Macquarie University

Macquarie University, Lane Cove Road.

Macquarie is a large Sydney university. The main campus is about 16 km from the Sydney CBD. Macquarie has a strong research profile and attracts large numbers of international students. You are welcome to post a student review if you are attending or have attended Macquarie University.

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User Rating 2.68 (68 votes)
Comments Rating 2.06 (17 reviews)

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  1. cassie franco
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    Hoi Fan Tsui is so bad in everything.
    So annoying and disrespectful

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  2. Bugs.B
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    Good teachers, Good campus, Good university, nice and good.

    This is truly a very good university; I loved my time here. This university has high-quality teachers. So many amazing facilities like the restaurants, swimming pools, statues, restaurants, gyms, bakeries, etc. Macquarie University is just good. I loved my time at Macquarie university, I loved it so much, wow, that is a nice university. Very good. Exceptional university. Nice. I’m studying the bachelor of gender studies at Macquarie University. Very progressive and inclusive campus. The place has lots of nice people and facilities, the statues are great, so many nice and friendly folk around. Unfortunately, there was a lock down, so we were not able to enjoy the facilities. Shh be very, very quiet haha, I’m hunting wabbits hahahahahahahaha. I like how the university forces communism on their customers by forcing all students to pay for the facilities and the student services and amenities, even if they never used any of it. Eh whats up doc. You got a tight little man pssy on ya don’t ya, (inhales through nostrils) it stinks, nice and good. I hope that one day, 100% of university students will be women, now that would be equality. Oh, you’re hurting me. This little rabbit’s hopping down the old bunny trail. Please let me go mister bunny. Looking like a double wide surprise. Anyway, I loved every second of my time at Macquarie University, but I digress. All girls are smarter than all boys. Bugs, that’s enough. Look at you son, look at what you’ve become. I’m what you made me to be father. I’m so happy your mother isn’t here to see this. So yeah, um, great campus and stuff or whatever. I want to change but the temptations, they overcome this little bunny. Be the bigger bunny bugs, let this poor man go. He keeps krill-ing us father, he keeps talking and talking, so many lives lost. Be the bigger bunny. I’m sorry, I’m so sorry for what I’ve done. I did it Martha, I finally got through to him, you can finally rest in peace. Amazing university, I loved every moment there, so many nice people and stuff and yeah. Really good and nice and yeah lots of stuff like that and all.

  3. Bobby Smith
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    Amazing teachers, I loved my time at Macquarie

    Such amazing teachers that teach so well, it is truly amazing, I must say, phenomenal teachers indeed, the other guy was not lying when he said the teachers were nice, let me tell you, that is indeed true, in my honest opinion, I mean really, these are some nice teachers, let me say, they are really nice teachers. I loved every single moment at my time spent at Macquarie university. In lockdown, I shed tears of joy every time I think back to those glorious years I spent there. The beautiful buildings, the amazing swimming pools, restaurants, or-geez, even the statues, I could go on forever. Such beautiful statues and buildings and people don’t forget about the people like Jimmy and Saddam, all good people. The teachers are amazing, and the students are nice, I guess. I loved every moment of my time at Macquarie University. The restaurants have very heavily glazed donuts, and they aren’t looking for long-term, so it is easy to try the cuisine from all around the world in just one campus, lots of diversity, but I digress. Lots of culture, great teachers, lovely students, nice campus, great teachers, and nice kids. I loved every moment of my time in Macquarie University, lovely statues, and houses and stuff like that or whatever I need to say to avoid the censors. Every night, I dream wonterful dreams about returning to zat beautiful campus one day, and every morning, I wake up with some free PVC glue, but I digress. The dean has a big black guard dog. I called him fat and so he unleashed it and it oonst ya through my lederhosen and bit off my German meat product after I mocked it with des yodelling, but I digress. I never received special consideration for GEND1000 either and I had to repeat it and the monkey never come back to the village again, but I digress. Macquarie is just amazing, what more can I say, no really, what more can I say. Wonderful, glazed donuts and fresh buns from the bakery on campus, nice and good. Great teachers, amazing, wow, but again, I digress. It itches but I can handle it, I recommend all the great students come to this campus. Do you like Pokémon? What more can I say, amazing teachers, lovely teachers, and staff, really it is good? I promise. You can trust me. I love my Macquarie university, so many wonderful people, what a swell old time I had but I need to skedaddle or I’m going to me late, bye.

