Sydney is Australia’s biggest city, with a population of over 5 million people. Located on the east coast of Australia, it is famous for the iconic Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach.
CDU’s campus is located in downtown Sydney, at Level 10, 815 George Street Haymarket – just a short walk from Chinatown, Pitt St Mall and Central Station.
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Living in Sydney
Things to do
Sydney is Australia’s largest and most famous city, and it’s easy to see why! Set on the iconic Sydney Harbour and surrounded by some of the country’s best beaches, it is a visual feast, full of activities, places to see and great food and drink. To find out what’s on, visit the following sites:
For an informative look at life in Sydney as an international student, visit the International Student Guide to Sydney.
With four distinct seasons of summer, autumn, winter and spring bringing vastly different weather and climate to the area, it is important to come prepared for the season you are arriving in:
- Summer (December to February) brings an average temperature of 25℃ (77°F) with long and sunny days.
- Autumn (March to May) is a little cooler, with an average temperature of 22℃ (71.6°F) and cool evenings.
- Winter (June to August) is the coldest season, with average temperatures of 16℃ (60.8°F) and lots of wind and rain.
- Spring (September to November) is similar to autumn, with an average temperature of 22℃ (71.6°F) and cool evenings.
Weather information can be found at Bureau of Meteorology.
Sydney has a broad range of public transport options, including trains, buses, light rail and ferries. Public transport is accessible using an Opal Card, which you can top up with money before you travel. If specified, recipients of certain Australia Government scholarships are entitled to discounts. For more information, please visit Transport NSW.
Bicycles are an increasingly popular form of transport in Sydney, but be sure to follow the road rules as fines apply. More information can be found on the City of Sydney website.
Uber and other ride-sharing options are also available.
Cost of living
The cost of living in Australia varies from person to person depending on where you live and your lifestyle choices. Students should not expect to fund their studies or living costs in Australia through part-time employment only.
During your studies, you will need to purchase textbooks and other items required to study.
Textbooks can vary from $200 - $500 per semester.
Other expenses might include stationery, printing, purchasing a laptop or computer, protective clothing, work materials, travel and accommodation for placement, working with children clearances and computing programs, find out more about additional fees and expenses.
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. As of October 2019, the 12-month living cost (per person) as suggested by the DHA are:
- Individual student – $21,041
- Partner or spouse – $7,362
- Child – $3,152
For an approximate guide on Education and living costs visit the Study in Australia website.
Other expenses and fees
Find out more about the cost of living and studying in Australia.