Are you hoping to experience beautiful beaches, incredible nature scenes and a thriving nightlife? Well, Sydney might just be the place for you. If you’re looking to undertake your degree in Australia, here are some of the reasons you should study in Sydney.

1. Sydney is a popular choice for a reason

Sydney is Australia’s most populated city, which means it’s always bustling! What’s more, Sydney was the most popular city with international students in 2017. Every year Sydney welcomes a large number of international students, so you’ll always feel connected to a big support network. Chances are, you’ll meet, mix with and share stories with not only Australians, but people from all over the globe.

2. Sydney’s landmarks are rich with history

Yes, Sydney is home to world-famous landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, but there’s even more to discover.

You can take historical tours (and ghost tours!) around The Rocks, get ‘ship-wrecked’ at old Convict-era shipping yard Cockatoo Island, or take part in the Sydney City Museum Crawl to learn about Australia’s history. The tour takes you to the Australian Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the Art Gallery of NSW, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, and best of all: it’s not just for tourists – the crawl is popular all year round with Australian locals!

3. The culture is vibrant and exciting

Sydney’s cultural calendar can be pretty exciting. Take a wander around the thriving city parks, bars, cafes and entertainment precincts. Each month you’ll be sure to stumble across a wide variety of exciting cultural events such as markets, dance events, art exhibitions or fireworks displays. Best of all: most events are completely free!

Prominent festivals throughout the year include The Sydney Festival, Vivid Sydney Festival, Sydney Mardis Gras, the Royal Easter Show and Sculpture by the Sea.

4. But it’s also a beautiful, relaxed place to study

If you’re studying at a university in Sydney, chances are there’s a beautiful patch of green grass close by, which is perfect for picnics and outdoor study sessions.

Settle down at the Royal Botanic Gardens for a chilled study session with some breathtaking waterfront views. Alternatively, relax amongst sculptures and flowering lilies at Wendy’s Secret Garden, or the tranquil surrounds of the Chinese Garden of Friendship, right by Sydney’s Chinatown. After a park closer to university? Central Park (near the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney) or Centennial Parklands (near the University of New South Wales) make for beautiful study spaces.

5. The beaches are just brilliant

Getting some exercise is sometimes just as important as a study session. After all, a healthy body is a healthy mind!

Sydney’s beaches are famous for their beauty. Head to the Eastern Suburbs and tackle the scenic Coogee to Bondi Beach Walk, and stop for a scuba-dive at Clovelly Beach, ‘local secret’ Gordons Bay, or the world-famous Bondi Beach. Or, catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Beach for a leisurely stroll around its beachside cafes.

6. Sydney is a thriving transport hub

As a major city, Sydney is very well-connected. You’ll find buses, trains and ferries that will take you through the city, and to mountain getaways, the countryside and beyond. Conveniently, trains also run from Sydney Airport to Sydney’s Central Station.

Generally, Sydney’s train, bus and ferry services operate regularly, running late into the night – though transport slows around 2-4am. Make sure you download the Trip Planner app on your phone to properly plan your trip and receive regular updates on transport times.

7. Sydney is a multicultural place

Sydney is home to a large and varied population. Sydney’s Chinese community is particularly vibrant, with ever-bustling Chinatown a great spot for cultural events and markets throughout the year. The Chinese New Year Celebrations are worth checking out, with a massive parade, lion dancers, art installations and the Southern Hemisphere’s largest dragon boat races on show. You’ll also find a wide range of multicultural eateries, cultural events and annual festivals in Sydney, including Korean, Japanese, Indian, European, Middle-Eastern, Malaysian, and more.

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8. Sydneysiders have plenty of employment opportunities

Being a large, central city hub with a big population, there’s plenty of work to be found in Sydney. Sydney universities run workplace-immersion programs aimed at integrating international students into the Australian workforce. Many Sydney-based organisations also actively look for student volunteers and host frequent Sydney student society meet-ups, international student gatherings and events. So, you’ll have plenty of networking opportunities as a student, if you seek them out.

9. Sydney can be expensive – but a comfortable student lifestyle is possible

Sydney is beautiful and busy, with opportunities everywhere — so it’s no wonder it’s expensive!

In terms of weekly rental price, Sydney topped the list as the most expensive Australian city for international students, with rent averaging around AU$285 per week. In Sydney, you’re paying for location, but it’s very possible to do Sydney on the cheap with a few savvy tips up your sleeve.

10. We repeat: Sydney’s culture is seriously amazing!

We can’t stress it enough: there’s always something happening in Sydney, even at the year’s end! Sydney’s spectacular, world-famous New Year’s Eve celebration is one of the biggest fireworks displays in the world. It’s a major Sydney highlight — and also the perfect way to celebrate your year living and studying in Sydney.