As a student at the University of Sydney, you will have the option of applying to live in either catered accommodations or self-catered student apartments. As you read the information below, please be sure to review the general housing information for Australia.

Catered Accommodations


Mandelbaum House is a residential college located within the university grounds close to the Sports & Aquatic Centre, Mandelbaum House provides housing in private bedrooms with your own basin. With only 38 residents (men and women), strong friendships are formed with Australian and fellow international residents. Common areas include a games room, lounge room, library, and rooftop area. Amenities also include laundry facilities and free rental bicycles which is popular among residents. An internet plan is also included.

Mandelbaum has a resident society who organize in-house events, social outings, and coordinate participation in an intramural sport and an art competition. As a resident, you will have a meal plan (18 meals per week) with the flexibility to have a takeaway or a late meal. This gives you more time to study and explore Sydney as you don’t need to grocery shop, cook, or clean. In keeping with Mandelbaum House’s Jewish heritage, all meals are kosher but students of all backgrounds are welcomed.

Living in a college is an excellent way to meet local students and to make the most of your time in Australia, but it is not for everyone. The application process for residential colleges is very competitive and placements are on a first come first serve basis.

Urbanest Darling House

Urbanest Darling House is located near Sydney’s vibrant Darling Harbour, Haymarket and the Goods Line. It is within walking distance or a short bus ride to the USyd campus. Urbanest Darling House is a perfect accommodation choice for students wanting independence, without the worry of preparing or cooking meals for themselves.

Arcadia students living at Urbanest Darling House will share a twin bedroom with ensuite with one other student. The space is thoughtfully designed providing both students with their own study area and a private sleeping space. Rooms at Urbanest Darling House have an air-conditioning/heating unit and bed linen is provided. Students are also provided an internet plan, can utilize the onsite laundry, gaming room, theatre and study spaces, can participate in the uLife program of support, social events and intramural sports competition, and have free access to an onsite gym.

All meals are included for students living at Urbanest Darling House in the onsite dining room known as The Eatery. The Eatery has generous opening hours offering a wide variety of 5-star quality meals prepared daily by an international team of chefs. Also included in the meal plan for students to enjoy is a juice bar, ice cream station, coffee stand, and ‘grab and go’ meal options should students have commitments elsewhere.

Self-catered Student Apartments

If you prefer a more independent style of housing, self-catered residences are available in the areas on and around campus. All apartments are close to cafes, restaurants and shops and feature kitchen facilities where you will prepare your own meals.

URBANEST Cleveland St

Urbanest housing at Cleveland Street are self-catered student residence located within a short walk to the University of Sydney. The buildings are stylishly designed and have on-site staff 24/7. Arcadia students living here will have a single bedroom with a private ensuite bathroom, and share the kitchen and living spaces with 4-5 others. There are many social and support opportunities available to students through the uLife Program, including an intramural sports competition. Other amenities include an on-site gym, big screen TV, game room, iMac stations and large social areas with BBQs and communal cooking facilities. All students will be provided with linen and an internet package.


Located adjacent to campus in a friendly, secure community setting, Sydney University Village (SUV) offers students self-catered housing in a private bedroom within a five bedroom, two bathroom apartment, generally living with other international students. Each apartment has an internal kitchen and loungeroom. There is an active SUV Residential Life Program which offers plenty of social and support opportunities. Other amenities include an outdoor BBQ and lawn area (which students can use for free), communal kitchen, recreation and games room, a cafe, laundry, convenience store and a resource center with computer, printing and scanning facilities. All Arcadia students will be provided with a linen pack and internet plan.

*Please note that depending upon your accommodation assignment, an additional fee may apply. Please ask your Program Manager for details.