Sydney Campus - Study Abroad Sydney

Notre Dame’s Sydney Campus opened in 2006 and has been moving from strength to strength ever since. We have a student population of around 1800 and as a small university are proud of our close-knit community and focus on pastoral care. Our Sydney Campus has two centrally located sites, one in the hub of Sydney’s university precinct in Broadway and one in the bustling city suburb of Darlinghurst. Both sites are a short walk from the Sydney CBD (please see click HERE for a detailed map).  

We encourage you to come and be a part of the Sydney Notre Dame Community.

About Sydney

Sydney is one of the best known Australia cities. It has Australia’s largest CBD and is home to the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. It is a highly multicultural city with half of its residents being born overseas and boasts all the excitement and convenience of a global modern city. Some of the highlights include:

  • worldwide cuisines with cafés and restaurants owned and run by some of the most famous chefs in the world
  • a vibrant theatre and performing arts scene with venues ranging from small privately owned and run theatres to the Sydney Opera House
  • numerous festivals – music, comedy, creative arts, cultural – you name it, we’ve got it! (
  • a clean and efficient public transport system that incorporates trams, buses and ferries
  • fabulous shopping – from the elegant Queen Victoria Building to the eclectic and fashionable Paddington Markets
  • beautiful weather and world-class beaches  
  • wine country, national parks and ski resorts a relatively short trip from the CBD

For up-to-date information visit where you will find a comprehensive overview of what's happening in this wonderful city.

Living in Sydney


Season Months Range of temperatures (during the day) Likely Rainfall
Spring September – November 20-28 degrees Celsius and humid Evening storms are common in  November
Summer December – February 25-35 degrees Celsius and humid Nil
Autumn March – May 20-25 degrees Celsius Nil
Winter June – August 18-23 degrees Celsius Rain once or twice a week


Sydney’s climate is very much regulated by its proximity to the ocean, resulting in warm, humid summers and mild winters. November to April are our warmest months with temperatures ranging from 20°C-35°C. May to October are cooler with temperatures of 18°C-20°C. Given the seasonal weather you will experience in Sydney, we recommend you pack the following:

  • lighter clothing for summer months: jeans, t-shirts, shorts/skirts, hats sunglasses
  • sweaters and light jackets for cooler evenings and winter
  • raincoat
  • a variety of footwear
  • swimsuit/bathers
  • dressy outfits for evening outings

Sun Awareness

The Australian sun is intense and has caught many unsuspecting travellers off-guard! To avoid sun-damage you should use SPF 30+ sunscreen whenever outdoors in summer and remember to take sunglasses and a bottle of water. Australia has some of the highest skin cancer rates in the world!

Living Costs

The following is a guide to the prices you should expect to pay while living in Sydney:
Accommodation: from A$150 (sharing) - A$400 (residential college) per week.
Food: from A$50 per week
Transport: from A$10-A$35 per week
Clothing/entertainment etc: from A$60 per week

Part-time Work

Study Abroad students are eligible to apply for work rights with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) once they have commenced studies in Australia. The application costs A$60 and allows students to work for 20 hours per week during each semester.

Applications and further information can be found at the DIAC website:


Students intending to remain in Australia for some time may wish to open a bank account. To do this, overseas students need to provide written confirmation of their enrolment at their educational institution, their student card and their passport. Some Australian Banks include:

Given that students open a bank account only after their arrival in Australia, all students should travel initially with some access to money and credit.

Electrical Goods

In Australia we use 240V, therefore you may require an adaptor if you wish to bring electrical goods from your home country. These are quite reasonably priced and easy to find. Alternatively you may wish to buy your electrical goods once you arrive. We recommend that you do not bring appliances such as hairdryers, straighteners etc from your home country as these very often do not take the different voltage, even when using an adaptor.

Public Transport

Sydney has an excellent public transport system comprising of buses, trains and ferries. “Trip Planner” from Sydney Buses will help you by providing trip options including timetables, maps and route diagrams:


Australia is an amazing country with so much to see and do! Fancy a trip to Cairns to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef or a trek to the red centre to visit Uluru? There are some great travel companies that cater especially for students. You might like to check out:

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Student Flights: -

Laws and requirements

  • Smoking is not permitted in any buildings (including bars and restaurants) or on any public transport.
  • Legal drinking age in Australia is 18. Drink driving is an offence and carries large fines and a possible jail term.
  • It is an offence to throw rubbish on the ground and not in a rubbish bin – including cigarette butts. Australians are proud of our country and try to keep it beautiful!


In case of an emergency dial 000. This will put you in touch with the police, fire and ambulance services.