Why Orange is an ideal uni city: live your best life

Orange night market crowd

Because studying at uni needs the right atmosphere, yeah? If you’re a foodie (who isn’t?) with an appreciation for breathtaking scenery (aka top shelf Insta inspo), Orange in New South Wales’ Central West will tick all your boxes for the right city to study in.

Orange is a foodie’s paradise

Picture this: organic food stores, top-shelf wineries and some of the best shopping boutiques outside Sydney. You can almost smell the lifestyle, can’t you? Orange is well-known as a fruit-growing district. Apples, pears, stone fruit – you name it, they grow it in Orange! In recent years, the town has become a popular destination for wine lovers with its vineyards producing distinctive styles of wine.

And then there’s F.O.O.D. Week. Orange F.O.O.D (Food of Orange District) Week is one of Australia’s longest running regional food festivals. The festival started when a group of passionate and committed local foodies joined forces to share the diverse regional produce from Orange, Blayney and Cabonne. Held annually in April, the festival showcases the region’s finest food and wine, food producers, wineries, restaurants, chefs, caterers and cooks.

Perfect balance of country and city life

A stone’s throw from Bathurst and a few hours’ drive to Sydney, Orange is in perfect proximity for that country-city balance. Enjoy the charm of the country during the week, and when you need some down-time from study, you can just jump in the car and head to the big smoke for the weekend. Or stay in Orange. Honest, once you set up digs in this place there’s no need to leave.

With a flourishing cultural scene and beautiful gardens, you’ll find plenty to see and do in Orange itself. And there’s nothing quite like the beauty of an Orange autumn where you can experience all that nature has to offer in the picturesque parks and gardens.

There’s even an ancient volcano – Mount Canobolas – which provides a dramatic backdrop for the city. Follow one of the walking tracks on the mountain to admire the stunning 360-degree views of the city from the summit. (Or for a bit more speed, check out the Mount Canobolas mountain bike trail.) If you’re hoping to see the glow of hot lava, however, you might be disappointed as the dormant volcano last erupted eleven million years ago. However, the Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area does offer birdwatching, walking, scenic views and a great campground.

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Recreation, sports and leisure

There are plenty of activities for you to fill your weekends when you live and study at Orange. Picnic at Lake Canobolas Reserve, visit the Regional Gallery or explore the Heritage Trail. If sport and recreation is up your alley, you can check out the city’s three 18-hole golf courses; lawn bowls greens, rugby league, soccer, rugby union, softball and cricket grounds; indoor sports centre; tennis and squash centres; skate park; ten pin bowling; fitness centres; and gyms and swimming pools.

Get qualified at Charles Sturt University in Orange

There’s a wide range of degrees that you can choose to study on-campus at Orange in study areas that include:

Our campus offers a range of services and facilities to keep you on track to success.

  • Networked library with 24-hour Learning Commons
  • Wireless internet
  • Sporting and recreational facilities
  • State-of-the-art pharmacy, physiotherapy, rehabilitation science and chemistry laboratories
  • Gymnasium
  • Dental and Oral Health Clinic
  • Templer’s Mill bar and café

The campus also has a variety of sporting and recreational facilities, including basketball, netball and tennis courts and sports fields.

Enjoy the benefits of living on campus with our range of accommodation options. From cottages to villages and traditional residences, we have options that will suit your lifestyle and budget.

Collage of buildings at Charles Sturt University in Orange

Check out Charles Sturt University at Orange

If you want to learn more about what it’s really like to live and study in Orange, book a campus tour or get in touch with our friendly team to learn more. You can also see what we have to offer online.