Top 5 Best Student Cities in Australia



Australia is renowned for its grandiose yet wild landscapes, its avant-garde cities where surf, urban life and Aboriginal culture blend together. Australia offers many very attractive student cities, it is difficult to make a choice… This decision is essential because it defines the atmosphere in which your studies will take place. We’d like to tell you five most popular student cities in Australia for you to choose from.

  1. Melbourne

Regularly ranked in the top 3 most livable cities, Melbourne attracts many students from all over the world. This city located in South East Australia has many advantages. First of all, it is considered the cultural capital of Australia. It is therefore easy to learn when you are a student. In addition, Melbourne has beautiful beaches, a temperate climate, dense nightlife, and reliable public transport. Finally, this city offers a good number of universities in various fields. Seven of them are included in the 2018 QS ranking of the best universities in the world, like The University of Melbourne, and Monash University.

  1. Sydney

To study in Sydney is to live among iconic buildings such as the Sydney Opera House, Harbor Bridge and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The seaside, and in particular the promenade between Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach, is simply breathtaking. You can find very original natural pools there. In addition, the climate here is more stable and warmer than in Melbourne. Sydney has 2 universities ranked in the top 50 of the top universities in the world and a large and diverse student community from across the globe.

  1. Perth

Perth has a warm and sunny climate year round and is close to beaches and national parks. Kalbarri National Park and its red cliffs, Fitzgerald River National Park, Nambung National Park and its desert Pinnacle (known for its limestone towers) or the magnificent beaches of the Sunset Coast are only a few hours away by car. These qualities make Perth one of Australia’s top destinations. It has quality universities and a thriving cultural offer, especially in the Northbridge district.

  1. Adelaide

This city in southern Australia enjoys a pleasant Mediterranean climate, ideal for those who can’t stand the hot weather. It is located only 20 minutes from the beach by car and offers a wide choice of activities for weekends: national parks, excursions to neighboring islands or even walks and tasting in the surrounding vineyards. Much more affordable than Sydney, Melbourne or Perth, Adelaide allows many students to live in the heart of the city, in North Terrace, which has a good number of student accommodation. With three universities listed in the top 1000 of the best universities in the world, Adelaide attracts a lot of students.

  1. Gold Coast

Gold Coast has arguably one of the highest sunshine ratios in the country. This city is therefore ideal for students looking to live in the sun all year round. The Gold Coast region is bordered by 52km of white sand, it is a paradise for surfers but also for students looking for an affordable and stress-free lifestyle. The advantage of this region is its proximity to both beaches and tropical forests. The hinterland is full of natural parks, landscapes and ancient volcanoes. Its Lamington National Park is even a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nature lovers will therefore be delighted.

If you would like to study in any of these destinations, please feel free to go to to search for universities and schools located in the cities mentioned above to find out the one that suits you best. You can also find all the courses provided by each university or school to apply via CatEight.