Student Life

Studying at UNSW is a lifestyle-changing experience. We pride ourselves on offering the very best sporting, cultural and recreation facilities to create a ‘home away from home’.

The main campus occupies 38 hectares in Sydney's inner, south-eastern suburb of Kensington with modern, award-winning buildings that fit naturally within the lush, peaceful outdoor surrounds.

On-campus facilities include a 50m heated indoor pool of Olympic standard; squash and tennis courts; sports ovals; shops; medical and optometry clinics and a variety of excellent bars, concerts, films, recitals and other cultural gatherings.


Settling In

Your first weeks at university can be daunting. Our job is to help make the transition as smooth as possible so you can focus on the business of making friends and settling into a study routine. We don’t expect you to do it alone.

The UNSW Faculty of Science runs a Peer Mentoring Program for newcomers who have just finished high school. Science students enrolled in second year or above are trained as mentors to provide you with non-academic support. Your mentor will offer guidance, advice and valuable first-hand insight into life as a science student at UNSW - whether it’s finding a great place to eat, locating your nearest carpark or booking a study lab. Their job is to help you feel comfortable and confident as you embark on one of the most exciting phases of your life.


A Fun, Affordable Experience

Life at UNSW is never dull. We offer the perfect environment to study, socialise, stay fit and cement your future.

Our 38-hectare Kensington campus is home to award-winning architecture, nestled amongst beautiful natural surroundings. It offers everything you need to stay happy and healthy on campus, including a 50m heated Olympic-standard indoor pool, ovals, shops, health clinics and a host of venues for live entertainment, films, recitals and cultural gatherings.

The UNSW student organisation, Arc, is your ticket to a fun, affordable and rewarding university experience. Arc runs a packed program of events attracting thousands of students from across NSW each year including O-Week, live Triple J national broadcasts, Foundation Day, Oktoberfest and International Festival, Artsweek and term parties. While we’re renowned for hosting some of the country’s best live gigs, Arc is more than entertainment. We are your one-stop-shop for student services and support, where you’ll find everything from discount vouchers and legal support to career advice.

We also have more than 300 clubs and societies for students with interests ranging from cheerleading, comedy, film and yoga to debating, politics, sports and circus. If you’re interested in giving back to the community, Arc can get you started. We run volunteer programs that include teaching in outback schools, promoting campus events and creating podcasts. Volunteering is a great way to help your community and make new friends while developing skills that will impress prospective employers.