Almost everything you need to know about the five precincts of UTS
Did you know that the UTS city campus, while focused on Ultimo, actually consists of five distinct precincts, each with its own unique character?
Find out where they are and how to tell them apart.
At the southern gateway to Sydney’s Central Business District, the Broadway precinct is the beating heart of the UTS campus. Located within the city’s growing education, digital and creative hub, the precinct is surrounded by tech and creative enterprises, start-ups and innovation leaders. Our neighbours include the ABC, the TAFE NSW Ultimo campus, the White Rabbit Gallery, Wellington St Projects, Kensington St and the Central Park complex, home to the world’s tallest vertical garden. If you need a landmark, it would have to be the 120m UTS Tower, recognisable from miles away thanks to its Brutalist form and the UTS ‘sky signage’ that lights up the night sky. The Broadway precinct is home to a large cluster of UTS faculty buildings; Science, Health, Arts and Social Sciences, Engineering and IT, and Design, Architecture and Building are all based here. Our ‘open campus’ style means that our inner hub is open to anyone in the community who would like to visit.
Nestled between Buckland and Blackfriars streets in a peaceful heritage enclave set back from busy Broadway, just a five-minute walk from the Tower, the Blackfriars precinct is our hidden gem. However, the area is well known to UTS parents with children attending the state-of-the-art Blackfriars Children’s Centre, as well as to the research and innovation teams based there. The precinct has a long education legacy stretching back to 1884 when a public school opened there. In the future, Blackfriars will become the site of a new UTS industry hub, which is set to forge closer connections with various partners, including the entrepreneurial and innovative start-ups for which the neighbourhood is renowned.
Past and future collide at UTS’s Haymarket precinct, named after its location in Sydney’s old market district. In fact, the bell in the striking tower outside the UTS Library at the corner of Ultimo Road and Quay St once signalled the start and end of each day at the produce markets. On the doorstep of Sydney’s bustling Chinatown, the old Quay street market buildings now accommodate the Faculty of Law as well as the UTS Library while, just metres away, the business leaders of the future are learning in a contemporary architectural icon – the Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building. Next door, Building 15 is a hub for innovation, accommodating animators from the UTS Animal Logic Academy as well as the Hatchery’s entrepreneurs and start-ups. At the northern end of the precinct, the Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences – known as the Powerhouse – is home to two large theatres currently used for UTS classes. The surrounding area has undergone dramatic transformation recently, with the development of Sydney’s International Convention Centre and revival of Darling Harbour.
The Moore Park precinct is home to UTS facilities within the Rugby Australia Building, which opened in 2017, as well as the UTS Stadium Club, which includes a state-of-the-art gym, pool and café for Allianz Stadium members. A stone’s throw from Allianz Stadium, the Sydney Cricket Ground and the headquarters of many major Australian sporting organisations, the UTS facilities are the first in Australia to embed university programs within an elite sporting complex. The building is the result of a partnership with Rugby Australia, which is also based here, along with Australia’s elite national rugby teams. As well as being home for the UTS Faculty of Health’s sport and exercise programs, the Moore Park precinct accommodates Graduate School of Health physiotherapy facilities along with sports media classes for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ postgraduate students. The building’s location within the Moore Park sporting precinct allows UTS to cement its sector-leading connections with top sporting organisations based there. Through these connections, the university is developing unmatched opportunities for UTS students seeking internships and experience within professional sport.
Set in one of Sydney’s key industrial hubs, UTS’s Botany precinct is the location for a vast UTS Tech Lab, which houses a range of specialist laboratories operated by the Faculty of Engineering and IT. Incorporating spaces for research, development and testing in a range of fields – including civil engineering, robotics, communications and vehicle systems – the Tech Lab is an incubator for future-focused world-leading research outcomes and collaborative partnerships between academics, industry and government. The Botany industrial park where the research facility is situated is the most accessible location to our Broadway precinct offering the space required for a facility of this scale. Its location, close to Sydney Airport and major manufacturing facilities, is also expanding opportunities for future industry collaborations. Expansion plans are underway at the precinct to accommodate researchers and academics from other faculties, and Botany will soon be home to UTS’s Centre of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine.