Living in Sydney

Our location in Sydney

ASA Institute of Higher Education is located in the centre of Sydney CBD, a 2 minute walk from Museum train station and a 10 minute walk from Town Hall train station.

This location has the enormous advantage of having very convenient and affordable accommodation. Our premises are only a few minutes’ walk away from Hyde Park and the city shopping precinct making life here very convenient. Our new campus has been expertly fit-out with the very latest in teaching rooms and facilities.

Living In Sydney

Sydney is a wonderful place. As the largest city in Australia, you will never be short of anything to see or do. Sydney Harbour provides a great environment for free-time activities. It is easy to find places where you feel you are in the countryside, not a big city. Sydney’s climate is as close to perfect as you’ll get! It can be quite hot in summer, but it’s less humid than places further north, so it’s more comfortable.

ASA Institute of Higher Education area has a wide variety of accommodation, to suit all tastes. From high-rise apartments to free-standing houses, you should be able to find somewhere comfortable to call home for your stay.

Sydney Life

Leaving home and living overseas independently is a big step. At ASA, we understand this can be daunting for both students and parents.

We will assist to prepare for your new and exciting life prior to arriving in Sydney, all new students will receive detailed information regarding our school, staff, to help you prepare.

Sydney is a multicultural and multiracial city, and with that comes a great variety of places to live. Depending on your lifestyle you can choose from over 600 suburbs in the Greater Sydney area. Choose according to budget, facilities, shops, and activities available in an area and, of course, distance from the ASA campus.

The city is among the top fifteen most-visited cities in the world, with millions of tourists coming each year to see the city’s landmarks. Boasting over 1,000,000 ha (2,500,000 acres) of nature reserves and parks, its notable natural features include Sydney Harbour, the Royal National Park, Royal Botanic Garden, and Hyde Park, the oldest parkland in the country.

Built attractions such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House are also well known to international visitors. The main passenger airport serving the metropolitan area is Kingsford-Smith Airport, one of the world’s oldest continually operating airports. Established in 1906, Central station, the largest and busiest railway station in the state is the main hub of the city’s rail network.

Sydney has an advanced market economy with strengths in finance, manufacturing and tourism and is the largest economy in Australia.. There is a significant concentration of foreign banks and multinational corporations in Sydney and the city is promoted as Australia’s financial capital and one of Asia Pacific’s leading financial hubs. Sydney is also home to the oldest library in Australia, State Library of New South Wales, opened in 1826.

There are lots of opportunities for work and and we are here to assist you to identify them. Our career advisors will be available to provide you with personal assistance and guidance to leverage opportunities along the way.

Living in Sydney can be great but you might need some help to find a great place to live. The Australian School of Accounting area has a wide variety of accommodation, to suit all tastes. From high-rise apartments to free-standing houses, you should be able to find somewhere comfortable to call home for your stay. Here are some links that might help to get you started and might help you to understand what you can expect.

Types of accommodation you might consider include:

  • Short-term accommodation
  • Hostels and discounted rates on hotels as well as a variety of options that may be available through websites such as Airbnb.

You can rent or ‘lease’ a property by yourself or with friends. This can be done through a real estate agent or privately. When renting a property, you will need to pay a security deposit or ‘bond’ (which is usually four weeks rent), as well as rent in advance (also usually four weeks). The bond is held to repair any damage that you, your housemates, or house guests cause to the property while renting. Some, or all, of this amount, may be refunded to you once your tenancy agreement has terminated.

  • – is a site for those looking for shared homes or those looking for a flatmate
  • Austay – Share accommodation in Sydney
  • Tenancy Advice and Advocacy Services – provides free, independent information, advice, and advocacy to tenants in Sydney.
  • The international student guide to renting in Australia
  • Unilodge – student accommodation near educational institutions, including universities and colleges
  • Urbanest – provides purpose-built student accommodation
  • Homestay

With homestay, you will live with a family in their home. You will have all the comforts of an established home, often with meals and cleaning included. Families offering homestay accommodation to international students are thoroughly screened to ensure they can provide a suitable living environment for students. Services also include 24/7 professionally staffed emergency support, appropriate insurances, online payment services, online student and host orientation training, and professional airport reception services.

Find out more at Australian Homestay Network (AHN) that delivers global standards for homestay accommodation across Australia. AHN staff, its hosts, and affiliates are ambassadors of Australia, interacting with students and visitors from around the world.

The transport options available in NSW include buses, trains, and ferries. For public transport information see the Transport NSW website at which provides a toolkit which includes:

  • Timetables and maps
  • Trip-planner – to plan your trip with real-time trip planning
  • Transport apps – where you can download apps for your mobile tablets or phone.
    This includes the Trip view app to locate timetables and monitor services in real-time
  • Transport news and updates
  • Regional travel – how to book travel online.
  • Opal travel card – how to obtain and top up See

As an international student you can only get a discount on public transport if you buy a quarterly or yearly MyMulti ticket 2 or 3. These tickets can be used on pre-pay buses and purchased at newsagents and train stations. Single bus tickets can be bought from the driver on limited services only.

Living costs in Sydney are similar to many other developed countries. Typical costs are:

  • Hostels and Guesthouses $90 to $150 per week
  • Shared Rental $95 to $215 per week
  • Homestay $235 to $325 per week
  • Rental $185 to $440 per week
  • Groceries and eating out $140 to $280 per week
  • Gas, electricity $10 to $20 per week
  • Phone and Internet $15 to $30 per week
  • Public transport $30 to $60 per week
  • Car (after purchase) $150 to $260 per week
  • Entertainment $80 to $150 per weekThe above information clearly presents a broad price range. Current information more specific to Sydney is provided on the following website which includes:
  • A breakdown of rental costs in Sydney by suburb
  • Utilities (electricity, phone, internet, etc)
  • Grocery shopping
  • Public transport costs
  • Eating out
  • Clothing
  • Sport and leisure
  • The minimum cost of living
  • The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia.

From October 2019, the 12-month living cost is:

  • For students or guardian AUD$29,710
  • For partners coming with you AUD$7,362
  • For a child coming with you AUD$3,152
  • All costs are per year in Australian dollars. To convert to your own currency, visit

Bringing your children
The Australian School of Accounting accepts students of any age above 18 years of age. Some
students may have their own children. If this applies to you and you are bringing them to Australia,
we have to inform you that they must study at an Australian school while they are here if they are of
school age. If this happens, you will have to pay school fees even at state schools.

If this applies to you, please contact us. We may be able to explain the requirements further and
help you.

Each classroom has a desktop computer networked for teachers, air-conditioning, and adequate lighting. Students will have access to 42 laptops as required. All classrooms and workstations are fitted out with the latest furniture. Students will have access to Wi-Fi functionality, photocopiers and laser printers.

Other facilities include a brand-new kitchen fully equipped with microwaves, hot and cold water, and tables and chairs.

The Australian School of Accounting courses are designed to be delivered face to face for students and delivered by expert teachers that hold all relevant industry qualifications and experience.