Originally Posted by Deutschland54
Could you list pro's and con's of both places?
It's just temporarily (3-4 months).
Basically, I've heard the following:
(a) NSW is better for engineering & science
(b) Univ. of Sydney has a nicer campus / more social people.
I like the NSW tech part, but ... I'd rather establish relationships (social/business) with local Ozzies than another "international" student....no offense intended!
Uni of Sydney is right on the south-west edge of the CBD, good access to the heart of Sydney and all that it offers. The university itself is probably best described as traditional Oxford/Harvard style, and is aspirational, with a lovely park along City Rd and a swimming pool. Newtown and Glebe are the nearby suburbs - both very trendy and Bohemian/artsy, fantastic eateries/entertainment/hip shops particularly King St Newtown (I used to live there and loved it).
Uni of NSW is closer to the beachy suburb of Coogee, with a high multicultural population. Also close to Randwick Racecourse (horsies). About a 20 minute bus ride to the heart of Sydney CBD. A more 60s/70s style of uni. It also has a high reputation but possibly not as high as Uni of Syd. Less of the real uni experience to be had there I think.
My choice would be for SYD. Rents are expensive whichever you decide, however there can be some more reasonable accommodation west of SYD (ie Petersham,Lewisham, Summer Hill, Enmore, Chippendale, Redfern, Stanmore) More chance of getting share accom in a terrace in that area too... very much the preferred lifestyle for most.
Good luck you will love either I am sure, and make sure you go and look at the unselected option so that you can appreciate your final choice!!!!