A Visitors Guide to the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW

This page contains information for anyone who plans to visit the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW Australia. Whether you are coming on sabbatical, attending a conference, wanting to have a chat about postgraduate study or just dropping in, we hope that you will find what you need here.

Location

The School of Mathematics and Statistics is located on the main Kensington campus of the University, about 8km south-east of the centre of Sydney. 

We are in the Red Centre building (Centre Wing), map reference H13 on the UNSW Kensington campus map.

A range of other campus maps are accessible via the University's Campus Maps page.

The campus is bounded by Anzac Parade, High Street, Botany Street and Barker Street. Within the campus, the School of Mathematics and Statistics is spread over six levels of the centre and eastern wings of the Red Centre Building. The School Office/Reception and main administrative offices are located on the third floor.

Transport to UNSW Kensington Campus

From the airport

Kingsford-Smith Airport at Mascot is Sydney's international and domestic gateway. It is served by major international carriers and all main domestic carriers. The airport is located about 10km from campus. A taxi from the airport will cost about AU$25 - $30 and should take 15-20 minutes. There is also a direct bus service (Route 400 to Bondi Junction), which runs every 10-20 minutes on weekdays (less frequently on weekends and evenings). The bus trip takes about 30 minutes. 

From Central Station

From Central Railway Station, the 891 Express bus and routes 391, 393, and 395 depart from Eddy Avenue to the UNSW Kensington campus. The journey takes 10-15 minutes on the Express and 20-25 minutes on the 391, 393 and 395. The M50 departs Central Station on Elizabeth Street to the UNSW Kensington campus. 891 express buses are "Prepay Only", meaning drivers do not accept cash on board. Tickets and travel passes are available from various outlets. 

Between 7am and 7pm buses operate at approximately five-minute intervals. After 7pm buses operate every 20-30 minutes. A taxi from Central Railway Station takes 15 minutes and costs around $15. 

From Circular Quay and the CBD

Bus routes 392, 394, 396, 397 and 399 all travel from Circular Quay, up Elizabeth and Oxford Streets then along Anzac Pde, stopping in front of the University's main gate. There is also an infrequent 890 service in the morning, starting at Circular Quay and servicing all stops to the University (High Street). There is no evening equivalent express service.

The M10 service leaves from Leichhardt and goes via Railway Square, Town Hall and Oxford Street to UNSW. The M50 runs from Drummoyne and travels along Elizabeth Street in the city to Central Station and Cleveland Street Surry Hills before arriving at UNSW.  

**Please note that bus stops throughout Sydney's CBD are PREPAY ONLY between the hours of 7am-7pm on weekdays. Tickets must be purchased prior to boarding the bus.

From Bondi Junction 

Bus route number 400, travelling between Bondi Junction and the Airport (and beyond), passes along High Street then Anzac Parade and stops at the main gate. The journey takes around 25 minutes. Between 7am and 7pm these buses operate every 10-20 minutes.

More information about bus services to UNSW is available via the UNSW Kensington Sydney Buses Transport Guide and the UNSW Transport Page.

Driving

Parking is restricted on campus and subject to charges. We can usually arrange complimentary parking for visitors who are attending conferences and seminars if we are given a few days' warning - contact your host/organiser. Longer-term visitors usually pay for a parking permit. The most appropriate entrance for visitors to the School of Mathematics and Statistics is Gate 14 (see map) on Barker Street. 

Taxis

Taxis are plentiful throughout the CBD and Eastern Suburbs around the University. Taxis may either be booked online, by telephone or hailed on the street. (Premier Cabs online and phone booking systems accept University addresses whereas some other firms have trouble with an address on campus). If you have three or more people travelling, or if there is not a direct bus available, taxis are a convenient and economical way of travelling around the Eastern Suburbs. If you catch a taxi to the University, ask the driver to drop you either at the main gate on Anzac Pde or Gate 14 (see map) on Barker Street. It's also possible for taxis to drive up to the east wing of the Red Centre building - look for the Engineering Walk on the campus map.

Accommodation

As with most large cities, accommodation in Sydney can be expensive. Accommodation prices also fluctuate throughout the year. The options available can vary with the time of year and how far in advance you book, so we recommend that you contact your host for advice. On-campus accommodation is usually in short supply. 

Short Term visits

For visits of a few days to a few weeks, a local hotel, motel or guesthouse is usually the best option. For a slightly longer stay, renting a holiday apartment near the beach is often more comfortable. UNSW has negotiated preferential rates with a number of local 4 and 5 star hotels. Your host or school administrative staff should be able to assist in finding quotes.

Middle Term visits

Finding accommodation for a stay of several months can be difficult. The best option, if it can be arranged, is to stay in the home of a local staff member who is away. Another possibility is to share an apartment, if you can find a suitable roommate. Visit the Accommodation Office to see lists of places to rent and share. 

Long Term visits and New Arrivals

People coming for six months or longer have the option to rent a house or an apartment. Finding furnished apartments is difficult, so it is wise to start looking early, particularly if you are planning to arrive near the start of semester (March or July) when you would have to compete with students. We recommend that you book into temporary accommodation when you first arrive, and then investigate longer term housing options. To get an idea of local prices and options, visit the Accommodation Office.

Dining

On campus there are a number of food outlets serving mostly pre-prepared food to go and aimed mostly at students.

Restaurants abound in the surrounding suburbs of Randwick, Kingsford, and Kensington, and range from fast food to fine dining establishments. Inexpensive choices include Thai, Indonesian, Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Modern Australian cuisine (often a fusion of many of the above with an emphasis on fresh, quality, local produce). Typically, restaurants are BYO - Bring Your Own - which means that you can take you own wine or beer. Many restaurants in Kingsford have lunch specials for AU$6 - $8. Dinner can cost anything from AU$10 - $50+ per person depending on the choice of restaurant.