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Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University (WSU) is split into 13 schools and is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide (Times Higher Education, World University Rankings 2020–2021) and among the top 50 young universities in the world (THE, Young University Rankings, 2020). 

The schools of nursing and sociology rank in the top 100 in their respective fields (THE, 2021). The faculty are also attentive to the needs of the large student population at Western, with the university’s team of Western Success Advisors who work alongside students to uncover their strengths and how to utilise those in their studies, research, and career prospects. 

Students also have flexible options at Western with a choice of on-campus, online, and work-integrated education to help students learn in the ways that suit them and these ever-changing times we live in.


WSU is split across 11 sites in the Sydney area:

  • Hassall Street
  • Bankstown
  • Campbell Town 
  • Parramatta
  • Parramatta City
  • Hawkesbury
  • Liverpool City
  • Nirimba
  • Penrith
  • Sydney City
  • Sydney Olympic Park

With the exception of the Sydney City campus, these campuses are on the periphery of the city of Sydney itself. Hassall Street is the newest and has had $300 million of investment into its Engineering Innovation Hub and will be a base of the university’s integrated research programmes such as Innovative Cities and Urban Transformation, and the LaunchPad tech startup incubator. 

To learn more about the individual campuses, you can find more information on the university’s website.  

Shuttle buses run regularly between these campuses making for a seamless transition between education facilities.

Startup Business Support

One such way that Western is supporting its students in their entrepreneurial endeavours is via the investment into the aforementioned Hassall Street campus where entrepreneurship will be housed in the new state-of-the-art facility. As well as offering courses in entrepreneurship, collaboration between students, faculty, researchers and industry-leading professionals will be encouraged and made easy through proximity. 

The aforementioned LaunchPad incubator will also operate from Hassall Street which focuses on budding technology-based businesses in Western Sydney. It was established in 2015 and has supplied businesses in the region with like-minded thinkers and strategies on how best to grow their businesses.

Research And Development

The value of research is present across Western Sydney University, permeates through every campus and students are given valuable opportunities to embrace this aspect of academic life throughout their time at WSU. Here are some examples of ongoing research at Western: 

  • Hawkesbury Institute For The Environment - investigation into effects on native trees and forests as a result of climate change. 
  • Institute For Culture And Society - research into the changing social landscapes, conducted at the Parramatta Campus. 
  • Marcs Institute For Brain, Behaviour and Development - Bankstown Campus research into human communication. 

WSU was ranked “well-above world standards” (Excellence in Research for Australia, 2018) and the research office can aid students in proposal-writing, fund acquisition, workshops, and more.

Job Placement

Western is incredibly proud of their five star rating for employability (QS Top Universities: QS Stars Ratings, 2021) and they thank their mindful Careers Services team who offer workshops, career expos and events, career advice, resumé-writing classes, and alumni talks to provide their students with every opportunity to succeed throughout their time at WSU. 

4 out 5 undergraduates and 9 out of 10 postgraduates are employed within four months of graduation which is an impressive rate of employability. Over two thirds of WSU students are combining work with their studies to aid their prospects of industry-relevant employment when they leave university, and targeted programmes, for example,  Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), are good ways to get the upper hand in finding a job.

Student Life

One of the aspects of WSU that appeals to many of its students is the chance to study at a university on the outskirts of the big city where accommodation prices and the general costs of living are lower. It gives students the chance to save money, yet still be a commutable distance from the big industry, nightlife, and culture of Sydney. 

WSU has over 130 student clubs to utilise that are great ways to be social, keep fit, or just take your mind off your studies. There are also plenty of gyms and fitness facilities across its various campuses. 

Sydney is also home to thousands of restaurants and areas of interest including the Sydney Opera House, the Australian National Maritime Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

Why should you choose this university?

Despite it being split across an enormous eleven sites around the outer Sydney area, the university still has a strong focus at each of these campuses towards giving its students a cohesive university experience, and for a fraction of the price of other metropolitan universities. 

Most impressively, the employability rates of its students would make WSU a strong contender as a prospective university and the recent investment into its facilities shows that things are moving in the right direction for this institution. 

If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to a Sydney-based university, then Western still offers a lot of positives, particularly in nursing and sociology.


Ranking BodyYearRanking Number
World University Ranking (QS)2022494
World University Ranking (QS)2021474
World University Ranking (QS)2020468
World University Ranking (QS)2019498
World University Ranking (QS)2018551-600