Urban(est) Living: Housing in Sydney to the CAPA Center & More

Feb 18, 2019 11:20:00 AM / by Elizabeth Westermeyer

In this week's post, Lizzy tells all about apartment living, activities abroad, and CAPA life in Sydney. She also lists places within the area you can spend your time at, as well as the kind of amenities Urbanest has. Find out what you can do and more when you study abroad in Sydney!

As I write this blog post, I am sitting outside on the lounge chairs in the courtyard of Urbanest, soaking up the Australian sunshine. Like many other students I have seen doing, I am taking advantage of this outdoor study space with working WiFi and the hot, Sydney sunshine. Although, once I go back into my apartment, the Air Con (as the Aussies say) kicks in and I’m, thankfully, cool again. Most places in Sydney are air conditioned, even the CAPA center, or are moderately cooled by using shade and open windows for a breeze.

Inside Urbanest ApartmentInside an Urbanest apartment.

I live in a double room with one other roommate. There’s a full kitchen, bathroom, and a window overlooking the courtyard. This is very similar to my living arrangements back at school where I have lived in doubles and triples with shared bathrooms with the rest of the dorm floor or in an apartment-style with a shared bathroom and kitchen. The rooms are modern and totally suitable for student life, as Urbanest is only student accommodations. The laundry is right downstairs, the grocery store is less than a 10-minute walk, and the Urbanest complex even holds events everyday, a lot of the time, involving food. Every Friday there are BBQs for the building and they organize trips for any of the Urbanest student to go on, like to the Royal National Park or the Bondi Coastal Walk. A lot of the events are food-oriented, like Tim Tam Tuesdays that I can thank for my addiction to the Aussie tradition of the “Tim Tam Slam” where you bite both ends of it and sip hot cocoa through so it melts in your mouth—yum!

Urbanest ActivitiesActivities by Urbanest.

There is a front desk in the Urbanest lobby where you can go if you have concerns or there’s a number you can always call for emergencies that they gave us on the first day. Safety is also something that they assured us of at the Urbanest orientation, as they have gates that lock after certain times for access to the courtyard and lobby, and you always need your keycard to get up the elevator.

Chinatown ArchChinatown entryway: “Within the four seas all men are brothers”.

Ferris Wheel
Darling Harbour ferris wheel.

I have seen other rooms that are suite-style that have eight girls or boys, or mixed, and they share a kitchen and common area, but each still have their own bathroom. In the time I have been here, CAPA students have gathered in the courtyard on weekend nights to join in a game of ping pong or chat around the grill and seating area. The Urbanest in Ultimo is also walking distance to Darling Harbour and Chinatown. There’s plenty of restaurants in both spots and also some live entertainment during the weekend at the Harbour, similar to the street performers of NYC. And there’s fireworks every Saturday night on the water!

CAPA BuildingCAPA Sydney center located on the TAFE campus.

The CAPA center, where all the classes are held, is a five-minute walk from the Urbanest apartments. The building is on the TAFE campus, and the classrooms are just right for the smaller class sizes. Many students have discovered the small coffee shop right across the street, Fork and Grind, where we gather during class breaks or for a quick bite before, and there’s a quiet park also across the street where you can find people sitting on the benches during their lunch breaks.

CAPA classroomA classroom inside CAPA.

A quiet park across the street from CAPA where we sometimes spend our lunch break.

Wherever you go in Sydney, there’s something new to check out and start checking off your bucket list! It’s convenient to have such nice places out the door, too!

Thanks, Lizzy!

Lizzy Westermeyer


Lizzy Westermeyer is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2019, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Management major at Providence College, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

Lizzy's journey continues all semester so stay tuned.

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Topics: Sydney, Australia, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations