Lifestyle and culture
Sydney is an exciting and culturally diverse city, with more than 200 nationalities calling Sydney home. This includes over 35,000 international students, which enhances Sydney’s vibrancy and liveability.
Sydney is a cultural and vibrant international gateway with something for everyone to enjoy. From exciting events and activities, to beautiful green pockets where you can relax and take in the sites.
Source: City of Sydney
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What's Sydney like?
With an eclectic mix of cultures, Sydney offers a variety of international cuisines. From trendy cafes, waterfront dining, pub food, late-night eateries and dessert bars, you are sure to find the food you like, and that suits your religious and cultural requirements.
Sydney also has a vibrant creative community with art galleries, museums, live music and performance venues such as the iconic Sydney Opera House. There are also free events and festivals throughout the year. View our Sydney event calendar to find out more.
A mild climate allows Sydneysiders to enjoy the natural environment. Sydney’s beaches are renowned worldwide and many are in easy reach of the city centre, including Manly, Bondi and Coogee Beaches. As well as stunning scenery, there’s also the chance to enjoy water sports such as swimming, surfing, snorkelling or kayaking.
There are also plenty of green spaces, with central parks, coastal walks and bushwalking trails close to the city. Sydney’s outer suburbs are also close to national parks and the nearby Blue Mountains, which cater for a range of outdoor activities such as hiking and camping.
Sydney's top 10 things to do
- Cruise on Sydney Harbour – catch a ferry to Manly for fish and chips.
- Visit the Sydney Opera House for a performance or just enjoy the spectacular view.
- Enjoy the restaurants, activities and fabulous fireworks displays at Darling Harbour.
- Explore the buzzing markets in and around Sydney – from gourmet food to fashion.
- Wander through the Royal Botanic Gardens and marvel at the view from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.
- Catch a wave at the famous Bondi Beach (remember to swim between the flags!) or walk along the coastal track from Bondi to Coogee.
- Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and admire the breathtaking view, or climb the pylon or the arch if you dare!
- Encounter unique Australian animals, and enjoy the views from Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.
- Watch a game of cricket or tennis, rugby league, AFL or soccer – for the best atmosphere, go with a fan.
- Venture to the Blue Mountains for bushwalking and spectacular scenery.
In Australia, people are free to practice and follow their own beliefs and religion. The predominant religions in Australia are Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism.
At UTS, there is a visiting chaplaincy team with members from the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths. Multi-faith rooms are also available for use by religious groups and individuals. You can also join one of the ActivateUTS clubs on campus, to meet new people with similar religious interests.
Connect with your new community
UTS encourages you to engage with your local community to enrich your experience while studying in Sydney.
The BUILD Program (Beyond UTS International Leadership Development) offers you a chance to mix with Australian and international students, and get involved in the wider Sydney community through a range of activities. UTS SOUL Award encourages you to work with community groups and not-for-profit organisations to create meaningful social outcomes.
The City of Sydney (opens an external site) also offers a number of services and resources to connect you with your new community. The Lord Mayor’s Welcome (opens an external site), is a yearly reception for new international students and marks the beginning of a lifelong connection with Sydney.
The City of Sydney also runs an International Student Leadership and Ambassador (ISLA) (opens an external website) program which aims to enhance the international student experience, and ambassadors promote events, events and resources to international students.
These useful websites will also help you get the most out of your time in Sydney:
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