Life at Western

Friendly, multicultural and inclusive campus environments

As a student at Western, you become part of a dynamic, thriving and culturally rich community.

There are diverse opportunities for sport and recreation, entertainment, going out and engaging with the community – both on and off campus. From the ultra-modern and high-tech to more serene, pastoral environments, each of our campuses is different – but all are friendly, multicultural and inclusive.

Our on-campus facilities include libraries, computer laboratories, innovative social learning spaces, wireless internet, cafes, bars, gyms, sporting grounds, tennis courts, and lots of open space to hang out in.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Support

Western Sydney University is committed to providing a range of support services and education pathways for our Indigenous students. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program at Western is aimed at increasing Indigenous participation in undergraduate courses across all areas of study by providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students an early offer based on results from an interview, numeracy and literacy assessment instead of their ATAR.

Scholarships

Western Sydney University offers $25 million in undergraduate scholarships, prizes and grants every year, which includes a generous range of University and donor-funded opportunities.

Through merit-based scholarships and The Academy, Western Sydney University recognises and rewards students who demonstrate outstanding academic ability, superior leadership and community skills.

Scholarships are not only available to high achievers, but cover a broad range of criteria including those with long-term family difficulties, people from rural or remote areas, course selection and community involvement initiatives.

Student Support Services

The Counselling Service is a team of professionally qualified staff who are trained to work with diverse student populations on any issues of concern. Students can book an appointment to speak with a counsellor or contact us via eCounselling. We also have a wide range of resources including webinars, podcasts and relaxation recordings available on our website.

The Disability Service is a team of professional Disability Advisors and trained educational support staff. We can support and assist future and current students with disabilities, chronic health conditions and mental health conditions to reach their full academic potential.

The Student Welfare Service has professionally trained staff to help you work through the unexpected problems, assisting with accommodation, financial support or health issues.

The University Specialist Employment Partnership (USEP) program assists students and Alumni with disability to receive bespoke employment support to help them prepare for, and link with graduate employment. USEP is free to all participants, for further information on application criteria and contact details visit our website.

The Library

The Library is your central point of reference for learning success. Western students can access high quality scholarly resources in the Library collection available in print or online, free of charge.

The Library has a variety of study spaces to suit the way you like to study. Each campus has open study areas and student group study rooms for collaborative work, while quiet and silent spaces allow for more focused study. You can also chill out or take a power nap in our famous library sleep pods.

Online Librarian is available to answer your queries by chat, email and phone, or ask our friendly staff on campus for help at the Digital Service Desk.

The Library Study Smart service provides expert advice on academic writing, developing your study skills, referencing your sources, digital literacy and more.

Interact with one of our Library virtual tours online and discover more about the Western Sydney University campus libraries. You’ll be surprised about what you may find!

Badanami Centre For Indigenous Education

Western Sydney University is committed to providing a range of support services and education pathways for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

The Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education provides programs, services and facilities to encourage and support the involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in all aspects of tertiary education.

RESPECT. NOW. ALWAYS.

Respect. Now. Always. is a national campaign to ensure our Universities are places of safety and respect. At Western, Respect Now Always sits alongside a host of initiatives to embed gender equity and prevent sexual and gendered violence across our community. Projects include our student supporter program, campaigns, internships, curriculum partnerships and training.

To get involved or learn more, find us on WesternLife, follow our Instagram or subscribe to our newsletter.

Student Accommodation

Western offers a wide range of on-campus living, providing you with high quality, affordable accommodation that gives a rich and balanced environment to live and learn. All of our villages are self-catered and fully furnished with a great range of accommodation options and 24 hour support.

Go Global

Enhance your career prospects, gain academic credit, and have the experience of a lifetime with Go Global opportunities.

Go Global provides students with a range of opportunities to go on exchange, internships, volunteer trips, or short study trips with opportunities available in most disciplines.

While travel restrictions are in place, why not take the time to get job ready and gain an experience and insights with a global organisations such as the the Leonardo di Caprio Foundation, Google, Facebook, YouTube, FIFA, Make-A-Wish, the British Parliament, Porsche and more!

Student Central | Transport Concession

Have a question? Throughout your student journey (from enrolments to graduations) Student Central is your first point of contact for information, advice, forms and referrals to other services. For more information, check the Student Central website.

The NSW Government provides concession (cheaper) travel to tertiary students on trains, buses, ferries and light rail within the Opal network. To access travel concessions, you need a valid Concession Opal card, Student Central can also help you with this.

The Female Orphan School | Whitlam Institute

The oldest three-storey structure in Australia, the Female Orphan School was built in 1813 and is located on the Parramatta South campus. It homes the Whitlam Institute and the Gough Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection.

The Female Orphan School is a key witness to some of the most significant social changes in Australian history. The building has shaped thousands of lives over the two centuries. There is a permanent exhibition in the East Wing, "A Changing Australia: The Time of Gough Whitlam" and touring exhibitions are displayed in the Margaret Whitlam Galleries in the West Wing.

Take an online tour now to discover many of the architectural and historical secrets of this fascinating building.

Partnerships at Western

Here at Western, we’re committed to our region and supporting the health and well-being of our communities in Western Sydney.

Because of this, we partner with several organisations such as the brand new Sydney Zoo, Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club, GWS GIANTS Football Club, Bankwest Stadium and Western Sydney and South Western Sydney Academy of Sports. These partnerships provide access to a range of educational student benefits, including internships at partner organisations. Participate in behind the scenes tours and experiences, student training opportunities with live briefs and access to players and coaches, as well as benefits such as ticket discounts, access to exclusive content and more!

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