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  4. Lisa Goodall
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    worthless university - ideally no stars

    Terrible – do not study Education at this university. Useless, irrelevant and boring. Bureaucratic and below average lecturers. Dreadfully outdated IT systems – why not run a project an get some IT students to create an efficient, effective means of enrolling/ choosing classes. everything about this university is below-average & disappointing except for the location which is pretty convenient & the only reason anyway ends up here. Try Syd Uni or UNSW – much better reputations

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  5. Dr Smith
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    Amazing University, great teachers

    Great university, full of cultural diversity and kind teachers. There are some excellent facilities to enjoy and lots of friendly people. They have a nice big swimming pool and lots of food places on campus. The place is peppered with beautiful statues and it has a nice river running in it with a friendly homeless guy who lives under the bridge. Just make sure you bring him a treat if you are going to wake him up to say hi. I loved my time working there but I did make some interesting discoveries which I would like to share. An interesting thing about Macquarie is the secret areas that you can find around the place. There are several secret passage doors hidden under the grass in certain areas of the campus which you can use for studying or sleeping overnight. The thin tunnels also lead to a few furnished rooms which you can hang out in with your friends but make sure you take a flashlight with extra batteries as there is not any power. I went spelunking deeper into the place and I found another tunnel in one of the rooms that was about as wide as a basketball. I went in and there was a long skeleton (about 4 meters long) in that room and it looked kind of like a human, but it was not. It had a hunch that curled around itself and the skull was quite long with a point at the top, but I digress. Macquarie is just an excellent campus in every way, it has so many wonderful facilities and people. It is amazing but if there is one thing that bothers me, it is the bald guy in the bright yellow jump suit who is always following me around on campus and dancing around all over the place in a sporadic manner. He is not too much of a nuisance, but I just think it is just a bit unnecessary, that is all. If he could just dance a bit slower and with some rhythm, I really would not mind him, but I digress. Macquarie is a great campus full of cultural adversity and kind teachers. There are some excellent facilities to enjoy and lots of friendly people.

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  6. Simone
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    A hands off approach to teaching.

    Macquarie University has greatly expanded over the past ten years. The campus is very eye friendly, fresh and new. Unfortunately the kindness and compassionate nature of Macquarie and its teaching staff has faded over this time.

    Good points
    – Lecturers were generally of a good standard.
    – Assessment is fair.
    – Facilities are nice.

    Bad points –
    – Help desk services were online and make you feel just like a number. The wait time for these services was excessive (days to weeks).
    – Tutors were casuals and had little knowledge of subject matter.
    – Large number of students.
    – Teaching staff have an impersonal approach, preferring email or forum discussion to in-person student consultation.
    (No-one really cares).

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  7. Heather
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    Beautiful campus devoid of culture or real education

    I am a Macquarie University alumna who studied there from 2016 to 2020. Teaching experience really depends on the faculty, with the Arts faculty being full of excellent, passionate staff (I did Arts and Commerce, and Arts was much, much better).

    My problem is with the complete corporatisation of the university. I did a lot of unpaid labour for the university under the guise of volunteer opportunities. Additionally student groups (I was involved in the exec) get as little as $500 per year to run events, which are extremely hard to organise due to the bureaucracy of the system. To run a student event we would have to submit a lengthy form with a risk assessment and it took so much time. On top of this numerous technical difficulties meant that we weren’t even allowed to run events on campus, because the system was so hard to navigate.

