Living in Sydney


If you’re thinking about studying in Sydney or you’re already on your way over here – welcome!

As the most popular city in the world for international students* Sydney has so much to offer. As the largest capital city in Australia and its economic hub, Sydney is world-renowned for its vibrant culture, pleasant climate and stunning beaches.

Diverse an​d friendly

Sydney is a safe, modern city with a friendly multicultural buzz. People from over 180 nations call Sydney home and more than a quarter of Sydney residents speak a language other than English. We are great at celebrating our diversity too with vibrant cultural festivals throughout the year including the largest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia.

The City of Sydney has a range of resources for international students including support resources in community languages and a Sydney International Student Guide.


Situated on sparkling Sydney Harbour and surrounded by glorious beaches, well-connected suburbs and near-by national parks, it’s no surprise Sydney is rated among the top ten most liveable cities in the world (2015).**

Sydney is a dynamic, modern city with excellent public facilities and a good transport network. Our climate is temperate so outdoor and sporting activities are popular, along with countless entertainment and eating options and of course, world-class shopping.

Culture and food

With a calendar full of exciting events, Sydney has something for everyone. Immerse yourself in live music, dance, opera, musicals, comedy and theatre. We have world-class art galleries and museums and festivals galore.

For food lovers, Sydney has a buzzing food scene and a diverse array of cafes, restaurants and markets offering contemporary and traditional cuisine from around the world. Specialty food ingredients from all over the globe are available in many city and suburban shopping centres.


Sydney has many well-known attractions and many hidden gems. From the Sydney Opera House and Taronga Zoo to tucked-away beaches, parks and gardens, there’s something for everyone.

Outside of Sydney and easily accessible by train or road you can explore the Blue Mountains, go bushwalking and rock climbing in national parks or grab a tent and get away to a festival in Byron Bay.

Places of worship

Australia is a culturally diverse nation and people are free to practice and follow their own beliefs and religion. You will find many churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship in Sydney all with welcoming communities.

Some Sydney TAFE campuses have multi-faith prayer rooms and provide chaplaincy services.

*Global Cities Index 2014 A.T Kearney
** Sydney, the capital city of New South Wales, was ranked as the best Australian city in Mercer's 2015 Quality of Living Index and 10th in the world.


Our CRICOS Provider Code is 00591E and CRICOS Provider Name is TAFE NSW - Technical & Further Education Commission


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827 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
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