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.
UNSW Careers and Employment is committed to linking you with potential employers and helping you develop the skills you need for your career beyond the classroom.
The International Student Experience Unit (ISEU) at UNSW Sydney is the first point of contact for new arriving international students. We are always here to help with personalised advice and information about all aspects of university life, student visa, wellbeing, academic performance or if you need help but don’t know where to go.
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.
We are here to provide a quality health service to the Students, Staff & visitors of UNSW. Students are our priority and our Doctors, Nurses and Administration staff are non-judgemental and have a special interest in youth health. General Practitioners (Doctors) and Specialists operate their own practice within the facility, which is managed by UNSW.
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.
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.