GALLERY: Sneak peek inside new UWS campus

The University of Western Sydney has set up shop in Parramatta's CBD.

The Sun had a sneak peek inside the university's new Parramatta City Campus on Monday.

The campus is at 100 George Street (conveniently for students in the same building as The Collector Hotel). All of the uni's postgraduate business programs will be taught at the campus, placing students alongside leading businesses and law firms.

Law, social sciences and psychology, humanities, computing, engineering and mathematic programs will also be moving to the four-level campus.

The new site is an extension of the existing Rydalmere campus. Parramatta student numbers are expected to increase to more than 20,000 in the coming years.

The building has teaching rooms, quiet study areas, technology-enhanced learning spaces as well as staff office space and essential UWS services.

In December, a new strategic partnership between UWS and Parramatta Council was announced.

The two will team up to encourage sustainable business networks, professional development exchange and specialised employment strategies.

Lord mayor John Chedid said the long-term partnership would bring social and economic benefits to both Parramatta and the broader western Sydney region.

It would be the scene for Parramatta's third evolution from colonial town, to industrial and manufacturing hub, to key driver of the state's knowledge economy.

UWS isn't the first university to take space in the CBD.

The University of New England launched its Future Campus in Church Street in April.

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