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Living In Sydney

From the sands of Bondi Beach to the sights of its famous harbour, Sydney is a city that’s famous all around the world. Australia’s largest and oldest city, Sydney is perhaps best known for its natural beauty and cultural diversity. It combines the hectic pace you’d expect of a major world city with some of the most iconic man-made landmarks anywhere in the world. Weather-wise, Sydney follows the seasons with the warmest months being during the Australian summer (November to February) where temperatures can reach up to 40°C. Winters are quite mild here, reaching minimums of 6°C at night.

Where to live

With a population in excess of 4.6 million, Sydney is easily Australia’s largest city. While the Central Business District (CBD) is contained within a compact area near the harbour, its suburbs spread far to the north, south and west. As finding somewhere to live in the Inner City is quite expensive, you’ll probably be looking further afield for somewhere to live. At least while you’re still starting out.

For a trendy, bustling 20-something lifestyle, the suburbs of the Inner West might do the trick. If you’re looking for family friendly, the Hills District in the north-west or perhaps the Northern Beaches could be suitable. For those looking to settle among cultural pockets of fellow expats, Western Sydney is home to a significant migrant population. For example, many Indian expats live in the Parramatta region, while a number of migrants from Britain and New Zealand live in the city’s south-west.


Transport in Sydney is an oft-complained-about subject for the city’s residents. Many Sydneysiders choose to get around by car, though travel times and traffic queues can be extensive for those heading to the CBD from the west. Sydney’s public transport system covers nearly all of the metropolitan area.

Commuters can get around by train, bus, light rail or ferry, while the State Government has recently introduced an Opal Card (similar to London’s Oyster Card) to make it easier to get around on the public transport network.

Working life

Sydney’s economy is larger than Hong Kong’s or Singapore’s, producing more than $306 billion of goods and services each year. The major industries in the city are financial and professional services, manufacturing, information and communications technology, tourism, research and education, and the creative industries.

Employment prospects in Sydney are generally considered to be quite good, with plenty of opportunities available and a low unemployment rate.

Universities and educational institutions

Sydney is home to a wide range of universities and educational institutions to help you further your learning journey. World-class universities based in the city include the University of Sydney (USYD) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW), both of which have been named in the world’s top 100 universities.

In fact, Sydney has been named the sixth best student city globally, with other institutions including Macquarie University, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the University of Western Sydney (UWS). Whatever you’re looking to study, you’ll be able to find the right place to do it in Sydney.

Cost of living

Sydney is the most expensive city in Australia to live in and features prominently on lists of ‘the most expensive cities in the world’. As an example, the average cost to rent a one-bedroom apartment outside the city centre is $1,624.22 per month.

In comparison, the same apartment might cost around $946.16 per month in London and $1,719.44 in New York. According to the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA), Sydney’s median house price for 2014 is $763,169, which is the highest among the capitals.