Living in Australia

Deakin's four campuses are located in Victoria – a vibrant and multicultural state. Learn more about student life and what to expect from life in Australia.

Location and lifestyle

Known for its rich multiculturalism, beautiful beaches and abundant wildlife, Australia is the perfect destination to study, work and live. Join the ever-growing, hugely diverse and welcoming community of students just like you gaining a world-class education and unforgettable experience by studying at Deakin. Our four campuses are located in the state of Victoria, on the south-east of the continent.

The Yarra River with the Melbourne CBD in the background.


Melbourne ranks in fifth place of the world’s best cities for students.* It’s a vibrant, multicultural city known for its cafés, restaurants, parks, festivals and sporting culture. With so much to see and do, you will never be bored in Melbourne.

Learn more about living in Melbourne


Geelong is the second-largest city in Victoria. With a blend of ocean and urban beaches, thriving city precinct and growing food and entertainment scene, there is something for everyone in Geelong.


Surrounded by stunning beaches and breathtaking views, Warrnambool’s relaxed coastal lifestyle makes it an appealing place to call home. The city also offers a thriving culture, arts and music scene.

#1 Victorian university for student support^

Coming to Australia to study can be the adventure of a lifetime. From orientation and welcome sessions to academic support and social activities, we are here to support you every step of the way.

Nisarga’s story

Nisarga has made the most of her experience studying in Australia with the support of her family and friends. Now working as a software engineer, she is enjoying Melbourne life.

Nisarga’s story

Living costs

Whether you study in Melbourne, Geelong or Warrnambool, you can choose to live on or off campus. Living costs will vary based on the city you are in and the type of accommodation you choose.

Working in Australia

Working part time while you study means you can financially support yourself and gain valuable work experience. Discover the wide range of jobs and employment opportunities that may be available to you.

Meeting friends

Joining Deakin University’s Student Association (DUSA) is a great way to make new friends and build a support network. DUSA offers a variety of clubs, associations and events to match your interests.

As an international student, finding a sense of belonging was important to me, and Deakin became a second home in Australia. The inclusive education culture at Deakin made me feel at home and connected with the community.

Anuradha, Sri Lanka



Top 200 universities worldwide


#1 in the world for sport science


#5 in the world for education


#16 in the world for nursing


Top 3 business school in Victoria


Award-winning university career service



Most Australians speak English, and as a multicultural nation, you will hear different languages spoken, particularly in cities like Melbourne and Geelong. Strong English language skills will help you in your studies and day-to-day life in Australia. Want to improve your English skills for personal or professional reasons? You can study a course at the Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI).

Learn more about studying at DUELI


Australia is home to many religions, with churches, mosques and spiritual centres throughout the country. Deakin’s four campuses have prayer rooms and multifaith chaplains. You don’t need to be religious to talk to a chaplain – they offer advice and guidance to all our students. Chaplains can also help you connect with a nearby place of worship if you wish to become a member of a local faith community.

Find out more about our multifaith centres


*QS Best Student Cities 2023  
^2021 Student Experience Survey, Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

Get help or contact Deakin

Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services for international students and how we can help you study at Deakin in Australia.

Phone: +61 3 9918 9188

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