Australia’s Most Livable Cities

Australia has some of most livable cities in the world. The warm weather, plenty of space and economic prosperity all contribute to making Australian cities great places to live and study.

Students are assumed to especially appreciate cheap accommodation and low living costs, a compact layout, good public transport, and plenty of entertainment options, all offered in Australia’s best universities.

Let’s take a look at Australia’s best known cities.


Melbourne is the biggest and most livable city for students. The capital of Victoria and Australia’s second largest city has a growing population of 4.2 million compared to Sydney’s 4.6 million.

The city is home to 8 universities that teach close to 300,000 students, with more than a third from abroad. This makes Melbourne comfortably Australia’s biggest University City and one of the biggest study abroad destinations globally. Some of the major universities located in Melbourne include:

  • Deakin University and
  • La Trobe University.

brisbane-city-skylineBrisbane is ranked second and is the capital of Queensland. This beautiful city is warm all year and has reasonably priced accommodation. Griffith University, is the regional university with 5 campuses in and near the city. The University accepts more study abroad undergraduates than any other main university.


Adelaide is one of the cheapest cities to live in among the major cities with around 70,000 people, including close to 20,000 international students studying at its 4 universities listed below;

  • The University of Adelaide is the city’s prestige teaching institution with an international reputation for academic research.
  • The University of South Australia is Adelaide’s largest university and has six campuses, four of which are in the city.
  • Flinders University was founded in 1966 after demand for university places went beyond the physical capacity of the University of Adelaide.

canberra-cityCanberra is Australia’s capital, and can be quiet at times, especially during winter and would therefore best suit students who want to study more than party.The city is highly planned, with two universities;

  • The Australian National University (ANU), a national research university
  • The University of Canberra, a public university.

gold-coast-beach-resortThe Gold Coast is Australia’s largest non-capital city. It’s great weather and amazing sand beaches make the city an excellent tourist destination. University students living on the Gold Coast require balance between study and things such as surfing, bushwalking, theme parks and city entertainment. The Gold Coast is home to;

  • Bond University, a small, private university recognized as one of the very best in Australia for teaching and student services. Bond operates on a three-semester calendar, allowing students to fast-track courses.
  • Griffith University’s largest campus. This large regional university has around 40,000 students across its campuses, including close to 10,000 international students.


Perth is the major metropolis of the vast, arid state of Western Australia and Australia’s fastest growing capital city. The city has a Mediterranean-style climate with hot and dry summers and winters are wet and mild. It is a major study abroad destination, with around 35,000 international students attending 4 universities;

  • The University of Western Australia is Perth’s most prestigious university and is ranked as one of Australia’s best.
  • Edith Cowan University is teaching focused and achieves high course ratings.
  • Murdoch University accepts large numbers of international students at the undergraduate level.
  • Curtin University is easily Perth’s largest, with around 40,000 students. More than a third of them are from overseas. The university has a strong reputation for research internationally and has facilities in Sydney and Asia.

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