Universities in Sydney, Australia
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Sydney
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  • Universities in Sydney
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
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  • Universities in Sydney
  • (19 institution and 6 subject rankings)
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  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in Sydney
  • Among TOP 200

Being one of the biggest student cities in the world and the largest city in Australia, holding five of the highest-ranked universities in the world, Sydney is famous for being a vibrant city with endless activities to get up to, and a dynamic job market to take advantage of. Despite Sydney being one of the most expensive cities in Australia, it often ranks in the top 10 most liveable cities in the world according to various popular ranking systems.

PROS

  • Sydney is a very diverse city with people from a wide range of ethnicities, making it an interesting place to live, and easy for international students to make friends in.
  • Universities in Sydney offer Foundation Studies and English Programs to ease the process of new international students settling into their new surroundings.
  • Students often mention that Sydney has many activities to offer, from famous attractions, to the beach, as well as a thriving nightlife scene.

CONS

  • Housing prices in Sydney are quite expensive which makes it difficult for students to find a place to live in that isn’t too far away from the centre.
    • Sydney, due to its popularity and population, is a very crowded city with most public areas full of people and noise.

For business studies see our separate ranking of business schools in Sydney, Australia

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Sydney
  • 18 Mar, 2021: Publication of Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities. The University of Sydney with highest ranking among universities in Sydney ranked #31.
  • 17 Mar, 2021: Latest Nature Index - Top 200 Institutions in Asia Pacific from Nature Index. 2 universities from Sydney appear in this ranking.
  • 04 Mar, 2021: Publication of QS World University Rankings By Subject (Architecture & Built Environment). The University of Sydney with highest ranking among universities in Sydney ranked #3.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: UniRank 4icu - Top English-Speaking Universities updated with The University of Sydney in position 67.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Sydney

Philosophy
#8 
The University of Sydney
Nursing
#12 
The University of Sydney
English Language & Literature
#18 
The University of Sydney
Civil Engineering
#21 
The University of Sydney
Molecular Biology & Genetics
#39 
The University of Sydney
Agricultural Sciences
#39 
The University of Sydney
Journalism
#44 
The University of Sydney

Rankings of universities in Sydney, Australia 2021

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (1181 reviews)
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  • #2 
  • #51 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #2 
  • #40 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #2 
  • #31 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (955 reviews)
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  • #12 
  • #195 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #12 
  • #214 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #15 
  • #293 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#3

Macquarie Bank, LTD

Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (82 reviews)

#4

Fashion Design Studio - TAFE


Student Opinions About Studying in Sydney

“Sydney has some of the best universities in the world, which is quite motivating if you’re looking to do well in academics. The locals here are usually keen to chat, so it’s easy to meet people! There’s a lot of traffic though so if you want to go places I suggest you choose public transport.”

“The weather here is reliably warm and it allows you to get out and enjoy yourself. You’ll never get bored in Sydney because you’ll always find something to do, with Bondi Beach being one my absolute favourite places to spend my time. Listen to the lifeguards there because it can be pretty dangerous! The city is pretty expensive so it would be wise to find work as soon as possible.”

Sydney Key Facts for International Students

Population: 4628000

Time: GMT +10

District/province: New South Wales, City of Sydney

Living costs for students in Sydney:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Living costs without accommodation 95* (5% cheaper than London)
  • All costs including accommodation 91* (9% cheaper than London)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 95* (5% cheaper than London)
  • Average Big Mac price 5.97 AU$
  • Plug Type I
    • Residential voltage: 230 V
    • Frequency: 50 Hz

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FAQ

The University of Sydney ranks #1 in Sydney in our meta ranking composed of 96 university rankings.

Among all universities in Sydney The University of Sydney is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 30 rankings where The University of Sydney is listed.

The University of Sydney is ranked best in Sydney for Social Studies & Humanities (Philosophy). See all rankings for the The University of Sydney.

The University of Sydney is ranked best in Sydney for Medicine & Health (Nursing). See all rankings for the The University of Sydney.

The University of Sydney is ranked best in Sydney for Languages & Literature (English Language & Literature). See all rankings for the The University of Sydney.

The University of Sydney is ranked best in Sydney for Engineering (Civil Engineering). See all rankings for the The University of Sydney.

The University of Sydney is ranked best in Sydney for Natural Sciences (Molecular Biology & Genetics). See all rankings for the The University of Sydney.

The University of Sydney is ranked best in Sydney for Agriculture (Agricultural Sciences). See all rankings for the The University of Sydney.

The University of Sydney is ranked best in Sydney for Journalism & Media Studies (Journalism). See all rankings for the The University of Sydney.

Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:
Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:
Employer reputation 30%
Alumni outcomes 25%
Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25%
Employer/Student Connections 10%
Graduate employment rate 10%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:
Research Performance 40%
Quality of Education 25%
Alumni Employment 25%
Quality of Faculty 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:
Academic research publication

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:
Research excellence 40%
Research impact 35%
Research productivity 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -NTU Oceania:
Research productivity 25%
Research impact 35%
Research Excellence 40%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions:
Article count (AC)
Fractional count (FC)
Weighted fractional count (WFC)

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RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Research Performance Ranking:
Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20%
Citation per papers 20%
Papers per academic and research staff 20%
International research reputation 20%
Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities:
Research 50%
Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:
Alumni winning research prizes 10%
Staff winning research prizes 20%
Research paper publications 20%
Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index 20%
Per capita academic performance 10%

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StuDocu

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education:
Employability (survey) 100%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Research Reputation 66,6%
Teaching Reputation 33,3%

Criteria used in ranking -THE World's Most International Universities - Times Higher Education:
Proportion of international students 25%
Proportion of international staff 25%
Proportion of journal publications with one or more international co-authors 25%
University’s international reputation 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -Best universities in the Asia-Pacific region:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Thomson Reuters

Criteria used in ranking -Most Innovative Universities Asia Pacific:
Patent volume 11.11%
Patent success 11.11%
Global patents 11.11%
Patent citations 11.11%
Percent of patents cited/Patent citation impact 11.11%
Patent to Article Citation Impact 11.11%
Industry Article Citation Impact 11.11%
Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles 11.11%
Total Web of Science Core Collection Papers 11.11%

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Urap

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Us News

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:
Visibility 50%
Excellence 35%
Transparency 10%
Presence 5%

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