A vibrant, world-class cosmopolitan city surrounded by national parks and amazing beaches.
Sydney is Australia’s oldest, largest and most diverse city, with a population of over four million people. This vibrant, cosmopolitan city is a popular tourist destination with a huge range of sightseeing options, including iconic architecture, more than 70 stunning beaches, incredible granite cliffs, and the beautiful Sydney Harbour that surrounds the city. Sydney also offers world class shopping, fantastic museums, and a wide variety of music, culture, and arts to cater to any taste or interest.
The ILSC–Sydney campus is conveniently located in the Central Business District, close to train and bus routes and many amazing sites.
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- We offer a FREE Morning News Club. Get together with other students to practice your English over breakfast, discussing current news and events.
- The FREE job club will help you learn all you need to know about securing a job in Australia.
- Take the Café Work Skills course and learn English and barista skills.
- Yearly events like the Amazing Race, and Sports Day connect the whole school community in fun and play!
- ILSC-Sydney also offers VET (Vocational Education Training programs) in Business through ILSC Business College.
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You can review comprehensive information about living in Sydney on the Study in Australia website.
For some quick tips and information, see below.
If you are coming in from an international fight you will most likely land at Terminal 1, Sydney Airport, but check your ticket to confirm this is the terminal you're arriving at. The Sydney Airport is located approximately 20 minutes from the school by train. The Airport Link train service departs regularly from the international terminal.
If you request airport pickup, your homestay family or an ILSC staff will meet you at the airport and bring you to your accommodation.
Health coverage (OSHC)
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is a compulsory requirement for a student visa in Australia. ILSC can arrange the purchase of your OSHC through Bupa. Visit oshc.bupa.com.au for more information.
Health and Safety
Sydney is generally a very safe place to live and study, but it is important to look after yourself and always be aware of your surroundings. Be sure to look after your belongings, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash with you. Always use your common sense, whether at school, at home or outdoors.
Tipping and Taxes
In Australia tipping is not expected in restaurants, bars, taxis, hotels or other service industries. Most goods in Australia are subject to a 10% Goods and Service Tax (GST). All prices listed include this tax, so you won’t need to pay more than the advertised price for things you buy in shops as well as dining out.
Most car rental companies require drivers to be 21 years of age, however many companies will charge additional fees for drivers below the age of 25.
Legal Drinking Age
The legal age in Australia to buy and drink alcohol is 18 years.
Typical Living Costs
While in Australia you should make sure you have sufficient funds to cover your living expenses while you're studying. In addition to tuition fees, airfares and health coverage, living costs may include, but are not limited to: rent, food, groceries, transport, utilities, entertainment and clothing.
- Average cost of a meal: $10 to $20
- Average cost of a drink: $3 to $5
- Average cost of groceries: $80 to $150 per week
- Cover charge at a club: $15 to $20
- Movie ticket: $15 to $20
- Public transportation: $10 to $50 per week
- Phone and Internet: $20 to $50 per week
- Accommodation costs: $70 to $400 per week
This is a guide ONLY. Prices are subject to change. All prices in AUD
Work while you study
Most student visas in Australia allow you to work for up to 20 hours per week while your course is in session, and unrestricted hours during any scheduled course break. However, keep in mind finding a job may be difficult and you should not expect to cover your tuition fees or other expenses through part-time employment.
The climate in Sydney is temperate, which means you can enjoy Sydney beaches and outdoor activities all year round. The wettest months are March and May; the coldest month is July and the hottest months are January and February. The average summer temperature is around 25°C, but sometimes it gets hotter than that.
Sydney’s public transport system has a great network of train, bus and ferry services operating throughout the city and metropolitan areas. For more information on the services available, timetables, ticket costs and more visit: www.transportnsw.info.
Connect with friends at ILSC and explore Sydney with daily after-school activities. Activities vary depending on the season and can include things like cycling, discovering one of the many city beaches, exploring local museums and art galleries, kayaking, movie nights, beach barbecues and more! Afternoon activities typically have minimal fees and an ILSC teacher or activities coordinator will be your guide.
We are busy all year round bringing the ILSC community together with Christmas and Halloween parties, summer boat cruises and barbecues. Come share in the good times with new friends from all around the world.
ILSC-Sydney also has learning workshops during the day that you can join to help with your conversation skills, or to get helpful tips for finding work in Australia.
Get out of town with ILSC! Explore New South Wales’ incredible coastline and amazing urban sites. Get your adrenalin pumping in a weekend Learn to Surf camp, explore the Blue Mountains and the Jenolan caves, spend the weekend at Jervis Bay for whale watching and relaxing on the beach, or in winter head to The Snowy Mountains for skiing or snowboarding.
Make a Difference in the World
One of the best ways to live like a local and to connect with Sydney Siders is to volunteer for a cause you care about in the local community. The Activities Department can connect you to fun and interesting volunteer opportunities that will provide you with experience and references to add to your resumé, and it’s a great way to make new friends. Not to mention, volunteering is also a great way to “be the change you want to see in the world.”
Check out our Activities Calendars to see What's Happening!
Live with a Homestay Family
Are you looking for a home away from home? Be welcomed into one of ILSC’s Homestay families, and experience a supportive living environment. It’s an excellent opportunity to practice your English conversation skills and experience Australian culture and family life.
ILSC’s Homestay families:
- Are located between 40-60 minutes travelling distance from the school
- Provide you with a clean, comfortable, private room, equipped with a desk, bed, dresser, closet and good lighting
- Are culturally diverse and reflect Sydney’s multicultural population
- Are safe, secure, inspected and approved by our Student Accommodation Department
- Can provide healthy meals
Are you feeling adventurous? Do you want to experience Sydney with other students or travelers? ILSC can connect you with a selection of economical shared accommodation options, including:
- Single rooms
- Twin shared rooms
Check out our accommodations partners in Sydney: