It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity – a chance to see another country and all it has to offer for several months as a student. There’s just one catch.
As a student, your budget is limited. You don’t have the money needed to explore a city as a true tourist, but there are ways around these limitations. There are tricks and tips you can use to explore a new city like Sydney on a tight budget and have a great deal of fun.
Great cities are often surrounded by great outdoor attractions. Parks, historic walks, and sites just outside the city are perfect destinations on days off.
Sydney and the surrounding area are home to some of the most iconic and beautiful natural wonders in the world. From the white foam of its beaches to the architecture of the city itself, there are so many things you can see simply by walking or biking through the city. The Bondi to Coogee is particularly beautiful, giving you a first hand look at some of the most iconic beaches around Sydney.
While not every city’s museums are free to enter (many will requires semi-voluntary donations), many are. In Sydney, the Art Gallery of NSW is open to the public, with free access throughout the week. Combined with weekly events and a robust schedule of speakers and films, this is a perfect destination for lovers of the arts. Other museums offering free collections in Sydney include The Rocks Discovery Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Whatever city you are visiting will likely have a large number of parks and public spaces. From well known spaces such as Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens and Bronte Park to less known common spaces like Camp Cove, you’ll find a number of locations throughout the region that are free to visit and brimming with opportunities to explore.
The great cities of the world are often home to magnificent churches and gathering spaces. Almost always free to enter, they offer gorgeous architecture and rich history. In Sydney, you’ll find St. James’ and St. Mary’s close to Hyde Park, and both offering free tours throughout the week.
There’s nothing like an old-fashioned local market at which artisans, farmers, and small business owners peddle their wares. While buying anything at such a market will incur a cost, the visit alone is well worth the time spent. In Sydney, the market to see is Everleigh Market held on the first Sunday of each month.
Whether you are visiting Sydney or will be visiting another country with an equally robust cultural heritage, use the tips above to explore the city on a budget and uncover hidden gems at national and local parks, churches, markets, and more.