University Stays – Sleep smarter in Sydney on New Year’s Eve

Rooms in Sydney are selling fast but there are still good options available even for the budget traveller.

Sydney hotels and hostels are never busier than on New Year’s Eve. A quick look at hotel booking websites reveals most city hotel rooms are already booked or cost a small fortune. Hostels have limited beds available on the night of 31 December but often require a fourteen night minimum stay.

An interesting alternative is a stay in a student room at a University College close to the city centre and viewing spots for the fireworks. The colleges are often located in beautiful historic sandstone buildings on the University campus. They come with dining hall, library, common rooms and tranquil gardens for the guest to enjoy.

During the student holidays from mid November to the end of February and during the winter break in June and July most of the University Colleges around Australia have spare bedrooms available as the students move out. These rooms have previously only been available to conference groups.

A new website is now listing college rooms that are available for short stays at a reasonable price and can be booked over the Internet.

Rooms are available from November until the end of February in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The rooms at the University of Sydney are in historic University residential colleges including St John’s College, located just 4km from the city centre.

Room prices start at $60 a night for a single room. The bedrooms in the heritage buildings have leadlight windows and outlooks to cloistered quadrangles, gardens and the University grounds. A stay in a historic college can truly be a Harry Potter experience.

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What’s on
Fireworks Vantage Points
Royal Botanic Gardens
Sydney Opera House
Harbour of Light Parade


About University Stays

University Stays was founded to help colleges make use of their accommodation by letting vacant rooms during the student holidays. The website makes online bookings for college rooms a reality. Revenue raised by the colleges will help with the ongoing costs of maintaining historic buildings and will also help subsidize student accommodation.