Living in Sydney

Australia is a land of wonders and contrasts with golden beaches, coral reefs, tropical rainforests, mountain ranges, vast grazing lands and sparse deserts.

More than 100 ethnic groups live in Australia, making Australia one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world.

English is the official language of Australia and you shall find many great opportunities to improve your English by getting involved in native English-speaking communities.

Sydney, has a temperate climate with few extreme weather patterns. The beautiful spring and summer months between September and April give you may opportunities to engage in outdoor activities such as swimming and team sport.

The Australian contemporary arts reflect the world's oldest continuous cultural traditions and also the diversity of a multicultural society. The visual and performing arts communities in Australia receive international acclaim for their vibrancy, originality and cutting-edge works.

Australians respect the freedom of people to practice their choice of religion. Churches, mosques, temples and synagogues are located in most major cities. Some universities and academic institutions have their own places of prayers and worship to represent diverse religious background of their students.

Students from all over the world come to Australia to take advantage of the world-class education and enjoy Australian hospitality and cultural diversity. Australia has low crime rates and strict gun control laws providing a safe environment in which to learn and travel.

With one of the highest standards of living in the world, Australia offers modern transport systems, convenient telecommunications, modern shopping experiences and excellent health services.

Australia has a very good health care system. All Australians pay a Medicare levy (additional tax) to fund the public health system and ensure everyone gets access to public health care services.

More than 100,000/- overseas students study in Australia each year. They have chosen Australia for several reasons:

  • Australia has a high quality education system, the equal of any developed country in the world.
  • Qualifications from Australian educational institutions are internationally recognised.
  • Australian universities, colleges and schools have established networks of support to help overseas students
  • The Australian education system incorporates informality, accessibility of academic staff, availability of latest technologies, small group tutorials and close monitoring and supervision of academic progress.
  • Living costs and tuition costs are relatively cheaper compared with other European and developed countries
  • Most overseas students are permitted to work part-time.
  • It is a safe and stable country with a pleasant climate.
  • Overseas students are welcomed in Australia because they contribute to their economy and society.

Visitor's information

For more information about Sydney visit:

http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/aboutsydney/VisitorGuidesInformation.

Crown Institute of Business and Technology is located in Northern part of Sydney central and very close to North Sydney railway station.

North Sydney has a large number of cafes, restaurants, pubs, club and nightclubs. The most significant place of interest is the museum at Mary MacKillop Place, which tells the story of Australia's first and only Catholic Saint.

One of the most popular places for business people and students in the area is in one of North Sydney's prettiest old sandstone buildings, The Greenwood. The Greenwood was once a boy's high school teaching technical subjects. Its vaulted ceiling halls now house bars and a good restaurant. It forms part of the attractive Greenwood Plaza shopping complex which is directly opposite North Sydney railway station, with direct underground access to CIBT.

If you are staying in the area, Greenwood Plaza is a good place to shop for essentials as well as boutique lines. It has a good delicatessen and a fish shop with fresh, quality seafood. The North Sydney area has a few good hotels which provide an alternative to Sydney city accommodation, particularly if the visitor has business to do in the area.

It has a frequent train service to the city, and plentiful buses. Taxis between the two cost $12 to $15.

North Sydney is surrounded by some of the prettiest harbourside suburbs - Kirribilli, Milsons Point and McMahon's Point, each of which has a village atmosphere and is fun to visit. All three have beautiful views across the harbour to the city.

Overall, North Sydney is a very attractive location with impressive homes, leafy streets and plenty of goods views of Sydney Harbour. One should feel lucky to be studying around here.

For more information on North Sydney visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Sydney