UNSW Built Environment offers you a dynamic learning environment with all the study, support and social facilities you need to make the most of every day on campus.

Life in Sydney

Sydney is surrounded by beaches and its energetic central business district is positioned on breathtaking Sydney Harbour, meaning a water view is never far away. UNSW Built Environment is within easy reach of famous beaches and landmarks, as well as the buzzing city centre.

Bondi Beach

(30 minutes by bus)
Bondi is Sydney’s most famous beach. With pristine white sand – and a passionate local community – Bondi Beach is perfect for experiencing the Sydney lifestyle, people watching, parties, surfing, exercise or swimming.

Coogee Beach

(less than 10 minutes by bus)
The closest beach to UNSW, Coogee Beach, is a wide bay-style beach making it a great swimming spot. On sunny days, expect to see families, tourists and locals enjoying free-access BBQs, large park areas and one of the many cafes and restaurants. 

Centennial Park

(5 minutes by bus)
Centennial Park is inner Sydney’s biggest park. There are tracks for bike riding, horse riding, jogging as well as ponds, sports fields and more.

Kingsford and Randwick

(3 minutes by bus)
The surrounding suburbs of Kingsford and Randwick are just a short walk from UNSW's main campus. There are lots of cafes and restaurants with many offering affordable prices for students. There is a huge range of International cuisines to try too, reflecting the diversity of the area.


Accommodation on campus

We offer award-winning accommodation

We are the largest provider of student housing in Sydney. We have six residential colleges, seven self-catered apartment buildings and multiple affiliated communities. Colleges provide a community lifestyle that encourages new friendships and a fulfilling university life. You have a choice of full board, partly catered and self-catered style accommodation, both on and off campus. There is also a range of gender-based options including male only, female only, and mixed male and female accommodation. In most colleges, dietary requirements like halal, kosher and vegetarian can be catered for.

  • Costs vary but range from around AUD $230 - AUD $800 per student per week.

  • For more information visit the UNSW Residential Communities website.


For those who desire independent living, like couples and families with children, UNSW-owned apartments are ideal. Apartments are available on and off campus and can come furnished with a kitchen and bathroom.

  • Costs vary but range from AUD $230 - AUD $800 per student per week.
  • For more information, visit the UNSW Residential Communities website.


Homestay options include full board and single room-only accommodation.

Full board usually includes a furnished room, use of facilities in the private home of a family or single person, plus breakfast and dinner. Some may also include bed linen, a laundry service and weekly room cleaning.

Single room-only homestays include a furnished room with gas and electricity expenses included in the rental price. You will be responsible for providing your own food, cooking, cleaning, and laundry and telephone costs.

  • Costs vary but usually range from AUD $180 – AUD $300 per student per week.
  • For more information, view our online database of private accommodation at www.studystays.unsw.edu.au

Alternatively, you can live in Sydney’s charming eastern suburbs just minutes from the beach.


Exchange and study abroad

Exchange and study abroad students can choose self-catered on-campus accommodation in the University Terraces or Colombo House, or catered on-campus options in The Kensington CollegesFig Tree Hall College or UNSW Hall. You can also apply to International HouseNew College and Shalom College but you must approach these colleges directly.

Built Environment Student Association

Welcome to the Built Environment Student Association [BESA]

We are the official constituent society of the UNSW Built Environment. Our main objective is to establish a community within the Faculty that encourages an open forum of networking and collaboration for students across all disciplines - both undergraduate and postgraduate.

Feel free to come and join the community discussion and get involved with what's happening in the Built Environment.

Contact: besa.unsw@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/UNSW.BESA


Rahath Islam

Vice President

Lauren Wood


Kenlin Liu


Reece Hemingway

Arc Delegate

Caleb Ferry

Peer Mentoring Coordinator

Natalie Hua & Josephine Wilandouw

ArchSoc Delegate

Foram Chaunhan

Postgraduate Officer

Khaled Fakhraddine

Sponsorships Officer

Wentao Huang

DD Industrial Design

Murray Whiteside

DD Construction Management and Property 

Anqi Shi

DD Interior Architecture

Amy Smith



Student Ambassadors

The Student Ambassador program provides a great way to develop your people skills by representing UNSW Built Environment at high school career markets plus on and off campus events. You could also assist the running of various workshops on campus for high school students to experience first hand what it's like to study at UNSW Built Environment.

We are now recruiting for new team members and welcome applications from current domestic and international students who are in the 2nd year of their degree.

Some key points to note are:

  • This is a paid role
  • Applicants are required to have and maintain a WAM of at least 65
  • You should be available and willing to work at events throughout the year
  • For more information on the role and its requirements, please read through the job description. 

Any enquiries can be directed to Yusuf Dawre, Future Students Marketing Coordinator via email y.dawre@unsw.edu.au.

International Students

UNSW Built Environment values its international students community. Dedicated support and advice is available. Tailored workshops to assist students prepare for class participation, assessments, report writing and design project presentation run throughout the year.