SYDNEY IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST DAZZLING CITIES
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 AroundMoving around Sydney is easy with an affordable, user-friendly public transport system that connects the central business district with the broader metropolitan area.
Where to stayChoose 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.
Making friendsSydney 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 doWith 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.
SafetySydney 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
Dial triple zero ‘000’ or ‘112’ from a mobile phone for police, ambulance and fire brigade.
Food & DrinkFrom 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.
WeatherSydney 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.
There is always something to do in Sydney! Watch the slide show and click on a link that interests you.
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.