Student Cities in Australia: Most Popular Cities for Studying & Living

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  • If you decide to study or do an exchange program in Australia, you will be faced with a difficult choice – which city to opt for?

    A vibrant economic hub or a laid-back coastal paradise?

    Australia is incredibly diverse in terms of natural landscapes and climate, as well as opportunities for studying and traveling.

    It boasts natural beauties like the Great Barrier Reef and many other aquatic and beach attractions. Most importantly, this beautiful country offers high-quality education and unique student exchange programs. Read on to find out which cities in Australia are considered top-notch for studying and living.   


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    Melbourne deserves the first spot as the cultural capital of Australia, which also frequently comes up on lists of the most livable cities in the world. It is packed with relatively cheap things to do and see, which is one of the reasons it is very popular with international students. The city is incredibly diverse and multicultural, and home to seven universities that made it into international rankings. Melbourne has efficient public transport and mostly pleasant climate.


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    Sidney is the largest city in Australia and its economic center as well as a highly enjoyable and vibrant place to live in. It offers a high quality of life and universities with highly sought-after alumni. Despite the fact that expenses in Sydney tend to be a bit higher than elsewhere, you can economize by focusing on the necessities, instead of lavish treats.

    You can also save by staying at Iglu Student Accommodation where you can settle down close to your university and enjoy the many perks and benefits of these student halls which also exist in Melbourne and Brisbane. Since the foreign environment can be a bit overwhelming at first, it is good to settle down close to other international students.


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    Brisbane is the capital of Queensland. It is home to three major universities and also more affordable than most other big cities in Australia. It offers a good balance between academic achievements and outdoor activities, and it is warm and perky all year long. Brisbane is also noted for its great potential since it is one of the fastest growing economies in Australia. Apart from sun-drenched beaches and exciting water sports, there is a lot of clubs and cafes to explore in your spare time.   


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    Canberra is a bit more quiet than other cities on the list, which is why it is better suited to hardworking students who want to apply themselves to studies. Other than that, it is one of the most livable cities in the world. It has excellent infrastructure, lush parks and inviting surroundings. It even has a man-made lake in the city center.

    On the other hand, it is not as close to the beach, which might be a bummer for some. It is home to one of Australia’s highest-ranking universities, Australian National University, which is why busy bees from all around flock to study and live in Canberra. 

    Gold Coast

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    Just an hour’s drive away from Brisbane, Gold Coast is the final student city that we are about to present. Primarily famous for its 52-kilometer-long sandy beaches and sunny weather all year long, it is a surfer’s paradise (it really has a suburb called “Surfer’s Paradise”) and a blooming urban environment. That’s not all that Gold Coast is about though. The city is welcoming to international students and also highly livable due to its favorable position on the Australian coast. It is surrounded by mountains and immaculate national parks you should visit, particularly Tamborine Mountain or as they call it “the green behind the gold”.  

    If you hadn’t already considered Australia as a good spot for your studies, hopefully, we’ve opened your eyes to the many possibilities worth considering.

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