Why Choose Sydney

Sydney is one of the world’s most popular cities due to its sunny and warm climate, vibrant and cosmopolitan atmosphere, picturesque harbour, and stunning beaches. There is always lots to do from sightseeing, dining, shopping, visiting galleries and museums, going to the movies, or relaxing at one of Sydney’s many beautiful parks. Sydney siders are friendly, welcoming, and come from all over the world. Nature is always close by with picturesque beaches only 20 minutes by bus from the city centre, the Blue Mountains to the west and national parks to the north and south only a 90-minute train trip away from central Sydney.

Things You Should Know about Sydney

Living Expenses

As a condition of your student visa you must have enough funds to pay all costs of studying in Australia, including tuition fees, living expenses, Overseas Health Cover, return airfares and visa fees. Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. The Australian Government recommends a single student budget of AU $21,041 per year, with an additional AU $7,362 per year for a spouse and AU $3,152 per year, per child. For further details regarding accommodation costs and other living expenses, visit for details. Figures correct from October 2019.


Sydney offers a range of short- and long-term accommodation options for every preference and budget. You are welcome to find accommodation yourself or use Waratah Institute’s recommended providers. Note that International students under 18 years of age must have appropriate accommodation and welfare arrangements in place before they can be granted a student visa.

Working in Australia

Your student visa allows you to work while you are studying up to 40 hours on a fortnight. Working while you are studying will allow you to connect with people from all over the world and get a chance to experience casual work in a completely different area to your studies. Definitely a great experience in a new country! You may need a Tax File Number (TFN) which can easily be obtained online on For more information on working in Australia please check

Health insurance

As an international student in Australia, you and your dependents (for example, spouses and children under 18 years old) are required by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to have an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of your study in Australia. This insurance will cover for visits to the doctor, some hospital treatment, ambulance cover and limited pharmaceuticals (medicines).

Health and safety

Australia is generally a very safe place to live and study and consistently ranks among the safest countries in the world. However, it is still important to take care, be aware of the risks to your health and safety, and ways to minimise these risks. This is particularly important for when you first arrive and are adjusting to your new way of life. For further information, visit


Summer (December – February)
Average temperature ranges from 18C to 29C
Autumn (March - May)
Average temperature ranges from 14C to 22C
Winter (June – August)
Average temperature ranges from 8C to 17C
Spring (September - November)
Average temperature ranges from 11C to 23C

After You Complete Your Studies

After you complete your studies, you have several options available to you whether you stay in Australia or head home. You may be able to continue studying in Australia to gain further qualifications, or you may be eligible to undertake work in Australia to put your newly gained knowledge into practice.  You can also choose to go home to undertake further study or work there.

If you decide you want to undertake further study or work in Australia, you will need to check whether your visa allows this or whether you need to apply for a new visa. You can go to the Department of Home Affairs  website to check your visa conditions and find out what your options are.

Whether you remain in Australia or go back home, it would be a good idea to join the Waratah Institute alumni group, which will help you stay in touch with your classmates for personal and professional reasons.

Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS)

Educational services for overseas students living in Australia on student visas are regulated by the ESOS Legislative Framework. This Framework sets guidelines and minimum standards to protect you as a student as well as protecting Australia’s reputation for providing quality education and support services. You can find more information on the ESOS

Top Things to Do in Sydney

Sydney Opera House

You can’t miss one of the world’s most iconic building! There’s always lots going on in and around the Opera House. You can attend an opera, concert, or a play.

Royal Botanic Garden

With over 30 acres with a fantastic variety of plants and trees, the Botanic Gardens is a lovely place to relax, go for a walk, or have a picnic with friends.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Take a relaxing stroll across the bridge and experience amazing views of our famous harbour. Opened to traffic 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is undoubtedly the most famous landmark of Australia.

Darling Harbour

Known as a vibrant district, Darling Harbour offers world-class dining, laneway bars, shopping and cultural events all year round. You will also find playgrounds, pedestrians boulevards and stunning water views.

Chineses Garden of Friendship

The Chinese Garden recreates the philosophy and harmony of a traditional Chinese garden with exotic plants, waterfalls, hidden pathways and lakes. It is a lovely place for a tranquil walk away from the city.

The Rocks

A beautiful historic area located in the centre of the city, The Rocks offers a variety of dining and shopping experience. Explore The Rocks markets on the weekends and where carefully curated artisanal crafts and harbourside views come together.

Queen Victoria

Opened in 1898, the QVB is one of the best places for shopping in Sydney with over 170 boutiques and a variety of flavours from exquisite pastries, traditional wood-fired pizzas and delicious chocolates.

Sydney Ferries

Sydney Ferries is a public transport agency, providing ferry services on Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River in Sydney since 1875. Its routes offer breath taking views from all angles of the harbour and it has carries over 14 million of passengers each year.

Bondie Beach

Bondi is one of Australia’s most famous beaches. Residents and tourists make the place unique with its vibrant atmosphere. You will find trendy cafes, casual pubs and stylist shops everywhere you go.

Taronga Zoo

One of Sydney’s most famous attractions, the zoo is home for over 4,000 animals, including Australian native wildlife. The zoo is accessible by ferry from the Circular Quay.