Study in Sydney? International Students Love Sydney – but it is expensive!

Feedback from international students in Sydney

sydney-opera-house-sydney-australiaIn a recent survey of international students, it was found that, generally speaking, the respondents were very happy with their decision to study in Sydney. What did students like about Sydney?  Well the usual things; weather, lifestyle, safety and friendliness of local people. You might be surprised to learn that there are around 35,000 international students studying in the CBD of Sydney. Many of these students will be studying English language courses. In addition, there are now a number of university campuses located in the city. These include Curtin University, Newcastle University, The University of Technology, Sydney and Macquarie University.

Are you thinking of going to Sydney to study?

If you are thinking of going to study in Sydney there are a few things you might like to keep in mind while you are making your decision and these are strong opinions that came through this survey from students currently studying in the beautiful city of Sydney. There were a number of key findings which are of interest to students considering study in Sydney. Firstly, and most importantly, is cost. Sydney is the most expensive city in Australia. A large part of the cost of living is accommodation. The closer to the centre of the city, the more expensive it becomes. Most students reported that this was the single biggest issue, finding good, safe and affordable accommodation.

Do you need to work part-time?

foodsMany students also reported that finding part-time work was important in offsetting the costs of accommodation. If you have a student visa you can work up to 20 hours per week. Make sure you are being paid the official and correct rate of pay and enjoy the proper work conditions available to Australian nationals.

The report runs to about 200 pages so it is impossible to cover here. In the next blog we’ll a little more closely into other issues impacting international students living and studying in Sydney.

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