Living in Sydney

Sydney is home to MIT Sydney Campus and is Australia’s oldest and biggest city.

It is set on one of the world’s most stunning harbours, dominated by the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House, and which extends either side in a golden chain of easy-to-reach, inner-city beaches.

Sydney’s laid-back, outdoor lifestyle and physical allure make it one of the world’s most desirable visitor destinations, helped by its warm and sunny climate. Most of Sydney’s principal attractions lie within easy reach of the city centre. Obviously, the famous harbour is its centrepiece, but the city also has a wide-ranging cultural life, dynamic food scene and vibrant cityscape of outstanding contemporary and colonial architecture. Fabulous beaches and five national parks surround the city.

It has all the excitement and services of a large city, but with the stunning backdrop of its famous harbour.


Shopping, as in most major cities, is a popular activity and most international brands can be found in the abundant shops of Sydney city, close to the MIT Sydney Campus.

Sydney’s city centre offers visitors a huge variety of attractions, including designer boutiques, fine restaurants, hip bars and lavish department stores.

Outside Sydney

Close to the city is Bondi Beach, where swimmers and surfers enjoy the water all year long. More golden sand beaches can be found to the North and South, and all are accessible by public transport. There are many walks to do around the foreshore of Sydney Harbour. The Blue Mountains, a national park popular for walking, abseiling and rock-climbing is 2 hours away by train.


Public transport is by ferry, train and bus, and MIT Sydney Campus is situated next to one of the central railway and bus hubs, Town Hall. Sydneysiders will tell you that the best way to see the harbour is to catch one of the commuter ferries from Circular Quay.


The weather in Sydney can be hot in Summer and sometimes verges on the tropical, with high humidity. Winter is mild.

Cost of living

The cost of living depends upon a student’s background, individual lifestyle and expectations. However, most students manage on approximately $21,041 per year. This is exclusive of tuition fees and lifestyle expenses but covers accommodation, food, public transport clothing, entertainment, books, stationery and incidental expenses.

Download the MIT Sydney International Student Handbook here