5 Affordable Cities in Australia to Study At

12/05/2017 - Student Life


5 Affordable Cities in Australia to Study At

Studying abroad in Australia is a favourite option amongst international students seeking higher education, and we can see why. With seven cities ranked amongst the Top 100 in the QS Best Student Cities 2017 list, Australia offers excellent combinations of high standards of education, a multicultural community, a laid-back lifestyle and fantastic landscapes all in one. It’s difficult not to fall in love with the land down under as every city has something unique to offer.

With education of international students being Australia’s third largest export income earner, it is also one of the most expensive countries for foreign students to study at.

But fret not! We check out 5 alternative cities that are easier on your wallet and still offer a quality study abroad experience.

1) Wollongong

Wollongong Australia Study Abroad

Location: 80km South of Sydney
Population: 295,000
Universities: University of Wollongong

Wollongong is Australia’s best kept secret if you can’t afford the country’s largest and most expensive city, Sydney. It is not only the country’s most livable small city, the overall cost of living is also rather reasonable.

Here you will find the University of Wollongong, one of Australia’s top universities. The university is ranked 3rd in the Australian University Rankings 2017 by University Reviews Australia, which combines world ranking, graduate satisfaction and graduate salaries.


2) Hobart

Location: South-East of Tasmania
Population: 221,000
Universities: University of Tasmania

Located right at the bottom of Australia, the second oldest city in Australia has one of the lowest accommodation costs compared to the other university cities. If you enjoy life away from the buzzing big city, this might be the place for you.

The University of Tasmania is a special place to study at. If you enjoy nature and a cool climate, you might find yourself enjoying your studies at one of the best universities in Australia.

3) Gold Coast

Gold Coast Australia Study Abroad


Location: South-East of Brisbane
Population: 507,000
Universities: Griffith University, Bond University

With it’s reputation of good weather and beaches, the Gold Coast is fast becoming a popular destination for tourists and students alike. If going to the beach and partying after classes is your kind of thing, you should look no further.

The Gold Coast is home to Bond University and the largest campus of Griffith University.

4) Adelaide

Location: Southern Australia
Population: 1,300,000
Universities: University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, Flinders University, Torrens University Australia

Australia’s fifth largest city covers a large and diverse student population. It provides an ideal mix of being budget friendly and an energetic urban life.

There are also many universities to pick from including the University of Adelaide, which is part of Australia’s Group of Eight leading research universities and also constantly ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide.

5) Brisbane

Brisbane Australia Study Abroad

Location: South-East Queensland
Population: 2,300,000
Universities: Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and also Australia’s third largest city.

This big and friendly city is one of the most popular destinations for international students after Sydney and Melbourne due to being one of the most affordable places to live at, and their higher than average quality of the universities offered here.

Students typically find themselves basking in the warmer climate and getting a kick out of the balance between an urban and outdoor lifestyle.


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