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.

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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:

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Winning on ‘Straya Day

A last minute guide to celebrating Australia Day in Sydney

Aussies are renown straight talkers, especially when it comes to naming our stuff. When a native species of snake is brown, we’ll call it a Brown Snake. When a mountain range appears to have a blue tinge when viewed from afar, we’ll call it the Blue Mountains.

So while the Americans have Independence Day and the French have Bastille Day, we Aussies named our national day of celebration… Australia Day. Tadaaa… we are seriously uncomplicated.

Oh but there are a few exceptions… Aussies can seem pretty elaborate and at times downright complex when it comes to celebrating our public holidays.

Skeptical African Kid MemeSo in the spirit of Australia Day – a celebration of all things great about this country – SIBT Students are proud to present this handy last-minute guide to winning on Australia Day in Sydney.
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5 Things to Consider Before Apartment Hunting

One of the biggest life changes you’ll make when you start university is MOVING.  I am referring, of course, to the process of turning a new and unfamiliar place into home-sweet-home.

Before you begin your ambitious search for a place to call your own, it’s important that you know what you’re looking for.  Flinging yourself willy-nilly into the vast world of housing rental options will end in disaster… and possibly the occasional weeping fit.

To help make for some hassle-free apartment hunting, here are the basic things you need to consider before you start: 
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UPON ARRIVAL: A blog post for the newcomers

For those of you who are new to SIBT (and possibly new to Australia completely), WELCOME!

(And a friendly hello to those of you returning – hope you are enjoying your break!)

Starting your studies somewhere new can be a daunting process, especially with that massive, scary check list of things you still need to do.   Do not fret!  SIBT students are here to save the day with some information that will make this transition a little easier for you.

Hopefully this blog hasn’t caught you at the airport about to board a plane to Sydney, Australia, with no plan on where you are going to go or stay, but if that is the case hopefully your airport has Wi-Fi (assuming it does if you’re reading this) and you can click away on all these fabulous links.

First of all, let’s get you some ACCOMMODATION.
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Celebrating the end of exams!

CONGRATULATIONS!  Exams are over and it’s time to celebrate. Celebrating doesn’t have to involve a raging party (although it most certainly can) – the main point is that you’ve worked hard over the last few weeks*, and you need to reward yourself appropriately.

*You should have been working hard – if you spent more time looking at kittens on the internet than studying last week, you don’t deserve anything but this disapproving face —————>

After that final exam, you’ll probably feel a number of things all at once: excited, exhausted, sleep deprived, relieved and WILDLY happy they are over. So there will be many different ways you can reward yourself for those epic study efforts. And here they are:

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The Science of Study

Whether or not you are actually studying Science, it’s always encouraging to hear some study tips that science has given its’ tick of approval to. It’s no news that maintaining focus while studying is difficult. It’s practically harder than studying itself, though I’ve managed to find a few tips (that I didn’t know right up until this moment) to help you along your study journey.

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Surviving a day at the library

The good news? You’ve made it this far without a breakdown and there are only a couple more days of exams left.  Before you can let your hair down and really celebrate, you’ve got to face just a few more days of library lockdown.

To help prepare you for long hours in the confines of the library, I have created a Library Survival Guide. This will allow you make it through the rest of this sickening week – ideally without any outbursts of profanity or stress-related night terrors.
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Brain Power Foods!

We all know the best form of study procrastination is eating or preparing the food you intend to eat. It just seems to be a really effective way of both wasting time and rewarding yourself with plenty of delicious foodie mouthfuls.

The process of deciding to snack while studying occupies a sufficient amount of time. First you decide to snack, then you think about what you want to snack on, you make the executive decision to snack, you walk from your allocated study space towards the kitchen, you assess the current status of the fridge/pantry, you pick your ingredients, you prepare your snack, you admire your master chef skills, you transport your snack to a couch / back to your study area and finally you consume your snack. That has to occupy a quality 30-40 min right?

Well…what if I told you, you could snack while studying and it could IMPROVE YOUR BRAIN FUNCTION!?!?!

I know. Science has done it again people.
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How to beat the top 5 causes of procrastination


YOU are your own worst enemy when it comes to staying focused. Not only are you contending with thousands of unrelated thoughts in your own head, you are the source of many other distractions.

Maybe you find a mysterious stain on your sweater, only to spend the next half hour brainstorming its origin. Or maybe there’s a thread unravelling that you MUST pull through to the end. In the most extreme case scenario maybe you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror, decide to give yourself an impromptu haircut and wind up looking a bit “special” – like you’ve had a nasty run-in with a lawn mower or a pair of children’s scissors.

Solution: Pick a spot on the wall and stare at it when you are trying to focus on something. This is your “study spot”. And avoid mirrors at all costs.
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Studying vs. Weekend

So it’s Friday afternoon, you’re done classes and work for the day, and you are heading home.  BUT… you have an exam on Monday. And Tuesday. (Maybe even Saturday…eww).  Come to think of it, next week is a minefield.

The weekend is studying’s natural enemy. At the beginning, you’re convinced that you’ve got the willpower to lock yourself in your bedroom for 48 hours straight. Come Sunday, you’re staring at that untouched textbook and contemplating life as a hermit in the forest.

Nobody wants to spend their glorious free time studying*, but there are certain steps you can take to ensure a pain-free yet productive weekend – here’s what to do (and what not to do) in the lead up to finals:

(*if you do, this blog is not relevant to you – please stop reading and leave immediately with the knowledge that you disgust me.)
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