Like flies attracted to bright lights, the idea of living in the city has an incredible appeal to some; and with the new term just around the corner, nows the time that many students start to crave a change of scenery.

With that said, does the vibrancy of living in the city come at certain costs? Well, we’re here to help you make a decision by breaking down the pros and cons of living in the city,

Pros

1. Everything’s a stone’s throw away

One of the biggest attractions of living in the heart of Sydney is the convenience that the city offers. Ditch the cars and the high gas prices, and instead, get around on foot or by bike. Have a late night craving? Chinatown is just a short walk away to an array of eateries that are open into the wee hours of the morning. Need a breath of fresh air? Stroll through Hyde Park— the oldest public parklands in Australia. Oh and the best part? No more shocking Uber charges from getting home after a night out!

2. Endless entertainment options

You’ll never have a dull moment living in the city. Spend your weekends wandering around the Museum of Contemporary Arts (its free!), or grab a book and spend your afternoons reading over a hot cuppa in one of the many cafes scattered around the city. If you’re feeling lucky, try your hand at grabbing a Rush Ticket— discounted concession tickets available two hours before a performance— to watch the latest musicals and concerts.

Cons

1. Its an effort to get to University

Living in the city means that you won’t be able to simply roll out of bed 10 minutes before your tutorials. Instead, you’ll have to factor in the extra travelling time to your morning routine.

With that said, Express Bus 891 runs on the weekdays from Eddy Avenue, and is serviced every 2-7 minutes during peak hour. With no additional stops in between, it’ll only take a mere 20 minutes to get you from the city to UNSW.

2. Housing prices

Sydney is infamous for its housing prices, but just how much more would it actually cost to stay in the heart of Sydney?

Using Liveable, we sussed out the difference in housing prices:

A one bedroom apartment in the city would set you back about $750/ week, whereas a one bedroom in Randwick would cost approximately $523/ week. With that said, if you have your heart set on living in the city, moving out with a friend may be a plausible option that is more friendly on the wallet, as a two bedroom apartment tends to cost around $1000/ week.

3. Lack of community

Randwick is known for having a tight-knit community of students, where there is a high chance of bumping into a familiar face while out running errands. There is a certain comfort that comes with living in such close proximity to your classmates, and it certainly makes last minute plans and catch ups with each other a whole lot easier!

Further, restaurants in this suburb know that university students consist of a large proportion of their customers, and hence, tend to offer heaps of student discounts at certain times of the day.