Universities in Australia

Universities in Australia
Updated 2019-07-30 11:36

If you are thinking of studying in Australia, bear in mind that there are 43 accredited universities located in all states and territories, offering a vast range of educational options. It is best to do research online to determine which university offers the course of study that best matches with your career goals. Each university will also have a comprehensive website to assist with the decision-making process.

It is also essential to consider where you may want to live in Australia, and whether you prefer to be in a metropolitan or regional area. If at all possible, it is also helpful to visit universities before making a decision, to ensure it is the best fit for you.

Australian universities

37 of the 2019 world's best universities are in Australia, and these are dotted throughout. The top ones include the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, the University of Technology in Sydney, University of Adelaide, University of Western Australia, Monash University in Melbourne, University of Queensland, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne. Each university will have its own enrollment procedure and requirements for international students, so it is best to go straight to the source to collect this information.

Student visa in Australia

If you are moving to Australia as an international student, you will need to obtain a student visa before arrival. The most common student visa type is the Student Visa (subclass 500).

You can apply for this visa only if you have already been accepted to study in a registered full-time course at an Australian educational institution. With a few exceptions, you must be enrolled in a course of study that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Applicants may also need proof of their English language skills, proof of health insurance, and proof of financial capability to pay for school fees, accommodation, and living expenses. The visa is valid for up to five years, and the application costs start at AUD 575 (as of May 2019). Current processing times for visa approval are between one-three months.


International students are not eligible for Medicare, which is Australia's nationalised health care system. You will need to obtain private health insurance. Many insurance providers offer Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) plans, which are the best option for those on a student visa.

Student housing

Most universities offer student housing options, on-campus or off-campus. The housing costs will be in addition to tuition fees, but living in campus housing can be an excellent way to meet like-minded students, and to be close to your classes and school facilities. However, campus living will always be on the higher end of the spectrum due to its convenience. Student accommodation and homestays range from AUD 290 to AUD 750 per week. Student Housing Australia is a great website that will allow you to search by university to get all the details.

If you prefer to live off-campus, flat or house shares are a good way to rent a room within a flat at a reasonable cost, and can be found easily online. Flat sharing will cost anything from AUD 100 to AUD 250 a week.

Working on a student visa

Tuition fees and cost of living can be very expensive in Australia for a student, with estimated living expenses in Melbourne been around AUD 20,290 per year. Scholarships are often available directly through the university, so speak to your school for more information about the scholarships available. Students can also supplement their income through part-time work, but this should not be counted on as the main source of covering living expenses.

Student visa holders may work for up to 40 hours per fortnight while your course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled university breaks. Students completing a Masters degree by research or a doctoral degree (PhD) do not have these work restrictions.

Students working in Australia have the same rights and requirements as any other employee in the workforce.

Good to know:

As a student, you are entitled to a range of discounts such as airfares, books, public transport, computers and software, car registration, and movie tickets. For most of these discounts, all that is required is a student card which you will get once you are enrolled at a university. It is also a good idea to apply for an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) which is recognised in more than 130 countries, including Australia.

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