Student life

Steps down main walkway at UNSW

Student Life at UNSW is full of opportunities

At UNSW there’s so much more to do than study. That might not be a good thing! At the Kensington Campus, there’s everything you need – on-campus accommodation, shops, a supermarket, restaurants and bars, a pharmacy, bank and a post office. In fact, you need not even step foot out of the university.

If you do decide to explore, you are just a hop, step and jump from the famous Bondi Beach, and Sydney’s bustling CBD is a short bus ride away – with easy access to some truly wonderful things to see and do.

Residential Colleges and Apartments

Within a one minute stroll from the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering lie an abundant collection of colleges and residential apartments for students. Depending on what you want, you can choose to stay in one of the Colleges. These are hives of activity promoting social and sporting activities and providing meals at set meal times. On the other end of the scale, you can stay in a residential apartment, which is simply an apartment run by the university, with less rigorous involvement required.

Check out the UNSW Accommodation website for more information about UNSW’s colleges and apartments.

Clubs and Societies

UNSW has its own society called ‘Arc’. Arc is the over-riding student body that supports a number of clubs within the School, including

Arc hosts a range of exciting events every week of the semester. It also supports the Student Representative Council and the Postgraduate Council – two groups dedicated to advocacy on behalf of students.

Find out more about Arc.

UNSW Fitness and Aquatic Centre

If you need to get active after hours of studying you should check out the UNSW Fitness and Aquatic Centre. It is conveniently located on campus, hosts a bunch of sports clubs and has courts available for rent.

ChallENG Projects

Students in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering have the opportunity to develop their technical and managerial skills (and have fun) by participating in student-run projects. Here are some of them:

  • BLUEsat – Design, build and (one day) launch a micro-satellite.
  • Formula SAE – Design, build and compete with an open-wheeled racing car.
  • sUNSWift – A UNSW-wide project to design, build and compete with a solar-powered car.

More projects can be found at

Student Exchange Opportunities

Want to study overseas? The Global Education office offers several study abroad programs. Please visit their page to learn more. 

Getting around Sydney

UNSW is located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. It is a ten minute bus ride away from Westfield Shopping Centres in Bondi Junction and Eastgardens.  It is a bus ride from Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach and within walking distance from the less-well-known, but just as lovely, Coogee Beach.

Hop on any bus beginning with ‘39’ (that is: 391,392, etc.) for a ‘sprint’ to Sydney’s CBD for some fantastic bars and restaurants, including the delicacies of China Town and Darling Harbour. Take the 400 bus for a frantic shopping excursion in Bondi Junction or the 372 for the much-needed lazy afternoon at Coogee.

Shops and Restaurants

Take a hike down to Kingsford which screams alive with an exorbitant spread of diverse restaurants ranging from Chinese, Japanese and Korean cuisines to Thai and Indonesian to cafes, coffee shops and your standard can’t-go-wrong pub food. Within UNSW, check out the new commercial food outlets underneath UNSW Terraces for a Max Brenner’s chocolate fix or some serious noodles from Mamak Village. IGA grocery stores are conveniently located on Anzac Parade and underneath the UNSW Terraces. Coles and Woolworths are all but a short bus ride to Randwick.