Sydney is the largest city in Australia with over 4 million people and also the most popular for international visitors. There are people from 180 nations, speaking 140 languages, making Sydney one of the most multicultural cities in the world. The city is spread over a large area and has a world-famous harbour, beautiful beaches and interesting things to do. Most of Sydney’s 37 beaches are situated within 30 minutes of the city centre by public transport.
The Great City of Sydney
SELC is located in Bondi Junction in the Eastern Suburbs, which is to the east of the city centre and close to Bondi Beach.
The main forms of transport in Sydney are: bus, train, and ferry. In the Eastern Suburbs, buses are the most common form of public transport. Most students buy weekly or monthly travel passes to use on public transport while they are in Sydney.
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The cost of living in Sydney varies depending on your lifestyle. We estimate that students should budget for approximately $13,000 – $15,000 per year for living expenses. This does not include tuition fees. This covers accommodation, food, and transport but does not allow for luxuries, entertainment, or a car.
Sydney is an affordable destination and the cost of living is reasonable compared to other major cities around the world. Below are approximate prices for common goods and services and should give you a rough estimate of the cost of living in Sydney.
Things to do
- Sydney Opera House
- The Rocks
- Darling Harbour
- Sydney Tower
- Queen Victoria Building
- Sydney Aquarium
- Art Gallery of NSW
- Taronga Zoo
- Botanical Gardens
- Sydney Harbour Bridge
- The Festival of Sydney
- Sydney Film Festival
- Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
- Biennale of Sydney
- City to Surf Fun Run
- Sculpture by the Sea
Eating out in Sydney is a great adventure. The many nationalities that make up our population have all brought their own cuisines with them and our restaurants and supermarkets reflect this. Sydneysiders regularly eat food from many different countries, from Italian to Hungarian, Japanese to Vietnamese. Have a look at the “Cheap Eats guide” to eating out in Sydney.
Sydney is the place for shopping. There are plenty of shopping centres, department stores, and markets to suit everyone.