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Your new life in

exciting Sydney


Prepare to soak up the style and sunshine of Sydney! Home to beautiful, sundrenched beaches, a sparkling harbour and lush national parks, Sydney’s warm weather promotes an active, outdoor lifestyle. It has an outstanding arts and cultural scene, is home to great restaurants, cafes and bars and best of all, it has a brilliant buzz.


Getting Around

Moving around Sydney is easy with an affordable, user-friendly public transport system that connects the central business district with the broader metropolitan area.

You’ll need to purchase and load currency to an Opal card to travel on trains, buses, ferries and light rail in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter Valley, Illawarra and Southern Highlands.

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Where to stay

Choose from a range of accommodation options to suit your lifestyle and budget. Stay with a local Australian family for an authentic experience, share an apartment with friends, or live alone.

Homestay allows you to live with an Australian host family - usually within 30 minutes of the CBD. You’ll pay a fee that covers accommodation, breakfast and dinner and Greenwich College can make the arrangements on your behalf.

Alternatively, you can rent (or ‘lease’) a house or apartment - either alone or with others.

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Making friends

Sydney is incredibly diverse and the people are warm, friendly and always looking to meet new friends from around the world. In fact, in 2015, Sydney was named the world’s friendliest city by Conde Nast Traveller.

Despite this, moving to a new country where you may not know anyone can feel incredibly daunting - so here are our tips to help you make friends and settle in when you arrive:

  • Making friends can be as simple as saying 'hello' and seeing where the conversation will take you
  • Participate in Greenwich College’s social functions
  • Get a job and participate in social occasions with fellow workers, such as Friday night drinks
  • Join a sporting club
  • Don’t turn down social invitations!

Things to do

With sundrenched, pristine beaches, a diverse cultural and festival calendar, world-class sporting events and incredible shopping precincts, you’ll be entertained year-round in Sydney.

If you’re coming to Sydney for the beaches, you will not be disappointed! Some of Sydney's best beaches are less than 10 km from the city centre. The world-famous Bondi Beach is a 20-minute bus ride from Greenwich College. For a more peaceful experience, go further afield to the Northern Beaches - Manly and Palm Beach are not to be missed.

Or, visit Clovelly, Coogee or discover beautiful beaches inside Sydney Harbour - such as the picturesque Balmoral, Neilsen Park or Parsley Bay. At popular beachside destinations, you’ll find waterside dining, cafés and bars, great shopping and vibrant night-life, as well as water sport activities such as surfing, snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding.

If you’re not one to laze in the sun but do love a spot of shopping, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Sydney. Visit Queen Victoria Building, Pitt Street Mall, David Jones and Westfield in the city centre. Chatswood, Parramatta, Macquarie Centre, Bondi Junction, Broadway and Brookvale also offer large shopping precincts outside of the city centre. You’ll find great markets at Bondi Beach, Paddington, Kirribilli, Glebe and Manly too.

Sydney has a diverse and vibrant cultural calendar with world-class performances, exhibitions and festivals all year-round as well as galleries and museums. It’s also home to amusement parks, zoos, parks, theatres, sports stadiums and various free festivals.



Sydney is generally a very safe city to live and study. The crime rate is statistically low, physical assaults are not common and Australia’s extremely restrictive firearms legislation means gun-related violence is remarkably low. However, it is still important that you take precautions to reduce the chance of an incident occurring.

General safety tips:

  • Ask local friends about places to avoid, especially at night
  • Keep valuable possessions out of sight and be aware of surroundings on public transport
  • Travel in the front carriage near the driver when the train is almost empty
  • Check transport timetables in advance, to help avoid long waits.
  • Stand in well lit areas
  • Walk in well lit areas, even if this means you must walk a longer distance
  • Avoid short cuts through dark, isolated areas
  • If you feel threatened in any way when walking, go to a shop or house (with lights on at night) – and ask a person to phone police
  • Avoid using cash machines when you're in an isolated area at night

Help available at Greenwich College:
Business hours: Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 8.00 pm 
Telephone: +61 2 9264 2223 

Emergency Assistance:
Dial triple zero ‘000’ or ‘112’ from a mobile phone for police, ambulance and fire brigade.


Food & Drink

From trendy cafes, waterfront dining and pub lunches to food trucks, late night dining spots, noodle markets and dessert bars, Sydney is home to great restaurants, cafes and bars. Sydney is incredibly diverse with an amazing range of multicultural food - that’s both affordable and delicious.
Greenwich College is located in the heart of the central business district close to all types of cafes, restaurants, bars and nightlife. 


