Life in Sydney


AFTRS has been rated as one of the best film schools in the world by The Hollywood Reporter and Sydney, where AFTRS is located, is also ranked as one of the best cities in the world to live, work and study in ...

The iconic Bondi Beach is just 2kms to the east of AFTRS and the Sydney CBD a mere 2kms in the other direction where you’ll find Chinatown, Darling Harbour, the Rocks and Circular Quay.

The inner city suburbs of Darlinghurst, Redfern, Paddington and Surry Hills are in close proximity of the AFTRS campus and the inner west suburbs of Newtown and Marrickville just beyond.

The sprawling Centennial Parklands surround the Entertainment Quarter and the EQ itself is home to food markets and cinemas.

A world class city, Sydney is home to a multitude of festivals and events throughout the year.
Each year AFTRS publishes a cultural guide for new students with some suggestions  and tips to explore:

AFTRS Cultural Guide

Image attribution. Bondi Icebergs photo by Carolina Totterman; Still from 2013 AFTRS student film Sonder by Simon Taylor.

Last updated January 12, 2016


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.