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.
Campus facilities include:
- Meditation room
- Teaching rooms
- Breakout / informal spaces
- 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’s campus is located at 231 Nolan Street, Unanderra NSW 2526.Driving
NTI’s campus has extensive free parking on site, accessible via Nolan Street. You can use Google Maps to get directions.
Bus Route 34 travels from Wollongong, through Unanderra, Berkeley and Lake Heights, to Warrawong (and back). Route 34 stops on Nolan Street, outside the entrance to NTI’s campus. Please visit Premier Illawarra website for bus timetables and route maps.
The closest train station to NTI’s campus is Unanderra Station. It is a comfortable 20-minute walk to campus, or a short bus ride (on Route 34). Please see Transport NSW website for more information.
Opal cards are smartcard tickets that you keep, top up and reuse to pay for travel on New South Wales (NSW) public transport. Please visit the Opal website for more information on how to buy and use an Opal card, and to download the Opal app.
Pilgrim Lodge Accommodation
The 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.
Nan Tien Institute is just a five-minute walk away, across the pedestrian bridge that connects Nan Tien Temple and NTI’s campus.
NTI students are eligible to receive a 20 per cent discount on accommodation at the Pilgrim Lodge. Students can contact the Pilgrim Lodge directly for prices and availability. Please visit the Nan Tien Temple website for more information.
Off-Campus AccommodationStudents moving to the area can use the following links to find off-campus accommodation:-
Temporary AccommodationStudents who are looking for temporary accommodation near NTI’s campus can use the following links to find accommodation in the local area:-
Note: The companies listed above are independent, private businesses and are not owned or operated by NTI.
It is your responsibility to make sure your private accommodation suits your needs. Any rental agreement or arrangement you enter into is strictly between you and the private accommodation provider. Each provider will have their own application process. You’ll need to contact them to find out how to apply.
To find out more about your tenancy rights in NSW, please visit the NSW Fair Trading website. You should ensure you know your tenancy rights before signing a rental agreement.
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ABOUT NAN TIEN INSTITUTE
Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is a private, not for profit, government accredited higher education provider offering studies in the areas of Buddhist studies, health and wellbeing, within an environment that incorporates contemplative education.
NTI offers postgraduate programs in Applied Buddhist Studies, Health and Social Wellbeing, Humanistic Buddhism, and Mental Health as well as customised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs and special interest subjects across the areas of meditation, mindfulness and health.