    If you want a university with good leadership, and good student culture, do NOT choose Macquarie University. Macquarie is increasingly a neoliberal degree supermarket where students are ushered in only to be pushed out again once your degree is over. A few months after I finished my degree my student card was locked off and I was no longer able to access the library, which was once open to the public. It really bothered me that even though I had spent more than $40,000 on a degree there I could no longer use facilities anymore.

    I will say that the campus is very new and beautiful, so that is a plus side. Given how far it is from the city it can be quite isolating to go there. Sometimes I wish I had gone somewhere else with more culture.

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  8. Alisa
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    AVOID MACQUARIE PLEASEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!1

    Dont go to Macquarie Uni, I’ve been studying here for 2 years, half of the teachers can’t even speak English properly. Very low-quality online education. They can’t even make a PowerPoint for lectures and just record what they wrote on the paper with the voice. The Chinese teacher for class STAT1250 didn’t prepare a presentation for her lectures and kept scrolling through the PDF. So unprofessional. Terrible for international students who pay ~30k aud per year for this education! Sucks

  9. Ali
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    Don't go to Macquarie university

    The location, buildings and parks are beautiful. However, the administration, teaching, marking and education (except some) are terrible. I started studying there in 2011 and completed in 2019. If the time goes back I will never go to Mq university. It’s a long story with many scandals from this university! I will publish all about my experience in the future soon.
    Do not go to this university!

    • Tony
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      I am just about to enrol in Science

      Gee Im so sorry to hear about your experience….just wondering if others shared similar experiences?

  10. tam
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    Loved every second

    Studying psychology at Macquarie has been an amazing experience. The teaching staff are knowledgeable, warm, invested in your learning and flexible when they can be. Learning feels like a collaboration more than anything else. I can compare my experience against studying at another “prestigious” university in Sydney which was absolutely miserable. I would choose Macquarie again and again for the positive learning environment and the opportunities that have been made available.

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  11. Butch Blinko
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    Accepting the truth

    I think this page should be advertised to undergrads. Now that I am reading it, every negative comment is completely justified and true and I am fighting to get into a better uni. This uni should be completely boycotted or things will never change. There are more desperate international students than anyone can imagine and MQ uni knows this.

  12. Jackson
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    Warning from the Lightbringer

    Don’t go to MQ uni if you can avoid it.
    MQ uni loves to advertise their well being and support services but they will always put profits before the well being of their students. You would be more likely to talk to a passive aggressive staff member if you call well being than you are likely to receive special consideration for having COVID-19. I suggest boycotting MQ but this is almost impossible as their main customers are international students who desperately want an education. If you are left with no other options and the certification is not important to you, I would suggest reading textbooks and getting private tutors as this will be much cheaper and you won’t need to deal with the University BS, you will just be able to study and expand your mind.

    However, MQ uni is probably ideal for affluent-born individuals who are seeking to study easy subjects like gender studies or psychology, those individuals who go to uni to party and engage in other debaucheries.

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  13. aaniya
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    HELP ?

    Is there any good university in australia?
    I was searching through colleges for my post grad and then i stumbled here. every university with a good global ranking is here with very poor reviews some even stating not to come here.
    I want to pursue a animal behaviour and australia seemed to be a good option BUT NOW i don’t know ?

    • admin
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      University is what you make of it. It’s preparation for the real world. This site tends to attract weak people who can’t handle independent study and negative feedback.

      • aaniya
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        HELP ?

        so are there any sites with true reviews? where i can find what is actually going on there?

        • admin
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          This is the only place where you can find truth about Australian universities. Just understand that people tend to come here to vent. And they exaggerate the issues, though people would listen more if they were more balanced and measured in explaining their experiences.

          • Desi
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            If only what you say is true, I'll be happy...

            Less than an hour ago, I needed to contact the IT and Student Services desk, by phone. I had recently enrolled for just one subject to get a first hand experience (rather than go by reviews). My first impression of them was nothing short of ATROCIOUS. One help person spoke ungrammatically and in a heavy accent; the other spoke to me with far too much background noise. Not a good start, and I feel the bad quality will persist throughout my course.

