About UNSW Sydney

As one of the top 100 universities in the world, with more than 59,000 students from over 90 countries and a 7,000-strong research community, UNSW Sydney is a powerhouse of cutting-edge research, teaching and innovation.

The University was established in 1949 with a unique focus on the scientific, technological and professional disciplines, committed to making a difference by focusing on areas critical to present and future issues with pioneering research and sustained innovation, such as climate change and renewable energies, lifesaving medical treatments and breakthrough technologies, as well as informing policy and expert commentary on human rights, constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians, public health and population ageing.

This has given UNSW the reputation of being Australia’s most comprehensive research-intensive university, with the most subjects ranked first in Australia in the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018.

UNSW also enjoys the reputation of being Australia's leading international university with the largest on-campus enrolment of international students, and over 200 sister university partnerships around the world, continually expanding its education and reaching more students from all backgrounds and communities around the world, with an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs.

UNSW was awarded the maximum QS Five Star Plus rating in 2019 for teaching, research, employability, facilities, internationalisation, inclusiveness, specialist subject and innovation. It is currently ranked 37th in the world for academic reputation according to QS World University Rankings.

For more information, take a look at 'At A Glance': https://www.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/documents/2018-At-a-Glance.pdf 

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UNSW Campus 

The main UNSW campus is located on a 38-hectare site at Kensington, seven kilometres from the centre of Sydney. Other major campuses are Art & Design in Paddington and UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy. 

UNSW Library

UNSW Library
UNSW Library peers down from above the campus

UNSW Library is one of Australia's major research libraries, with extensive scholarly information resources. It serves a large population of academic staff and students on two campuses and affiliated research institutes. The UNSW Library is a key icon of the eastern suburbs and can be clearly seen from many kilometres away. The Main Library and the Law Library are another great option for some focused quiet study when residents feel like a change of scene.

Main Library, Kensington

The Main Library is located in Kensington and offers access to a wide range of materials, both print and online in the fields of arts & social sciences, built environment, business, engineering, medicine and science.

Map Reference: F21
Help Zone: (02) 9065 9444
Web: http://www.library.unsw.edu.au

Law Library, Kensington

This library offers access to a wide range of materials, both print and online in the field of law and legal studies.

Map Reference: F8
Help Zone: (02) 9065 9444

Art & Design Library, Paddington

This library offers access to a wide range of materials, both print and online in the field of art, design and media arts.

Map Reference: Block A
Help Zone (02) 9065 9444

The Learning Centre

The Learning Centre supports students with the development of their academic skills. It can help you adjust to academic culture, new approaches to learning and teaching, and offers a range of learning and language assistance programs.

The Learning & Career Hub 
Lower Ground Floor
LG 66 Morven Brown Building
Phone: (02) 9385 2060
Email: sacs@unsw.edu.au

UNSW Security

UNSW is a safe place to live and study. UNSW Security Services has a comprehensive 24 hour security presence on campus and maintains security monitoring services for the University, for the protection of all people within the University including staff, students, contractors and visitors; for the protection of property; and for the prevention and detection of crime.

As for any major urban centre, students should take sensible precautions:

  • Be alert when getting around at night on and off campus. Use Friend Walk on the StaySafe app for someone to watch you as you walk to your destination.
  • Always keep an eye on your belongings. Thieves only need a moment to take your valuables.
  • Should your bag or wallet be snatched, cancel your credit cards, Eftpos card and student or staff identification card and report it to UNSW Security and the NSW Police.

The highly visible Campus Security office is located at Gate 2, open 24/7.
Emergencies and incidents (02) 9385 6666.

UNSW Medical Centre

UNSW are there to provide a quality health service to the students, staff & visitors of UNSW. The doctors, nurses and administration staff are non-judgemental and have a special interest in youth health.  The University Health Service at Kensington campus is a medical clinic with male and female doctors, nurses, visiting psychiatrists and an orthopaedic surgeon. General practitioners and specialists operate their own practice within the facility, which is managed by UNSW. The doctors work closely with the campus counselling service, student services, accommodation providers, equity and diversity unit and international student office for students in crisis or with special needs.

Ground floor, East Quadrangle Building, Kensington Campus
Phone: (02) 9385 5425
Email: unihealth@unsw.edu.au
More information is available from the UNSW Health Service website

UNSW Counselling Service

The UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services provides a free and confidential service to all students enrolled at UNSW. A range of services are offered to assist students to make the most of their university experiences, such as:

  • Counselling for individuals
  • Support and transition to university
  • Motivational support
  • Personal skills development
  • Psychological services
  • Anxiety and mood management
  • Stress management programs
  • Self-help resources

All counsellors are registered psychologists and have a strong interest in student well-being and development. The dedicated team provides a high quality professional service for students within the UNSW community.

Kensington campus

Level 2, East Wing, Quadrangle Building
Phone: (02) 9385 5418
Email: counselling@unsw.edu.au

UNSW Art & Design, Paddington campus

Room G106, G Block
Phone: (02) 9385 5418
Email: counselling@unsw.edu.au

UNSW Sport and Recreation

UNSW Fitness and Aquatic Centre
UNSW Fitness and Aquatic Centre

UNSW offers a variety of sporting facilities, including the UNSW Fitness & Aquatic Centre and The David Phillips Sports Fields, as well as the opportunities to play competitive and social sport.

The UNSW Fitness & Aquatic Centre provides students discounted membership to a range of facilities and services such as: Health Club, weights area, heated pool, group fitness classes, swimming lessons, indoor futsal and squash court hire.

ARC UNSW Student Life is the avenue for all students to sign up to over 30 different sport clubs, making it possible for people of different ability levels to get involved.

ARC has also initiated a range of dance classes and a 'She Can' women sporting community.


  • AFL
  • Aikido
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Baseball & Softball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing & Muay Thai
  • Boxing & Muay Thai
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Gridiron
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse
  • Netball
  • Outdoors
  • Rowing
  • Rugby Union
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Taido
  • Target Practice
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Underwater
  • Volleyball
  • Waterpolo
  • Waterski & Wakeboard
  • Windsurfing & Sailing

ARC UNSW Student Life

ARC is the UNSW student organisation, involved in everything outside the classroom, from volunteering opportunities to free food. There are many opportunities for students to find their place at University with one of Arc's fun events or diverse clubs and societies. Arc offers:

ARC Students Association
ARC Student's Association Building
  • Two food outlets at the Roundhouse and the Yummy ArtHouse Kitchen cafe at Paddington
  • Art & Design spaces and events
  • Volunteer programs
  • Student representation
  • Party bookings and entertainment
  • Online reviews, news articles and events notifications
  • 300 clubs and societies
  • Legal information

Gate 5 on High St, UNSW
Phone: (02) 9385 7700
Email: reception@arc.unsw.edu.au
You can find more information at  http://www.arc.unsw.edu.au/.