Title

Students choose Notre Dame Sydney for its accessibility

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 2-26-2013

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia

Publication Place

Sydney

Abstract

As traffic in Sydney worsens, an increasing number of university students spend long hours on public transport, contending with lengthy waits for buses and trains and a shortage in services travelling to and from evening classes. Not so at The University of Notre Dame Australia.

Notre Dame's two Sydney Campuses, located at Broadway and Darlinghurst, were specifically selected for their convenient inner-city locations, which are well-known hubs of vibrant activity and are serviced by major transport corridors. The Broadway Site is serviced by buses that stop directly outside the University's door, while Central Station is a five-minute walk away. The Darlinghurst Site, situated next door to St Vincent's Hospital, is also easily accessible by buses, which stop adjacent to, and directly across the road from, the Notre Dame property.

Associate Professor Sonja Holm, Pro Vice Chancellor Student Engagement and Services, said Notre Dame is aware that some students travel across Sydney to attend class, which is why transport timetables are taken into account when the University plans its classes.

"When scheduling lectures, tutorials and workshops, the University is mindful that bus and train services can be less frequent outside of peak times such as after the evening rush hour, which is one of the reasons why many of our lectures and tutorials take place during the day. Campus accessibility and the safety of our students is a high priority," Associate Professor Holm said.

Bachelor of Laws student Christopher Massillamany travels to the Broadway Campus from Eastwood by train.

"Notre Dame is in a perfect location as it is close to Central station. As a result I am able to catch the express train which normally takes around 25 minutes and it is only a short stroll to uni from the station," he said.

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts student Alana Rafter commutes to Notre Dame from The Hills district three times per week and said the University's location makes the 42 kilometre trip an easy one.

"The accessibility of Notre Dame from Rouse Hill really appealed to me when I was choosing a university," Ms Rafter said.

"The trip may take 90 minutes, but it is a single bus trip that takes me directly to Railway Square; which is only a five-minute walk from the Broadway Campus."

For more information about Notre Dame's location and a tour of our Campus, contact the Prospective Students Office atsydney@nd.edu.au or call 8204 4404.

For further information please contact: Communications Officer, Elizabeth Fenech The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus

T: 02 8204 4407

E: elizabeth.fenech@nd.edu.au

W: www.nd.edu.au/