Study in Sydney: Your Complete Guide! (2021

Sydney: the most popular and largest city in Australia! A destination known for its harbourfront Sydney Opera House, restaurants and museums, exciting lifestyle, great universities, natural beauties, warm summers, and mild winters. It’s not a surprise that the city is the destination of thousands of international students every year wanting to study in Sydney.

Being a safe city, with beautiful beaches and suburbs, it’s a great location if you are planning to study overseas. But what are the things international students should know when preparing to study in Sydney? We put together a complete guide with all the information you must have if you are planning to study in Sydney!

Cost of Living & Salaries

There’s no way around it — Sydney is an expensive city. It was considered the 14th most expensive in the world. But by being the city that offers the highest amount of job opportunities and one of the highest salaries in Australia, it’s not impossible to save money while you study and live in Sydney. For that reason, we listed below all you have to know about the cost of living and salaries for each sector in Sydney!

Living Expenses

If you are planning to study in Sydney, be prepared to afford the following costs:


Estimated in AUD

$130-$350 per week
Utility bills
$30-$50 per week for bills and electricity
Food and Groceries
$82 to $200 per week
Phone bills
$35 to $50 p month
$35 to $70 per week depending on the person
Bus and train fares
$25 - $50+ per week depending how far you live from your work and college campus



$20 to $27 p/hour


$23 to $30.50 p/hour

Retail Assistant

$20hr to $23 p/hour

Food Delivery

$14 - $24 p/hour

Administrative assistant

$22 + p/hour

Sales Representative

$26 to $32+


Dec – Feb

18.6 - 25.8°C

This is the best time to enjoy the beaches of Sydney when the water temperatures rise to 21.9 – 23.7°C! 


Mar – May

14.6 - 22.2°C

During this period, humidity and the temperatures fall. The weather is perfect for coastal walks during this time of the year. Also, humpback whales can be seen from May to August migrating to the north.


Jun – Aug

8.8 - 17°C

Sydney’s rainfall is highest in June, while July is the coolest month. If you have a car, this is the best time for a trip to the wine region of Hunter Valley or to the Snowy Mountains!


Sep – Nov

11 - 23°C

In this period days are warmer but the humidity is not as high as summer. This part of the year is considered the best time for sightseeing, so make sure to get out there!


Sydney one of the most multicultural cities in Australia with almost 5 million people that live, work and study in it. It is also home to some of the largest businesses in the country.
More than one-third of the city’s population was born abroad meaning that at least in a third of households a language other than English is spoken. It is also home of more than 30% of the international students that come to work and study in Sydney. This makes it a perfect destination for foreign students who are interested in networking and experiencing new ideas!

Events & Art

In Sydney, creativity is a common thing! The city has 1600 shows a year at Sydney Opera House, including dance and modern dance, opera, classical music, stage plays, and many more.
Many galleries and museums are also available to the public. They range from widespread areas with a mixture of permanent and rotating exhibits to projects led by artists and small public events.
To see all the events happening in Sydney and make the most out of your study experience, make sure to visit the city’s website on the link below.

Nightlife, Festivals & More!

Sydney has also a large number of music concerts and festivals, such as Sydney Festival, Tropfest (the biggest short film festival in the world), Vivid Light Sydney which lights the city with art’ sculptures around it along with performances and presentations!

The city is also great at night ranging from stage and music to top plays, live music, comedy and night-markets. Explored NSW Art Gallery, listen to all sorts of music in large and small venues and enjoy the Sydney Opera House shows.


Study in Sydney

If you are planning to study in Sydney, this is the place for you! NSW offers to domestic and foreign students world-class colleges, vocational schools, and academic institutions that can provide you the training needed to start your career of choice.

Sydney’s education system offers a wide range of courses and degrees and holds a strong global reputation for its qualifications, high-quality research and teaching, cultural diversity and in addition, a safe study environment. 


260,559 international students in NSW


488 institutions that offer courses to international students


9572 courses available to international student

The USYD is one of the best universities in Australia and is consistently ranked in the top 50 universities in the world. It was founded in 1850 and it is Australia’s first university.

UTS is a public research university located in Sydney. The university is regarded as one of the world’s leading young universities (under 50 years old), ranked 1st in Australia and 11th in the world by the 2021 QS World University Rankings.

According to the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject, UNSW is ranked top 20 in the world for Law, Accounting, and Finance, and 1st in Australia for Mathematics, Engineering and Technology. 

Macquarie University is a public research university based in Sydney, Australia, in the suburb of Macquarie Park.  Ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world, Macquarie University is considered one of Australia’s best universities,

ACU is a public university in Australia. It has seven Australian campuses and also maintains a campus in Rome. In 2018 it had 34,834 student

This university is one of Australia’s leading institutions. Ranked in the top 400 in the world, illustrating the University’s growing reputation for quality education.

This university is an award-winning higher education institution with campuses in Sydney, Australia. Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees build successful careers.

Beaches and Outdoor​

During your study experience in Sydney, you will also have the chance to explore breathtaking landscapes and nature. Sydney’s outdoor lifestyle is part of  the whole city, with more than 100 beaches lining the coast and over 400 parks including the famous Hyde Park, Royal Botanic Garden, Barangaroo Reserve and much more!

You can swim, surf, snorkel or enjoy water sports, or enjoy the famous coastal walk trails, from Cronulla all the way to Palm Beach.

If you are not the sportive type, you can also relax in the sun at Bondi Beach Icebergs Club, and enjoy the restaurants and shops close to the water.

Bondi Beach and Manly Beach are the most famous, and among the top beaches in Australia. For a more peaceful experience, try Shelly Beach, north of Sydney. It’s a beautiful place for snorkeling and scuba diving, and also great for its sunsets.

Sydney is also known for having over 30 ocean pools, that you can enjoy while you are in your study break and which are totally free to enter. Have a look below!

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