It is the best-known city in Australia and also the most populated. It is also very popular among international students, due to its multiculturalism, nice climate and its cosmopolitan style. It appears on many lists as one of the best cities to live in the world. Its spectacular natural harbour, with the image of the opera in the background, is one of the most recognized in the world. One of the most recognizable events on the planet is organized here: the spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks.
1. Cost of living
Sydney is also the most expensive city in Australia; a fairly common budget for a student in Sydney (accommodation, food, electricity, telephone and some expenses for social activities), could add up to around $500-$600 per week.
2. Educational institutions
Sydney welcomes 230,000 university students, and more than 50,000 (22%) are international. The educational offer is broad and varied, from English schools, vocational training (VET), to diplomas and postgraduate degrees at universities.
3. Job opportunities
The mayor companies and sectors of the country are located in Sydney, that is, there is a great demand in areas such as hotels, restaurants, construction, financial industry, cleaning sector, etc. Remember that students who work while studying have the same work rights as all workers in the country.
Sydney’s climate is described as “temperate”, with warm but not very hot summers and winter temperatures that rarely drop below 10ºC. There is a strong outdoors culture, combined with an ever-present love of sports, such as surfing, athletics, cycling, and all varieties of water sports. Also, there are more than 100 sandy beaches near the city.
5. Public transportation
Sydney’s integrated public transport system is efficient, punctual and safe. It consists of trains, buses, ferries and light rail. To use it, it is necessary to get the Opal card, which is an easy and convenient way to pay for the trip. It can be used on all public transport in the city.