The University was incorporated by Act of the Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney in 1949, but its character and idea can be traced back to the formation of the Sydney Mechanics Institute in 1843, leading to the formation of the Sydney Technical College in 1878. The Institute sought ‘the diffusion of scientific and special knowledge’, the College sought to apply and teach it.
UNSW offers an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs. We attract talented students from across Australia and around the world.
Our 50,000-plus students come from 128 countries, making us one of Australia’s most cosmopolitan universities. Our emphasis on quality continues to push up entry standards with record demand from the State’s top school leavers.
UNSW is one of Australia's leading research and teaching universities and has a strong international reputation. Postgraduate research candidates undertake research through supervision with some of Australia's leading researchers to produce a thesis or other piece of written or creative work. You can choose from a Master of Philosophy, Masters by Research or PhD.
Student Development International (SDI) is the first point of contact for international students. OurInternational Student Advisors are always here to help you with personalised advise and information about all aspects of your university life, your student visa, your well-being and academic performance or if you need help but don’t know where to go. We can help you make the most of your time at UNSW Australia.
Living on campus at UNSW Australia provides more than just a place to live. It provides a home - as supportive, safe and secure as a true home should be. More than this, it provides a community lifestyle that encourages the new friendships and experiences that are essential to a fulfilling University life. Being on campus at UNSW is about being a part of a community.
The UNSW Apartments are located either on-campus or off campus and are designed for independent living for undergraduates and postgraduates, including couples and families with children.
Main Library and Law Library, Kensington and UNSW Paddington Library.
Library space and facilities
Access to the UniWide wireless network is available to all current UNSW students. Please note that UniWide access is not available to the general public.
UNSW, located in the eastern suburbs, is just minutes away from the city and is easily accessible from Central Station and other major transportation hubs located throughout Sydney.
Have fun and get fit! With heaps of space to throw, skip and jump your way into fun times, fitness and friendships. Whether you’re keen to get active, want to represent UNSW against other unis, or just have fun and meet new people, we’re sure to have something that’ll float your boat!
Get your game on at one of our 3 sites. Whatever your sport – AFL, cricket, football, futsal, hockey, tennis, cricket, touch, baseball, ultimate Frisbee, rugby league, rugby union and so many more - we'll get you in the game. Manchester United, the Waratahs and the Rabbitohs have used them, so they can’t be too shabby!
Joining a UNSW student club or society and getting involved, is the best way of meeting people who share your interests and making friends in the campus community.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.