What’s your scene?
For each of these likeable types we detail where they hang out, some of their favourite pastimes and explain their lifestyles. Flip through these pages to see where you fit and work out how to meet some new friends who like doing the same things you do. Or just read on to learn a little more about Sydney.
The Adventurer loves to get out into the wilderness and explore.
The Connoisseur loves all things fine in food and wine.
The Fashionista turns shopping into an art form and is always perfectly dressed.
The Hobbyist is always busy making something or mastering a new skill.
The Night Owl is up all night dancing in clubs or dining on dessert.
It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert on edibles, a fervent shopper or like to stay up all night—Sydney has something for you.
Discovering your local area
It is hard to find where you fit when you first come to a new city, but Sydney is a well-laid out, friendly city that allows you to easily explore. When you first arrive, make a point of walking or riding a bike to places so you get a feel for different areas.
Once you’ve had a chance to meet some classmates, ask those who are friendly if they can recommend places to visit or eat – a lot of locals love having the chance to share their favourite places with others.
Beating the language barrier
Not being able to communicate easily with people is one of the hardest things about moving to a new place, but there are several things you can do to quickly develop your skills in English.
Institutions such as TAFE and adult learning centres offer English short courses specifically designed for people who speak a different first language. Council libraries also have free casual English conversation sessions, ideal for speaking confidence.
Even if you make friends who speak your own first language, practice speaking English with them all the time – that way you can develop your skills together and gain confidence in a less confronting environment.
Finally – don’t be shy about trying to speak with Australians. This is a multicultural country and people are used to speaking with classmates, colleagues and friends who are still developing their English. Be patient with yourself and others as you find ways to express what you want and think – and remember that smiling and laughing translate across all languages.
Tools for integration and getting support
Most universities, TAFEs and other educational institutions provide in-house support for international students. These organisations usually offer services such as counselling, assistance with finding accommodation, help with a new language and introductions to other students. Look on your institution’s website, or ask on-campus student services how to get in touch with these organisations