University of New South Wales

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The University of New South Wales is one of Australia's most prestigious universities. There's high demand for places and UNSW sets some of the toughest course entry requirements in the country. It's located in the Sydney suburb of Kensington, not far from the CBD. You are invited to rate UNSW (as a place to study) and post a student review if you've ever attended the university.

UNSW Rating

User Rating 3.03 (36 votes)

Student Reviews

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  1. A
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    The downside of studying at UNSW

    I did a science degree at UNSW and graduated with Honours approximately 3 years ago. In my opinion, most of professors, tutors and demonstrators are amazing – I learned a lot from them, except for some. Most of the students that studied at UNSW are also high achievers.

    I truly believe that UNSW would be an excellent University if they hired the right staffs, particularly all the admins. This includes FINANCIAL admins, admins involved with student enrolments and faculty admins (ALL faculties). I really hope that UNSW will find a time to review their staffs, especially ones that are involved in administration.

    Another negative input from me is the unbelievably expensive books (had to pay $10 for 15 blank page book with just a “laboratory manual” title on the cover page)/ tuition fees/ foods/ parking/ any price that the university charged to us students. We are only students – we have no money. Also, by the time we graduate we are still liable for HECS, and this is only if we got a job. There are lots of graduates I knew from my year who had no luck in finding jobs (maybe thousands of new graduates in reality). Please give us mercy!

    Last but not least, also a negative feedback from me is that I believe the university has not used the income they have received from students wisely. Instead of using their income for research (eg. Buy or replace broken lab equipments), the University bought themselves new Tesla. You won’t believe how many Teslas UNSW has until you see it for yourself at the car park.

    UNSW is a good University to study and I am sure you will enjoy studying here as long as you do not create problems with the staffs or work in the lab (sometimes the idea about Tesla being prioritised over research can be irritating – I thought I spent big money for my tuition fee, their service, to make me smarter?).

    Nevertheless, after studying medicine course at the University of Melbourne, I will definitely prefer and would strongly recommend the University of Melbourne over UNSW as I think they are very organised (if you have interest in moving to Melbourne). The difference is like heaven and earth!

    I really hope that those 3 main issues with UNSW mentioned above can be fixed.

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  2. S
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    Hi peeps,

    I am thinking of joining this Uni for my Master of eduction (special ed). Has anyone taken this up?
    I am seeing a lot of bad reviews for other Universities (Sydney, ACU, Griffith) and this has just the one.
    Please help me decide.

  3. V
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    I’m currently studying B. Environmental management, which is a natural science course. I’m majoring in Earth science (basically geology).

    This review is only really going to apply to the department of BEES (esp. my major) and general campus life.

    Even thought UTS has a reputation for being “hands-on”, I find my courses pretty hands on. We keep getting field trips and fieldwork chucked at us. It’s pretty sweet. You’re basically forced to make friends because of it.

    A lot of emphasis is put on learning the basics of computer programs that we’ll probably use when we enter the science industry.

    In natural science, group work is also generally less painful. Everyone wants to be there, so they have to pitch in. (No one is there for the prestige, or the money.) The peeps in my cohort at are quite friendly. But then again my cohort is quite small so if someone’s an ass, everyone would know…

    ARC is cool; the clubs and societies are also cool. I can see how they’d be quite fun, but it’s…not like I go to club meetings and events.

    All the lecturers & professors are very approachable. Most of them seem to know what they’re doing and have pretty good senses of humour. At least science lecturers don’t seem to teach out of a textbook. Volunteering with lecturers is always encouraged.

    The campus is lovely, if you ignore the Basser steps. Seriously, if you don’t like climbing stairs, UNSW may not be the uni for you (maybe check it out before you enrol).

    Food on campus is on average pretty sucky. The Quad foodcourt, the 2 uni bars & Subway have some decent stuff, but nothing is really cheap.

    University transport varies. The bus ride can be annoying. The various buses from Central/Green Square are 15-30 min. Don’t go to UNSW if you hate buses. Personally I read or play my 3ds on the bus.

    Overall, if I had to choose, I’d say I like this uni. The atmosphere is nice. I don’t really feel alone even when I am. Classes are cool. Content is ace. Though I guess it would depend on what you’re studying.

    Well, I guess I’d recommend UNSW to anyone interested in Bio/Geo/Enviro science 🙂

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