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  • Australia's best student city
  • World-class universities and research facilities
  • Melbourne, Australia’s most liveable city
  • Have you considered Regional Victoria?
  • 24/7 support at the Study Melbourne Student Centre

Our universities rank in the world's best

Victoria’s universities perform highly for the quality of their research in international rankings.

Victoria’s universities offer cutting-edge facilities, internationally engaged academic staff and outstanding graduate outcomes, as well as research expertise rated ‘above world standard’ across 96 disciplines in the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) rankings.

Whether your study involves research, technical training, English language or business you'll learning with the best - on campuses that offer a rich and rewarding student experience.

Australia's best student city

Melbourne has been recognised as Australia's best student city and one of the best student cities globally in the QS Best Student Cities Ranking for 2023.

The QS Best Student Cities ranking showcases the best urban destinations for international students, based on a diverse range of indicators grouped into five key categories, including:

  • desirability by students
  • affordability
  • diversity
  • safety, and
  • employment opportunities after graduation.

Home to world-class education and research, Melbourne is a safe and vibrant city that offers a wide range of student support services, as well as things to see and do.

Often called Australia's cultural capital, Melbourne hosts major global drawcards such as the Australian Open tennis championship, Spring Racing Carnival, and world-renowned music, arts and literary festivals.

If you’ve just arrived in Victoria, visit our Welcome to Melbourne and Victoria page for inspiration and support to help you get settled.

Australia's most liveable city

Melbourne has again topped the list as Australia’s most liveable city and the 10th most liveable city in the world in the Global Liveability Index 2022 released by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) assessed more than 170 cities across categories such as stability, health care, culture, environment, education and infrastructure.

Melbourne achieved a perfect score for education (100/100) and infrastructure (100/100). It also scored highly for Culture and Environment (98.6/100) and Stability (95/100).

When you study in Melbourne, you'll be living in a safe and vibrant city that offers world-class study options, services and career building programs.

Rural tranquility a country drive away

Have you considered studying beyond Melbourne, in one of our regional centres?

Victoria's diverse landscape includes snow capped mountains, vast seashores, striking desert regions and charming historic towns. Across the state, discover world-class education in the regional centres of Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Gippsland, Mildura, Shepparton, Swan Hill, Warrnambool and Wodonga.

These towns and small cities are contemporary, well serviced and are family and student friendly. They offer a relaxed lifestyle and a world-class education that is recognised by international institutions and employers. Regional centres often have lower housing costs, active community and sporting organisations, easy access to natural attractions and multiple transport options for visits to Melbourne or other parts of Victoria and Australia.

Support for you - 24/7 at the Study Melbourne Student Centre

The Study Melbourne Student Centre offers free and confidential information, referrals and practical support for Victoria’s international students.

Our multilingual staff offer wellbeing support, including help with accommodation, health, employment and legal problems.

If you know anyone in our international student community who needs extra support, please encourage them to contact our team via email at info@studymelbourne.vic.gov.au or call 1800 056 449.