After Sydney and Newcastle, Wollongong is the third largest city in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Located 80 kilometers south of Sydney in an area known as Illawara, Wollongong has an area of ​​684 km² and a population of 300,000 people.

Also called “The Gong”, this city is a mining and industrial city that has coal mines, steel factories, and industrial ports. The city is located in a narrow coastal area bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the east and a rocky mountain called Illawarra escarpment to the west. The land is broadest in the south and narrowest in the north.


Average temperatures in the winter are 17 degrees C and summer 27 degrees C. 44.1 °C on 1 January 2006 is the highest recorded temperature and the lowest is 0.8 °C on 27 July 1986. Wollongong receives 107.4 clear days. The most rainfall is in February to June. Windy months happen in July and August.


Using the train from Sydney, Wollongong can be reached in 90 to 120 minutes. Using a private vehicle (car), from Sydney to Wollongong takes approximately 70 to 90 minutes. The train had to go through several tunnels to reach Sydney. Southern Freeway and Old Princess Highway provide alternative land routes for other vehicles.

Bus services connect Wollongong suburbs to Shellharbour, Lake Illawarra and the Royal National Park. There is a Free Shuttle Bus service that connects the CBD, University and the suburbs of North Wollongong, Fairy Meadow and Gwynneville.

Illawarra Regional Airport and Wollongong Airport located in Albion Park Rail, 18km south of Wollongong CBD in the Shellharbour City LGA.


As Australia’s tenth largest city, nearly 300,000 residents get the best from city life and beach relaxation. In this city there are two cathedrals, various churches from various streams, and also has the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere (Nan Tien Temple) which is the main tourist attraction in Wollongong.

The rock mountains in Wollongong range from 150 – 750 meters above sea level. Some famous mountains are Mount Keira, Mount Kembla, Broker’s Nose and Mount Murray.

In the Wollongong area there are many beaches. The characteristics of these beaches are the pale golden sand. South of the town of Wollongong, near Port Kembla, there are five islands known as “The Five Islands”. The biggest island is Gang-man-gang Island. These islands are used as reservoirs for wild flora and fauna.

A sea water lake named Lake Illawara can be found south of the city. To the north of this lake is Port Kembla, a natural harbor that has been enlarged by human excavations and repairs.

Do not forget to visit a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • St Michael’s Cathedral
  • North Beach Precinct
  • Wollongong Harbour Precinct
  • 87 Crown Street
  • Old Wollongong East Post Office
  • Elouera House
  • Wollongong railway station
  • Regent Theatre
  • Little Milton


Studying in Wollongong means you can enjoy a very reasonable cost of living. The cost of living here is lower than other cities in Australia, including Sydney and Melbourne.

The University of Wollongong estimated median rental for a three-bedroom house in the city is $480 weekly or $2,080 monthly. The difference with Sydney and Melbourne is very high with Sydney $4,766 and Melbourne $3,445 monthly.

You can also expect to spend this much money for other expenses in Wollongong:

  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day: AU$2.12
  • 1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk: AU$1.33
  • 1 kg (2 lb.) of apples: AU$3.88
  • 0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket: AU$4.30
  • 2 liters of coca-cola: AU$3.30
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district: AU$15
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar): AU$11
  • 1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar): AU$107
  • 1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers): AU$77
  • Monthly ticket public transport: AU$82
  • Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles): AU$38
  • 2 tickets to the movies: AU$31
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district: AU$57


University of Wollongong

In less than 50 years, UOW has become the benchmark for a new generation of dynamic, innovative and leading Australian universities in the national and international rankings for the quality of our teaching and research.

Since its founding in Wollongong, about 80 kilometers south of Sydney, in 1975, UOW has expanded its teaching location to a network of 10 UOW campuses and a number of global partners. UOW has awarded more than 120,000 degrees, diplomas and certificates.

The students, who originally came mostly from the local Illawarra region, now also come from more than 140 countries, with the number of international students reaching more than 30 percent of all UOW students.

UOW is a global network-based campus that provides world-class research and teaching to students not only in Australia, but also in the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. The UOW campus in Australia consists of the Wollongong campus, Innovation campus, Southern Sydney (Loftus), South Western Sydney (Liverpool), and Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong (Sydney CBD).

UOW has become a worthy place to study. UOW ranked in the top 250 universities throughout the world. In addition, the following global rankings obtained by UOW:

  • # 212, QS World University Rankings 2020
  • 201-250, Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020
  • # 220, 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
  • # 16 of the world’s best modern universities, QS Top 50 Under 50 Rankings 2020
  • # 29 world best modern university, Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019
  • # 13, Global leader in social and economic impact, Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2019
  • # 37, Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Rankings 2019
  • 5+ star rating – QS World University Rankings 2019
  • The latest QILT Entrepreneur Satisfaction Survey ranks overall entrepreneur satisfaction with UOW graduates at 87.8% (national average 85%), placing 4th UOW in Australia, and 2nd in NSW overall.
  • # 62 for graduate employment rates, QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020
  • # 128 for partnerships with employers, QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020
  • Energy Science and Engineering (39), Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019
  • Engineering – Minerals and Mining (17), QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
  • Law (78), Times Higher Education 2020
  • Engineering and Technology (91 in the world, 6 in Australia and 3 in New South Wales), Times Higher Education 2020

The areas of study offered are as follows:

  • Health & Medicine
  • International Studies
  • Law
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Science
  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Arts & Humanities
  • Business
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  • Education
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  • Social Science
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