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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
If you want to find out more click here.
 

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
If you want to find out more click here.
 

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
If you want to find out more click here.
 

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

If you want to find out more click here.

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

If you want to find out more click here.

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

If you want to find out more click here.

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.

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