Hey USWIB ladies! I’m Lady and I’m a sophomore studying Finance and Accounting. I am excited to be living, studying, and exploring Sydney this fall.
Since Australia is on the Southern hemisphere, the beginning of this fall semester still falls within the last days of Australia’s winter, so it does get a little bit chilly around here; I suggest bringing a few sweaters and layers to survive the first couple of weeks.
I’ve only been in Sydney for a little over a week and everything has been great so far. Housing in NYU Sydney is probably one of the best arrangements available in NYU. This semester, NYU students reside in the highest three floors, so the views are great. Also, our building is in the Haymarket area, so there are plenty of students and restaurants around. Students here share a living room and kitchen with other suite mates but get their own room and bathroom to themselves; the only downside is that the wifi is limited to 50 gb per month, so I suggest doing all the heavy Netflix downloading, streaming, and FaceTiming at Science House or elsewhere, where the wifi is unlimited.
During our Orientation Week, we had the chance to explore Sydney a bit. We took a ferry around the harbor and saw great views of the Sydney skyline. We also took a walking tour of the Rocks, a historic area where Science House is located. And for our final day, we spent the entire day out in Milson Island, where we played fun games and learned more about Australian history.
Getting to Science House, the building where all NYU classes are held, is an easy 30-40 minute, 1.5 mile walk; however, there is a slight hill towards the end of the walk. The walk is through their CBD (Central Business District, similar to Financial District) and passes by some of Sydney’s popular sights such as the Tower Eye, Town Hall, and Queen Victoria Building. This semester, I am taking Foundations of Finance, Introduction to Marketing, Global Media Seminar, and The Australian Experience. All classes meet once a week for three hours and there are no Friday classes.
Walking around Sydney, I noticed how the city is a great mix between historic and modern buildings. Sydney is a fairly easy city to get accustomed to; it’s diverse and exciting. However, the culture here is more relaxed compared to New York, the metric system is used here, which means kilometer instead of mile and Celsius instead of Fahrenheit, and the Australian slang and accent is different than the American ones. But, so far, I have been enjoying my time here in Sydney and I’m excited to explore more of Sydney, the rest of Australia, and even New Zealand.
Caption: View from the Rocks