            You are most clearly on an agenda that is quite outside delivering a sound education.

            Universities are just not delivering the high quality education that they once did DUE TO SYSTEMIC FLAWS.

            See the review by ‘Prof Palmer’ below. Here’s an excerpt:
            “Sadly like too many Australian universities the standard of teaching has dramatically dropped because of budget restraints. Once upon a time the lecturers were full time and [thoroughly] knew their subjects, now lecturers blow in and out of the place with very little dedication. Students are taught one thing and marked completely differently by another who is either incompetent,…[etc] ”

            Bottom line; in summary: avoid at all costs — or it will cost you dearly, not just in money, but in years of your life that you will never get back.

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  14. Prof Palmer
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    Education by budget.

    Sadly like too many Australian universities the standard of teaching has dramatically dropped because of budget restraints. Once upon a time the lecturers were full time and throughly knew their subjects, now lecturers blow in and out of the place with very little dedication. Students are taught one thing and marked completely differently by another who is either incompetent, has a different view to how something should be done or both. In short lecturers and markers are hardly ever on the same page making results a lottery. In saying that once only a small percentage of students went onto universities because of strict entry standards where good high school results were essential to gain entry. The system accepts just about anyone these days because universities are out to get their piece of the pie. Universities are all about recruiting and giving out degrees to anyone they can put into debt with hex fees. Employers now consider many degrees not worth worth the paper they are written on. Where once employers were waiting at the front gate ready to offer job opportunities to the brightest people who went through a well respected university system. Now the system is make believe giving little grounding for what lays ahead for students.

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  15. George Washington
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    The done fudged up a-a-ron

    Their site is freaking ridiculous, you can’t navigate for shite on there and my units weren’t even accessible. They seriously need to fix it up and make it more simpler(this is coming from someone who designs websites for a living)

  16. Millar
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    its a joke

    Really bad university I would really recommend Newcastle Uni instead. May look like a good idea but probably worst decision in my life, wish I listened to my friend

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  17. johannes
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    Education Dept is delusional. Model students look malnourished

    an education tutor’s idea of taking you through a 50% assessment task is to make a selfie video reading the words on the task outline and then saying good luck.
    innovative teaching strategies right here guys.

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  18. Karina
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    Macquarie, Psychology

    I’m studying psychology here (4th year) and I’ve had an overall great experience. The teaching quality for psychology is great. (Some tutors can be pretty average in earlier years though). Most assignments have been fair and the content you learn is challenging but reasonable.

    Almost all lectures are recorded online, so you can study online a lot. Attendance is often not compulsory in my degree.

    IT Help and Student help is pretty good, helpful responses. But sometimes IT help is slow.

    Students and teachers have been really friendly and down-to-earth.

    Currently student facilities are average, there is a small overpriced food court, and no little campus shop. The library is always packed out.

    I was disappointed when they tore lots of buildings down but in a few years time the campus should look great.

    Closure of the train station will be quite disruptive to students, long travel time to campus.

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  19. Melissa
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    4 years and loving it!

    I chose MQ because of it’s flexibility with study arrangements, it’s variety of subject choices and the appearance of the campus itself.
    I’m now in my final year of study and am deliberating taking up a second degree once I’ve finished this one.
    The only reason I’m considering another uni is the travel time, otherwise I absolutely love it!
    I’ve had my share of teachers and tutors who aren’t the easiest to deal with, but for the most part I’ve been genuinely surprised by the quality of the staff and how nice and approachable everyone is and how much they want to help.

  20. Danny
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    While it is a prestigious university with a beautiful campus, do not bother coming here. It is clear that the university wants the students to fail in order to make more money. This is extremely clear from the university’s decision in putting a hard topic in week 7 that other universities would have taught in week 1, such as UNSW. Not only that, they make a stupid decision in putting the study time before the final exam in the mid-semester exam in order to be “different” from other universities. Well, that is an attempt in order to make students fail. Bottom line, fight for UWS or UNSW.

