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7 tips to Live like a Local in no time - Student living in Sydney

by Sally L Watkins Monday January 7th 2019

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Student life in Sydney can be a lot of fun and almost as important as studying itself!

Sydney is Australia's largest and most beautiful city. It an amazing, lively place and a multi-cultural hub with people from all other the world living, working and studying in Sydney.

With plenty of things to see and do outside of university life and with Sydneys great weather, you can spend your free time exploring a number activities and facilities in the heart of Glebe.

Student living in Sydney outside Uni can be rewarding and fun making memories and connections to people that will last a lifetime.

Take time to walk the streets

Walking the streets of a city is essential for any new resident and you’ll truly feel like a local once you get your bearings. Taking in the sights and learn your way around the inner city and you will feel at home as everything slowly becomes familiar.

A great way to accidentally stumble on exciting things that local guides might overlook. And Rosedale Student Accommodation is conveniently located right by Sydney city centre so you’re always within walking distance of the action.

Glebe, Newtown, Broadway, the Haymarket, and Chippendale are full of cheap eats, shops, galleries and interesting business like coffee rosters, artisan bakeries, cinemas.

Living in student accommodation near Sydney University and the University or Technology (UTS) makes it easy to enjoy all Sydney has to offer.

Get a map app on your phone and start marking your journey with your favourite spots.

Shop local

Close to home, Glebe has many interesting shops and places to eat. While Broadway Shopping Center is probably the best place for supermarket shopping, cinemas and food halls. Officeworks is on Parramatta Rd, about a 10-15 minute walk, for all you stationary and tech supplies but there are plenty of tech stores in the area for computer supplies and phone cards.

There are a number of great Sydneys markets, discover vintage treasure, great clothing, and food, especially vegetables and snacks. Sydney's Fish Markets is definitely worth a weekly visit for great quality and fresh seafood. This market is part of Sydney's commercial Fish Marketplace.

There are plenty of great cheap eats options all over Glebe and the immediate area too so you don’t have to burn through your cash when you’re too busy to cook at home. The area Central Station is called The Haymarket and has hundreds of restaurants, bars, and shops. Its also has 2 cinemas and the best place for Dim Sum.

Learn how to navigate the Sydney public transport system

Using public transport to navigate a new city will help you get a feel for the place and Sydney has a very good bus and train network with a Light rail system running close. All these connect at Central Station and all use the Opal card system for fare payments.

Sydney transport maps are available online and on an phone app to make it easy.

Student discounts apply for full-time and some part-time students making it a safe and convenient way for students studying and living in Sydney, to get around the Glebe local area and the wider city of Sydney and suburbs.

When the Sydney weather gets hot, Sydney-siders head for the beach or their local pool.

Easily accessed by public transport, cool down at any of Sydney's fabulous beaches but if you don't wish to travel far, try your local swimming pool.

Victoria Park Pool and Sydney Uni Pool are the closest pools to our Sydney student apartments. Nearby pyrmont, the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre close to Sydney Fish Markets and Prince Alfred Park Pool, near Central Central Station , is a good option if you are studying at the University or Technology – UTS.

Go to local events and venues

Online publications like Broadsheet, Concrete Playground, and Time Out are great resources when looking for places to eat, drink and hang out. Community newspapers are also free and offer a closer look at different neighbourhoods, and will publish local festivals and other entertainment venues.

There are many free festivals and concerts on it the City of Sydney precinct.

Hanout where the buzz is at!

Newtown is only a ten-minute walk from Rosedale Student Lodge and is the heart and soul of student life for those studying at Sydney Uni and UTS.

As an entertainment and food precinct, Newtown is jam-packed with festivals and entertainment throughout the year. There is a multiplex cinema here as well.

The Sydney Powerhouse offers free gigs sometimes and is close to Glebe and Darling Harbour. A bit further afield, you can always wander through a number of free exhibitions which change regularly at the Gallery Of UNSW in the city.

Of course, there are all the main attractions including landmarks and attractions such as the iconic Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach or the Opera House. Perfect to keep our students busy when they need a study break!

Enjoy the open spaces of the cities Parks

Victoria Park is just 10 minutes away, where students can enjoy 9 hectares of parklands and home to the Victoria Park Pool.

And if you want a cheap cruise on Sydney Harbour, get an Opal card and plan a trip on the Sydney Ferries. Its just as much fun as a Harbour cruise and you can take a picnic to places like Shark Island which is essentially one big park.

Join a club or activities community

Take up a hobby or join an online community like Meetup you can connect with locals who are interested in the same things you are. Adding something fun to your schedule to balance out study and work commitments is always a plus while making your new city feel more like home. From camera clubs exploring Sydney and beyond, to visiting galleries, discuss philosophy, bushwalking groups or visiting live music, you will find new ways to explore Sydney and hopefully make new friends as well.

There are also many clubs on campus where can get the local knowledge of the best things to do for students living in Sydney inner city area.

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Sally L. Watkins

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