Nan Tien Institute (NTI) Wollongong Campus


Students at NTI enjoy the learning environment provided by the recently opened Wollongong Tertiary Campus, Art Gallery and Cultural Centre. They have the unique and limited opportunity to study opposite the Nan Tien Temple – the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere. 


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Nan Tien Institute Campus Wollongong, Australia - Side Entrance

Nan Tien Institute (NTI) - 231 Nolan Street, Unanderra (Wollongong), NSW 2526, Australia


Campus Facilities Include

  • Administration Centre
  • Faculty and academic offices
  • Teaching and lecture rooms
  • Student services offices
  • Dining area
  • Library
  • Extensive on-site parking

In addition to the tertiary facilities there will is a multicultural Arts Centre and Gallery which is a learning hub for the campus. It is a gallery home to artefacts, artworks and international exhibitions, and complements the cultural diversity of the local community by including selected works from local artists.

The tertiary facility and Arts Centre and Gallery is a recognised regional landmark and draws many visitors from around the country and the world, enhancing multiculturalism and harmony in this culturally diverse region.

Read more about the innovative new development below, inspired by the lotus flower and incorporating architecture condusive to learning and collaboration.


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How to get to Nan Tien Institute - Wollongong Campus


Nan Tien Institute's Wollongong Campus is easily accessible by car, bus and train.

A bus stop is located close to the gates, and a train station is a 25-minute walk.

The Campus is also conveniently located on major road and transport links and offers free on-site parking.



Get directions and distances from anywhere in NSW here: Google Maps Directions.


Public Transport (Train and Bus)

Nan Tien Institute Wollongong Campus can be reached by any of the following public transport routes:

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Nan Tien Institute (NTI) - Campus Design


The overall design of the campus and its environment is underpinned by the Buddhist philosophy to:

  • Establish a higher learning institution that nurtures the wellbeing of the students' holistic learning throughout their studies and beyond.
  • Provide an environment of harmony, tranquillity and serenity to optimise learning outcomes.
  • Provide quality education based on international standards and traditions.
  • Foster understanding and respect amongst cultures and religions.


Architecture and Design Awards, shortlists and achievements

  • World Architectural Festival (WAF) 2015
    Completed Buildings, Higher Education and Research - Shortlisted
  • Royal Australian Institute of Architects 2015
    Educational Architecture, Shortlisted
  • IDEA Awards 2015
    Public Space, Shortlisted
  • WAN Concrete in Architecture Award 2015


Design statement by Woods Bagot

The design of the Nan Tien Institute reflects the Buddhist ideals of Nan Tien, incorporating an architectural language in keeping with the Humanistic Buddhist teachings of Fo Guang Shan into a contemporary learning environment. As a result, the building is strongly connected to the environment, provides spaces conducive to quiet reflection, avoids hierarchy and values the ‘spaces in between’, and provides a neutral environment devoid of excess and materialism.

Global architecture firm Woods Bagot began with the metaphor of the lotus flower – a pristine, beautiful bloom that arises from the mud – as the starting point for the design of the building. The lotus flower was chosen to reflect the origins of the site, a former garbage tip adjacent to the Nan Tien Temple, bought by the Institute from the local council for one Australian dollar.

The structure of the building was formed by grouping spaces into four distinct pods, creating a ‘public’ space in between. The pods are linked by active bridges, allowing for the movement through the building to be a journey comprised of moments, destinations and thresholds. Curved walls and window openings have created a distinctive look for the building, with precast concrete used to create the signature form of the building.

The sculptural forms of the pods were made by pouring concrete into custom-made steel and timber moulds to form unique shapes, with the imprinted texture of the timber boards visible in the detail of the final pod facades. Terracotta tiles and screens were used on the North-East and West facades, linking back to the roof at the Nan Tien Temple and Pagoda. The undulating wave pattern of the screens create a sense of movement while providing environmental shading.

