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 Sydney. 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 or Uber from the airport will cost about AU$30-$40 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 bus routes 391, 393, and 395 depart from Eddy Avenue to UNSW Kensington campus. The journey takes approx. 20-25 minutes. Many bus services are  "Prepay Only", meaning drivers do not accept cash on board and you will need to have an Opal Card to tap on when boarding. 

Light rail services L2 and L3 to UNSW can be boarded at Chalmers Street near Central Station. Light rail services require an Opal Card.

A taxi/Uber from Central Railway Station takes 15 minutes and costs around $20. 

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. 

**Please note that many bus services throughout Sydney are PREPAY ONLY. An Opal Card 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/Uber

Taxis and Ubers are plentiful throughout the CBD and Eastern Suburbs around the University. 

If you have three or more people travelling, or if there is not a direct bus available, taxis or Ubers are a convenient and economical way of travelling around the Eastern Suburbs. If you catch a taxi/Uber 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 cars 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 a wide range of food. There is also an IGA Supermarket on lower campus which stocks basic groceries and essentials. 

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$8-$10. Dinner can cost anything from AU$15-$50+ per person depending on the choice of restaurant.