Welcome to Sydney

The City of Sydney welcomes international students as part of Sydney's global talent hub. Sydney has always attracted people from many cultures and there are now over 35,000 international students studying here.

International students enhance Sydney's vibrancy and liveability through contributing to our city's cultural diversity. The international student community also plays an important role to grow and strengthen Sydney's global connections – today and in the future. 

A great number of international students live in the local area because of its proximity to universities, TAFEs, colleges and other educational providers.

We worked with Insider Guides to put together the 2015 Sydney International Student Guide, which we hope will help you discover everything there is to love about your temporary hometown. You can also download an accessible version.

The guide covers:

  • transport
  • accommodation
  • employment
  • communications
  • shopping
  • dining and entertainment
  • adventure.

If you need help contacting the City during your time in Sydney, please contact the Translating and Interpreting Service.

Lord Mayor's reception

Now in its 11th year, Lord Mayor Clover Moore (pictured below) officially welcomed 1000 international students to Sydney on 18 March 2015. The yearly reception marks the start of the students' journey and the beginning of life-long connections with Sydney.

Sydney is Australia's global knowledge centre and business hub, alive with opportunity and possibilities offering world class education and pioneering research institutions, and a wonderful array of cultural activities and professional experiences.


To find out more about our programs for international students, or to order resources from the City for your students, please contact:

Susana Ng
Senior Community Programs Officer
02 9265 9333

Images: The City's ISLA program won the inaugural NSW Government International Student Community Engagement Award in September 2014 (above).

Students at the 2015 Lord Mayor's reception for international students (below).

Lord Mayor Clover Mpore surrounded by hundreds of international students

Last updated: Thursday, 24 September 2015