Australia ranks as the third most popular international student destination in the world and there are many reasons to it. In terms of academic success, Australia gives you an opportunity to do high-quality scientific research and cooperate with people from specialist institutions while enjoying interesting classes with the support of innovative teachers. There are over 22,000 courses across 1100 institutions in the Land Down Under, so rest assured – you can find a field of study you’ll love. Here are the top five student cities.
Sydney, the most desirable student city
According to the QS Best Student Cities 2016, Sydney ranks as the number one city when it comes to the criteria of desirability. It is a rewarding place to study: some of the finest universities are slowly gaining recognition and climbing the Times Higher Education global rankings, leaving other prestige UK and USA universities behind. Sydney is also becoming a green city: with its eco-conscious policies, it plans on reducing carbon emissions by 70% in 2030, using renewable energy. You can also enjoy over a hundred breathtaking beaches that stretch across Sydney’s coastline: wouldn’t it be amazing to take a swim before a morning lecture? The suburb of Newton is a place of young urban culture which makes it a student’s favorite place to hang out: affordable and exquisite cuisine, craft beers and locally produced wines, alternative cultural places where you can enjoy gigs or theater – it’s a vivid area to enjoy.
Brisbane, a wallet-friendly welcoming city
The capital of Queensland is known as one of the most affordable cities for students in Australia. Local universities offer over 9000 courses with lower tuition fees in comparison to other Australian major cities or universities from the developed countries. Many students choose to share student accommodation with others, which makes this period of life a memorable experience. When you move overseas to study, you need to find your place in the community. In Brisbane you can enjoy a multi-bedroom apartment or pay a bit more for a private accommodation. Either way, student accommodations are strategically located in areas that are within walking distance from major colleges, but also from supermarkets, dining spots, public transport, and entertainment places. The city seems to be designed to address student needs, which is a huge plus. Brisbane is home to the award-winning University of Queensland as well as the reputable ones such as the Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology. In addition to its natural beauties, Brisbane has many festivals such as the Regional Flavours food festival, Oktoberfest, Paniyiri Greek Festival, etc.
Perth, a shortcut to paradise
Annually, Perth attracts around 42,000 students from over 140 countries worldwide. Located in the Western Australia, it offers international students a great opportunity to travel across the country, discover natural wonders and get in touch with nature: relaxing on the beach with kangaroos by your side, swimming with manta rays, tropical fish, turtles and whales, enjoying water sports – all of this sure does sound tempting to adventure-seeking students and it’s all at the foot of Perth. Did you know that in 2005, Nobel prize for medicine was awarded to Prof. Barry Marshall and Dr Robin Warren? You will certainly enjoy world class education in the sunshine capital since teachers are really focused on combining theoretical knowledge with actual practice while supporting your creativity and helping you develop critical thinking skills. In addition to great education opportunities, Brisbane students receive 40% discount on all types of public transportation and they can enjoy the multicultural environment along with festivals, great food, and vivid nightlife.
Canberra, the capital of opportunities
Around 25% of Canberra’s population is made of students. The capital of the Land Down Under is home to five different universities among which two are the most popular. Australian National University is one of the top-ranked universities, renowned for its scientific accomplishments as well as the support system students enjoy after finishing their studies and go hunting for jobs. The other one is the University of Canberra, well-known for innovative teaching techniques and a wide offer of courses within six study fields. Canberra is a quiet town, which may come to as a surprise due to the fact it’s rather populated. However, this doesn’t mean it’s boring: there are many festivals to visit (e.g. Canberra International Film Festival, National Multicultural Festival, comedy festivals, literature festivals, wine and food, music festivals, etc.). It is a city with the lowest crime rates in comparison to other Australian major cities.
Melbourne, a home of student diversity
If we take into consideration the size and diversity of the student community, Melbourne is an absolute winner. There are nine excellent universities you can choose from, along with other higher education institutions. In 2014, Melbourne was ranked as the world’s friendliest city, which is a well-deserved title. As an international student, you will feel most welcomed: just stop by the Study Melbourne Welcome Desk at Melbourne airport or the Study Melbourne Student Centre in Central Business District and you’ll encounter the most pleasant staff to help you adapt to the new environment, providing you information regarding health matters, legal services, accommodation, safety, etc. There are a number of activities you can try out as an international student in order to really soak in the city’s spirit: visit the Federation Square, walk along the river, shop at the Queen Victoria Market, meet the animals at the Melbourne Zoo or explore the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium.
Did you know that Australia spawned a total of 15 Nobel prize laureates? An incredibly stimulating study environment combined with high-quality study programs must have done their magic. Enjoy the incredible perks of being an international student among Aussies and study side by side with some of the finest minds in the world.