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Sydney or Melbourne? The two most remarkable Australian cities dilemma

The Australian cities dilemma: Sydney or Melbourne?

Parts

Part 1: Background

“Is Melbourne better than Sydney?”, “Is Sydney better than Melbourne?”.

You must have gone through this dilemma when you’re choosing between Australia’s two remarkable cities.

But don’t worry, this article has broken down the pros and cons of both cities so that it’ll be easier for you to make a decision.

Part 2: Comparative analogy

Transport

Getting around Melbourne is quite easier than Sydney as Sydney is heavily congested and transport expense is more expensive than Melbourne’s.
 
The Public transport of Melbourne is also better than Sydney because of its less urban sprawls in compared to Sydney.

Melbourne have a sky Bus (AUD 18 one way southern cross station) and it also makes the public easier to get around because of the tram system which is 100% free within the CBD (central Business District).

In terms of scenic beauty while traveling Sydney is much prettier to commute through with harbor ferries and swish double-decker trains that cross the Harbour bridge.
 
Weather

Melbourne’s weather can be four seasons in one day.  Its summers are less predictable than Sydney’s.

Winter of Melbourne are perceived to be harsh, it goes through Arctic blast and occasional torrential downpour and blue skies can sometimes be seen in winter days but as Melbourne goes through this kind of weather in August, Sydney basks in 22-degree heat.

Beaches

As mentioned Sydney is all about humidity, it also has legendary beaches. Milk Beach, Bondi Beach, Shelly Beach, Manly beach, and the list goes on … these are the beaches that are the best for swimming, surfing and sunbathing.

However, Melbourne doesn’t come off that strong in the context of beaches, but if you take a short drive or train ride down the eastern side of Port Philip Bay in Melbourne, you will find yourself in non-surf beaches like Brighton, Chelsea, where the water is warm, clear as glass and beautiful.

Sydney beaches are iconic but they are also heavily crowded and chaotic.
 
Landmark and Sightseeing

Sydney is a popular city that has a huge number of landmarks and sightseeing destinations. 

Nature, the natural harbors and the man-made wonders like Sydney opera house bring their best in Sydney. The Opera House is one of the best landmarks in Sydney.

As compared to Sydney Melbourne has a better number of Architectural wonders. Flinders Street Station is a gorgeous piece of historical architecture and the Yarra River is lovely to stroll beside on a sunny day. As the sporting capital of the country, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is open to tour for visitors and residents alike. A visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens is a must-do and the nearby Shrine of Remembrance offers an insight into Australian history, as well as a decent view of the city.
 
Food

Melbourne is often considered as the capital of Culinary. The range and quality of food in Melbourne are phenomenal.

Sydney has a fair- share of award-winning restaurants but tends to be of the price variety.

The city’s Chinatown is packed with quality restaurants and bars. If you’re after a cheap meal in an outdoor setting, Queen Victoria Market in the north of the city holds annual summer and winter markets. Here you can grab a burger or oysters to have with a cold beer to warm yourself against the cold with pizza coupled with a hot cider or mulled wine during the winter months.
 
Culture

It depends on how you define culture, but if it comes down to the arts scene, Melbourne is better than Sydney.

The city boasts an extremely enviable art and music scene, especially the National Gallery of Victoria which is a marvel inside and out.

You can catch live music essentially any and every night of the week, from venues within the CBD and surrounding suburbs like St Kilda and Collingwood to name a couple of hot spots. The city itself is like a living, breathing a piece of art. Urban art can be found everywhere – from the laneways of the Central Business District (CBD) – like the famous Hosier Lane near Flinders Street Station – to that adorning the buildings of suburbs like Brunswick and Fitzroy.

Nightlife

In times it would be hard to decide between the two, but Melbourne is the clear winner in terms of Nightlife.

Fitzroy, Brunswick and St Kilda will guarantee you a good night out. It doesn’t matter what your preference – pubs, clubs, rooftop bars with a full view of the city – you’ll find it in Melbourne. However, King Cross on a Friday night or having a glass of wine at Opera Bar of the harbor spread will give you a good night out at Sydney.

Parks

Sydney feels less concrete nightmare and more urban jungle. Being built on one of the loveliest natural harbors in the world goes a long way in helping this feeling.

¡The city is full of green spaces, Hyde Park and the Royal Botanical Gardens in the CBD are lovely and you could spend hours navigating Centennial Park in the city’s east.
 
