Curl up with a good book

In this cold and rainy weather, there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book and a cup of tea or coffee.

Instead of choosing to “hibernate” into your room, why not venture into the library. It’s a great opportunity to have a change of setting and to discover other topics of interest. With a more zen-like atmosphere, it’s also a good place to gather your thoughts and do some reflection or planning.

Or if you’re more studious, then visit the library at our Wynyard Campus for additional resources on your course program.  Every year, over 10,000 books are borrowed from the library, that’s five books for every Navitas student on campus! There’s a wide range of newspapers, magazines and DVDs available to students too. Other facilities include a meeting room and silent study area where you can revise without distraction, as well as computers, photocopying and wifi access. In 2014, students visited the library 170,000 times so it’s definitely the ‘place-to-be’, especially during exam time! Additional useful English learning resources are also available through Navitas English on Level 3, Wynyard Campus.

And of course, don’t miss out on visiting Sydney’s best library facility, the State Library of NSW, centrally located near Hyde Park. As a world-leading library, it has modern facilities, an extensive collection of books, quiet study areas and lots of interesting exhibitions and events to keep you inspired.

While it’s always an option to borrow a book from the library, there are lots of cool bookshops to hang out in right here in Sydney. For a more popular mainstream bookshop, Dymocks has the most comprehensive collection of books, and luckily, they have stores all over Sydney. For something totally different, Kinokuniya, in the heart of the city, is a cool Japanese bookstore full of books that you can’t find anywhere else.

Oxford Street, which runs from Hyde Park in the city through Darlinghurst, Paddington, Woollahra and ends in Bondi, is lined with lots of small shops, boutiques and cafés and makes for a nice walk on a Sunday afternoon. A number of bookshops are nestled along this street too. Both Ariel and Berkelouw bookshops are a favourite among locals but the real gem is the Ampersand Café and Bookstore. Ampersand sells new and pre-loved books while serving delicious lunches, sweet treats and hot drinks. So, you can settle down in a corner of the tall-storey café for the afternoon with your newest novel and a full belly – bliss!

Reading books is a great way to open yourself to new discoveries, to improve your English, and to add to your vocabulary.  Enjoy, and stay warm and dry while learning something too!

Facebook Twitter

Discovering Chatswood

Whether you’re new to Sydney or already a local, finding new and exciting hubs to explore is always fun. Luckily for you, we’ve done our research and found that one of the most vibrant student suburbs in Sydney is… Chatswood! It’s between the SIBT Sydney Campus and Macquarie Campus and it’s perfectly accessible by train or bus. It’s a fun, lively destination with various activities to keep your social calendar packed so you’re never at a loss for things to do.

So what do you want to know about Chatswood? Where to eat, live, and have fun of course!


Food is always a hot topic of conversation. For most of us, if we’re not eating, we’re thinking about what we’re going to eat next or where to go for brunch, lunch or dinner with friends at the weekend. Chatswood is fast becoming a go-to foodie destination with an abundance of restaurant and café choices available. No matter what type of food you like – Thai, sushi, Malaysian or just coffee and a sweet treat – Chatswood has something on offer for you. Here’s our top list of must-try eateries:

  1. New Shanghai – for delicious dumplings
  2. Elbow Room Espresso – for a pick-me-up coffee
  3. Hu’s Inn – for finger licking Taiwanese chicken wings
  4. Chatswood Mall Market – for a quick bite in between shopping
  5. Makoto – for super fresh sushi and sashimi



When you take the leap and decide that you want to study in SIBT one of the first things you need to organise is where to live. Fortunately, we can try to relieve the stress of looking for a place by recommending Iglu Student Accommodation in Chatswood. Visit the SIBT website to find out more about accommodation choices.


Things to do

Monday - Vivid

You’ll never be stuck for things to do in Chatswood! This month, the famous Vivid Festival has taken over the suburb and transformed it into an underwater fantasy. After dark, light-filled water installations and glowing creatures are brought to life creating an animated aquarium and seascape. The area is buzzing with pop-up food, bars and entertainment until 8 June and it’s a fantastic experience to enjoy with friends. Here’s a snapshot of event details and ideas of things to do.

Monday - Vivid 2






So… what are you waiting for? Explore the vibrant suburb of Chatswood today. For more ideas and to keep up to date with upcoming events, visit:

Facebook Twitter