    • Alex
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      Disorganised units lacking proper syllabuses, poor teaching, brutal special consideration and assessment policies

      Totally agree. Ever since first year, I have wondered why there is no break between the end of the teaching period in the semester and the exam period. There are advantages of the two-week midsemester break, but academics seem to take advantage of them by setting large assignments around this time. This should be a time for consolidating the material taught in the first half of the semester and perhaps taking a little bit of a break, not struggling to finish assignments on time. There have been some excellent lecturers with a passion for teaching that have inspired me to learn and think creatively, but overall the teaching standards have declined over the last 4.5 years I’ve been here. Exams with content not covered during lectures, disorganised units with no proper syllabus and the amount and difficulty of material increasing towards the end of the semester, labs that are impossible to finish in 3 hrs, the list goes on. I’ve developed an anxiety disorder due to all of this, and every test or exam is now agony for me. Every semester I’ve had to apply for a disruption to studies for at least one exam due to panic attacks and inability to concentrate. To top it all off, the train station is closing soon. Great.
      Not good.

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    • Sunny
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      Poor in every aspect apart from campus structure

      Damnn, can’t agree more, seriously, agree with each n every line. Harsh truth. I am also getting the anxiety symptoms because of intense pressure. Not good at all, if u want to study and work, not feasible at all.

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      • Nathan
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        Grow a pair

        Grow a pair buddy

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        • flex
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          @nathan
          seems you have a collection of balls , can you share some… 🙂

  21. John
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    A uni with ranking by filtering students not by educating

    Extremely disappointing. Find it funny how they pass out lecturer evaluations at the end of lectures prior to exams and ask about quality of teaching for exams. Tends to fail students easily and exams are not aligned to lectures. When students do not do well, the first email sent to students are requesting students to drop out. This is an extreme contrast to University of Queensland my prior uni. UQ work with students on weaknesses by offering tutoring and consultations. MQ failed miserably on this aspect, providing bare minimal education and keep failing students to maintain ranking. No intention of educating students.

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  22. Eden
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    I chose to study at Macq for it had a somewhat prestigious law and business school. It takes me four hours by train in total to get there and back home. The lecturers for my law degree are very good, however, my commerce tutors/lecturers speak broken english and it is very hard to get help when needed. Communication and care for students seem to lack because my teachers tell me to see them in person instead of replying to my emails which is difficult when im two hours away from campus.

  23. Mitchell
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    I am studying a Bachelor of Media.

    Macquarie University is a great University. I don’t know why the other comments are negative – those people must be trolls.

    Beautiful green campus, it has it’s own train station so transport is great, close to Macquarie Shopping centre, the library is really cool, and the facilities are amazing – especially the media facilities.

  24. Chris
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    Depending on the unit studied, academic staff can be extremely unorganised and the course will be unstructured. Staff really don’t care about their students.

  25. Ian
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    Horrible buildings that don’t isolate noise from one lecture room to another. Expect to hear drilling and other work going on during your lectures – nobody at MQ gives a damn. The same will happen during your exams and if you complain you will get “bahh” as a response from your course director. Those in their ivory towers love making rules and more rules yet they fail to see students as customer who are paying for a service. The sooner they realise this, the better they will do.

  26. David
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    @external student Yes, that is sadly true. Unfortunately for myself the communication troubles and lack lustre administration support have continued, which has prompted me to consider changing institutions.

  27. Dave
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    As an external student I received surprisingly poor communication given MQ’s reputation. I was also met with extreme inflexibility which saw me, as a student with a part time work / part time study load, disappointed and disadvantaged. I would reconsider joining this institution as an external student with a part-time job.

    • external student
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      @Dave I could not agree more. The support for external students is virtually no existent. I have studied a other unis externally and Macquarie is by far the worst. If I had my time again I would give Macquarie a miss.

  28. cody
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    hell yeah great campus

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