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.

WESTERNLife is our online student community where 1000's of students can share experiences, join a student club, connect with new friends and engage with events, workshops and discussions. Think of it as your virtual campus without having to leave your living room!

What our students say about Western

Hear from our current international students and recently graduated Alumni on how life at Western has been for them. Learn about their personal journey at Western and where they are headed into the future, as they speak candidly in these video testimonials about studying online and life after University.


Western Sydney University has a range of scholarships available for international students seeking admission to undergraduate and postgraduate programs.  
Scholarships valued at $3,000 and $6,000 or 50% off tuition fees are awarded on academic merit and are assessed from your standard application to Western.

International Student Support

The International Buddy Program is a peer led program that provides support to both new and current international students as they transition to life in Australia and their studies at Western Sydney University. Whether you have arrived in Australia or are starting your studies while in your home country our International Buddies are here to assist.

Academic Skills workshops will give an introduction to what is expected of you at university and develop essential literacy skills such as essay writing, critical analysis, referencing, note taking and assignment preparation.

MATES is a mentoring program for new students. MATES provides first year students with an opportunity to connect with other new students and mentors in later years of study. This helps new students meet other students, network with other students and gain knowledge and skills to settle into life at university.

English Conversation Groups aim to assist international students and local students from a non-English speaking background to develop confidence in English conversation and develop a friendship network and cross-cultural understanding.

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 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!

Online Learning

Online learning can be a beneficial form of study, increasing exposure to modern workplace practices, encouraging flexibility with time management and enabling continuity in your educational plans.

At Western Sydney University our academics and teaching staff have the expertise and resources to provide a quality online learning experience. Our University has extensive experience in online learning.

Campus Life

With over 150 Student Clubs to choose from, students have the opportunity to lead a vibrant social life on and off campus. Whether your into competition sport, lunch time games, weekends away, reading, cultural festivals or politics, we've got you covered!

If you can't find a club that piques your interest, we can help you start your own and spread the word!

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

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 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!