CDU is ranked in the Top 50 universities in the Asia-Pacific region
Source: Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Ranking 2018
CDU is ranked top 7 Australian university for graduate employment outcomes
Source: Good Universities Guide 2024
Sydney is the 5th most liveable city in the world
Source: Economist Intelligence Unit 2018
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, on Level's 8 to 11 at 815 George Street Haymarket – just a short walk from Chinatown, Pitt St Mall and Central Station.
Supporting your journey
International students play a vital role in the diverse fabric of Charles Darwin University Sydney, representing a significant portion of our community. We embrace and support our international students, ensuring they have an inclusive and enriching experience while studying with us.
Through a wide range of events, workshops, orientations and welcome evenings, we actively encourage international students to connect not only within CDU but also with the wider Sydney community.
We also take pride in commemorating significant dates and holidays that hold special meaning for our international students, celebrating their diverse cultures and creating a sense of belonging.
Whether you’re soaking up the views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, strolling along iconic Bondi Beach, or exploring the arts and music scene, there’s always something exciting happening.
We warmly invite you to embark on an exploration of the boundless possibilities that CDU Sydney has to offer.
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Learn more about what it's like to study in Sydney, Australia
At CDU Sydney, we are committed to providing students with a truly transformative university experience.
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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 by visiting City of Sydney.
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 Study in Australia.
Other expenses and fees
Find out more about the cost of living and studying in Australia.
I’ve loved my experience at CDU Sydney so far. My course has equipped me with critical thinking skills, sound clinical reasoning, and comprehensive health assessment abilities from supervised clinical placements in a variety of health care settings.
One of the highlights of my CDU Sydney experience has been the Simulation Block. Interacting with lecturers who are experts in nursing really inspired me to stay focused on my goal. I’ve also really enjoyed the events and gatherings organised by CDU, which have been a great way for me to develop my social skills and meet new people.
Another great thing about CDU Sydney is the location. Being in the heart of the city, there’s easy access to restaurants, shops and public transport which makes uni life a lot more convenient.
Mark Angelo Cabrera, Master of Nursing Practice student
At CDU Sydney, our research areas are diverse and impactful
Through our multidisciplinary approach, we strive to make meaningful contributions and create a positive impact in these important fields.
Check out some of the research areas you can explore in Sydney:
- Computational intelligence, including smart algorithms for data analysis and interpretation, prediction of different phenomena, clustering and classification of unorganised data and creating smart decision-making systems for different applications.
- Humanitarian rights.
- Mental health and wellbeing.
- Health service management/education/leadership.
- Surrogacy and social policy.
- Human factors and healthcare safety.
- Aged care.
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.
Ready to start your research journey with CDU? Find out more
Message from the Associate Vice-Chancellor
Welcome to Charles Darwin University Sydney, where knowledge meets innovation and excellence thrives.
In the bustling heart of Australia's largest city, CDU Sydney proudly offers state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge research opportunities, and a vibrant, inclusive campus community, creating a truly dynamic and exciting place to study.
We are committed to ensuring our students have an extraordinary learning experience, empowering them to become influential leaders and catalysts for positive change. We embrace and celebrate diversity, fostering an environment where every individual feels valued and included.
The CDU team is genuinely invested in the success of our students, which is reflected in our graduate outcomes.
Dr Penelope Sweeting, Associate Vice-Chancellor, Sydney region
Where to find us
General enquiries via your one-stop shop.
Mon - Thurs: 8:30 am - 4 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 3 pm
You can find the CDU Sydney campus directly
across from Central Station in the Sydney CBD.
815 George Street