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When you first move to Sydney, you may need to start out in temporary accommodation until you find a more permanent place to rent or buy. UTS is very centrally located in Sydney’s CBD and there are many hotels offering various levels of accommodation. Nearby are Mercure Sydney, Novotel Rockford, Ibis Sydney Darling Harbour and serviced apartments Fraser Suites Sydney (all link to external sites). You could also try the popular homestay network airbnb (links to an external site).
Whether renting or buying your first home in Sydney, there is a huge range of accommodation types and price points. UTS is located right in the heart of the city’s CBD (central business district) and is close to excellent transport links to all corners of the city. Central Station, Sydney’s train hub, and Railway Square, the main city bus interchange, are only a few minutes’ walk from the UTS campus. Check Transport NSW (links to an external site) and apps for live updates to journey times and route changes.
Sydney’s metropolitan area spreads from Palm Beach in the north to the Royal National Park in the south, from Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains to the east coast. Sydney’s suburbs are roughly split into Inner City (suburbs that are walking distance to the CBD), the Eastern Suburbs (close to surf beaches and coastal walks), the Inner West (suburbs close to the city and harbour), the North Shore (leafy suburbs close to the harbour and harbour bridge), the Northern beaches (suburbs with a holiday vibe that line the surf beaches north of Manly), the Hills District (leafy outer suburbs in the Sydney’s north west), the Sutherland Shire (leafy and coastal suburbs to the south of Botany Bay) and Western Sydney (suburbs that spread west to the Blue Mountains. Time Out’s suburbs guide (links to an external site) provides insight into places to eat, shop and local events from all over Sydney.
Domain (links to an external site) and Realestate (links to an external site) are the two main websites to search for a home. Renters will need to fill in applications forms and have deposits ready. The NSW department of Fair Trading (links to an external site) offers advice on renting and your rights as a tenant. When you come to arranging gas and electricity utilities, the NSW Department of Energy (links to an external site) may be able to advise you on the choice of suppliers.