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“My favourite place in the world.”

University of Sydney
Ranked #87 of 487 things to do in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 August 2013

As a student studying medicine here, you can imagine I spend a great deal of my time here. I love every second of it. As Australia's first university, it has long developed a history of prestige, traditions and culture and it has been consistently ranked in over the top 0.3% of universities in the world. It is the oldest and one of the most prestigious universities in Australia. With the motto, "Sidere mens eadem mutato" literally translated as, "Though the stars change, the mind is eternal", or perhaps more liberally, "Sydney University is really Oxford or Cambridge displaced laterally approximately 12,000 miles". Even its Coat of Arms, granted by Queen Victoria, is a hybrid of those of Oxford and Cambridge, very concretely and ever visibly representing her hopes for what would become Australia's, and indeed, among the worlds most prestigious educational institutions . While it still has much of the traditions inherited from the great British universities, the enduring desire of its founders, the university has also gained its own identity, a uniquely Antipodean character, and together it has grown along with the young country of Australia.

The campus is absolutely beautiful, reminiscent and modelled after Oxford and Cambridge and has been ranked in the top 10 of the "Most Beautiful Universities in the World" by the British Telegraph, Huffington Post and even Disney Pixar! The campus is so big, that it even has its own postcode, sprawling across two Sydney suburbs. Explore the largest and most prestigious collection of antiquities in Australia at the Nicholson Museum, or examine the many Art Galleries, collections of natural history or Anatomical museums (some of which may only be open to medical students), all with free admission. Have a picnic in Victoria Park, within the grounds, maybe even take a swim in the Olympic-sized pool, or play a game of tennis, basketball, etc. at the many sports centres, gyms and stadiums on campus.

As a student, my experience here is amazing, there is always something going on, be it free barbecues everyday, almost fortnightly festivals and fairs, the markets on Wednesday, and with hundreds of university union endorsed clubs and societies to join, including the standard, generic clubs such as sporting, faculty specific societies and many musical ensembles, to some of the more quirky, creative and fun ones such as the Disney Society, Chocolate Society (Free chocolate events every week!), and even the "Beer Brewing & Music Appreciation Society". With so much to get up to, it's a wonder how I'm still learning here!

The University of Sydney is definitely worth a visit, to stroll around, soak up the atmosphere, and admire the beautiful historic and Gothic buildings, and experience the hopes and grandeur, the dreams of its founders, and certainly, its uniquely Australian character, in its operation today.

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