While for Melbourne on a sunny day, it is gorgeous. There are plenty of green spots to be found around the city (being part of Australia’s Garden State after all) and the city looks lovely against a backdrop of blue sky.

However, on a rainy day, Melbourne seems like a completely different place. The Yarra River and St Kilda Beach are two main attractions consisting of natural beauty.
 
Sports

Melbourne is the undisputed sports capital of Australia. The teams like AFL or Aussie rules are originated in Melbourne. It hosts many international events but the memory of the most recent Olympic Games in Australia.

Melbourne has a reputation of being the sports capital of the world so it’s safe to say that in terms of Sports Melbourne is the winner than Sydney.
 
Pests

Besides all of the mentioned above, Sydney experiences a cockroaches situation so a bug spray might come in handy.

Regular fumigation of your apartment is mandatory to control the pests.
 
SO WHY SYDNEY?

Sydney has the sights: the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney Tower, Luna Park… the list goes on.

It has amazing weather, beautiful beaches and is desperate to see some of Australia’s renowned icons.

If you want to be close to nature, then Sydney is the place for you.
 
AND WHY MELBOURNE?

If you want to experience the beating heart of Australia, by immersing yourself in its culture, art, food, and nightlife.

If you’re a fan of boutique shopping, colorful cocktails and consider yourself a coffee connoisseur, then Melbourne is the city for you.
 
If you want to know more about cities in Australia, here’s the link to one of out other popular post, “Where to Live in Australia as an International Student?”, where you’ll find more information about Sydney, Melbourne, and other popular student cities around Australia.

Part 3: Conclusion

Sydney and Melbourne couldn’t be more different in looks, vibe, and energy – and they each cater to a different kind of traveler.

The Sydney vs Melbourne showdown has been raging for a long time, but which city will you choose? 🙂

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Living in Australia with PR in mind

Living in Australia with PR in mind

Parts

Part 1: Point-based PR System

Australia is becoming a popular immigration destination in the world. It has one of the most organized point-based immigration systems. The point-based visas include:

  1. Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189)
  2. Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190)
  3. Skilled Regional (Provincial) Visa (subclass 489)

You need to acquire a minimum of 65 points to be eligible for any of these visas. It is easier to get Australian PR with a score of 70 or above.

The points are calculated based on your educational qualification, work experience in Australia’s skills list, and English language proficiency.

With a Masters Degree, work experience in Australia’s skills list and good English language score you can get Australian permanent residency within a year.

Part 2: Key Things to consider before Applying for Australian PR

Occupation

Your occupation must be included in the skilled Occupation lists of Australia. The skilled occupations list is divided into three parts:

  • Short term skilled occupation list (SOL)
  • Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • Regional Occupation List (ROL)

To be eligible to apply for Australian Skilled Immigration Program, your job profile should be in at least one of the lists.

To see Australian skill occupation list, click here

Skilled employment

You can gain a maximum of 20 points for your work experience with Australia or overseas, in the nominated skilled occupation or closely related occupation.

Australian employment in a nominated or closely related occupation

Work Experience

Points

Range #1

8 - 10 years

20

Range #2

5 - 8 years

15

Range #3

3 - 5 years

10

Range #4

1 - 3 years

5

 

Overseas employment in a nominated or closely related occupation

Work Experience

Points

Range #1

8 - 10 years

15

Range #2

5 - 8 years

10

Range #3

3 - 5 years

5

Age

Your age is an important factor when it comes to applying for Australian permanent residency.

You must under 45 years while applying and you get points for your age.

You get the maximum points for being between 25 – 32 years of age.

Age

Points

Range #1

18 - 24

25

Range #2

25 - 32

30

Range #3

33 - 39

25

Range #4

40 - 44

15

English Language Proficiency

You need to have good English proficiency to apply for Australian permanent residency.

The minimum requirement is IELTS band 6. However, you acquire zero points for IELTS band 6. Therefore, you must aim for IELTS band 7 or above if you want to get points for it.

IELTS Score

Points

Superior

8 or more

20

Proficient

7 or more

10

Competent

6 or more

0

Educational Qualification

You need to fulfill minimum educational qualification in order to be eligible to apply for Australian skilled immigration.

Your educational qualification can earn you a maximum of 20 points.

