain our safe and enjoyable study environment, our security service provides a 24-hour comprehensive presence across the campus. With our [email protected] free app you can track the night bus and access safety tips, contacts, a newsfeed, and more.

Religious centre

Our interfaith religious centre is for all UNSW students. Chaplains conduct services and study groups, and offer spiritual counselling. The Islamic Society has an Imam, and meeting and prayer rooms are available.

Getting around

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. There are also Light Rail Services running between the CBD, Central and the Kensington Campus. 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.

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