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The University of Sydney

University of Sydney accommodation

Located in a vibrant district near the city centre, the University of Sydney is close to our listed student accommodation properties in the Inner West and Central areas.

If you book one of our University of Sydney accommodation options, you will be able to live within walking distance of the university amidst museums, contemporary galleries, top-rated restaurants and beautiful parks.

Our student accommodation near the University of Sydney is safe and secure and equipped with modern, convenient amenities. To learn more about our Sydney uni accommodation offerings, you can call us or talk to us via live chat.

Where is the University of Sydney located?

The University of Sydney (USYD) is located in an inner-western suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia.

Highlighted by the band Sticky Fingers in their song "Australia Street," Camperdown is a heavily populated suburb located 2.5 miles south-west of Sydney’s central business district. It is also home to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and has large areas of Victorian terraced housing.

The vibrant student district has a diversified demographic with residents from many cultures and countries from all over the globe. Only about half (52.4 percent) of its 10,000 plus population are native Australians, according to the 2016 census. The rest of its inhabitants are from abroad, mainly China (9.3 percent), England (4.6 percent), New Zealand (2.6 percent), Malaysia (1.4 percent), and the United States of America (1.2 percent).

Though the University of Sydney and its residential colleges make up a large portion of Camperdown, there are a few getaway spots within the community when you need a break from university life.

There is Chrissie Cotter Gallery for exhibitions and cultural events. Right next door is Camperdown Commons, a relaxing community revitalisation project that features an urban farm, a restaurant, a community lawn and an interactive kids’ play space. It is located inside Camperdown Park, a large leafy park offering a wide range of activities and facilities, including several sports grounds.

Another option for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors is Victoria Park, which is surrounded by shady spots, a playground, a swimming pool and a café.

In addition to its main location in Camperdown, the university has other campuses and research facilities such as the One Tree Island Research Station in Queensland.

Sydney is a great city to live in

You can experience the world's third most liveable city (The Economist Intelligence Unit 2020 Global Liveability Index), which has a lot to offer domestic and international students alike.

Surrounding the world’s largest natural harbour, Sydney is a naturally beautiful, vibrant, diverse and multicultural city. Renowned for its great weather, it is home to beautiful golden beaches, an array of world-class museums and art galleries, music venues, theatres, a calendar of exciting events and delicious cuisine. 

The city is also home to gorgeous parks, where you can explore the iconic Australian wildlife and hidden waterfalls. The Bondi to Manly Beach walk, the epic 80km coastal walk between Australia's two most famous surf beaches, will take you past some of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

Studying at the University of Sydney

If you choose the University of Sydney, you will be studying at one of the world’s most reputable universities.

You will also be a part of a vast and diverse community of more than 60,000 students, 8,000 permanent and fixed-term staff, and 350,000 alumni in more than 170 countries.

You'll also be enrolled at a university that consistently ranks in the top 50 in some of the most credible and influential university rankings the world.

High rankings

The University of Sydney is renowned internationally as one of the leading universities for education, research, student experience, and graduate employability.

Its prowess in these sectors makes it one of the top universities in Australia, and one of the highest ranked in the world. It placed 2nd in Australia and 40th in the world in the 2021 QS World University Rankings.

One of the university’s main objectives is to produce leaders of society. Its teachers and researchers are helping to create solutions to complex global issues including health, technology and the environment.

So, it’s no surprise it places highly on impact rankings such as the Times Higher Education (THE) where it was 1st in Australia and 2nd in the world in 2020.

The university excels across an incredible depth of subjects and disciplines ranking in the world's top 50 universities for more than 35 subjects in 2020 including oncology, veterinary sciences, arts and humanities, transportation science and technology. All were ranked 1st in Australia and inside the top 20 in the world.

Many offerings

You’ll get to choose from the widest range of academic programs available at any university in Australia.

The university has 16 academic divisions, including medicine, business, engineering and information technologies, agriculture and environment, and arts and social sciences, offering more than 400 areas of study.

Research excellence

One of the world's leading research universities, the University of Sydney is a member of Australia’s research-driven Group of Eight and is supported by more than 90 research centres.

Across its faculties, the university has research teams working on facilitating more sustainable ways of living and finding solutions to the world’s greatest challenges, from combating the world’s deadliest diseases, creating cleaner fuels and building a faster internet to inventing tiny computing devices.

Increased employability

The university is dedicated to preparing students to enter the workforce.

Studying at Australia's leading university for graduate employability will improve your career prospects. The University of Sydney has dominated the Graduate Employability Rankings in Australia in recent years and was rank fourth in the world in the 2021 QS World University rankings.

So, whatever you choose to study, you’ll have opportunities to undertake internships and work placements with industry-leaders, to ensure you are work ready when you graduate.

Student entrepreneurship

The university is proud to be a cultivator of leaders and innovators. Its accelerator programs (Sydney Genesis and INCUBATE) provide support and encouragement to student entrepreneurs. ‘ThinkSpace’ is a technology-driven facility that enables students to work on creative projects with the help of new technologies.

Student living at the University of Sydney

Its handsome sandstone buildings put the University of Sydney among the world’s most beautiful universities.

A lot takes place inside those historic sandstone walls outside of classes, because after all, university life isn't all about studying.

It's also a chance to make lifelong friends, explore new things and interests, and have fun, which you won’t be short of opportunities to do at the University of Sydney.

Its student experience consistently ranks as the best in Australia, so you can expect to have a memorable time while studying at the university.

You will have access to over 250 clubs and societies bringing students together to celebrate different cultures, develop professional networks, and much more.

Its diverse student community and co-curricular activities will provide countless opportunities for you to immerse yourself in a vibrant student life.

Student union

USU (University of Sydney Union) is one of the major factors that make the university’s student experience memorable.

USU is one of the few remaining independent, student-led organisations in Australia. It organises the university’s clubs and societies, programs and a busy calendar of events throughout the year.

To access discounts and offers across campus, you can upgrade from its free membership to USU Rewards.

If you are into sports and media, USU will suit you quite well. Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) has programs and memberships for everyone. There is an online publication (Pulp) and student radio station (SURG), while the almost 100-year-old Honi Soit, established in 1929, is the only weekly student publication in Australia.

University of Sydney history

Founded in 1850, the University of Sydney is the first and oldest university in Australia. It was established through the University of Sydney Act and assented by Sir Charles Fitzroy.

In 1852 it was inaugurated in the Big Schoolroom (now Sydney Grammar School).

Six years later the university received its Royal Charter from Queen Victoria, giving it the official stamp of approval to issue degrees. In 1859 it moved to its current location in Camperdown.

The New England University College, which later separated in 1954 to become the University of New England, was founded as part of the university.

Frequently asked questions about student accommodation near the University of Sydney

Why should I live in off-campus accommodation instead of USYD student dorms?

Off-campus accommodation gives you the freedom to live in a type of room you prefer, whether you want to share with others or live in a private studio flat. You can also choose to live in any area of Sydney you would like, whether you want to live right next to USYD in Camperdown or closer to the Sydney city centre.

Many modern PBSAs (purpose-built student accommodations) also offer a great range of amenities, from games and cinema rooms to in-house gyms. They are great for spending your free time and become friends with your fellow students.

How do I apply for student accommodation near the University of Sydney?

You can apply for student housing near the University of Sydney easily on Student.com. You can use our search filters and mapping function to compare student properties by price, amenities and location.

After you have made your selection, go to the property page and choose the room type you like. Then click ‘Enquire’ or ‘Book Now’ and fill in your details. One of our booking consultants will then get back to you to guide you through the next steps and answer any questions you may have.

What are the different room types you offer?

Student.com offers three different room types.

Shared Rooms allow you to share a bedroom with a roommate. Other living areas will be shared with occupants from other rooms.

Private Rooms provide you with a private bedroom and in some properties also a private bathroom. However, additional living spaces will be shared with occupants of other rooms.

The Entire Place provides a completely private studio flat where you won’t have to share anything with anyone else. You’ll have you own private bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. The perfect option if you love your own space!

Do you offer postgraduate accommodation at Student.com?

Yes, you can book any of our accommodation as a postgraduate student as well, as long as you are a full-time student.

What bills are included in my rent?

This depends on the property you select. For most properties, all bills are included in the total rent cost. However, make sure if this is the case in the property you are interested in. You can do this by clicking on the property and checking what bills are included on the property page.