IELTS Score

Points

Qualification #1

Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or from a recognized non-Australian institution

20

Qualification #2

Bachelors degree(or masters) from an Australian educational institution or from a recognized non-Australian institution

15

Qualification #3

Diploma or trade qualification completed in Australia

10

Qualification #4

An award or qualification recognized by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation

10

Professional Year

If you have completed a professional year within the last 4 years, you can gain 5 points for it.

The professional year includes formal training with on-the-job experiences.

The professional year must be in the nominated occupation or closely related occupation and must be 12 months.

Nomination and Sponsorship (Subclass 109 and 489 only)

IELTS Score

Points

Nomination #1

From a state or territory government under state migration plan, for subclass 190 application

5

Nomination #2

From a state or territory government, or sponsorship by an eligible relative, to a regional area for subclass 489 application

10

Part 3: Courses that provide PR pathways in Australia

Choosing the right course is an important step to Australian permanent residency.

Here are the top Courses that lead to Australian permanent residency:

  • Engineering
  • Agriculture and horticulture
  • Building professions, architecture and building technicians
  • Construction trades
  • Hospitality
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • IT
  • Social work
  • Automotive traders
  • Cookery and patisserie
  • Child care
  • Law

Want to learn more?, click here

Part 4: Top 2 states that provide the best PR pathways

The skilled Independent Visa allows you to settle anywhere in Australia. However, each state has its own immigration program.

Here are the top two states to live in if your goal is to get an Australian PR:

Tasmania

Tasmania has introduced the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass489) for Tasmanian state nomination of overseas applicants, which will allow overseas applicants to live and work in the state for four years.

It is one of the most convenient pathways to Australian PR.

The Tasmanian state nomination adds 10 points to the skill visa’s overall score.

There is no occupation ceiling in the Skilled Occupation List so you will have hundreds of options, and the state might also sponsor you.

However, there are certain terms and conditions of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Tasmanian Government’s sate nomination for state-sponsored visas.

The requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Meeting the skills assessment for specified occupations
  • Required the English language
  • Acquiring a minimum score on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s point test

In order to apply for this visa, you are required to nominate an occupation from Tasmania’s Skilled Occupation List and provide sufficient proof of employment opportunities in the state.

You can apply for following visas, in order to migrate to Tasmania

  • Skilled Independent Subclass 189
  • Skilled Nominated Subclass 190
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489

A skilled visa holder can apply for applying for permanent residency after 2 years of living and at least one year of working full-time (35 hours), in Tasmania.

Universities and colleges

  • University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus
  • TasTAFE

Want to learn more?, click here

To check availability, click here

 

Northern Territory

If you have a skilled occupation listed that is in demand in Northern Territory, you can emigrate to Australia.

The state government might even sponsor your visa application under general skilled migration visa subclass.

The Northern Territory is seeking to welcome skilled migrants in 117 occupations, offering a pathway to permanent residency to the workers and their family, willing to work in the region for at least three years.

If you are already living in Australia, you can apply for permanent residency after having lived and worked full time for 6 months in a nominated or closely related skilled occupation.

It is even easier if you have studied in the Northern Territory.

Want to learn more?, Click here

Universities and colleges

  • International College of Advanced Education (ICAE)
  • Charles Darwin University

Part 5: Gain extra PR Points

Educational qualification from Australian institution > 5 points

If you have one or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awarded by an Australian institution and meet the study requirement, you can earn 5 extra points.

Regional study > 5 points

You can earn 5 points if you meet the requirement to have lived and studied in regional Australia or low populated metropolitan area.

Here is a list of places that could earn you the extra 5 points:

  • New South Wales (except Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast, and Wollongong)
  • Queensland (except the greater Brisbane area and Gold Coast)
  • Victoria (except Melbourne metropolitan area)
  • Western Australia (except Perth and surrounding areas)
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Northern Territory

Community Language Skills > 5 points

You can gain 5 points for Credentialed Community Language at the time you apply.

It is accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI)

Spouse / partner skills > 5 points

You can gain 5 points if your spouse/partner meets the following basic requirements:

  • Less than 45 years of age
  • At least competent English test score
  • Spouse/partner’s occupation should be in the same occupation list as the primary applicant
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Where to Live in Australia as an International Student

Where to Live in Australia as an International Student

Parts

Part 1: Background

Are you thinking about studying in Australia?

