Campus Information


With six campuses spread across Greater Western Sydney, UWS offers one of the largest choices of campus locations of any Australian university. Each campus has its own unique atmosphere, with clean, green and friendly environments to learn in.

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Bankstown CampusBankstown Campus

Colourful and culturally diverse

Bankstown campus is located on 22 hectares in the south western Sydney suburb of Milperra about 40 minutes from the CBD. It is a warm, friendly environment, with modern spacious buildings and landscaped gardens with a strong Australian native theme. The campus is located on Bullecourt Avenue, Milperra.

Student population* 6,709
Specialist facilities

  • Early Childhood Centre
  • MARCS Institute
  • Nursing laboratories
  • Centre for Education Research (CER)
  • Psychology Laboratories
  • Religion and Society Research Centre
  • Writing and Society Research Centre
  • Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education

How to get there (Milperra, 40 minutes from Sydney CBD)
Accommodation on campus

Surrounding community informationBankstown is one of the largest local government areas in New South Wales, with approximately 170,000 residents speaking more than 60 different languages. The City of Bankstown is host to an array of recreational and sporting facilities, including 293 parks and reserves covering a total of over 730 hectares. The region boasts 39 sports complexes with 173 winter and 147 summer sporting fields, including: the Olympic Dunc Gray Velodrome; The Crest synthetic athletics track; five tennis complexes; three swimming pools; the Wran Leisure Centre; Bankstown Basketball Stadium; a community owned golf course in Sefton; and two multi-purpose indoor sports facilities. It is home to Sydney's second largest airport, as well as Bankstown Square (a large shopping centre), a major hospital, and a wide range of restaurants that serve food from all parts of the world.

For more information, please see the Bankstown City Council website.    

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Nirimba Education Precinct, Blacktown Campus*blacktown_s

Diverse and multicultural

The Blacktown campus forms part of the Nirimba Education Precinct at Quakers Hill. It is co-located together with two senior high schools and a Technical and Further Education (TAFE) College. Pathways Programs UWSCollege located at the Nirimba Education Precinct offers Diplomas. It is about one hour from the Sydney Central Business District and close to the city of Blacktown.

Student population* 1,120
Specialist facilities

  • State-of-the-art teaching facilities

How to get there (Quakers Hill, 40 minutes from Sydney CBD)
Accommodation on campus

Surrounding community information
The City of Blacktown and its region has a population of 270,000 residents from more than 30 different cultures - with 33% of the population aged between 20 and 40. To meet the needs of its young, active inhabitants, the City of Blacktown provides an extensive array of leisure and tourism attractions including Blacktown Arts Centre, Featherdale Wildlife Park (where you can feed the kangaroos or have your picture taken with a koala), Rouse Hill Regional Park, and the Blacktown Olympic Park at Aquilina Reserve (that played an integral role in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games). In the past few decades, Blacktown has been transformed from a rural hinterland to the heart of Sydney's booming Greater West region. It is just 35 km from the Sydney CBD and is the centre of a large industrial and retail shopping area that is well serviced by road and rail.

For more information, please see the Blacktown City Council website.

* Students should note that programs currently offered at Blacktown campus will transfer subsequently to other campuses in mid 2009.

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Campbelltown CampusCampbelltown Campus

Modern, state-of-the-art facilities

Campbelltown offers a unique balance between city and rural Pre-departure. About one hour by road or rail from the Sydney CBD, it is a city set in a landscape of rolling hills and farms. The 166-hectare Campbelltown campus is located on Narellan Road, Campbelltown. The Macarthur Square Shopping Centre is directly adjacent to the campus, providing easy access to shops and food outlets for students.

Student population* 6,057
Specialist facilities

  • $52 million purpose-built Medical School
  • UniClinic, a state-of-the-art clinical training facility for health science students 
  • Moot Court modelled on Cambelltown local court
  • Anatomy laboratories
  • Nursing laboratories
  • Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Facility for very high resolution MRI and NMR experiments
  • Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education

How to get there (Macarthur Region, 60 minutes from Sydney CBD)
Accommodation on campus

Surrounding community information
The city has a population of 150,000, and the average age of its residents is 30 years. Campbelltown is rich in culture and heritage with many historic sites and buildings scattered throughout the city that are a reminder of early colonial history. Campbelltown is an energetic, lively city offering a unique combination of city opportunities in a country atmosphere. Recreational activities abound with venues for golf, swimming, tennis, horse riding and fascinating walks in the nearby Mt Annan Botanic Gardens - Australia's largest botanic garden, with an abundance of birdlife and native plant species.

For more information, please see the Campbelltown City Council website.

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Hawkesbury Campushawkesbury_s

A friendly rural community

Hawkesbury campus is located on Bourke Street, Richmond on a 1,300-hectare site in the Hawkesbury Valley at the base of the scenic Blue Mountains. The campus history dates back to 1891 when the New South Wales Department of Agriculture established the Hawkesbury Agricultural College. The campus has many heritage buildings, a working farm, and extensive orchards and vineyards. The campus is a 15-minute walk from East Richmond station and about 90 minutes from Sydney CBD by rail.

