Northern Sydney

TAFE NSW Northern Sydney is located in the northern suburbs of Sydney from the Harbour Bridge north to Hornsby and out to the coast at Manly. It has 50,000 students, including international students from 55 countries, studying at six different locations.

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What's it like to live there?

Located on the leafy northern suburbs of Sydney, TAFE NSW Northern Sydney is close to Sydney Harbour, the beautiful northern beaches and some of Sydney's most affluent and cosmopolitan suburbs.

The northern suburbs of Sydney are characterised by cultural diversity, pristine waterways with immense greenery and beautiful homes. The area is very well serviced by public transport. The northern railway line has frequent services to the city via Strathfield with the integration of the new Epping to Chatswood rail link into the northern railway line. There are also an abundance of bus routes serving the region. Some parts of this region is frequented by ferry services to the city and Parramatta.

Specialist facilities

  • TAFE English Language Centre (TELC) at Meadowbank 
  • Cisco Academy Training Centre (CATC)
  • Training Restaurants at Crows Nest, Ryde and Northern Beaches
  • Small Biz Training Centre
  • Sydney Academy of Hair, Beauty and Make-up
  • TAFE Technical Operators Centre (TTOC)
  • The Sydney Coffee Academy
  • The Sydney Gallery School
  • The Sydney Wine Academy

Student testimonials

"After comparing many private colleges with TAFE NSW, I chose to study in TAFE as I was very impressed with what they had to offer. The International Student Coordinator helped me a lot to settle in, when I arrived at the college. I have worked at Erickson in Italy and I find the facilities and equipment at TAFE NSW Northern Sydney is very much up to current industry standards. TAFE NSW has all the devices that you can find in the real workplace. The practical aspect of the course is fantastic. The library is fantastic, it has lots of space, open plan, and students can use the PC in the lab or use their own. I found a job just outside the campus in an Italian restaurant and I am enjoying the best pizzas in Sydney!"
Luca Turbesi from Italy - Information Technology

International Student Award

Since her arrival in Australia from Japan, Megumi has not only mastered the English language at the TAFE English Language Centre at TAFE NSW Crows Nest but has completed the Certificate 4 in Tourism, the Diploma of Tourism and the Advanced Diploma of Tourism at Northern Beaches Campus. While Megumi was completing the Advanced Diploma, she commenced work with a major Japanese inbound tourist company volunteering at a number of special events. This work experience, combined with her fluent skills in English and hands-on training with TAFE NSW, has enabled this seasoned traveller to move into her tourism career as a confident professional. Megumi is currently employed at a large Australian tourism organisation and is a tour guide in Uluru, Northern Territory. She has a passion to remain in the tourism industry and would like one day to travel and work around the world.
Megumi Takayanagi, Japan – 2012 International Student of the Year

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Locations and transport links

Locations  Address Train Bus Parking
Hornsby  205 Pacific Highway, Hornsby NSW 2077 blue tick blue tick blue tick
Meadowbank* See Street, Meadowbank NSW 2114 blue tick blue tick blue tick
Northern Beaches  154 Old Pittwater Road, Brookvale NSW 2100 - blue tick blue tick
Ryde  250 Blaxland Road, Ryde NSW 2114 blue tick blue tick blue tick
St Leonards  213 Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW 2065 blue tick blue tick blue tick

*TAFE NSW English Language Centre. Find out more about English courses.


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International Student Services
Crows Nest 
Level 2, 149 West Street
Crows Nest NSW 2065 Australia
Tel: +61 2 9448 4499
Fax: +61 2 9448 4498

TAFE English Language Centre (TELC)
Tel: +61 2 9448 4550
Fax: +61 2 9448 4477

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