Religion & Spiritual Life
The staff at NYU Sydney provides information to students about religion and spiritual life resources, places of worship and/or meditation space, and related support services.
Religion and/or spiritual life may only be one of the many things you are thinking about in regards to study away. We suggest using this guide, Preparing for Study Away: What Should You Plan Now? to consider other aspects of your life and what will help you best prepare for your time in a new country.
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Students observing a religious holiday during regularly scheduled class time are entitled to miss class without any penalty to their grade. This is for the holiday only and does not include the days of travel that may come before and/or after the holiday. Information regarding absences due to religious observance must be provided at least seven days before the date(s) in question.
Dietary Considerations: Vegan and vegetarian options are generally easy to find in Sydney. Halal certified and Kosher food can also be found within the city; however, students may need to do some research in order to find suitable restaurants and grocery stores. Halal certified and Kosher meat delivery services are available.
For comprehensive information about Halal certified products and services in the city the NYU Sydney team recommend:
For comprehensive information about Kosher products and services in the city, the NYU Sydney team recommend:
Worship and Meditation Space
Sydney is the home of Australia’s largest Mosque. The Imam Ali bin Abi Taleb Mosque hosts several thousand worshippers each week and due to its influence and significance regularly hosts visiting islamic scholars from overseas. This location is just a 23 minute train ride from Sydney’s Central Railway Station. The Darul Imaan Wolli Creek Mosque is a 16 minute train ride from Central Railway Station and the King Faisal Mosque is conveniently located at just a 14 minute walk from the student accommodation.
For more information about Muslim life in Australia the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils in Australia can be a helpful resource.
For Jewish students the Great Synagogue offers a full range of services including Shabbat, Mincha and Sacharit and it is located just an 18 minute walk from the residence hall. The Newtown Synagogue is also conveniently located and the Rabbi serves as the Jewish Chaplain for the University of Sydney, the University of NSW and Macquarie University, Sydney.
The Hillsong Church is becoming increasingly popular with students visiting NYU Sydney. The Hillsong Waterloo Campus is approximately 20 minutes by bus from the residence hall. The St. Barnabas Anglican Church is 13 minutes away in Ultimo and St. Peter Julian’s Church is a Catholic Church located just minutes away in Haymarket.
The NYU Sydney team will provide students with a list of religious services and resources available in the local community.
A meditation and spirituality space is for student use in the academic center. This space can also be used as a venue for student-led discussions and wellness programming.
Learn more about religion and spiritual life in Australia
We encourage you to research more about religious and spiritual communities in Australia. Having a background knowledge of the history, demographics and laws will ease your transition into your new country.
Here are a few places to start your research:
You may also want to reflect on the role religion and/or spirituality play in your life now, and what your expectations or needs are for your time away. Questions to consider:
- Do you have a strong connection and/or sense of belonging to a religious or spiritual group?
- Do you have a prayer or meditation space?
- Do you go to certain places for dietary needs?
- Do you celebrate certain holidays? Are these holidays you would want to celebrate during study away?