One of our top cities for hotel internships, Sydney has a so much to offer with its vibrant and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Here are some practical tips to make your arrival in the city much easier on your internship abroad.


You’ll never be short of finding somewhere to stay on hospitality internships. Sydney has so much choice but some places are better than others. Here’s our round-up to help you out when you first arrive.


The PodLevel 6, 396 Pitt Street, Sydney CBD, 2000 

A really clean hostel that’s modern in a great location near the Central train station. It’s not a noisy party hostel so is great if you’ve started work and you need to get some decent sleep. Not the cheapest option though.

Average price 49 AUD for a bed in a same-sex dorm


The Downing Hostel 253 Castlereagh Street, Sydney CBD, 2000

This place is a cheap and cheerful hostel with a restaurant and bar. It’s centrally located so you don’t have to fork out for transport costs and the staff are super nice, too. It’s also a great place to meet other travellers and possibly people on hospitality internships. Sydney is one of Australia’s top locations for them.

Average price 30 AUD for a bed in a mixed dorm

Summer House Backpackers – 153 Forbes Street, Kings Cross, Wooloomooloo, Sydney

This is a cheap and friendly hostel, great for meeting people, in a good location in Kings Cross and with free pancake breakfasts and BBQ nights. What’s not to like about that?

Average price 28 AUD fora bed in a mixed dorm

Other hostels: Nate’s Place, 141 William Street, Darlinghurst; 21 AUD

Low-end hotels

If hostels aren’t your thing, you can still find cheap hotels in Sydney, but be sure to book early or the cheap rooms might be sold out.

The Woolbrokers at Darling Harbour – 22 Allen Street, Pyrmont, Sydney, 2009

It’d be difficult to find a single room cheaper than this, even in a hostel. The two-star hotel is located in Darling Harbour just minutes from the International Conference Centre. It’s not the Ritz, you get what you pay for, but for the price, it’s a good option.

Average price 49 AUD for a single room


Dalziel Lodge44 West Street, North Sydney, 2060

This is a great low-budget hotel located near Luna Park. It’s clean, has a lounge with a fridge and microwave and modern rooms. It might be just the place to stay on hospitality internships. Sydney city centre is just 3.5 km away.

Average price 75 AUD for a single room

Finding a houseshare

Your best place to start is online. Check out Flatmates, Flatmatefinders, Roomgo and Oz Flatmates. For safety and to avoid scams, we advise that you never pay a money upfront without signing a contract. Of course, that might not always be possible, there are many contractless sublets out there and they might work out just fine, just be cautious before handing over any money. Expect to pay in the region of 225-450 AUD per week for a room in a houseshare.

Getting Around

The best option is to get an Opal Card which covers trains, buses, ferries and light rail. The daily cap is 15.80 AUD and 63.20 AUD a week with unlimited travel. Unfortunately international students on hotel internships, Sydney, aren’t eligible for the student prices, you need to be studying in Australia to qualify. Prices quoted are for full price cards.

Big Names in Sydney

Hotel Chains: Accor, Hyatt, Four Seasons, Intercontinental, Marriott

Tourism: Harbour City Ferries, Globus, Ultimate Travel, Sydney Boutique Tours

Events: ID Events Australia, Sold Out, Moreton Hire


Some of the best areas for Sydney’s nightlife are the CBD, Darling Harbour, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, and of course infamous Kings Cross. Check out Time Out’s guide to the best Sydney bars.

Click here for more information about hotel internships. Sydney might just be your perfect match.

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