Established in 1949 with a unique focus on the scientific, technological and professional disciplines, UNSW is a leading Australian university committed to making a difference through pioneering research and preparing the next generation of talented global citizens for career success.
UNSW has a proud tradition of sustained innovation, focusing on areas critical to our future – from climate change and renewable energies to lifesaving medical treatments and breakthrough technologies. In the social sciences, UNSW research informs policy and expert commentary in key issues facing society ranging from human rights and constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians to public health and population ageing.
UNSW offers an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs. We attract talented students from across Australia and around the world. Our 50,000-plus students come from 128 countries, making us one of Australia’s most cosmopolitan universities. Our emphasis on quality continues to push up entry standards with record demand from the State’s top school leavers.
The main UNSW campus is located on a 38 hectare site at Kensington, seven kilometres from the centre of Sydney. Other major campuses are Art & Design in Paddington and UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.
Ratings and rankings
- The University is ranked 46th in the 2015 QS World University Rankings.
- UNSW is a member of the prestigious Group of Eight - a coalition of Australia's leading research intensive universities.
- UNSW graduates are the most hired by Linkedin’s top 30 most in-demand employers in 2015
- For 2015, UNSW researchers won the highest amount of funding in Australia from the Australian Research Council (ARC).
- The Australian Graduate School of Management MBA program is recognised as one of the finest in the world by the Financial Times (UK) 2014 ranking of the top 100 global MBA programs.
Faculties & Schools
- Art & Design
- Arts & Social Sciences
- Built Environment
- Business School
- UNSW Canberra at ADFA
- Postgraduate Research
On campus accommodation
There are many benefits to living on campus including value for money, easy access to campus facilities and support within a fun and friendly environment.
A variety of room types and apartments are available including catered colleges, self-catered university apartments or privately run colleges on (or very close) to campus.
University accommodation should be prearranged as places are limited. For more information on the full range of on campus accommodation options see UNSW Student Accommodation
Off campus accommodation
The section below provides information about what to consider when choosing a property, short and long-term housing options, and tenancy information.