Student population* 2,401
Specialist facilities

  • Crime Scene Facility
  • Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
  • Food Processing Pilot Plant
  • Nursing laboratories
  • Confocal Microscope Facility
  • Animal Science Facilities
  • Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education
  • Confocal Bio-Imaging and Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry Facility
  • Animal science facilities - the reptile house and small marsupial house
  • Science Laboratories

How to get there (Richmond, 50-60 minutes from Sydney CBD)
Accommodation on campus

Surrounding community information
Established in 1789, the Hawkesbury Region is one of the earliest colonial settlements in Australia. It is located at the foot of the Blue Mountains, adjacent to the vast wilderness of the Blue Mountains and Wollemi National Parks, where pristine creeks feed into the magnificent Hawkesbury River. Despite Hawkesbury's close proximity to Sydney, Australia's largest city, it is still very much a rural community, with market gardens, orchards and rich pasture covering much of the landscape, from the floodplains to the hills. Known as the 'food basket' for Sydney, the Hawkesbury area grows a vast range of produce including stone fruits, oranges, apples, pecan nuts, berries and various vegetables, many of which are for sale at various stalls dotted around the roads. The population of 70,000 is spread through five rural townships and some smaller villages. Tourism and agriculture are the main sources of income. Although quiet and peaceful, the area is well serviced by retail shops and recreation areas as well as direct road and rail links.

For more information, please see the Hawkesbury City Council website.  

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Parramatta Parramatta Campus

A bustling metropolis with a rich, historic background

Parramatta campus is located on the corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere. It is a ten-minute bus ride from the major commercial and retail centre of Parramatta. The campus is next to Rydalmere train station and can also be accessed by a regular bus service operating from Parramatta train station. The Parramatta campus, opened in 1998, is a heritage site and contains some of the oldest buildings in NSW. It has been beautifully restored into an attractive, friendly learning environment

Student population* 13,734
Specialist facilities

  • Purpose-built state-of-the-art teaching facility
  • Nursing laboratories
  • Moot Court
  • Computing laboratories
  • Historic Female Orphan School building
  • Whitlam Institute
  • Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education
  • State-of-the-art scanning electron microscopes and other complementary research equipment

How to get there (Rydalmere (main site) and Westmead (UWSCollege), 30-45 minutes from Sydney CBD)
Accommodation on campus
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Surrounding community information
Situated just 24 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD, Parramatta is easily accessed by road and rail or a picturesque Rivercat ferry ride along the western arm of Sydney Harbour. As Sydney's second largest central business district, Parramatta City has a massive economic growth rate that is set to continue well into the future. It is a city rich in history, a place of elegant parks and a vibrant multicultural community, a shopper's paradise, and a centre for sport, dining and entertainment. It is also a thriving legal, educational and health care centre, and home to some of Australia's biggest corporations and government agencies. Parramatta has some excellent examples of early colonial architecture including Old Government House, Elizabeth Farm, St John's Cathedral, the Lancer Barracks and the Linden House Museum.  Today, Parramatta is a modern city with a range of cafés
and restaurants with cuisines from around the globe, large shopping centres, cinemas, theatres and nightclubs.

For more information, please see the Parramatta City Council website.  

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Penrith penrith_campus

Lively and modern with lots of character

The 158-hectare Penrith campus occupies two large sites in the adjacent Western Sydney suburbs of Kingswood and Werrington, and is 1-1½ hours from the Sydney CBD by rail or car. The campuses of Kingswood and Werrington are divided by the Great Western Highway. They are linked by a free shuttle bus service that circles the campus continually throughout the day and provides easy access to libraries, computer centres, student services, cafés, bars and sporting venues.

Student population* 8,865
Specialist facilities

  • Institute for Infrastructure Engineering
  • Mechatronics and Robotics Facility
  • Computer Research Centre
  • Industrial Design Centre
  • Three multi-track recording studios
  • $2 million convergent media studio complex, providing recording, post-production, broadcast and narrowcast facilities
  • Computing and photographic labs and studios
  • Golden Stave Music Therapy Centre
  • The Mittiga Centre - purpose-built disability leaning centre
  • Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education
  • The University is also home to the community TV station, TVS

How to get there (Kingswood, Werrington North and Werrington South, 50-60 minutes from Sydney CBD)
Accommodation on campus

Surrounding community informationPenrith is a city on the western fringe of the Sydney metropolitan area approximately 54 kilometres by road, west of central Sydney and located at the foot of the Blue Mountains on the spectacular Nepean River. The population of Penrith is 170,000, making it one of the three largest local government areas in Western Sydney and the sixth largest population of any local government area in New South Wales. Penrith's focus is shifting from agriculture to manufacturing. The city acts as a regional shopping area for the Penrith region and the Blue Mountains. It also hosts a large regional hospital, the Nepean Hospital. The University of Western Sydney, a major facet of the region, attracts students from all over Sydney. Penrith also houses regional government offices, such as the Australian Taxation Office, and is home to the huge Panther's World of Entertainment Club (Penrith Rugby League Club), a multi-faceted entertainment and resort centre offering bars, discos, live entertainment, theatre, gambling, restaurants and sporting facilities.

Cultural centres such as the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, and The Q Theatre provide additional depth to the city's cultural life. The Nepean River is a major attraction for the area, with extensive parklands, bicycle and jogging tracks along its banks, and a range of boating activities. With just a 10-minute train ride from Penrith students can find themselves in the natural beauty of the lower Blue Mountains, offering hiking trails, natural swimming basins, scenic views, and unique flora and fauna.

Penrith is also home to the Sydney International Regatta Centre that hosted the rowing, canoeing and white-water rafting events at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. With the city's continued growth as a regional centre, its emergence to national prominence is assured.

For more information, please see the Penrith City Council website.  

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