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My Unforgettable Semester in Sydney: A Personal Guide

Sydney is an extraordinary place filled with endless possibilities for exploration and adventure. In the spring term of 2023, I, Beatrice, a 24-year-old postgraduate student in media informatics from the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, Germany, started an unforgettable journey as a free mover at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Finding My Sydney Home

My first piece of advice would be to choose a hostel in the city centre of Sydney during your initial one to two weeks in Sydney, as it provides the flexibility to explore different neighborhoods and discover the ideal place to call home. It's advisable to start looking for accommodation before the lectures begin to secure a comfortable living space. Some of my friends hastily signed leases without inspecting the properties, only to regret their decisions due to unfavorable locations or poor living conditions.

In the quest to find my Sydney home, I quickly learned that the rental market for shared accommodations, operates very quickly, quite distinct from what I was accustomed to in Germany. While there's generally no need to provide any documents in advance, it's usual to pay a bond, typically equivalent to about two weeks' rent, to secure the room. I found a flatshare in Darlinghurst and quickly fell in love with the unique and trendy neighborhood.

Picturesque Sunsets

For the best panoramic views of Sydney's iconic landmarks - the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge - head to Mrs. Macquaries Point at sunset. There, you can savor breathtaking views that will leave you in awe. Whether you're with friends or enjoying some solo time, this spot is a must-visit.

Trivia Nights

Sydney locals love a good trivia night, and I quickly embraced this pastime. I recommend trying out the Atomic Brewery's trivia night on Thursdays. It's a fantastic way to test your knowledge, bond with friends, and perhaps even win some exciting prizes.

Thrift Shopping and Markets

For the thrifters among us, the area Darlinghurst and Crown Street offer a lot of hidden gems. I spent countless hours exploring the quirky, unique shops in these areas, finding one-of-a-kind pieces to add to my wardrobe. In addition to the thrifting spots, don't forget to visit Glebe Market and The Rocks Market, two of Sydney's most famous markets. These markets are a treasure trove of art, crafts, and delicious food, showcasing the city's creative spirit.

Study in Style

If you're seeking a different study environment than the beautiful UTS library, consider the State Library of New South Wales. I found this location to be an excellent alternative, with the added bonus of a fascinating free exhibition upstairs. It's a perfect way to infuse some culture into your academic life.

All in all, my adventure in Sydney was nothing short of extraordinary. Sydney, with its diverse culture and countless opportunities for exploration, is a place where memories are made and friendships are formed. So, pack your bags, immerse yourself in the vibrant life of the city, and let Sydney's unique charm captivate you as it did me.

Beatrice Inschakov

Spring 2023 Study Abroad student from Fachhochschule Düsseldorf, Germany

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