Primary and high schools in Wollongong

We have many schools throughout our region – regardless of where you choose to live, you will have plenty of options nearby.

Our schools are multicultural and value diversity. This is reflective of our community (for example the University of Wollongong community boasts 179 different nationalities!). Add to this the welcoming and friendly nature of our people and you can rest assured that your children will settle in and enjoy studying in Wollongong.

Some of the things you may consider when choosing a school for your children in Wollongong is the type, size and location of the school. If you are interested in a particular area of study, investigate which schools in Wollongong have more to offer in that discipline. We are an open and welcoming region, so feel free to contact our schools directly to ask questions.

Some of the specialist high schools in our region include:

Visit the NSW Education website to find a public school in Wollongong – from preschool to high schools.

“All of our people have a much smaller commute than in a capital city which means we can be involved with family activities (such as school drop off and sporting activities) and in sporting or community activities.”

Warrick Shanks, Managing Partner, KPMG

Moving to Wollongong from overseas?

If you are moving your business and family from overseas you will be pleased to know that many schools in Wollongong welcome and cater for international students.

Additionally, by moving your business and family to Wollongong, your children will have a clear pathway from primary to secondary schools and then onto further education without having to travel to another city. Our global university, the University of Wollongong, has international students from all over the world!


Vocational Education and Training

Wollongong’s TAFE Illawarra provides vocational education and training in our city. Across our state, TAFE NSW caters to the needs of over 500,000 students.

Within Wollongong we have two main campuses, Wollongong and Wollongong West.

TAFE NSW Wollongong campus offers programs in screen and media, hospitality, travel and tourism, accounting, business, building design, community services as well as many trades.

TAFE NSW Wollongong West is located within a short stroll of Wollongong train station and minutes from the city centre. This campus offers programs in information technology, hairdressing, beauty therapy, arts, media, meat and allied trades.

Visit the TAFE Illawarra website


University of Wollongong

Wollongong is home to the University of Wollongong. We have comprehensive information about the university within our industry-focussed global university page. Below are some of the highlights.

The University of Wollongong

  • Is an international centre of research excellence that ranks in the top 1% for research quality
  • Has a strong research focus, with over 270 academic and research collaborations worldwide
  • Ranks among the top 2% of universities in the world with an enviable record in teaching and research
  • Has over 36,000 students, more than 2,400 staff and contributes around $2 billion to the region annually
  • Ranked in the top 1% in the world of universities in the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

“Working with UOW has allowed us to enlist some of the best young minds.”

Michael Burton, CEO, Binary Beer