Well, why wouldn’t you?

Australia offers top academic programs, excellent universities, and high living standards. It
attracts almost 300,000 international students each year and 1 in 3 students is an international
student 😮

Choosing a place to live can be difficult and confusing.

We understand that choosing where to live abroad can be a tough decision for international
students. Therefore, we have come up with this guide to help you find a suitable place to study and live.

By the end of this blog post, you will have a basic idea about the following:

  • Types of accommodation available in Australia
  • Best liveable cities in Australia
  • Cost of living in Australia
  • Best University cities in Australia
  • Best cities regarding PR Pathway

But before you learn about the best place to suit your needs, are you aware of the types of
accommodation available for students in Australia?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Part 2: Types of Accommodation in Australia

According to the Australian Government, these are the types of accommodation available on the market and their average cost:

  • Hostels and Guesthouses – $90 to $150 per week
  • Shared Rental – $85 to $215 per week
  • On campus – $90 to $280 per week
  • Homestay – $235 to $325 per week
  • Rental – $165 to $440 per week
  • Boarding schools – $11,000 to $22,000 a year

The Department of Home Affairs in Australia requires an international student to fulfill certain financial criteria. According to which the average living cost (including accommodation + bills + food + transport) for an International student is estimated to be $20,290 per year.

If you want to find out more click here.

Part 3: Best Australian Student Cities

Australia has of some of the most liveable cities in the world and is very difficult to find an Australian city that is not liveable.

International Students in Australia can work up to 40 hours per fortnight (two weeks) during university semesters and full time during vacations.

The minimum wage is $18.93- $23.66, depending on your skills and experience.

While the Australian cities are similar, each is unique in its own way. The differences are minor and depend on what you value. We have ranked the cities on the basis of livability, cost of living and Educational Institutions available.

Here is the city breakdown for you:

Melbourne

Melbourne is easily the biggest student city in Australia . It houses almost 270,000 students a year and It is known as the top cultural center of Australia.

Livability

Ranked 2nd on the list of most livable cities in the world 2018, Melbourne is also the headquarter to many Multinational corporations in the world.

It offers several leisure activities like live music events, comedy shows, many sporting events, Eureka Tower where you can have splendid views of the city, Port Phillip Bay or swim with the seahorses in Mornington Peninsula.

Pros

Cultural entertainment, design & architecture, diverse people.

Cons

Climate, road traffic.

Cost of Living

The cost of living mentioned here is on a monthly basis:

  • Accommodation (Shared): $500-550
  • Utilities (Gas and Electricity): $45-65
  • Food: $ 200-$320
  • Monthly ticket public transport:$ 148
  • Taxi on business day 8KM (5miles): $34
  • Entertainment: $200 min (depends on the lifestyle you chose)
  • Plan Phone (Vodafone, Optus, ): $30 min (depends on which phone you choose )
  • Other: $100

Universities and Colleges

  • University of Melbourne
  • Monash University
  • RMIT University
  • Deakin University
  • La Trobe University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • Victoria University
  • Federation University
  • Australian Catholic University
  • Australian National Institute of Business and Technology
  • Chalmers Business College
  • King Edward College
  • Australian National College
  • Victorian Business College
  • Melbourne City Institute of Education

Sydney

With the largest economy in Australia, Sydney has the highest employability. It is also considered the financial center of the country and headquarters to several multinational companies. It is home to almost 230,000 students among which 50,000 are international students.

Livability

Ranked 5th on the list of most affordable places to live in the world 2018, Sydney offers a high quality of life and an active nightlife. Sydney offers lovely beaches and many green spaces and a “pay what you can Mondays”, where you can watch a play.

Pros

Economic opportunities, climate, cultural entertainment.

Cons

Affordability, cleanliness & pollution, road traffic.

Cost of Living

The cost of living mentioned here is on a monthly basis:

  • Accommodation (Shared): $600-$860 (depending on the suburb you live in)
  • Utilities (Gas, Electricity, water): $ 150
  • Food/Groceries: $200 -$320
  • Monthly ticket public transport:$ 165
  • Taxi on business day 8KM (5miles): $ 28
  • Entertainment: $ 200 min (depends on the activities you chose)
  • Plan Phone (Vodafone, Optus, ): $30 min (depends on which phone you choose)
  • Other: $100
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Universities and Colleges

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Macquarie University
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Western Sydney University
  • Australian Pacific College
  • Magill College
  • Kent Institute of Business and Technology
  • Central Queensland University
  • Australian College of Technology
  • Sydney International College
  • Sydney Community College
  • Kent Institute of Business and Technology

Adelaide

Adelaide is one of Australia’s best places to study abroad. It is popular among international students for its cheaper accommodation costs and good education equality nationally.

