BCA National is conveniently located in the City Business District (CBD) of Sydney. Situated within a 5 to 10 minute walk from both Wynyard and Town Hall stations, it is easy to commute to class by bus or train. The campus is also a short distance from Sydney’s iconic tourist attractions—the opera house and harbour bridge. Read below for more information about living in Sydney.
Living in Sydney
Sydney is a big, bustling city that is home to more than 4.9 million people and covers over 1,600sqkm.
Sydney is easy to get around. The suburbs are linked to the city business district by buses, trains, ferries and trams. Closer to the city, many people cycle or walk as part of their daily commute.
Opal cards are smartcard tickets that you can top up with money for use on public transport. You can order a card online or purchase them in convenience stores that display the opal card logo. Please note international students are not eligible for concession opal cards and will need to purchase the standard adult opal card https://www.opal.com.au/en/about-opal/ .
Sydney’s weather in summer (December to February) is sub-tropical. The average daytime temperature is about 26C, but it can occasionally go over 30C. Sydney’s weather in winter (June to August) is mild, with temperatures ranging from 8C to 22C.
National and New South Wales public holidays are a chance to take a break from work and school. A list of public holidays can be found here - http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/special-dates-and-events/public-holidays
Cost of Living
The Australian government outlines some of the average living costs associated with living in Australia for one year. These figures are a helpful guide, but not necessarily indicative of what you will personally spend. The minimum cost of living estimated for a single individual including accommodation, utilities, food, and transportation is an average of AU$ 20,290 per year. The inclusion of a spouse is another AU$7,100 per year and the inclusion of a child another AU$ 3,040. For a breakdown of these expenses please see: http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/global/live-in-australia/living-costs
Be sure to visit the New South Wales government website for international students. It has helpful information on learning, living, enjoying, and working in New South Wales: http://www.study.sydney/
The City of Sydney also has a dedicated web page for International students where you can download an international student’s guide and many other orientation resources to help you ease into your new city. You can find it at: http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/community/community-support/international-students
View the following links for more on Sydney’s tourist attractions, community services and getting around:
- The official Australian tourism website: http://www.australia.com/en/places/sydney.html
- The Australian government’s study in Australia website: http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/
BCA National is partnered with Homestay Australia (http://www.homestay-australia.com/).
Homestay provides a short term or long term accommodation solution and services like airport pick up. This is ideal for students who do not have any family or friends living in Sydney. Students start in homestay and can then find further options in share houses or renting. You can apply for a homestay arrangement online (http://fs9.formsite.com/DmUWFY/student1/index.html). Fees (http://www.homestay-australia.com/homestay_charges.htm) depend on the room, board, and transportation options selected.
Due to the high housing costs, share housing is a popular option for both locals and foreigners. Accommodation in Sydney is priced per week and often does not include the cost of utilities. The average cost of rent for a one-bedroom apartment is AU$ 444 a week in the city centre and AU$ 325 per week outside the city centre.
If you are looking for a studio apartment, room in a share house, or to rent your own house these websites are a popular way to find both temporary and permanent accommodation:
For more tips on how to choose a place to live please see: http://www.study.sydney/live/accommodation
International students are permitted to work 20 hours a week upon commencing their course and while the course is in session. During the scheduled course breaks, there is no limit on the number of hours international students are eligible to work.
The minimum wage in Australia is AU$18.29 per hour, but various industries may have higher minimum wage rates.
While BCA National cannot guarantee you a job, we are happy to provide guidance to current students during their job search. If you are a current student and require any advice on how to write a resume, interview or seek part time employment please contact the international programs division for support.