Western Sydney University

As a lot of the universities in Sydney are located close to the city and north-eastern suburbs, students who lived in the western suburbs found it very difficult to make the trips over. Therefore, Western Sydney University was established in 1989 and has grown in size, academics and popularity. The university has several campuses across Penrith, Parramatta, Hawkesbury, Campbelltown and Blacktown.

Public Transport

Buses and trains are the more common forms of transport, however there are also students who prefer to cycle to university.


The closest train station to the Parramatta campus is Rydalmere station, which is a 5 minute walk from the campus. Students can also take the train to Parramatta station, whereby they can transfer to buses for the remainder of the commute.


Buses from Parramatta station will go up through Victoria Rd and stop right outside the university, as will buses travelling direct from the CBD. Recently the university has opened up its Parramatta City campus, which is located just a street away from the station, making it that much easier for students to access. There are also buses that travel to the other 4 campuses, within walking distance of the lecture hall and tutorials.


There is a bicycle and pedestrian pathway along Parramatta River that stretches past Meadowbank. The popular cycling trail allows students living in Rydalmere, Dundas, Ermington and Telopea are able to cycle to the campus within the hour. Just take the Rydalmere exit towards Victoria Rd and you’ll be right in front of the university campus.

On-Campus & Off-Campus Parking

All the campuses have their own car parks for students, staff and visitors. Students and staff are able to purchase permits for the year, half a year or for the month. Visitors are able to obtain a one-day Pay and Display or Scratch and Display. Pay and Display are for one-time visits whereas Scratch and Display can only be purchased in multiples of 10 and are usually used by the university schools, divisions and units for their own guests to use. As it is with most university campuses, there is a limited amount of parking spaces so if you are unable to find parking, there are always residential areas close and within walking distance of the campuses that students are able to utilise without having to pay for permits.

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