Livability

Ranking 10th on the list of most livable cities in the world 2018, Adelaide offers a unique mix of urban life and picturesque natural surroundings. Fun activities in Adelaide include Adelaide
Festival of Arts, Adelaide Festival of Ideas or Adelaide Writer’s week.

You can also visit the Barossa Valley (the best wine region in Australia), Kangaroo Island or swim with the dolphins in the Glenely area.

Pros

Affordability, clean environment.

Cons

Economic opportunities, public transport, cultural entertainment.

Cost of Living

The cost of living mentioned here is on a monthly basis:

  • Accommodation (Shared): $ 520 (cost depends on where you live)
  • Utilities (Gas and Electricity): $ 160-$220
  • Food/Groceries: $ 200- $320
  • Travel: $ 20-$40 per week (on student concession)
  • Monthly ticket public transport:$ 92
  • Taxi on business day 8KM (5miles): $21
  • Entertainment: $200 min (depends on the lifestyle you chose)
  • Plan Phone (Vodafone, Optus, ): $30 min (depends on which phone you choose )
  • Others: $100
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Universities and Colleges

  • Flinders University
  • Torrens University
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of South Australia
  • Salford College
  • Adelaide International College
  • Bradford College
  • St Ann’s College
  • Australian College of Applied Psychology
  • The City Business College
  • Adelaide Legal and Commercial College
  • Durban International College
  • International College of Hotel Management
  • Australian Institute f Business

Perth

Perth is the fourth most populous city in Australia. It has a nice and warm climate, lovely beaches and offers a variety of cultural and social activities.

Livability

Ranking 14th on the list of the most liveable cities in the world 2018, It has a nice and warm
climate, lovely beaches and offers a variety of cultural and social activities.

Pros

Clean environment, climate, economic opportunities.

Cons

Affordability, affordable housing.

Cost of Living

The cost of living mentioned here is on a monthly basis:

  • Accommodation (Shared): $ 420 ( cost depending on where you live)
  • Utilities (Gas and Electricity): $140-$240
  • Food/Groceries: $ 200-$320
  • Travel:
  • Monthly ticket public transport:$ 87
  • Taxi on business day 8KM (5miles): $20
  • Entertainment: $200 min (depends on the lifestyle you chose)
  • Plan Phone (Vodafone, Optus, ): $30 min (depends on which phone you choose )
  • Other: $100
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Universities and Colleges

  • University of Western Australia
  • Curtin University
  • Murdoch University
  • Australian College of Applied Education
  • Australian Institute of Commerce and Technology
  • TAFE International Western Australia
  • Alexander Technology Institute
  • New England College
  • Australian National Institute of Higher Education
  • International Business College
  • Beaufort College

Brisbane

Brisbane is the third most populated city in Australia. Home to many universities, Brisbane welcomes around 50,000 students each year. It is one of Australia’s most affordable places to study.

Livability

Ranking 22nd on the list of world’ most liveable cities 2018, Brisbane offers many fun activities like, Annual Buddha Birthday festival (probably the world’s largest fly over the city hot air balloon) or exploring Brisbane’s Moreton Bay Islands.

Pros

Affordability, climate, cleanliness & pollution.

Cons

Economic opportunities, cultural entertainment, look & design.

Cost of Living

The cost of living mentioned here is on a monthly basis:

  • Accommodation (Shared): $ 335- $1000 (depending on where you live)
  • Utilities (Gas and Electricity): $ 165
  • Food/Groceries: $ 200-$320
  • Travel:
  • Monthly ticket public transport:$ 133
  • Taxi on business day 8KM (5miles): $24
  • Entertainment: $200 min (depends on the lifestyle you chose)
  • Plan Phone (Vodafone, Optus, ): $30 min (depends on which phone you choose )
  • Other: $100

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Universities and Colleges

  • University of Queensland
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Griffith University
  • Martin College
  • Imperial College Australia
  • Royal College of Healthcare
  • Queensford College
  • International Pacific College
  • Russo Institute of Technology

Canberra

Canberra is home to 50,000 students, out of which 9000 are international students. It offers many attractions like the man-made lake, nature reserves, Captain James Cook Memorial, the Black Mountain Tower, and more.

