10 Things for Students to Do in Sydney

Are you a student looking for some fun things to do in Sydney? This city has a stack of enjoyable activities that won’t break your budget, however tight it may be. Offering everything from cheap entertainment and free culture to the beauty of the outdoors, Sydney has a fine selection of student-friendly fun things to see and do.

1. See the Sights

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There are plenty of free Sydney student activities, and one of them is checking out the city’s main tourist attractions. No doubt you’re familiar with some of them already! There’s the Sydney Opera House, one of Australia’s most famous icons. There’s the Harbour Bridge, which arches majestically across Sydney Harbour. On the North Shore, there’s Luna Park with its rides and huge smiling face.  

2. Walk across the Harbour Bridge

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See some of the best views that this city has to offer for free by walking across the Harbour Bridge. The walk takes just 15 to 30 minutes from The Rocks to Milsons Point or vice versa and although there’s a safety fence, you can still check out sweeping views of the city and harbour.   

3. Bondi to Coogee Walk

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A walk you won’t forget, this trek from famous Bondi Beach to chilled-out Coogee offers six kms of some of Sydney’s most stunning ocean views. Clean golden beaches, rock pools, towering sandstone cliffs and parks are just some of the sights you’ll see on your journey. And if you need a break, you can stop at one of the cafes on the way anytime you want.

4. The Art Gallery of NSW

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This is one of Australia’s largest and most significant art museums, with five levels of artworks to see. Best of all, entry is free – and so are the permanent exhibitions and most events. See one of Australia’s largest collections of Indigenous art, the Yiribana Gallery, as well as more artwork from all around the world.

5. The Museum of Contemporary Art

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Dedicated to showcasing the work of modern artists, the Museum of Contemporary Art always has an exciting exhibition (or several) on. With free WiFi available throughout the Museum (always important for students), this museum on the shores of Sydney Harbour also has one of Australia’s largest collections of Indigenous art, the Yiribana Gallery.

6. Happy Hour

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Grabbing a drink is one of the most popular activities for students anywhere, and what better time to do it than happy hour? Bars like Strawberry Hills Hotel in Surry Hills and The Royal George on George Street typically have cheap drinks specials from late afternoon to early evening.

7. Live Comedy

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Who doesn’t like to laugh, right? Sydney has award-winning comedy clubs like Happy Endings Comedy Club featuring some of Australia’s best comedians. If money’s tight check out Cactus Juice, a free showcase of local acts that’s been running for more than 15 years.

8. St. George Open-Air Cinema

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Watch the latest Hollywood blockbuster outside at night with views of the brilliantly lit Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city skyscrapers in the background! At St. George Open-Air Cinema, located at Fleet Steps, a three-storey screen emerges from the harbour every evening from 7 January to 17 February and entertains crowds of moviegoers. There’s plenty to eat as well, with a bar and Matt Moran’s Chiswick restaurant onsite. Find out more here:

9. Catch a Ferry

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You need to get around anyway, so why not take the scenic route? And it doesn’t get more scenic than catching one of Sydney’s 28 ferries across the famous harbour. Sydney’s ferries are an excellent affordable activity and a way to see the city without having to spend a lot. They’re also a convenient way to get to Sydney attractions such as Taronga Zoo and Cockatoo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed convict historical site.

10. The Blue Mountains

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OK, so it’s not technically one of the Sydney student attractions, but it’s not far away. Get back to nature by checking out the Three Sisters trio of rocks, waterfalls and rainforests and the café-lined streets of Katoomba and Leura. After a few hours in this pretty part of NSW you should feel recharged enough to tackle those tough assignments.


Final ideas for things for students to do in Sydney

This list is only the beginning. There are plenty more activities in Sydney for students and non-students alike. If you’ve got a well-paying part-time job and a bit of cash, check out some of Sydney’s fine dining options or maybe catch a show at the Sydney Opera House. In Sydney the possibilities are never-ending.