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Macquarie University Student Accommodation

Choosing to study at Macquarie University in Sydney will give you an opportunity to live in one of the world's most beautiful, cosmopolitan and exciting cities.

If you book Macquarie University student accommodation with Student.com, we will help you to easily find convenient apartments near your new university. You can use our intuitive search and location filters to compare the Macquarie student accommodation options we offer. Explore a range of apartments and find the perfect place to live while you study.

We have well over 100 different student housing options all over Sydney, including some very close to the Macquarie University campus. To learn more about booking accommodation with us, do not hesitate to call us or contact us via live chat on our website.

Where is Macquarie University located?

Macquarie’s main campus is located in North Ryde, 16km and about 30 minutes north-west of the Sydney CBD (Central Business District). The stunning 126-hectare park-like campus is ideally located in the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct.

The campus sits across the street from the Macquarie Centre which has many cafés, restaurants and takeaway outlets, major retail stores, supermarkets, a cinema complex and an ice-staking rink.

North Ryde is part of the official City of Ryde, which encompasses several adjacent suburbs including Ryde, East Ryde, West Ryde, Gladesville and Macquarie Park.

Despite the majority of its 11,000 population being Australian born (60 percent), the suburb attracts a diverse mix of people including migrants from China, India, Europe and Southeast Asia.

North Ryde might be a major business district, but its riverside location offers numerous outdoor spaces and activities to be enjoyed. The large upscale Macquarie Centre and Top Ryde shopping centres both have cinema complexes and offer mixed retail, department stores, supermarkets and essential services, while the Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre offers multiple sporting activities.

There is also a local golf course and the North Ryde oval is a popular spot for local sports such as cricket and football.

Living in Sydney

Whenever you feel like venturing outside of Sydney’s CBD or the suburb of North Ryde, you won’t be short of things to explore in the rest of Sydney.

With year-round sunny weather, cultural diversity, a relaxed lifestyle, efficient transport system, a high level of safety and countless things to see and do, Sydney is one of the leading student cities in the world. You can definitely say that Sydney has something for everyone.

To the east, you’ll find close to 100 postcard-worthy beaches, while to the west, be awed by the breath-taking Blue Mountains. Escape to the famous vineyards of the Hunter Valley, explore pristine national parks, or take a road trip to the Snowy Mountains and overlook the city at the highest mountain range in mainland Australia.

Studying at Macquarie University

Macquarie is considered one of Australia’s best universities, having been ranked as the 214th best university in the world and the 12th best in Australia in the QS World University Rankings 2021.

Established as a verdant university, it has five faculties:

  • Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Human Sciences
  • Science and Engineering
  • Arts
  • Macquarie Business School

The Macquarie Graduate School of Management and the University Hospital are also located on the university's main campus.

Despite its relatively young age (established in 1964), Macquarie has developed a strong tradition of innovation and exploration.

Rated 5 stars by QS, the university is recognised for excellence by a range of university ranking systems such as QS and The Times Higher Education Rankings across several academic disciplines. It had three subjects ranked inside the top 50 globally and seven in the top 100 of the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

The university also ranked highly for several master's programs in the 2021 QS World University Business Masters Rankings with its Master of Marketing ranking 19th, Master of Applied Finance 32nd and Master of Management 49th globally.

Designed in collaboration with industry, Macquarie’s Global Master of Business Administration ranked 1st in Australia and 6th globally in CEO Magazine's 2020 Global Executive MBA Ranking.

High level of research

In its short time of existence, Macquarie has already established an enviable reputation for research.

Driven by its proud history of discovery, Macquarie’s researchers work across several disciplines from the sciences, business and creative arts to urban and regional planning, addressing some of the most significant challenges that are facing the world today.

The university’s commitment to world-leading research with world-changing impact has been recognised by the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), which ranked 85 percent of its research as ‘performing at world standard’ or higher in 2018.


Some of the very best universities in the United States, Asia, the United Kingdom and other countries in Europe as well as global conglomerates such as Microsoft, Optus, Google and Johnson & Johnson choose to partner with Macquarie.

The university has over 300 leading companies located on or around its campus. These corporate connections provide opportunities for students to tap into industry networks that gives them an edge in their future careers.

No wonder the university is renowned for producing highly employable graduates. It was ranked in 101-110th globally and 9th in Australia in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.

State-of-the-art facilities

Macquarie’s modern, well-equipped North Ryde campus is set on 126 hectares of peaceful parkland with open green space that facilitates innovative thinking.

