Accommodation, Travel, & Visa

VISA Requirements

All overseas visitors are required to have a valid passport and, with the exception of delegates from visa-free countries, are required to have the appropriate visa – typically either a visitors visa or a visiting academics visa. For information on obtaining a visa, including necessary funds and health requirements, please visit:

For visa purposes, a workshop registration letter is available. Emailing your proof of registration (invoice and your bio data) to Please note that except this letter, we do not offer any other assistant with visa. You should arrange your visa to attend the workshop.

International Travel (how to get here)

Several airlines provide flights to Sydney International Airport. To arrive to the workshop location from Sydney Airport, the following options are available.

Directions from Sydney Airport

Best options are taxi from airport (UTS is well know so most drivers will know where that is). Alternatively the train line is direct to Central station and then 5-10 minutes walk to workshop venue (UTS Building 10, Level 7, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo 2007 New South Wales).

Getting to the UTS and workshop venue

There are many ways to get to the UTS Sydney Campus or explore Sydney. You can get to UTS by bus, bike or train. For general information on public transport in Sydney visit the NSW Transport Info website (opens an external site).

By Bus

From early October 2015 there were major, permanent changes to bus routes and timetables in and out of the CBD as construction of a new light rail commenced down George St.

Find out what buses are affected here and access tools to plan your trip to and from UTS here.

You can also download real time transport apps: Arrivo Sydney, NextThere, TransitTimes, TripGo, Triptastic, TripView, Commuter and CommuteNSW.

Sydney’s bus network extends to most suburbs. Many buses are pre-pay only, which means you need to buy a ticket before you board. Tickets are available from most newsagents and convenience stores. For bus timetable and ticket information visit the Sydney buses website (opens an external site).

By Train

UTS City campus is right next to Central station, the hub of all train lines in Sydney, as well as Railway Square, a major bus interchange. Sydney has several train lines which connect with Central Railway Station. The rail network is a good option to travel to the outer suburbs and around the CBD quickly. For information on train timetables and ticket prices visit the Sydney trains website (opens an external site).


Carpooling can be a convenient, cost effective and environmentally sensitive way to travel to and from UTS.

You may choose your own arrangements or use the online carpooling program Jayride. UTS is a Jayride member, making this a free service for students and staff. You can register as either a driver or passenger, for regular or one-off trips.


Other than parking for people with disabilities and those with special permits, parking at the UTS City campus is limited to street meter parking and user pay parking stations.

An external car park is directly below the function centre - managed by Interpark, currently the full day price is AUD $27 - . Please note, once a car does down one level, this takes you underneath Building 11. Delegates will need to take the lift to level 2, exit the lift to the left, exit building 11 and re-enter building 10 next door. They then take the lift to Level 7 to the function centre.

City campus - Parking

  • InterPark parking - Thomas Street, Building 10 (CB10) Map
  • Motorcycle parking - Thomas Street Map
  • Wilson parking - Thomas Street, Haymarket Map
  • Novotel Sydney Central - Car Park Map
  • Wilson parking - Market City, Haymarket Map
  • Quay Street parking Map

Ticket options (Opal)

Opal is the electronic ticketing system used on public transport in NSW. This includes train, ferry, bus and light rail travel.

Opal cards are a quick and convenient way of paying for your travel. They can be purchased at most train stations, bus interchanges, some post offices, news agencies, convenience stores, supermarkets and other locations. You can find the retailers on the map (opens an external site) or order them online through Opal (opens an external site).


Close to the workshop venue, several accommodation options are available:

Option 1: Budget accommodation

Budget accommodation usually provides the basic needs of comfort and cleanliness, while the range of extra amenities varies. They are popular for temporary stays for people looking for an affordable accommodation option.

Option 2: Standard accommodation

Three stars generally indicate reasonable rates, varied amenities, good service and comfortable facilities. Four stars indicate upscale decor and facilities with above average services, comprehensive amenities, and a slightly higher price.

Option 3: Premium accommodation

Four and half to five star accommodation promises upscale decor and facilities with a high degree of service, with a range of amenities, usually at a premium price.