For social student housing in Sydney, choose Sydney Beachouse YHA. From shared dorms to private ensuites, there’s a floorplan here for every budget. You’re less than an hour on the bus from the Australian Catholic University and Southern Cross University, and there’s parking and bicycles on-site.
After class, use your guest discount to buy a snack at the adjoining café. Log on to the free Wi-Fi and finish your assignments, then cool off with a dip in the swimming pool. There’s a ping-pong table and a TV room on-site; or you can borrow a surfboard and spend an hour or two catching waves.
When you get back, rinse off in the bathroom, then get everyone together for dinner in the kitchen. There’s also a barbecue area outside for whenever you feel like eating al fresco. After dark, play Xbox or watch movies in the Big Screen Movie Room, or kick back in front of the fireplace in the lounge.