Living in Sydney info

We hope to answer all your questions below but if not it is also a good idea to read our Pre-arrival Information Pack City and Bondi and ‘Welcome to SELC‘ Student Handbook.  These contain lots of valuable information on studying at SELC and living in Sydney.

What’s the weather like in Sydney?

Sydney weather is generally good. In the summer it can be very hot (sometimes more than 30°C), so you will need to bring light, casual clothes. During the winter months (June, July, August) the days are generally mild but it can be quite cool at night so it is important to bring a coat and warm clothes. See Sydney’s weather today – click here.

MONTH Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
MIN 19 19 18 15 12 10 8 9 11 14 16 18
MAX 27 27 25 23 20 18 17 18 20 22 24 25
What’s the time difference?

Standard Time: GMT +10
Daylight Savings: GMT +11

Where is the airport?

The airport is approximately 40 minutes by bus from SELC. There are many buses that go to the airport at a reasonable price. There is also a train line that goes to the airport from Central Station. A taxi from SELC to the airport would cost about $50.

Is there public transport near the school?

Yes, SELC is situated in Bondi Junction about 2 minutes’ walk from the bus and train station.

Is SELC near the beach/Sydney CBD?

SELC Bondi Campus is close to both Bondi Beach and SELC City Campus is in the Sydney CBD. Bondi Beach is  just 5-10 minutes by bus  from SELC Bondi Campus and the Sydney CBD just 10 minutes by train from Bondi Junction. The Opera House and The Harbor Bridge is just 5-10 minutes walking from SELC City Campus.

Can I get student discounts on transport (buses, trains, ferries etc.)?

International students are not allowed to get concessions on public transport in NSW. You must pay full-fare for buses, trains and ferries. If you buy a concession you will be fined.

How much money will I need to have (per week) for entertainment, food etc.?

It is a good idea to have access to approximately $150-200 per week (after paying for rent, bills etc.)

We would recommend that you research more on the Australian immigration website: