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University of New South Wales

University of New South Wales (UNSW) Accommodation

Booking student accommodation near the University of New South Wales with Student.com will provide you with an immersive student living experience that will make it easier for you to maximise your potential at one of Australia’s leading universities.

Our wide variety of apartments near the University of New South Wales (UNSW) will position you just a few steps from class and a short hop from central Sydney.

Get the best of both worlds by living between the beach and the city just a short walk from the UNSW campus or live within walking distance from the bustling foodies' hub 'The Spot.'

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Where is the University of New South Wales located?

The University of New South Wales’s (UNSW) main campus is located in the suburb of Kensington in south-eastern Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

It sits on a 38-hectare (94-acre) site, 4.3 miles from the Sydney central business district (CBD).

The lively, upscale inner-city area of Paddington hosts the UNSW Art & Design faculty, while UNSW Canberra is located at the Australian Defence Force Academy in the Australian capital. The university also has sub-campuses in the suburbs of Randwick and Coogee, and research stations throughout New South Wales.

Kensington is located 6 kilometres southeast of the Sydney CBD in the city of Randwick’s local government area south of Moore Park and west of the Randwick Racecourse.

The residential suburb is heavily influenced by the racing industry and the UNSW. The main campus is one of its principal landmarks along with the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and the exclusive Australian Golf Club.

There are a handful of cafes, restaurants, and shopping strips in “Kenso” for students to enjoy during their time away from university life.

The suburb is multicultural with more than half (59 percent) of its population of 15,000 born outside Australia.


Australia’s largest city is an inviting blend of exhilarating and easy-going. There are plenty of opportunities to relish in the excitement of the city or drive just a few kilometres and hit the golden sand of famous beaches like Bondi and Manly.

With cultural diversity, a wide variety of attractions, endless nature, fresh air and locals who like to live life to the fullest, Sydney is one of the most appealing cities in the world for international students. It is usually the starting point for day trips where people seek out some sunshine, relaxing on the beach and good times.

Studying at the UNSW

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is one of Australia’s most respected universities. It is the only Australian university in the Global Alliance of Technological Universities (GlobalTech), a network of seven elite technological universities from around the world.

UNSW has been at the forefront of innovation, research and teaching since its inception in 1949.

The university comprises nine faculties, which offer bachelor's, master’s and doctoral degrees in an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs.

UNSW is a powerhouse of cutting-edge research and innovation with a strong academic reputation. It ranks 44th in the world in the 2021 QS World University Rankings and was awarded the maximum Five Star Plus rating for teaching, research, internationalisation and inclusiveness, employability, facilities, innovation and specialist subjects in 2019.

UNSW has excellent global rankings

The university’s prestige is further reflected in its respectable positions in the 2021 Times Higher Education (67th globally) and QS (44th globally and 4th in Australia) World University Rankings, as well as the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (74th globally and 4th in Australia).

It is highly rated in a number of subjects ranking in the top 15 globally in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject for Civil and Structural Engineering (11th in the world and 1st in Australia), Accounting and Finance (15th in the world and 1st in Australia), Law (14th in the world and 3rd in Australia), and Engineering and Technology discipline (37th in the world and 1st in Australia).

With 20 subjects in the Top 50 and two in the Top 10 globally, UNSW had more subjects ranked in the Academic Ranking of World Universities than any other Australian university. Twelve of them ranked 1st in Australia including Water Resources (5th globally), Civil Engineering (8th globally), Library and Information Science (12th globally), Remote Sensing (13th globally), Finance (24th globally), Mechanical Engineering (35th globally), Instrument Science and Technology (49th globally), and Management (51-75th globally).

Research Excellence

UNSW is also one of Australia's foremost research universities.

It is a member of the prestigious Universitas 21, a global network of research universities, and one of the founding members of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australian research-intensive universities.

It has more top ratings in broad fields of research (Excellence in Research for Australia 2018) and more high-rated impact cases (2018 EI Assessment) than any other Australian university.

The university’s research community is one of the largest in Australia with over 8000 students from all backgrounds and communities around the world.

UNSW’s pioneering research is helping to address some of the world’s most significant issues such as climate change, renewable energies, lifesaving medical treatments and breakthrough technologies.


UNSW aims to prepare students to lead positive change in the global workplace. This belief in the power of hands-on experience has led to the university being ranked 27th in the world in the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.


Supporting entrepreneurship is also a strategic priority, and UNSW offers one of Australia's most comprehensive on-campus entrepreneurship programs.

Australia's leading entrepreneurial university is committed to fostering a creative and resourceful generation of forward-thinking, innovative, wealth-creating students through the development of entrepreneurial skills and access to a specialist Founders program.

This objective has facilitated the creation of more tech startup founders and millionaire graduates than any other Australian university, according to the Spear's Wealth Management Survey. Moreover, UNSW has educated 4 of the top 5 young rich listers in Australia according to the 2019 AFR Young Rich List.

University of New South Wales student life

UNSW’s campus is diverse with students from over 130 countries around the world. The university is connected to over 200 partner universities in 39 countries creating a global learning environment and a diverse on-campus community. Of its 63,000 student population, 44 percent are international students.

Student and campus services

As a student at UNSW, not only will you have opportunities to get well connected but also to be well supported. UNSW has a range of student support campus services including academic assistance and learning support, employment and career advice and counselling.

Student Development International (SDI) helps foreign students better adjust to studying at the university and living in Sydney by providing personalised advice and support. Through a wide range of educational, social and recreational activities, SDI cultivates understanding between people from different cultures.

The University provides a variety of student organisations, clubs and societies for students to get active. It also provides several facilities on campus for its students to utilise, such as a medical centre, a computing centre, a childcare centre and sporting and recreation facilities.

UNSW’s Michael Crouch Innovation Centre (MCIC) accommodates the creative and innovative. The innovation hub is a space where students from all faculties can design, experiment and manifest their ideas into reality through guidance from visionaries and corporate partners facilitated by the UNSW Innovations team.

History of the UNSW

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) was established in 1949 by the Act of the Parliament of New South Wales. However, its history can be traced back to the formation of the Sydney Mechanics Institute established in 1843, and Sydney Technical College in 1878.

The idea for the university came after World War II after recognising the increasing need to meet the demand for specialised training in engineering and technology-related fields.

Shortly after its establishment, the new university formed Colleges at Newcastle in 1951 and Wollongong in 1961, which later became the University of Newcastle and the University of Wollongong in 1965 and 1975, respectively.

Originally the New South Wales University of Technology, in 1958 the university's name was changed to the University of New South Wales to reflect its transformation from a technology-based to a generalist university.

At launch, the university had a unique focus on the scientific, technological and professional disciplines, but in 1960 it broadened its scholarly base by establishing the faculties of Arts, Medicine and Law in 1971.

Frequently asked questions about student accommodation near the University of New South Wales

Why should I live in private student accommodation instead of student dorms?

Private student accommodation offers modern and convenient student living with many excellent amenities. Many of the student accommodation providers we list have facilities like in-house gyms and many different social spaces for spending your free time and making new, like-minded friends.

You’ll also be able to choose the room type you like, whether you prefer to share with others or have more privacy and live in a fully self-contained studio apartment.

How do I apply for a student apartment near the University of New South Wales?

After comparing the University of New South Wales accommodation options we offer based on things like budget, amenities and location, make your selection, go to the property page and choose the room type you’d like to live in. Then click ‘Enquire’ or ‘Book Now’.

One of our booking consultants will contact you and answer any questions you may have. They’ll also present you with a contract to sign once you are ready to book your new student home.

What are the different types of student rooms you offer?

We currently offer three types of student rooms.

Shared Rooms provide one room to be shared by multiple occupants. Other living facilities such as kitchens, bathrooms and living areas will also be shared with occupants of other rooms.

Private Rooms provide a private bedroom for one occupant. In some properties the bathroom may also be private and in some other it is shared. All other additional living spaces will be shared with occupants from other rooms.

The Entire Place offers a fully self-contained private property. Therefore, no sharing is necessary, as you’ll have a bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchenette for cooking your meals all for yourself.

Do you offer postgraduate accommodation at Student.com?

Yes, we do. You can book any accommodation as long as you are a full-time student.