I moved to Sydney to attend The University of Sydney‘s Master of Criminology, so allow me to get a bit cheesy with my love for this incredible place, a sort of Hogwarts down under.Â
With its main buildings in Camperdown/Darlington, The University of Sydney is within walking distance from Sydney’s key transport artery Central Station, from trendy office land Surry Hills and from the hip neighbourhood of Newtown. The Central Business District (CBD) is only about 30 minutes away on a bus.
The 11th Law School in the world according to the latest World University Rankings, the University of Sydney sports connections toÂ various businesses as well as some of the best teaching staff Australia and the world have to offer. In just under six months of my postgraduate degree, I have been lucky enough to learn from world-famous experts in anti-terrorism, mental health law and domestic violence, hearing about their hands-on experience in crucial cases determining policy in the past few years.
Unlike what I have experienced in London, The University of Sydney has a lively campus life, made of various events, different sport centres and activities including a huge olympic pool and an Australia-famous Quidditch team, and various spaces to make revision more pleasant. After all, it made number 2 in BuzzFeed’s list of unis that look like Hogwarts, just after Oxford. This is what studying in the park looks like here.
Thanks to itsÂ well-respected school of arts, The University of Sydney runs theatre productions and comedy nights, the successful student paper Honi Soit, a graffiti tunnel and various gigs. The University of Sydney students are also passionate campaigners for the rights of refugees, marriage equality and climate change, issues discussed during this semester’s Glitter Gala, a heart-warming party made of inspiring speeches and all-night dancing organised for the LGBTQ community of the uni in the beautiful USYD refectory (below).
Inspired by British architecture, The University of Sydney looks like an Australian Hogwarts, with a blend of beautiful 19th Century buildings and more modern areas, like the Law Faculty I have come to know so well, one of Sydney’s most prized architectural achievements.
As if all this wasn’t enough, USyd has now beaten Oxford and CambridgeÂ in the list of universities with the most employable graduates. Go on, ask me why I wanted to study here.
Pictures: Carolina Are