Top jobs for students in Sydney

So you’re studying in Sydney and need a bit of extra income? There are plenty of great casual jobs for students around Sydney’s university scene that can get you by – without taking a toll on your studies! Other than the obvious money incentive – because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want a bit of extra cashflow? – getting a job is a fantastic way to socialise, make new friends, and brush up on your English skills if you’re an international student.

Being the biggest city in Australia and home to roughly 5.6 million people, there’s a whole lot going on in Sydney. It is a really popular destination for backpackers who often pick up contract work for a few months at a time, so there’s a pretty steady flow of jobs available as people come and go. This type of contract or part time work is really handy when you’re studying, so that you can have flexible hours during busier exam periods and work around your class timetables. Plus, you’ll probably want some free time just to get out and enjoy the stunning Sydney lifestyle.

Sydney is just one of the amazing cities you can choose from if you’re studying in Australia!

So, what do you need to do to get part time student work in Sydney? First up, it’s good to know your rights and get your affairs in order so you’re ready to apply for jobs.

Things you’ll need to get work in Sydney

An Australian bank account. Having one of these makes it much easier for employers to pay you, and in fact some employers won’t hire you unless you have one. If you’re an international student, the account you’ll need is called a transaction account and any bank you contact should help you set one up pretty easily.

An Australian Tax File Number (TFN). You’ll need to apply for one of these via the Australia Taxation Office and it basically just helps make sure you’re not over-taxed on your earnings.

Know your rights. Minimum wage in Australia is set by Fair Work and is currently around $18 per hour, but this is subject to change over time. You should brush up on the amount that you are entitled to before applying for a job so you can ensure you’re not being ripped off!

Prepare a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume. This is very important when applying for student jobs in Sydney, and will generally be asked of you by prospective employers. You’ll need to list your previous work experience, training and skills to show your capabilities and help employers assess whether you’re the right fit for the position.

A CV should always include:

  • Name and contact details
  • Education and qualifications
  • Employment history and professional experience
  • Technical skills you have relevant to the job
  • Personal interests and notable achievements

Depending on the job type, your CV will either be submitted online via the relevant application, emailed through to the employer, or for more social jobs like hospitality and retail, dropped off in person after having a chat with the manager.

Applying for jobs as a student

Note: as an international student, your Australian student visa allows you to work up to 20hrs per week, so just make sure to respect that! If you’re earning minimum wage, that means roughly $366 per week extra income without chewing too much into your study time. That’s a solid amount for happy hour beers, takeout and fun activities in Sydney.

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Welcome to our new partner, headspace

We are very excited to announce our new partnership with headspace, an organisation that has been a leader in building awareness towards mental health in Australia and supporting the wellbeing of young Australians for over a decade.

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More than 75 per cent of mental health issues develop before a person turns 25. headspace began in 2006 to address this critical gap, by providing tailored and holistic mental health support to 12 – 25 year olds. With a focus on early intervention, headspace works with young people to provide support at a crucial time in their lives – to help get them back on track and strengthen their ability to manage their mental health in the future.

With more than 2 million occasions of service provided, headspace helped thousands of young people get vital support through their 100+ national headspace centres, online services and clinical programs across Australia.

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What are the top ten universities in Sydney for 2019?

Thinking of studying in Sydney? As it turns out, so are a lot of people! Ranking as the world’s fifth most liveable city for 2018 according to The Economist, Australia’s largest city is also its most popular with international students, who come for its summer sun, beautiful beaches, laid-back lifestyle and buzzing city hub.

But it’s not just the stellar quality of life that puts Sydney on the student map. Five Sydney universities have been listed in this year’s QS World University Rankings, and there are a number of excellent private institutions and colleges to choose from depending on your area of study.

Top Unis in Sydney

So where are the top study destinations in Sydney, and what makes them special?

  • The University of Sydney (USYD)
  • The University of New South Wales (UNSW)
  • University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
  • Macquarie University
  • Western Sydney University
  • The University of Notre Dame
  • Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS)
  • National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)
  • National Art School (NAS)
  • Whitehouse Institute of Design

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During March we ran a competition to give a lucky student in Perth one year of free rent at The Boulevard. More on the competition click here. 

