So you have decided to study in Australia? Great news! The next step is to choose which city you in which you want to live.

Australia is a big country, and it offers a range of different lifestyles and opportunities, so there are plenty of great options depending on what is important to you.

Cost of Living & Quality of Life

While the cost of groceries, eating out and entertainment can be relatively similar in many Australian cities, other expenses such as rent and transport can vary significantly.

If you would like to live centrally in the larger cities such as Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, you can expect to pay more for rent. To make that choice affordable, many students chose to share smaller apartments (and sometimes even their room) with other students. Typically, you can get better and bigger properties for the same price the further you go from the city centre, but then you must consider the additional time and cost of transport.

Smaller capitals, such as Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart or Darwin as well as regional centres such as Newcastle or Townsville, can offer a great lifestyle with cheaper rent.

To understand the differences in the cost of living between cities check out: Student Cost of Living Calculator 

City Culture & Lifestyle

The Australian culture and lifestyle is as diverse as its population.

If you enjoy the fast-paced lifestyle of big, cosmopolitan cities, you can’t go past Sydney or Melbourne.

To get closer to nature, Hobart and its unspoilt natural environment is a good choice, along with tropical North Queensland.

Melbourne and Adelaide offer vibrant arts communities, great food and are in close location to internationally acclaimed wine regions.

If you are after the famous Australian beachside way of life, you have more than a few choices; consider the capitals Perth on the West Coast, Brisbane and Sydney on the East Coast, and many more regional towns.

Check out Cities in Australia for more information on each of the capital and major cities.

Future Opportunities

Will you be seeking to gain some work experience while you study? Or do you need to earn money while you study?

After you complete your studies, will you be looking to live in Australia for a while longer to work, or even migrate permanently?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you would want to consider the professional employment prospects that each city might give you.

Whatever city you choose, one of the best ways to increase your chances of getting a job is to continually work on your English language skills throughout your period of study.


Australia’s climate varies greatly throughout the eight states and territories; there are four seasons across most of the country and a wet and dry season in the tropical north.

Australia’s seasons are at opposite times to those in the northern hemisphere. December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring.

Sydney enjoys more than 340 sunny days per year. Maximum temperatures average 26°C/79°F in summer and 16°C/61°F in winter.

Melbourne has a reputation for its changeable weather, with ‘four seasons in one day’. Maximum temperatures average 25°C/77°F in summer and 14°C/57°F in winter.

Brisbane has a subtropical climate with warm to hot weather for most of the year. Maximum temperatures average 30°C/86°F in summer and 17°C/63°F in winter.

Perth has more sunny days annually than any other Australian capital city. Maximum temperatures average 31°C/88°F in summer and 21°C/70°F in winter.

Adelaide generally is the driest of all the Australian capital cities. Maximum temperatures average 29°C/84°F in summer and 16°C/61°F in winter.

Canberra has a mostly dry climate with warm to hot summers and cool winters. Maximum temperatures average 28°C/82 °F in summer and 11°C/52°F in winter.

Hobart experiences sunny and mild summers and very cool winters. Maximum temperatures average 21°C/70°F in summer and 12°C/54.1°F in winter



Don’t forget to check Australia’s biosecurity requirements when packing your personal items to come to Australia. Some food, plant material and animal products are not permitted and should not be brought to Australia. Airport clearance is quicker if you don’t bring food, plant material or animal products. Most of these items can be easily purchased in Australia. If you pack these items you must declare them for inspection when you arrive in Australia. If you don’t declare all items, you may receive an on-the-spot fine or face prosecution.