Student wellbeing survey

Student wellbeing survey

Exploring the wellbeing of international students studying in the City of Sydney

Over 35,000 international students are studying in the City of Sydney's local area – more than any other council area in Australia. Their valuable contribution to Sydney's cultural life and the education sector's local economic impact is significant. As a result, the City has identified the wellbeing of international students as a key priority focus area.  

The City engaged the Institute of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to investigate how international students living in the local area perceive their wellbeing and the factors contributing to their wellbeing. A summary of the results is below.

UTS has provided the City with the research results and the data will be used to develop policies and practices to inform our international student programs and initiatives.

Thank you for participating

Thank you to all the international students who took part in the online survey and research for your valuable contributions.


If you have any questions about this research, please contact:

University of Technology Sydney
Institute for Public Policy and Governance
02 9514 7884

2016 International Students Wellbeing. 35,000+ international students studying in the City of Sydney. 88% said they would recommend Sydney as a place to study. 33% said 'making local friends' was a key concern after arrival. 55% of students received help in finding a place to live but the high cost of living in Sydney proved a key issue. 66% had undertaken paid work and 82% said they were treated fairly. 88% feel they can contact police if necessary. The City of Sydney engaged the University of Technology Sydney: Centre for Local Government to conduct this research. 

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Belinda Wallis
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Last updated: Friday, 20 July 2018