The campus was designed around the latest innovations in learning and teaching technology and features world-class state-of-the-art facilities including Australia’s most technologically advanced private hospital on a university campus, and a library that even has a robotic book storage system.

So, as a student at the university, you will have access to a friendly learning environment as well as plenty of networking opportunities with like-minded professionals.

Student living at Macquarie University

Macquarie brings together over 40,000 students and 2,000 staff from over 100 different countries around the world.

The institution is not afraid to do things differently. It is proud to offer students a diverse campus with a strong focus on diversity and inclusion.

It has earned its reputation as 'Australia's most radical and unconventional university' by challenging conventions and opening its doors to students from various, culturally diverse, background.

Social life

Like in any university, uni life at Macquarie is much more than just studying. The university offers a range of amenities, activities and programs outside of the classroom that provides plenty of opportunities for students to get more out of their university experience.

Macquarie provides pretty much everything a student needs to get through the day. So, if you need something, chances are you can get it on campus.

In addition to an extensive library, bookshops and computer facilities, the campus is also well equipped with cafes, eateries and recreational facilities, several museums, an acclaimed sculpture park, a state-of-the-art sport and aquatic centre, medical clinic, pharmacy, private hospital, two hotels and even its own train station.

For all things social on-campus, Student HQ is the place to be. You can join one of over 100 campus student groups, volunteer, or be a part of the student publication team, as well as participate in various events.

There is also a bar on campus where you can go to catch up with your peers.

Sports and fitness

If you are into sports or worried about putting on a few extra pounds during your time at uni, the university’s sports facilities are some of the best in the country.

Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Centre is a multipurpose facility designed to meet students' health, fitness and sporting needs. It is equipped with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, squash and basketball courts and a martial arts area. It also features a state-of-the-art health club, group fitness classes and social sport sessions and competitions.

History of Macquarie University

Formally established in 1964 by the New South Wales Government, Macquarie was the third university to be formed in the metropolitan area of Sydney.

The university first opened to students in 1967 and expanded rapidly during the seventies and eighties in courses offered, student population and campus development.

The university established the third law school in Sydney (Macquarie Law School) in 1972 before absorbing The Institute of Early Childhood Studies of the Sydney College of Advanced Education in 1990.

Macquarie became the first Fair Trade accredited university in Australia in 2009. A year later it also became the first university in Australia to own and operate a private medical facility when it opened Macquarie University Hospital. The $300-million hospital is the first and only private not-for-profit teaching hospital on an Australian university campus.

Frequently asked questions about Macquarie Uni accommodation

Why should I choose to live in private accommodation instead of university apartments?

If you book student accommodation near Macquarie University with Student.com, you’ll be living in a modern, convenient and well-secured private property. Many of the PBSAs (purpose-built student accommodations) we list have excellent amenities, from in-house gyms to cinema and games rooms. These facilities are great for spending your free time, catching up with your friends from uni and making new friends as well.

Living in an off-campus apartment, you’ll also get to choose your preferred room type, whether you’d prefer to share with a roommate or have a self-contained studio all for yourself. You can choose yourself where your apartment will be located, you can choose to live right next to campus, or slightly further away in the hustle and bustle of the Sydney city centre.

How do I apply for student accommodation near Macquarie University on Student.com?

After choosing your favourite accommodation from our many options, go to the property page by clicking ‘View rooms’. Then you can see the different room types available for that particular property.

After choosing your preferred room type, click ‘Enquire’ or ‘Book Now’ and leave your contact details. One of our booking consultants will then contact you to answer any questions you may have and talk you through the next steps of the booking process once you are ready to book.

What are the different room types you offer in the apartments you list?

We offer three different room types for apartments close to Macquarie University.

Our Shared Rooms allow more than one person to live in the same bedroom. Other areas such as bathroom and kitchen are shared with other occupants of other rooms.

Our Private Rooms offer a private bedroom and, in some cases, a private bathroom. However, additional living areas will be shared with occupants from other rooms.

The Entire Place option is an exclusive property offering fully private living facilities. This means you’ll get your own studio apartments with your own bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. No need to share with anyone!

H3:Do you offer student accommodation for undergraduates and postgraduates?

Yes, as long as you’re a full-time student, you can live in any of the properties we list.

My friend and I are both going to Macquarie University. Can we live together?

Yes, you can. After you have completed your application, log into your account and click on the ‘manage your preferences’ tab. There you can add a note saying you would like to live with your friend. Make sure your friend also does the same and adds a note saying they would like to live with you.