Sydney enjoys a sunny, Mediterranean-style climate all year round. Summers are hot and winters are mild, with rainfall spread fairly evenly throughout the year.

In summer (December - February), average maximum temperatures are around 26°C and humidity averages 65% - it’s the perfect time to enjoy Sydney’s pristine beaches and the great outdoors.

Autumn (March - May) is very mild in Sydney with low humidity making it an extremely pleasant time to visit. In winter, (June-August), temperatures average around 16°C but can drop to around 7°C - whilst in spring time (September - November), the city comes alive as Sydney-siders enjoy the longer, warmer days without the humidity of high summer.

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    Experience nature from a new perspective against the breath-taking backdrop of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney CBD.
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    The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is a major botanical garden located adjacent to the heart of Sydney, Sydney Harbour the Sydney Opera House and the large public parklands of The Domain Australia. It's open every day of the year and access is free.
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    The Rocks became established shortly after the colony of Sydney was formed in 1788. The original buildings are made mostly of local sandstone and today it shines as a tourist destination with shopping, cafes and bars.
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    Sydney's Chinatown 雪梨華埠 or 悉尼唐人街 is a located in the southern part of the Sydney central business district, a short walk from Greenwich College, between Central Station and Darling Harbour. It is Australia's largest Chinatown.
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    See Manly and the harbour for very little money. Manly Ferry services operate on beautiful Sydney Harbour connecting the beach-side Sydney suburb of Manly with Circular Quay in the CBD.
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    Tropfest is Australia's most prestigious short film competition and the largest short film festival in the world.
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    This is the most famous walked track in Sydney because it;s easy to get to from the city  and passes between two of Australia’s best-known beaches, Bondi and Bronte. It also hosts the Sculpture by the Sea event late Spring.
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    See Sydney's famour Opera House by the shore of stunning Sydney Harbour. 
  • sydney_aquarium
    Take your visit to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium to the next level with our incredible experiences, including Behind the Scenes tours and our famous Glass Bottom Boat adventure.
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    Climb, walk, drive or catch public transport across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge connecting Sydney's CBD with the North Shore. 
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    Established in 1871, the Art Gallery of NSW is presents fine international and Australian art in one of the most beautiful museums in the world. Admission to the permanent galleries and some exhibitions and events is free.
  • QVB
    The Queen Victoria Building (or QVB) is a late nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival building that was designed as a marketplace until being refitted as one of Sydney's most beautiful shopping locations.
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    With all the colour, sounds and smells of an Asian hawker market plus the buzz, hype and vibe of a huge outdoor festival, the Night Noodle Markets are a must for any foodie.
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    Sydney Tower is the tallest structure in the city with a main observation deck almost 50m higher than Auckland's Sky Tower.
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    Darling Harbour is adjacent to the west side of the city, a short walk from Greenwich College. Originally called Long Cove, it extends northwards from Chinatown and Cockle Bay to open up at the north end into the larger Sydney Harbour.

Day Trips

Sydney’s surrounding areas are not to be missed! Take a day-trip to experience the beauty of the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves or enjoy a weekend away in the beautiful Hunter Valley.


Blue Mountains

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Blue Mountains

See The Three Sisters in amongst immense valleys and enormous mountains that stretch on for miles – great for hiking and camping surrounded by native Aussie animals like kangaroos, wombats and koalas.


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Jenolan Caves

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Jenolan Caves

Located close to the Blue Mountains, explore the extraordinary Jenolan Caves and marvel at the wonders that have developed over millions of years.


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Hunter Valley

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Hunter Valley

A world famous wine region only 90 minutes from Sydney. Taste unique wines and explore stunning vineyards. Enjoy an elegant meal, hire a bicycle and you may also spot a kangaroo!


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Royal National Park

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Royal National Park

Enjoy historic landscapes and short walks to lookouts with spectacular views over the Royal National Park, featuring the world famous Wedding Cake Rock. With hidden beaches and plenty of wildlife, this massive national park is on the south side of Sydney.


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Study in Sydney and experience the beautiful beaches, exciting festivals and fast-paced lifestyle of this amazing city.  Watch this video to hear Greenwich student, Charles Moscofian, describe why he loved studying with Greenwich in Sydney.


Charles Moscofian

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