Living in Sydney

Living Down Under

For international students, living in Australia is an exciting and new experience, with Sydney being the most popular Australian destination for international student since 2000. In this section, we’ll cover the essentials that you need to know about the lifestyle and perks of living down under.

Things to know:


Cost of Living

Depending on your accommodation preferences, annual living costs for Sydney are between AUD12,000 - AUD18,000 (not including study). For example, monthly mobile phone costs are AUD20, take away coffee AUD4, a beer AUD5 and a McDonald’s burger AUD6.



Feeling secure and at easy in your surroundings contributes to the educational success of our students. We are able to advise you on homestay providers, so you can select the right home when you move to Australia.



To use our train, bus, tram and ferry system, Sydney-siders travel around with an Opal card - top-up card system for public transport. We also highly recommend downloading the ‘Tripview‘ app for travel planning.



Though Sydney is considered to be quite safe, it is good to familiarise yourself with emergency numbers, e.g. 000 for police, ambulance and fire brigade. Like any other city, precautions should still be taken. Avoid dimly lit areas during the night and always take care of personal valuables.


Money & Banking

Card payments are often preferred over cash in Australia, with most restaurants and shops equipped with EFTPOS machines. In Sydney, we have numerous local and international banks. To set up a bank account in Australia, you require an evidence of residency as well as a visa.



Sydney is renown for its beach culture and good weather, with temperature ranging from 35°C in summer to roughly 14°C in the winter. Australian are also known to be quite colloquial, often using phrases such as ‘cheers’, ‘mate’ and ‘no worries’ in day-to-day conversations.