Life at UEC

As a student at our college, you will enjoy learning English, exploring Sydney and making friends from all over the world.

More than 20 nationalities study at the school at any one time.

What’s it like to be a student in Sydney?

Sydney is known internationally as a beautiful, safe and exciting city. With a population of 5 million people, it is also one of the world’s most multicultural cities, with something to offer everyone. It is generally easy to find familiar food from home thanks to the large number of different nationalities that call Sydney home. 

Our warm climate (average 28ºC in summer and 17ºC in winter) means you can choose from a wide range of indoor or outdoor activities all year round. 

What services are available to support students at Universal English College?

We work hard to make sure you feel welcome. The team is always available to listen to your needs and concerns, and we try our best to provide you with the tools you need to be successful.
We also help you with practical tasks, such as:

  • Finding accommodation
  • Extending your course
  • Finding a doctor
  • Buying a SIM card for your mobile phone
  • Opening a bank account
  • Booking a weekend excursion


What is an average week at school in Sydney like?

During the week you will be busy studying in your English classes and completing your homework. After school, we run several clubs where you will have a chance to get to meet other students and make new friends. 

Once you leave school for the day you can explore some of Sydney’s tourist attractions which are only a few minutes walk away from the college.

Depending on your visa, you may also choose to get a job and work after school. 

On weekends, you have the opportunity to discover some of the fabulous sights outside of Sydney such as the Blue Mountains, the beautiful South Coast, Australia’s capital city Canberra, or just absorb the Sydney experience and culture. Our student services team can help you make arrangements for tours or provide advice on day trips. 

Top 5 ideas for things to do in Sydney:

  • Visit one of Sydney’s 60 beaches, most of them 30 minutes or less from the city centre
  • Take a ferry ride on Sydney Harbour
  • Visit Taronga Zoo or one of Sydney’s wildlife parks to see our unique animals up close
  • Take a self-guided walking tour of The Rocks, the harbour or the coast
  • Day trips out of Sydney to experience our famous wineries, visit South Coast and the Blue Mountains