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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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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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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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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State of Origin Supporter Tips

To be blatantly honest, I have little understanding about this so called game of “Rugby League”. If you are anything like me, you watch Rugby League three times a year (Origin time) and feel this is enough to sufficiently class yourself as an expert. Now while I may not be a real expert, I have however become an expert at making people believe I know what I’m talking about. Last night’s game was extremely exciting (a real nail biter) with the Blues coming out on top beating QLD on their home turf 12-8. I made sure to practice all my fake expert techniques and every single one worked a treat.


If you’re new to the whole origin scene, here are my top tips to keep you from looking like a footy fraud (the ultimate crime when watching the Origin at a pub, club or RSL).


Guidelines to follow when watching the next two games:

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How to Keep Yourself at Your Desk When Studying

Honestly, this is literally the biggest feat known to man: the ability to keep oneself at one’s desk for longer than 30 minutes when studying. I have tried and failed many times, however there have been a few glimpses of hope where I have pumped out a solid 60 minutes of study in one go and been incredibly happy with my success.


What I have learnt in my experience is that you have to trick yourself into staying there. There is nothing so appealing about study that would make you want to sit there by your own will, so you need to outsmart yourself with trickery. Sound crazy? Read on.


Successful ways to trick yourself into staying at your desk and studying:

1.       Close all curtains and cover all clocks.

You will be super-duper counterproductive if you time watch.  By using this clever trick (often seen in casinos), time will fly and you won’t even have time to think about that beautiful sunny perfect-beach-day you are missing outside. Hermit yourself up, light a cute candle for ambience and flick on those desk lamps. You’re in for the long haul.


2.       Create a feast

This is by far my most practiced and effective strategy. You first need to elect an amount of time you wish to study for and then prepare a meal that will last you this long.

I find that hot chocolates, hunky sandwiches, any form of dessert, tea and biscuits and last night’s leftovers are fantastic additions to your desk during any study period.

3.       The shut-out technique

This strategy can be unbelievably irritating, however in desperate times we must take desperate measures. Ask your family or housemates to literally ignore you, pretend as if you don’t exist for the amount of time you need to study, e.g. 3 hours. Now, when you try to escape your desk and have that cute procrastination chat with the house member of your choice, they will walk away, leaving you with no choice but to return to your desk and study. Success.


If all else fails, there is an extreme case scenario option. Not for the faint hearted, but designed for those with limited self-control: Tie yourself to your chair, allowing only freedom of movement for your arms so you can write and type.


Happy Studying!

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6 Things We Take For Granted as Students

As students, we occupy a strange world in-between childhood and adulthood.

There are many things that technically make us adults, such as living alone and being responsible for our own work, bills and groceries (oh, and our age I guess).  However, we lack many of the real responsibilities that adults have to face. For many of us, our parents still play a major role in helping us “get our sh%t together”. It would be nice if they could continue to do that until we were 40, but there’s probably a limit to how much (of you) they can handle.

What we can do is make the most of this exciting “novice adulthood”. It’s like a test drive, only someone else is still around to slam on the brakes if you go a bit crazy. (And you probably will.)

Below is a list of things we take for granted as students – take the time to appreciate them now!

Naptime, anytime

When is the last time you got home from a morning class only to throw yourself back into bed and sleep for 3 beautiful hours?  This is a luxury that most people don’t have in the real world (except hobos), but in student world, it is a constant source of bliss.

Flexible schedule

Sure, our timetables are subject to the courses we’re taking and their availability, but we still have a lot of choice when it comes to organising our schedules. Don’t do mornings? Then don’t – schedule all your classes after noon and sleep like a baby (…or a hobo).

Student discounts

It pains me to say it…but we won’t always have 20-30% off bubble tea, movies, bus tickets, bowling, and karaoke.

Time with friends

You’ll miss that bunch of idiots when you are all working full-time jobs and having babies. Ew…babies.

Endless opportunities to meet/date new people

Every new class you start or club you join means a whole new social group of like-minded people of a similar age. That’s a continuously expanding pool of potential friends and lovers that we can tap into at any time for a bit of fun. (Hey – get your mind out of the gutter.)

Tolerance to several nights out in a row

There’s a reason that (old) people say, “I’m getting too old for this” after having a few too many. We’ve still got the energy to go without much sleep and our young and nubile livers can handle their fair share of abuse. I don’t mean to condone heavy drinking here, but you should be out there partying – FACT.

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Speaking “Strayan” 101

Speaking “Strayan” is something us Australians are very proud of, and we can certainly understand why anyone would wish to learn. Look, it’s a complicated language in which there are very few rules, but it does require a comprehensive understanding of short words and twisted sentences. Put them all together and you got the language “strayan”.

Learning another language takes a long time and is often very difficult (as a failed student of year 8 French, I can concur with this statement), so in an effort  to help you learn “Strayan”, I’m just going to throw you the basics. Keep it “short and sweet” as they say.

 Key “Strayan” Words Everyone Should Know:


Roadie: a beverage that is consumed en route.

“Mate, it’s a long walk. I’d bring a roadie or two.”


Sheila: A female. However, if you go around calling every girl you meet Sheila, you’ll probably end up getting slapped.

“I just got slapped by a Sheila!”


Deadset: Another word for seriously or absolutely.

“You got slapped by a Sheila?”
“Yer, deadset!”


Chook: Chicken.

“Love, have you fed the chooks this morning?”


Reckon: Think.

“What do you reckon about Sheila drinking that roadie?”


Rock up: Arrive or turn up.

“Do you reckon he will even rock up tonight?”


Whoop Whoop: Middle of nowhere.

“Mate, he lives in the middle of Whoop Whoop, deadset.” 


No Worries: Not a problem.

“Hey thanks for cookin’ the chook tonight.”
“No worries mate.”


Shindig: Party or event.

“Wanna come over to me place tonight mate?”

“Nah, can’t, I got that shindig at Garys. And I’m not trekking out to Whoop Whoop.”


If you aren’t sure if you’re doing it right, remember this: Two syllables are more than enough for any word, just keep chopping till you get there. Then throw a vowel on the end like “o” or “ie” and you should be right.

Eg.       Dave → Davo

Monday → Mondie

Tracksuit → Trackies

Afternoon → Arvo

Breakfast → Breakie

Barbeque → Barbie

Avocado → Avo

If you can master all of the above, you’ve pretty much got the whole language under your belt. Deadset.

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