Student accommodation, flats and rooms for rent in Sydney

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Sydney is the largest and most populous city in Australia. For this reason, it may seem that it is the capital of the country, but no! The capital is Canberra, although Sydney is the capital of the state in which it is located, New South Wales, and it is on the east coast of the country.

This multicultural city is home to people from all over the world, so the atmosphere is very open to international youth. Also, in Sydney there is always something to do, an event to go to or a place to visit, there is no way you can get bored! Here the students take the opportunity to enjoy the culture, art, nature -including beaches- and the gastronomy of this vibrant city.

Surely you are wondering, how much does it cost to live in Sydney for students? We tell you that it is the most expensive city in Australia, especially when it comes to accommodation. For this reason, we recommend that you search well in advance and do so in the Erasmus Play search engine, where you will be able to see the different verified accommodations from a multitude of online platforms and websites. In addition, in this article, you will find several data that you have to take into account when looking for student accommodation in Sydney.

Student flats for rent in Sydney

This alternative is not usually preferred by international students, as the cost of accommodation in Sydney is usually very high. However, if you want to rent a complete apartment for yourself, keep in mind that most of those available correspond to studio apartments, with a capacity for one or two people.

Most of the apartments for rent in Sydney are fully furnished and ready to move in.

Student room for rent in Sydney

Renting a room in a shared flat or residence is the most popular choice for international students moving to live for a while in Sydney. This allows you to share the experience more closely with other youth while saving on rent and monthly utility bills. Of course, make sure you pay attention to the characteristics of each room since each one of them presents different details.

In our Erasmus Play accommodation search engine, we have rooms from 650 AUD per month with all the amenities included. 

Renting a room in Sydney is the cheapest option for those who have a stay for 4-9 months and are willing to share accommodation with other people.

Student accommodation in Sydney

Different areas in the city are convenient to live as a student. Keep in mind that prices differ greatly between each area, especially in the case of the most popular neighbourhoods. Remember also that the cost of public transport in Sydney is high, so young people try to find neighbourhoods close to their university. Here are some of the neighbourhoods preferred by international students to live in during their stay in Sydney:

Apartments for rent in the centre of Sydney

This area is the busiest in the city and where many well-known landmarks - like the Sydney Opera House and Pier - and popular shopping areas. Here there are also a large number of restaurants and entertainment venues to enjoy.

East Sydney Apartments for rent

This area is a bit out of the way but has good connections. One of the attractions of living here is that it has several beaches, such as the famous Bondi Beach. Thanks to this, the area is usually quieter, although it is also full of shops and entertainment venues. Some of the eastern Sydney neighbourhoods to consider are North Bondi, Rose Bay, Tamarama, Bronte, Bellevue Hill, and Coogee.

Room for rent in Inner Sydney

In the suburbs of the city, there are several neighbourhoods suitable for students. In Inner East you will find, Surry Hills and Redfern. In both, there are a large number of popular establishments among students, including nightclubs. On the other side is Inner West, with neighbourhoods like Newtown, Marrickville and Erskineville. In this area, the cost of accommodation is usually cheaper, but the atmosphere is just as lively.

Accommodation near the universities of Sydney

These are some of the institutions that host international students every year in this Australian city:

University of Sydney

The faculties of this university are located on campuses in different areas of the city. The largest campus is the one in the Camperdown / Darlington area, but there are also others in Camden, Mallett Street, Surry Hills, CBD, and Westmead. In addition, the Conservatory of Music, the Medicine campuses and the hospitals and the College of Arts also have private buildings.

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

This university has a large campus where all its faculties are located in Sydney. It is in the Kensington area, southeast of the city centre and relatively close to Coogee, Bondi and Clovelly beaches.

Newcastle University

The Sydney campus of this institution is located in the city centre, in the CBD district. All its facilities are located there and it is surrounded by several of the city's areas of interest.

University residence in Sydney

Most of the universities that have buildings in this Australian city offer their students the possibility of staying in one of their residences. The residence in which you can apply for a place will depend on the University you are going to.

Frequently Asked Questions about studying in Sydney

How much does a student room cost in Sydney?
The cost of the rooms usually starts from 650 AUD onwards and can go up to 4,800 AUD per month.
Should I share a flat with other students in Sydney?
We believe so since it has two main advantages: sharing the day to day with other students who are in the same situation as you and saving on the cost of the monthly rent.
Where to live in Sydney as a student?
There are many neighbourhoods that you can consider in this great city. You should determine where your university is located and choose surrounding neighbourhoods to save on transportation.
What is the approximate monthly expense for a student in Sydney?
Sydney is the Australian city with the highest cost of living, especially when it comes to accommodation. Estimate that, between rent, food and leisure expenses, you will have to have between 1750-1800 AUD per month.
Why study in Sydney?
Living in this city is ideal for you if you like large and multicultural cities, where there is always a plan to do. Here you will be able to enjoy both its varied nightlife as well as its cultural offer, nature and beaches. From Sydney, you will also be able to travel to other cities in Australia and explore nearby natural areas, such as the Blue Mountains and the Royal National Park.