We are excited to announce the winner: Hariom

How did you feel about winning the one year’s free rent competition?

“I was really excited, it was amazing to be able to move straight into The Boulevard. I love the space in my room, the study rooms make studying so easy and the roof top terrace is awesome.” – Hariom

Hariom is excited about his new home! At the front of The Boulevard.
Hariom in the foyer at The Boulevard.

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UTOPIA FESTIVAL at The Boulevard: Top 11 highlights

It was really exciting to launch The Boulevard in Perth, and to celebrate, what better way than a 5-hour festival across the whole building!
If you missed out or couldn’t make it to celebrate, don’t worry we’ve made a top 11 highlights from the night so you won’t miss the chance again.

1. Live Music from YOUR GIRLP HO & Claire

YOUR GIRL PHO captivated guests on our rooftop overlooking the whole city sky line of Perth.
Local artist from the Perth Fringe Festival, Claire performed live on our pool terrace featuring all the top hits and throwbacks for the best poolside vibe.

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Short Team Leasing at The Boulevard, Perth

We know students like flexibility and you don’t always want to be locked into long accommodation contracts.

So we are offering students in Perth the ability to live with us at The Boulevard on short term rental contracts – so you can find accommodation that suits your needs.

Our favourite rooftop in Perth at The Boulevard

How short term leasing works:

Short term booking is from a minimum of 2 weeks to 12 weeks long. Short term accommodation is limited, so speak to us or contact your agent to secure a room today.

A full bedding pack is included in short term contracts free of charge, which is to be returned upon departure. These packs include all your bedding and towels – so you’re already set up before you even move in! Check out the full list of what is included in our bedding pack.

A one off non-refundable cleaning charge of $50 is applicable to short term bookings. Students are required to pay in full if their bookings are equal to or less than 12 weeks.

Read our full terms and conditions here.

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One of our student lounges at The Boulevard

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Student Health Cover Options

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Contributed article for The Student Housing Company.


When you’re a student you don’t always have a lot of spare money, so if you’re looking for health insurance you want to try to make sure you are getting bang for your buck.

There are a lot of policies available in the Australian market today, so where do you start?

There are health insurance products suited to students who are residents in Australia, as well as overseas students, along with a range of coverage from basic hospital through to comprehensive policies including extras.

Here’s our round up of what to consider when comparing policies.

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Top jobs for students in Adelaide

The capital of South Australia and Australia’s most affordable city, Adelaide is the perfect place for students wanting an authentic Aussie lifestyle without the extra expense. Away from the frantic pace of the megacities, Adelaide is bordered by 5,000km of coast, with vineyards, lush hills, sheep stations, mountains and deserts all within easy reach. It has a thriving festival culture, more restaurants per capita of any city and the biggest fresh produce market in the Southern Hemisphere, so don’t make the mistake of thinking that there is nothing going on!

With so much to see and do, getting a casual job in Adelaide is the way to go for students wanting a little extra income and financial freedom. As well as sponsoring your fun and quality of life, working part time is actually a great way to make friends, engage with the local community and even work on your English if you’re an international student.

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What are the top universities in Adelaide for 2019?

If you’re after an Australian uni experience away from the hustle and expense of the megacities, Adelaide might just be the perfect place for you! The coastal capital is the cheapest major Australian city to live in for students, which means less money spent on the boring stuff like rent and groceries, and more budget for going out and having fun. And with warm summers, spacious city spaces, a thriving festival culture and gorgeous beaches at its doorstep, there’s plenty of fun to be had.

So what are the best universities in Adelaide?

Although Adelaide is a smaller city, three of its universities have been internationally ranked in the QS World University Rankings for 2019 . Here are our top five picks for students wanting to study in Adelaide.

  • University of Adelaide
  • University of South Australia
  • Flinders University
  • Torrens University Australia, Adelaide
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Australia (CMU)

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