Living in Warrnambool

Experience a relaxed way-of-life surrounded by stunning beaches and breathtaking views, wide-open spaces and fresh air.

As a city of over 34,000 people, Warrnambool is home to great shopping centres, cinemas, a university campus and restaurants – and without the traffic and noise.

Warrnambool is Victoria’s fifth largest city and the largest town on the Great Ocean Road. The city's relaxed seaside vibe makes it an appealing place to call home and is a major reason why it is a 'must visit' town for many travellers throughout the year.

Wrapped up in a relaxing and vibrant coastal culture, it is easy to see why more and more people are choosing to live, study and work in Warrnambool, just a few hours outside of Melbourne.

The vast local culture of art, music, food and history makes it tempting to never leave. Warrnambool acts as a great base to explore the wider region of south-west Victoria: take a drive along the Great Ocean Road and visit the Twelve Apostles, or adventure in the opposite direction to the historic town of Port Fairy. Stop at a viewing platform along the way and spot a migrating Southern Right whale, or take an incredible photo of the almighty Great Australian Bight.

There is certainly something for everyone in the welcoming town of Warrnambool.

What it is like to live in Warrnambool

Getting around

Warrnambool has convenient local buses, and inter-city coach services to connect you to Mount Gambier, Ballarat, and along the Great Ocean Road to Geelong. Warrnambool has two train stations – Warrnambool station in the city, and Sherwood Park station in the outer city, at the Deakin University campus. The trains will connect you to Melbourne and Geelong, keeping you in touch with big-city culture.

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Health services

Healthcare in Australia is among the best in the world and Warrnambool is no different, with three major hospitals and plenty of accredited medical centres and late-night pharmacies.


Supermarkets

From local fresh produce to international brands, there is a range of food options for you to purchase in Warrnambool. As well as large supermarket chains, there is also The Fresh Market Warrnambool each weekend.

Cafes and restaurants

Quality local produce is the foundation of Warrnambool's food scene. You will find a variety of Australian and multicultural cafes and restaurants that are as tasty as those in Melbourne, but for a much lower price.

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Weather

You can expect low humidity in Warrnambool with cool winters averaging 14 degrees Celsius during the day and warm summers averaging 23 degrees Celsius during the day. Some winter mornings can drop to 3 degrees Celsius and some summer days can reach 40 degrees Celsius.

A coastal town

Offering sprawling ocean views, striking stretches of coastline, beautiful beaches, gardens and parks, adventurous walking and bike trails, whale watching, and great food, Warrnambool has it all.

Working in Warrnambool

Warrnambool has a thriving economy with a wide range of industries represented in the workforce. Most students can work up to 20 hours a week during study periods, depending on your visa.

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Article: top 5 reasons to live and study in Warrnambool

'Imagine if you could experience the Australia of your dreams, every day! The wide-open spaces, the fresh air, the dramatic coastline, the local saying “G’day”. This great Australian dream exists and it is located in the south-west Victorian coastal city of Warrnambool.'

Discover this article and student stories from around the world on Deakin's Navigator blog

Nature and wildlife

Nature's surrounds

Living in Warrnambool means that you are surrounded by the natural beauty of south-west Victoria. Travel along the heritage listed Great Ocean Road, or hike your way through parks and reserves that protect the native plants and animals.

Top it off with a refreshing swim in the ocean at the end of your day. Watch the return of Southern Right whales, and meet the Maremma dogs that protect the Penguins on Middle Island.

Walking and cycling

Take in the fresh air and feel the sun on your back while you navigate the abundance of walking and cycling paths in and around Warrnambool.

There are paths and tracks of various lengths suitable for all fitness levels. If you are up for a challenge, try the 37 kilometre Warrnambool to Port Fairy rail trail!

Arts, festivals and events

The dramatic coastline and natural beauty that surrounds Warrnambool has always provided inspiration to painters, musicians, writers and artisans. The Warrnambool Art Gallery will show you a taste of modern art or if you would prefer a self-guided tour, check out the local street art spotted throughout the city.

This vibrant coastal town also has festivals and events galore! From the arts to sport to health and wellness, you will find an event to enjoy.

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Onali from Sri Lanka, Bachelor of Nursing

'The people are so friendly in Warrnambool. Everyone is helpful, the lecturers know your name, it is a beautiful campus and convenient to get to Geelong and Melbourne because of the train. And there is lots to do with my friends in Warrnambool too, – we go shopping, play bowls and golf at the on-campus golf course, go fishing, play badminton, go to the Deakin gym and eat sushi.'

Discover Onali's story on Deakin's Navigator blog

Deakin’s Warrnambool Campus

Our Warrnambool campus is located on the Great Ocean Road, five minutes from local surf beaches and a two-hour drive from Geelong. Experience the peace and quiet of regional Victoria while living on the banks of the pristine Hopkins River. A morning walk and a surf before class are easy when you study in Warrnambool. Day trips to explore nearby coastal attractions, beaches and the local national parks are all possible for students living in Warrnambool.

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Accommodation and cost of living

Your money will undoubtedly take you further in Warrnambool, so you can enjoy all of the restaurants, museums, markets and weekend trips you had imagined you would.

In addition to tuition fees, there are many other costs that contribute to your daily spend when you are studying in Australia.

Costs can vary depending on where you live, but you are likely to spend less on living and study expenses in Warrnambool than you would in Melbourne.

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Scholarship opportunities

There are many scholarship opportunities that are unique to Deakin's Warrnambool Campus and offer significant savings on your tuition and accommodation costs including:

These scholarships are limited and subject to eligibility criteria. Use our scholarships finder tool to check if you are eligible to apply.

Contact us

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