Living in Sydney

Sydney is an open-hearted city with variety of attractions and activities. All year round you will find entertainment a-plenty, international sports events, music bands, international trade fairs, and various cultural festivals.

Within 10 minutes’ by train from our campus, you will find attractions such as Sydney Opera House and the Rocks area, libraries, medical centres, shopping centres, major banks, and eateries.

Take a short tram to Darling Harbour to watch a free outdoor show (buskers) and perhaps try an eatery alongside: fancy ones to the north and a cheaper food court to the south of Darling Harbour.   

Westfield Burwood is a large regional shopping centre located 5 minutes’ walk from our campus. It’s adjacent to Burwood Park, where you could enjoy some peaceful quality time.

Where to Consider Living in Sydney

Much of Sydney has enclaves with varied national cultures, along with varied rental prices, some sky-high.

A shared unit or house in Waterloo, Surry Hills, or Randwick will be handy to the CBD for $250-350 pw, but with some extra utilities’ costs and bond. 

Burwood Campus Accommodation:

There is student accommodation in Burwood, Lakemba, Homebush and Earlwood (all 3-5 km away), ranging from $160 – $250 weekly. The best ones are fully-furnished double rooms, with all bills/internet included.

With only 25% of about 16,000 Burwood residents born in Australia, you will find a variety of ethnicities, including Chinese (34%), Indian, and Korean. The surrounding suburbs of the inner west are also commonly used by students.


Summer average (max): 26oC, some days up to 38oC
Winter average (low): 8 degrees Celsius to (max) of 16 degrees C

Bring a light raincoat and warm clothes for the winter. A winter coat is needed on those chilly mornings walking about.

No need to bring too many clothes though. Cheap and second-hand clothing stores are plentiful in suburban shops or check the sales in department stores.

Find out what the weather in Sydney is like at Australia – the tourist guide.


Settle into Australian life with a bank account. There are many large reputable banks with branches throughout Sydney. 

ANZ Banking
National Australia Bank
Commonwealth Bank


Please read the fees & charges information before opening an account. Many accounts are free to retain (small charges may apply to withdrawals) but some charge a monthly fee.

There are several ATMs (near Burwood campus), namely CUA (Credit Union Australia), Bank of China, ANZ (branch), and Commonwealth Bank. 

You will be able to pay most bills and transfer money easily online with an Australian bank account. You can also download the bank’s app for transfers on the go. (ANZ accounts accept the Apple Pay method).

Mobile Phone

Choose from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone for a mobile network carrier with solid coverage in the cities.

There are generally two ways to secure a mobile phone:

  • on a monthly plan (including the cost of the actual mobile phone) or
  • pre-paid, no-contract deals and supply your own UNLOCKED phone. 

To go on a monthly plan and purchase the phone, many forms of ID, paying and security checks will be done, which is tricky for those just landed here. So perhaps look into the Prepaid Sim plans.

You might pick a Prepaid Sim-only Plan from the resellers Kogan, TPG, Belong, or Amaysim (from $10 monthly) or direct at Vodafone (from $30 monthly). The figure per month all depends on the data you envisage using. Some will get by with 2 GB per month and others love viewing videos and chew up 20 GB.

We do not advise using eBay or Gumtree to choose phones or Sims.