Living in Sydney

Harbour Bridge
Blue Mountains

Sydney - a colourful and cosmopolitan city

Sydney, the capital of the state of New South Wales, has a population of over four million. It is a vibrant, multicultural city surrounding one of the most spectacular harbours in the world. It boasts world-class cultural and educational institutions, iconic structures such as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and is the commercial heart of the nation. It offers citizens and visitors enchanting park-lands and beaches, world-class shopping facilities and restaurants, and great late night bars and clubs.

Sport is a vital part of Sydney life and there are plenty of teams to support and a variety of sports to play.

It is the oldest city in Australia and the number one destination for overseas tourists.

The city is also flanked on three sides by large wilderness areas, including the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. (opens in a new window)

Greater Western Sydney

The Greater Western Sydney region is the home of UWS and stretches from Parramatta, the geographical centre of Sydney, to the Blue Mountains on the western edge of the metropolitan Sydney area.

Greater Western Sydney is also a global centre for trade, innovation and learning with the third largest economy in Australia. Of the top 500 companies in Australia, 150 are based in the area, making it the ideal location for future leaders. Home to more than one in 11 Australians, Greater Western Sydney has the most diverse multicultural community in the world. As an international student studying at UWS and with half the world's nations represented in western Sydney, you have every chance of feeling at home in the region.

Greater Western Sydney is also home to the largest urban Indigenous population in Australia which includes the traditional Aboriginal groups – Darug, Gandangarra and Tharawal.

UWS's commitment to work in partnership with people and organizations in the region, is proven by the range of cultural and research groups we have. (opens in a new window)

Sydney Climate

Temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters.

Average temperature (low-high):

December - February:
17-26 degrees Celsius 

March - May:
11-24 degree Celsius 

June - August:
9-17 degrees Celsius 

September - November:
11-24 degrees Celsius