If you’re thinking of studying in Australia, choosing the right city will help you make the most of your time abroad. Many of Australia’s universities are ranked among the best in the world, so you’re guaranteed to get a quality education regardless of where you end up.
Whether you decide to live among the bright lights of Sydney or up north in tropical Darwin, learning as much as you can about the local cities will help you decide where to live in Australia.
As Australia’s biggest and most iconic city (no offense Melbourne), Sydney is the first choice for many international students. It’s home to top-ranked tertiary institutions including:
- University of Sydney
- University of NSW
- Macquarie University
But there’s more to Sydney than educational opportunities. Nestled between a picture-perfect harbour and rugged mountains, it has a mix of beaches, lush green spaces and urban sprawl for you to explore between study sessions. The only downside to Sydney is that it’s not the cheapest place to live in Australia. However, it’s still possible to get by on a student budget if you can find affordable rent.
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Sydney may have the famous landmarks, but Melbourne has the culture. Located in the state of Victoria, it’s the best city in Australia for international students in search of an inclusive society and world-renowned universities. Studying in Melbourne will give you a choice of attending the University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT University, and more. Most campuses are located around the CBD and surrounding suburbs, so you can live and study within easy reach of landmarks like Federation Square, the Queen Victoria Markets, and the State Library of Victoria.
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Located on the east coast of Queensland, Australia’s third-largest city is known for its laidback charm and sunny climate. Brisbane is less densely populated than Sydney and Melbourne, making it one of the most liveable state capitals in the country.
With cheap rent, glorious weather and great universities, it’s not hard to see why Brisbane has such a large student population. The University of Queensland, Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology are the most popular places to study in Brisbane.
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Perth’s isolation from the rest of Australia hasn’t stopped it from becoming a hub of education and industry. Situated on the coast of Western Australia, it’s free of congestion, pollution and ridiculous rental prices. The city provides a quintessentially Australian backdrop for international students, as it’s surrounded by beaches and desert.
Perth’s premier universities include Curtin University, the University of Western Australia, and Edith Cowen University. When you’re not busy studying, cool off at a local beach or discover the natural beauty of Kings Park.
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Where better to study in Australia than the nation’s capital? Canberra has two of the most highly regarded universities in the country – the Australian National University and the University of Canberra. It’s also home to Australia’s Parliament, making it an ideal place to live and study for anyone interested in a career in government.
But politics don’t define Canberra. The city also has plenty of beautiful scenery and four distinct seasons, as well as art galleries and museums galore. Australia’s best ski fields are just two hours’ drive away, and Sydney and Melbourne are easy to reach by car.
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Some of the best places to live in Australia are located outside the major cities. If you want to see the real Australia, consider moving to Cairns. Located in Far North Queensland, it’s a gateway to some of the state’s best tourist attractions, including the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Cairns has great universities too, like James Cook University and Central Queensland University.
There’s also Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory. Once a frontier outpost, it’s now a bustling town with a multicultural population and a sophisticated city centre. Charles Darwin University is the main tertiary institution in Darwin, so you can get a great education while living a short distance from the Northern Territory’s untamed wilderness.