The design of the building reflects the Nan Tien Institute’s aims to foster a holistic education. The first campus building will cater for 300 students and is designed to provide an environment conducive to teaching and learning in the 21st century by creating a setting for community interaction, education and cultural exchange.


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Visiting Wollongong


Wollongong is situated in the Illawarra region on the coastline, only an hour’s drive south of Sydney. It is the third largest city in New South Wales, and the 10th largest in Australia.


The Illawarra is known as one of Australia’s most spectacular regions. Wollongong is surrounded by National Parks, 23 kilometres of beautiful and pristine beaches, parklands, cafes and shops, a comprehensive library, and many galleries and museums.


Destination Wollongong provides abundant information on the area’s places of interest, restaurants, events and activities. Wollongong has everything from spectacular beaches and rock pools, charming coastal villages and exceptional cuisine, to the impressive escarpment, range of adventure activities and the Grand Pacific Drive which offers 140 kilometres of coast hugging driving scenery.


With a year-round calendar of events and activities, and a mild, mostly sunny climate, Wollongong offers a quality lifestyle for everyone.





Living on campus for the duration of intensive lecture programs - e.g. the 5 day face-to-face subject component - is highly recommended.

Students who have stayed on-campus during their studies say it adds significantly to their experience and learning.

Escape from the world for a short time and enhance your learning by immersing yourself - without any distractions - in Buddhist culture.

On-site students have the added benefit of being able to participate in a number of after-hours activities including Buddhist Drum and Bell Ceremonies; walking, outdoor and traditional meditation; Tai Chi; chanting; and Tea Ch'an.

On-Campus Accommodation

Pilgrim Lodge's unique 3.5-star accommodation is located on the grounds of Nan Tien Temple - the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere. The Lodge overlooks the peaceful Temple, beautiful lotus pond, award-winning gardens, and out to the magnificent Illawarra Escarpment.

NTI’s commitment to ensuring a safe and secure environment for new and international students includes the provision of up to 100 rooms on-campus at affordable rates.

Classrooms, lecture theatres, library and other NTI facilities are just a five-minute walk away. On-site facilities include social and study spaces, meeting rooms, wireless internet, dining halls and a coffee shop/tea house.

Special student accommodation rates are available. Please see the Accommodation Application Form for prices and lodge to find out eligibility and availability.

Visit the Nan Tien Temple Pilgrim Lodge for more information.

Off-Campus Accommodation

The Institute has listed the following alternative accommodation as a reference for students, however, it does not provide any endorsement for these accommodation services, nor takes any financial or other exchange from these establishments for the listing on this website. 

Students will need to make their own investigations as to the facilities and suitability of these accommodation venues provide. The Institute does not accept any liability for any loss or damage that you might suffer due to any unsatisfactory accommodation arrangements made by you. Nor will the Institute pay you for any loss or damage suffered.  

The arrangements made by you are entirely at your own risk. Please take care when making those arrangements.

Located in Parkinson Street, Wollongong. Sky Accommodation is a short walk from the Central Business District and close to shops and public transport. Dormitory rooms, single rooms and studio apartments are available. 
Phone: +61 (2) 4228 9320 


Located on the Princes Highway in Figtree. The Sovereign Inn is a short walk to Westfield Shopping Centre or Unanderra Train Station. Suitable accommodation for a single person or a family of 6. 
Phone: +61 (2) 4271 1122 


The Downtown Motel is located in the heart of Wollongong CBD and is a short walk to the Entertainment Centre, Beach, Golf Course, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre and Shops. 
Phone: +61 (2) 4229 8344 


Flinders Motel is a newly renovated, 64 room motel located in the heart of Wollongong.  Flinders has onsite parking available, a guest laundry, BBQ area and an onsite restaurant. 
Phone: +61 (2) 4226 6566


Elsinor Motor Lodge provides quality three and a half star accommodation located in Dapto, Wollongong. 
Phone: +61 (2) 4261 3366