Best student cities in Australia
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Best student cities in Australia to study, live and work
-One of the most prominent destinations among international students, Australia is home to some of the top universities in the world that promise quality education and globally recognised undergraduate and graduate degrees. Having a bohemian life-style, cultural environment and high living standard, Australia is home to seven top most student cities in the world according to QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2016. Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Gold cost are Best Student Cities in Australia in which Melbourne and Sydney secure rank 2nd and 4th and stand out in the list of top 5 student cities in Australia. Compared to living cost in developed countries such as the USA and the UK, Australia offers all facility at much lower cost. Let’s have a look at the top most student cities’ lifestyle, top universities and living expenses in Australia.

MelbourneMelbourne- Melbourne is ranked 2nd in QS Best Student Cities ranking 2016. Being the cultural capital of Australia, the city secures a place in best student cities ranking every year. According to a report by International Student Strategy 2013-2017, the population of international students grew gradually from 17,000 students in 2002 to 29,000 students in 2011; interestingly, China is the biggest contributor with 31% of the total international students. Melbourne is also ranked 1st out of 140 cities in Global Livability Ranking and 185th out of 446 cities in Numbeo Safety ranking. Culturally rich environment and a world class education system with high quality of teaching and research make Melbourne city the second most student friendly city in the world.


University in the area- Melbourne is home to seven best universities featured in QS ranking in which University of Melbourne is ranked 42nd in QS Top Universities ranking and 33rd in THE World University Ranking 2015-2016. Apart from University of Melbourne, Monash University and Deakin University are the other most popular universities in the area which offer world class education along with the practical training. University of Melbourne and Monash University are also ranked 33rd and 56th respectively in THE Global Employability Ranking.

Cost of study- Although Melbourne is one of the most student-friendly cities but on the flip side it is also one of the costliest cities in the world. However considering other benefits offered by this city like quality education system, high standards of living and incredible natural backdrops compensate for the expenses. Average tuition fee to study in the University of Melbourne is US $23,800 which increases according to courses and duration of study. Average cost of living for an international student in the city is AUD $1,150.27

Here is a report on yearly expenditure of undergraduate international students according to universities Australia 2013 survey-


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sydney-picSydney- Australia's one of the largest cities and financial hub, Sydney did not slip down from its last year ranking and secured fourth position again in QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2016 as well. Whether it is lovely climate or beaches, a bohemian lifestyle or world class education in top universities,Sydney has a lot to offer to the students from overseas. The city is ranked 7th out of 140 cities in Global Liveability Ranking and 192nd out of 446 cities in Numbeo Safety Ranking. Less crime and student friendly environment make Sydney the fourth best student city in the world.

University in the area- The city is home to some of Australia’s most popular universities. University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, University of Technology, Sydney, Macquarie University and Western Sydney University are the most popular universities among international students and are also ranked in QS World University Ranking. University of Sydney and University of New South Wales are ranked 45th and 46th in QS World University Ranking 2016. These universities also secure 42nd and 55th positions in THE Global Employability ranking 2015-2016.

Cost of study- After beating Melbourne in terms of cost of living,Sydney is one of the costliest cities in the world and ranked 31st out of 214 top cities in Mercer Cost of Living Ranking. An average tuition fee to study in Sydney is US $27,100. According to the University of New South Wales, the yearly estimated cost of living for an international student is $21,275 AUD.

Here is a list of average cost of living in Sydney-


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CanberraCanberra- Australia’s national capital consolidates its place climbing from 21st to 17th position in QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2016 with other top cities like Melbourne and Sydney. Being host to Australia’s highest ranked university, Australian National University, Canberra is home to a large and internationally diverse student population. According to QS, there are approximately 29% international students of the total student’s population in Canberra. It is also one of the safest, the most educated and best student cities in Australia. Canberra is ranked 100th out of 446 cities in Numbeo Safety Ranking.

University in the area- Australian National University and University of Canberra are the top universities in Canberra and secured a rank in QS World University Ranking 2016. Australian National University has an international reputation for excellence in culture intensive research, education and policy expertise. Being ranked 19th in QS ranking and 32nd in THE Global Employability Ranking, ANU is one of the world’s top universities.

Cost of study- Although Canberra is also one of the costliest cities but can be considered economical as compared to other cities such as Melbourne and Sydney. Average tuition fee for a studentis $21,200 which may vary according to programmes.

Here is an estimated weekly cost of living (off-campus) in Canberra according to a report by Australian National University.


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BrisbaneBrisbane- After moving up five places from last year’s ranking, Brisbane secured 18th position in the QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2016. The city is home to the three top universities i.e., University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University. Having 177 major resource and energy companies, Brisbane is truly a growing hub with lots of career opportunities and one of the best student cities in Australia to study, live and work. Sunny climate, perfect weather, proximity to one of the best tourist destinations -- Gold Coast -- and other facilities by Brisbane City Council such as free Wi-Fi helped Brisbane to stand at 18th position in the Global Liveability Ranking. This city is also ranked 173rd out of 446 in the Numbeo Safety Ranking.

University in the area- One of the top universities of Brisbane, University of Queensland is ranked 46th in QS World University Ranking 2016 which is popular for its major programmes such as environmental studies, life science and medical studies. Another top university in the area Griffith University is also ranked in QS ranking. Major sought after courses at Griffith University are Law and Legal Studies and Social Science Studies.

Cost of study- Food is the costliest after rent for an international student living in Brisbane. Average monthly expenses to live in Brisbane apart from tuition fee is $1730-$2010 AUD. However, it seems manageable with part time and full time job opportunity during and post studies.


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AdelaideAdelaide- Australia’s fifth largest city, Adelaide is ranked 26th in the QS Best Student Cities ranking 2016 reflecting world class education, high quality of living and diverse student population. Joining other big cities such as Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, Adelaide is now in the list of top 5 best student cities in Australia.Having attractive wide boulevards, open spaces, parklands and being close to the beautiful beaches and islands, Adelaide is ranked 5th out of 140 cities in the World in Global Liveability Ranking. The city has 25% international student in total student’s population according to a report by QS.

University in the area- Adelaide is home to many top universities. The University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and Flinders University are ranked in the QS World University Ranking 2016. Dentistry is one of the popular programmes at the University of Adelaide. The university is also ranked 25th in the QS World University Ranking by subject, viz. Dentistry.

Cost of study- Average tuition fee to study in Adelaide is $22,200. According to Numbeo estimate, monthly living expense for a single person is $1,155.45 AUD which is comparatively economical as compared to other best student cities in Australia.

Here is an estimated weekly cost of living according to the University of Adelaide for a student living off-campus –


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Hello aspirant. Compared to many other countries in terms of cost and education, it is comparatively easier to get admission in autpstralia to study MBBS. The courses offered are proper 4 years degree with even the fee also reasonable.

After your +2, soon the applications release, go on. And it won't take much of a process to apply. So fair chances to get the admission over there

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Hello aspirant. So mbbs in Australia has usually the duration will be of 4 years. Fee structure depends on university. Some of the famous universities are

1. University of Sydney with fee structure of 64,500 Australian dollar per year

2. Flinders university with fee structure of 63,500 aud again

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MBBS in America

Here, it's not like an mbbs degree. You need to complete any undergraduation degree in india in science subject and then give mcat. There are two degrees MD and DO. Depends on your choice, you can choose the degree. So per year , this degree cost around 40,000 usd to 50,000 usd. So for 4 years. More or less it costs like around 2,00,000 usd.

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