Study in Sydney

Australia’s largest city, Sydney is known for its iconic Opera House and spectacular harbour. A cosmopolitan place, Sydney has a great arts and entertainment scene.

Sydney Harbour Bridge located near the Australian Pacific College, York St, Sydney campus

Sydney lifestyle and culture

Australian Pacific College is located in the beautiful city of Sydney and looks over the blue waters of Sydney Harbour. Sydney is recognised as a safe, clean city with fresh air and numerous trees, parks and green spaces. Sydney also has stunning beauty including wonderful supervised surfing beaches where you can walk and swim in safety.

If sport appeals to you, there is a great variety from which to choose. Australians love sport and either participate in their favourite sport or watch it regularly. Within walking distance from APC are many cultural and historical places which form the very heart of the city: the Rocks area, rich in history from the colonial past; the Opera House; Darling Harbour, the State Library; Chinatown; and some of the world’s finest Shopping Centres – Sydney has it all and it is all within a five minute train ride or walking distance from the College.

Australians also enjoy eating out in many of the fine restaurants available in Sydney. Restaurants cater for every taste and budget. The cosmopolitan nature of Sydney has enabled the development of a wide variety of ethnic restaurants providing the opportunity to experience cuisine from around the world.

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Sydney climate

Sydney's climate is temperate with 236 days a year of sunshine on average. The wettest months are March to May; the coldest month is July and the hottest months are January and February. The weather in Sydney may change many times during the day.

During the Spring and Summer months temperatures can range from 15 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees, in the middle of the day. You should dress lightly but always carry a light sweater or cardigan for the evenings.

During autumn and winter, the temperature ranges from 5 degrees to 15 degrees Celsius. You should wear a jacket or coat, especially in the city, where the wind is strong and cold.

Although it does not snow in Sydney, winter is very cold because most homes do not have central heating.

Sydney campuses

Hickson Road campus in Sydney is APC's purpose built design centre, a bustling hub of creative minds and forward-thinking designers!


5/18 Hickson Rd, Dawes Point NSW 2000

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Operating hours: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM (Wednesday), Student Care: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM (Wednesday)

Public Transport Options

  • Bus to Walsh Bay
  • Train to Wynyard
  • Ferry to Circular Quay

Boasting close proximity to the new Barangaroo development and just a short walk to the Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay and the Opera House, this campus is located in the heart of Australia’s most beautiful city. 

This was APC’s first Sydney campus and it is located just 5 minutes from Wynyard station overlooking Darling Harbour. Cross Kent Street for pedestrian access to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

With plenty of opportunities to socialise with new friends and teachers in our student common areas, our Kent Street campus has a library, comfortable reading nook and computer labs so you can relax and learn at your own pace after class. You can learn how to make coffee on our state of the art coffee machines or simply hang out and play a game of table tennis. There is always something to do, on or off campus!


Ground Floor, 189 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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Operating hours: 08:00 AM - 09:00 PM (Monday - Friday), Student Care: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM (Monday - Friday)

Public Transport Options

  • Bus - Wynyard Station
  • Train - Wynyard Station
  • Ferry to Circular Quay

Our Pitt Street campus is conveniently located in Sydney's vibrant central business district.


Level 1 and 2, 363 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000

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Operating hours: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM (Monday - Friday), Student Care: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)

Public Transport Options

  • Train to Town Hall
  • Bus to Town Hall

Our Manly campus is within walking distance of Manly Beach and is conveniently located near ferries and buses, shops, Manly Aquarium and other local tourist attractions.


G48-52 Sydney Rd, Manly, NSW 2095

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Operating hours: 08:30 AM - 09:00 PM (Monday - Friday), Student Care: 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)

Public Transport Options

  • Bus to Sydney Road
  • Ferry to Manly Wharf

Transport options

Sydney has an effective public transport system including metro, trains, light rail, buses and ferries. Our campuses are located in the CBD and in Bondi Junction in the city's east, and Manly to the north. All the campuses are close to train stations and bus stops.

Public transport is the cheapest way to get around. Taxis are also available, but they are expensive in comparison with other forms of public transport. 

The cheapest way to travel by public transport is to buy an Opal Card. You can add credit to these cards and then you don’t have to worry about not having enough cash to catch public transport. You can add extra credit online or through a retail outlet. Just remember to always tap on and tap off or you will be charged extra.

Visit the Opal Cards website.

Buses travel through the city on major routes almost 24 hours a day. Most of the bus routes within the City of Sydney require you to use Opal travel cards only only to reduce delays, so you'll need an Opal card or contactless payment card or device before you get on board.

Information courtesy of Transport NSW.

Metro services travel between Tallawong Station and Chatswood Station, via Macquarie University in Sydney’s North West.

Train stations in central Sydney include Central, Museum, St James, Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, Martin Place and Kings Cross. City Circle services travel via Central, Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, St James and Museum. Trains to the eastern suburbs, including Kings Cross and Bondi Junction, en route to the famous Bondi Beach leave from Martin Place Station.

Light rail services run frequently between Central Station and Dulwich Hill via many popular tourist destinations including Capitol Square, Paddy's Market, Sydney Fish Market and the Tram Sheds, a great destination for food lovers. 

Information courtesy of Transport NSW.

Ferry services across Sydney's world-renowned harbour leave from the terminal at Circular Quay and travel to harbourside destinations including Taronga Zoo and suburbs such as Balmain, Balmain, Kirribilli, Manly and Parramatta.

Information courtesy of Transport NSW.

To get to and from the airport the cheapest and fastest option is to catch the Airport Train. A one-way ticket costs around $16 with an Opal card.

Alternatively we offer an airport transfer service. Our friendly driver will be waiting for you, holding a sign with your name, at the meeting point. You will be safely taken from the airport to your homestay or other accommodation - you will be well cared for from the moment you arrive in Australia! If you are interested in booking an airport transfer please contact us for more information.

Student accommodation

A variety of high standard student accommodation is available to suit different budgets and needs. Students can opt to live in university accommodation or with an Australian family. Shared accommodation with other students is also common and popular.

We can provide students with help in finding accommodation and understanding lease and tenancy conditions. Temporary accommodation can be arranged before you leave home allowing you time on arrival to consider where and how you would like to be accommodated in the longer term. Student notice boards and newspapers often advertise rooms, apartments and houses for rent.

for more information visit our Student Accommodation page.

Student jobs

Sydney is one of the world's fastest-growing capital cities, with both part-time and casual employment opportunities for international students.

If you want to work while you study, you need to understand your rights and responsibilities to ensure you protect yourself and comply with your visa requirements.

The number of hours you can work on a Student Visa can be subject to change. You can check the latest rules on the Australian Government's Immigration website for Student Visas (subclass 500) and other types of visas.

The flexible hours and large number of opportunities in these industries make these ideal for students:

  • Retail - including supermarkets, department stores, boutiques
  • Hospitality - cafes, bars, restaurants, delivery
  • Farming and fruit-picking - seasonal work
  • Services – childcare, aged care and cleaning
  • Administration and clerical work
  • Tutoring

Find out more on the Study Australia website.

In Australia, the best way to look for part-time or casual work are through job listing sites such as:

Find out more about finding part-time or casual work whilst you study on the Study Australia website.

Both Australian Pacific College and our sister school English Unlimited have a Job Club. 

We care about your experience in Australia and understand that finding a job in another country can be scary and difficult, so we want to help you. 

Job Club aims to assist students seeking part-time or casual work by helping with your Curriculum Vitae (CV), helpful information and tips for job applications. 

Find out more about Job Club.