In and Around My Home in Sydney this Semester

Sep 19, 2019 10:12:24 AM / by Minh Ta

In a city bursting at the seams with fun activities and awe-inspiring views, Minh is sharing how he's settling in his home for the semester in Sydney. Take a look at where he will be staying for the next 12 weeks and the amenities in the area!

Welcome to another chapter of my adventure in Sydney. Today I am going to show you the 4-star rated apartment which will be my home for the next 12 weeks. Here is some rough information about the apartment.

Your room in SydneyMy room at BreakFree.

Name: BreakFree on George*
Address: 653 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Neighborhood: Chinatown / Thai town
Nearest Train Station: Central Station, 5-minute walk
Nearest Bus Stops: Plenty, all are around a 5-10 minute walk
Appliances: Microwave, stove, fridge, dishwasher, toaster, utensils, and 2-in-1 washer dryer.
Additional Notes:
A 10-minute walk from CAPA Sydney
Surrounded by markets, malls, and dining spots.
Next to the University of Technology Sydney campus.
Easy travel to parks, harbors, the Opera House—you name it.

* While I’m told the specific locations of the apartments may change from term to term depending on availability, they should all meet the same high CAPA quality standards as my current housing.

Life in an Apartment

The view from apartment balconyThe view from my apartment balcony.

My apartment in BreakFree has two bedrooms with two beds in each. One room is smaller than the other one. The kitchen is a minibar with a fridge, toaster, microwave, and dishwasher. There is a TV in the apartment with a cable connection to Australian TV programs. The apartment features two balconies that have a glamorous view of Sydney. The apartment itself is not very roomy for four people to live in, but we managed to figure it out with some strains. For us, the small-sized apartment is not a big deal at all since it is in the middle of a yet-to-discover Sydney.

Services within BreakFree

Since it is a hotel, BreakFree has laundry and parking services for anyone to use. The apartment has a built-in washer without additional fee so doing laundry is not a problem for us. Renting a car in Sydney is not a very good idea since a normal commute serves you perfectly fine. But if you still want to rent one, BreakFree will have vouchers for your parking.

The Ultimo Area

Sydney Town Hall Clock TowerSydney Town Hall Clock Tower.

There are numerous perks that add up to your experience as a result of living in the middle of Sydney. During my first week here, I figured that all of the essential places are within walking distance, so do not expect 30-minute train rides for grocery shopping. For instance, shopping for groceries is easier than ever when Coles (a popular Australian grocery market) is only a four-minute walk. Another example, I was able to get my Australian SIM card ready within a five-minute walk.

An afternoon latte in a food alley near BreakFreeAn afternoon latte in a food alley near BreakFree.

If you are a shopaholic, BreakFree provides you the perfect opportunity. You can head out and enjoy the sun while taking a 15-minute bus ride to Sydney Tower Westfields to shop. The area is filled with popular stores, so make sure to check it out if you have the chance.

Chinatown (and More)

A very significant part of my experience is the rich and colorful Chinatown in Sydney. I was lucky that my first week in this city landed in the middle of August of the Moon calendar. The Asian community in Sydney is ginormous, and so is their Moon Festival. In China and some nearby countries including Vietnam, Moon Festival is a great family gathering opportunity. Apart from warm and cozy family dinners, traditionally people will get very festive and there will be lion dances, loud drums, and lanterns everywhere. I had the chance to visit the night market right across the street and a full-day Moon Festival over in Cabramatta (an hour away by train). It was the biggest Moon Festival I’ve ever been to. I have a picture below just to show you how festive it was.

Cambramatta Moon FestivalCabramatta Moon Festival.

There is a lot of culturally-diversified areas around Sydney that I have not had the chance to visit. I will keep you guys updated on that later on. Spoiler alert: I also wandered off to the Italian Forum at Leichhardt and it was beautiful.

Italian Forum at LeichhardtItalian Forum at Leichhardt.

That was a lot for this post. Have a question or comment? Feel free to shoot me an email and I will reply as soon as I can. Have a great week and I will see you next week for another exciting update of my life in Sydney.

Thanks, Minh!

Minh Ta


Minh Ta is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2019, sharing his story in frequent posts on CAPA World. A Computer Science and Applied Math major at Augustana College, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

Minh's journey continues all semester so stay tuned.

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