Nan Tien Institute - Wollongong Campus

Nan Tien Institute operates from its state-of-the-art campus, designed by award-winning Australian architect firm Woods Bagot. Located directly opposite the Nan Tien Temple (the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere) students and visitors of NTI enjoy stunning views of the Temple to the east, and the Illawarra Escarpment to the west.


Having opened in March 2015, the building's design was inspired by the lotus, offering a distinctive combination of Buddhist symbolism, philosophies and traditions, with modern aesthetics and amenities. These same Buddhist philosophies also encourage wellbeing and holistic learning, offering students an environment of harmony and tranquillity to optimise their learning.


The building is strongly connected to its environment, with spaces conducive to quiet reflection, avoiding hierarchy and providing a neutral environment devoid of excess and materialism. The ground level at NTI is a public space, with an art gallery, museum, vegetarian café and library, whilst the first and second levels provide spaces for teaching and study.


NTI also offers its facilities for hire and welcomes corporate events and meetings, professional seminars, educational activities and community functions. Please follow this link for more information on Nan Tien Institute's Venue Hire and Services.


Nan Tien Institute Campus Wollongong, Australia - Side Entrance

Click the photo above to take a virtual tour of Nan Tien Institute



Campus facilities include:

  • Meditation room
  • Library
  • Karma Vegetarian Cafe
  • Student cafeteria
  • Rooftop garden
  • Free on-site parking


In addition to the tertiary facilities, our campus also hosts a multicultural Arts Centre and Gallery. The gallery is home to artefacts, artworks and international exhibitions, and complements the cultural diversity of the local community by including selected works from local artists.

How to get to Nan Tien Institute


Nan Tien Institute is easily accessible by car, bus or train. 


A bus stop is located just outside the campus gates, with bus route number 34 stopping in front of Nan Tien Institute. The closest train station to Nan Tien Institute is Unanderra station. It is a comfortable 20-minute walk, or 5 minute bus ride from the campus.


Nan Tien Institute also offers ample free on-site parking for all students, staff and visitors. 



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Public Transport (Train and Bus)

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

By Train: By Bus:



Living on campus for the duration of intensive lecture week - 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 contact the Pilgrim Lodge directly for prices 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

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.