If you have decided to come to study in Australia, you must be wondering which city fits better your expectations. Are you looking for a warm and nightlife city? Do you prefer surfing and wild nature? Do you enjoy big cities and cultural activities? Australia has everything to offer, it’s just up to you to choose the best place you will love!
Firstly, to apply for a student visa you must choose a 12 weeks minimum course. We can provide the best alternatives based on your needs, including the city. It is essential to have on mind your own style and objectives, factors like budget, preferred kind of weather, type of course or career and hobbies.
In this article, we have summarized the 5 best cities to study in Australia from our student´s top list! We hope it helps you out in the best decision of your life. Check it out!
Located in the state of Victoria, Melbourne is considered the most cultural city in Australia where you can find many art galleries, exhibitions, festivals and street entertainment. It is also classified as one of the best cities to live in the world.
With nearly 5 million inhabitants, this melting pot offers jobs opportunities during all year, especially in the Hospitality & Events sector for students. This city is perfect for you if you are looking for cultural activities, cool pubs, active nightlife and, also, if you like going to the beach during a weekend just making a 40 minutes trip by bus to the closest beach.
There is a wide range of courses types to choose from, Melbourne is home to many schools, colleges and universities in a variety of careers. For being the cultural heart of Australia, there’s plenty of courses dedicated to the art world.
The cost of living in Melbourne is the second highest in Australia, as you can discover here, so make sure to plan your finances well. Finally, remember to pack appropriate cold, rainy and hot clothes, as you may feel the 4 seasons weather in one day!
The biggest and most famous city of Australia with about 5 million inhabitants, Sydney has both an urban and beach lifestyle. Art galleries, nightclubs, harbour areas and beautiful beaches are spread around this cosmopolitan city.
Many international colleges are offering recognized educational programs in a variety of industries, from great English courses to professional careers.
As it is a growing metropolis and with people from all over the world, it offers jobs in many areas during all year. The Construction, Hospitality and Child Care industries are the ones that commonly hire international students.
Be aware that it is the most expensive city in Australia, with high prices mostly in rental and transport. The weather here gets really hot during summer, as well as a cold winter.
Never miss the summertime in Sydney and its over 100 beaches to visit. Also, if you enjoy trekking, discovering nature and wildlife, surfing and camping, there are lots of nationals parks around to make this experience happen! Check our article Day Trips: 3 Regional Parks to explore just 2 hours from Sydney with some fantastic places to visit.
With almost 2.5 million inhabitants, Brisbane is the most populous city of Queensland. It is a tiny city with stable warm weather, a great option for students that prefer to stay in a more calm environment.
The city offers world-ranked education from great universities and hosts the biggest orientation day for international students of the country, the Brisbane International Students Festival, with over 8,000 students participating each year.
Although it doesn’t present as many jobs as the big cities, it has a steady economical situation and is one of the cheapest cities to live in Australia.
For the beach lovers, it might not be the best option as Brisbane only has a small artificial beach. However, it is very close to Gold Coast or Byron Bay with fantastic beaches to go visiting, at only 2 hours by car.
Also from the group of smaller cities, Perth is located in the Western Australia region and has around 2 million inhabitants. It is a familiar city full of nature and wildlife to explore. There is a beautiful river, the Swan River, that crosses the hole city, with great parks and green areas around to enjoy.
Laboral offerings are a bit lower when compared to larger towns, but the wages are higher due to the mining and engineering sectors, the strongest in the city.
Perth is the most isolated and sunniest major cities in the world with a hot summer Mediterranean climate, great weather to stay the day out and go for a picnic with friends at the Kings Park. If you like surfing and camping in remote areas, you should definitely go to this city, with amazing surfing beaches and camping sites at just a short trip by car.
Also, from this city, you can catch a ferry to Rottnest Island, one of the only places in the world where you can see the famous little cute smiley animal, the Quokka.
5. Gold Coast
The coastal city of the state of Queensland is the smallest of our selection with approximately 600,000 inhabitants. It is a paradise for students that love surfing and going to the beach, doesn’t matter the season.
The city offers different options of study, from universities, vocational courses, English language schools, all of them internationally recognised and with a diverse student community.
The best time to find work in Gold Coast is from September to December, at the beginning of the high season, when the city starts to receive tourists and the job vacancies are not fully covered yet.
The good news is that it is one of the most economical cities in the country.
The high-rise dominated skyline is known worldwide, however, there are stunning beaches such as Burleigh Heads or Rainbow Bay to enjoy and practice sports. Take advantage of the sunny subtropical weather to stay tanned all year.
Got excited already!? Have you decided which city is the best for you? Check our website with all the English and Vocational courses available in Australia! We can help you with all the process, from your enrollment, visa, health insurance and much more for FREE.
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We see you in Australia! 🙂