Pros

Road traffic, safety, clean environment.

Cons

Climate, affordability.

Cost of Living

The cost of living mentioned here is on a monthly basis:

  • Accommodation (Shared): $ 620- $980 (depending on where you live)
  • Utilities (Gas and Electricity): $ 80-$120
  • Food/Groceries: $ 200-$320
  • Monthly ticket public transport:$ 125
  • Taxi on business day 8KM (5miles): $24
  • Entertainment: $200 min (depends on the lifestyle you chose)
  • Plan Phone (Vodafone, Optus etc): $30 min (depends on which phone you choose )
  • Other: $100

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Universities and Colleges

Canberra is home to 2 internationally ranked universities.

  • Australian National University
  • University of Canberra
  • ANU College of Law
  • Australian College of Midwives
  • Australian Business Academy

Hobart

Hobart is a small picturesque town on an island in Australia. It is also the capital and most
populated city within the state of Tasmania.

Livability

Although a small city, Hobart is filled with art, varieties of food scene and natural attractions. Hobart offers fun activities like mountain climbing, Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), eating fish and chips from a floating punt, dining in the finest restaurants and more.

Cost of Living

The cost of living mentioned here is on a monthly basis:

  • Accommodation (Shared): $340- $600 (depending on where you live)
  • Utilities (Gas and Electricity): $48 – $220 
  • Food/Groceries: $ 200-$320
  • Monthly ticket public transport:$ 65
  • Taxi on business day 8KM (5miles): $21
  • Entertainment: $200 min (depends on the lifestyle you chose)
  • Plan Phone (Vodafone, Optus, ): $30 min (depends on which phone you choose )
  • Other: $100

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Universities and Colleges

  • Hobart University
  • University of Tasmania
  • Tabor College
  • TAFE Tasmania

Wollongong

Cost of Living

The cost of living mentioned here is on a monthly basis:

  • The cost of living mentioned here is on a monthly basis.
  • Accommodation (Shared): $ 707
  • Utilities (Gas and Electricity): $ 100
  • Food/Groceries: $ 200-$320
  • Monthly ticket public transport:$ 82
  • Taxi on business day 8KM (5miles): $36
  • Entertainment: $200 min (depends on the lifestyle you chose)
  • Plan Phone (Vodafone, Optus, ): $30 min (depends on which phone you choose )
  • Other: $100

Universities and Colleges

  • University of Wollongong
  • IRT College
  • Australian Technical College
  • Australian College of Commerce and Management
  • Richard Johnson College

Part 4: Best for PR Pathway

Australia is becoming one of the most popular immigration destinations in the world with almost 200,000 intakes every year.

Skilled Independent Visa allows one to settle anywhere in Australia. However, every state has its own immigration program in accordance with their economic and skills requirement, through which the states nominate applicants for skilled migration.

Tasmania

Tasmania offers the most convenient pathway to permanent residency and citizenship. It has introduced a new category for the Skilled Regional visa for Tasmanian state nomination of overseas applicants.

A Tasmanian state nomination adds 10 points to the skill visa applicant’s overall score. 

A skilled Visa holder can apply for permanent residency after having lived at least two years and worked full time (35 hours).

Tasmania has no occupation ceiling, which provides hundreds of options even if your occupation is not on the Skilled Occupation List.

If you want to find out more click here and here.

Northern Territory

You can apply for permanent residency after having lived for 6 months in Northern territory and worked full time in a nominated or closely related skilled occupation.

Universities and colleges

  • International College of Advanced Education (ICAE)
  • Charles Darwin University
If you want to find out more click here.

Part 5: Conclusion

Choosing where to live depends on what you value most. We’ve given you the details. It’s your job now to decide what you want, and in this case, where you want to study.

To get you started, here are some questions to brainstorm before you make your decision:

  • What do you want your study abroad experience to be like?
  • Is money an issue?
  • Which University do you want to study in?
  • Which course do you want to study?
  • Does your desired University have the course you want to study?
  • Does your desired city have Universities that offer your preferred course?

Remember to think and analyse before you make your decision. We hope this article was helpful.