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The Best Regional Areas to Study in Australia

The Australian Government wants to encourage international students to study and live in designated “Regional Areas” of Australia. If you live and study in one of these Regional Areas for at least two years, you can gain an extra 5 points on the Immigration Points Tests, which may increase your chance of PR in Australia. There are also numerous other benefits to studying in regional areas that will be introduced in November 2019 including increased points for Regional State Nomination and an additional year on the graduate work visa.

However, there are plenty of other reasons to consider studying in a regional area including the cheaper cost of living and lifestyle.

Regional Areas have recently been reclassified to include every where in Australia Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Yes, The Gold Coast and Perth are now classified as regional areas by immigration!

The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is one of the largest and more appealing cities to live in Australia. The Gold Coast has some of the best beaches and a great night life for students. The rent and living expenses are relatively cheap compared to other major cities. The city also has the largest number of university, vocational and trade courses of any regional city.

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The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is one of the main tourist destinations in Australia. It is also a very popular city for international students. The beaches are absolutely stunning, there is world class surf, vibrant night life, tropical climate and the cost of living is a lot cheaper than Sydney or Melbourne. The climate on The Gold Coast is also a major attraction to the coast. While the rest of the world is shivering through winter, The Gold Coast is blanketed in sunshine and warmth, and that’s just the beginning.
With a booming tourist industry, there are plenty of job opportunities for international students at restaurants, hotels and tourism operators. As a decent sized city there is also ample opportunities in industries such as construction and the health services.
The Gold Coast is the fifth biggest city in Australia. However rent it is significantly cheaper compared to Sydney and Melbourne. Rent is quite affordable.

Population

The Gold Coast has a population around 750,000 people

Job opportunities

Hospitality and Tourism, Construction, Health care

Cost of living

Quite affordable

Trade Courses

Commercial Cookery
Carpentry
Automotive Heavy Diesel
Painting and Decorating
Solid Plastering
Bricklaying
Boat Building
Engineering Fabrication
Automotive Mechanical
Automotive Electrical
Electrical Instrumentation
Wall and Floor Tiling

University Courses

Griffith University, Bond University, Southern Cross University

Perth

The capital of Western Australia has recently been listed as a regional area for migration purposes. It would be an excellent choice for someone wanting to study in a regional are with a city feel.

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Perth

Perth is the largest city in Australia to be classified as a regional area for migration purposes. It is a lovely river city that is relaxed and also very fun. The climate in Perth varies greatly, being very hot in the summer and quite cold in the winter.
The opportunities for international students are quite large compared many different regional areas in Aus. One of the reasons there are so many job opportunities in Perth for international students & graduates in Perth is due to the recourse sector. The mining industry in Western Australia is large, and people from all over Australia move to Perth to pursue work in this industry. This then opens up a lot more opportunity for part time and causal work because most of the people who would normally take up those roles are working in the mining sector.
Perth is the fourth biggest city in Australia. Rent and the cost of living is comparable to other major cities around Australia.

Trade Courses
Commercial Cookery
Carpentry
Automotive Mechanical
Bricklaying

Vocational Courses
Marketing
Human Resources
Aged Care
Business
Early Childhood Education
Nursing
Graphic Design
Travel and Tourism
Digital Media and Technology
Sport Development
Fitness
Outdoor Recreation
Hospitality
Leadership and Management
Project Management

Population

The Perth has a population around 2 million people

Job opportunities

Service Industry, Tourism, Healthcare, Mining

Cost of living

Expensive for a regional city

Trade Courses

Commercial Cookery
Carpentry
Automotive Mechanical
Bricklaying

University Courses

The University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University

Sunshine Coast

If you’re looking for lifestyle, opportunity, and a smart investment, Sunshine Coast is right for you. There may be a few times a year that it is overrun with tourists, but the rest of the year, you’ll be living in the place where most people want to vacation! Make it even better by working in a profession that thrives on this tourism.

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Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast makes the top of our list for Regional Locations in Australia, and it’s easy to see why. With its pristine beaches, surf for any level, rural subtropical hinterlands, upscale shopping and local markets, there is something for everyone in terms of lifestyle. Whether you are drawn to the ocean or the mountains; prefer the lavish life or the boho life, you’re sure to find it – and everything in between – on the Sunny Coast.

The population on the Sunny Coast is around 350,000, but this is spread out across the coast and inland, towards the mountains, meaning there is loads of opportunity and a thriving community without feeling like you are living like a sardine. People are catching on to this regional gem, and the population is expected to grow over the years, meaning this is the right time to make your move there.

Despite being about as Aussie as you can get in terms of lifestyle, almost 20 percent of the population was born overseas, with thriving British, Kiwi, Irish, Scottish, German and Italian communities. There are all sorts of fun events year-round, from music festivals to food and wine festivals, triathlon events and even a yoga festival. The Sunny Coast is about an hour to 90 minutes north of Brisbane, where you can get your dose of urban culture or easily catch a direct domestic or international flight.

There has been a lot of interest and investment in the economy of the Sunshine Coast as of late, meaning job opportunities abound! The economy there is actually growing faster than the national average, which is just another reason making the move to the Sunny Coast now is a wise choice.

People on the Sunshine Coast are Foodies! Locals and tourists alike are driving the biggest industry on the Sunshine Coast: Hospitality and Tourism. Chefs, Restaurateurs and Managers, and Hotel Staff are in-demand there. Some of the other in-demand jobs on the Sunshine Coast are Nursing and Health, Construction, Managers.

The cost of living is about what you’d expect, considering the lifestyle and opportunity on the Sunshine Coast. While it is significantly lower than the Cost of Living in some of the major Australian cities (Sydney was ranked the 32nd most expensive city in the world in 2018!), the Cost of Living on the Sunshine Coast is quite a bit higher than in other Regional Locations, like Tasmania and Bundaberg. However, you can live outside of the main cities and find less expensive costs of living.

Trade Courses
Commercial Cookery
Carpentry

Vocational Courses
Business
Early Childhood Education
Nursing
Digital and Interactive Games
Graphic Design
Interior Design
Education Support
Conservation and Land Management
Fashion Design
Hairdressing
Travel and Tourism
Digital Media and Technology
Sport Development
Fitness
Outdoor Recreation

Population

Sunny Coast is around 350,000 people

Job opportunities

Hospitality and Tourism (Chefs, restaurateurs, hotel staff, nurses, construction workers etc.)

Cost of living

Higher than in other regional locations

Trade Courses

Commercial Cookery
Carpentry

University Courses

University of The Sunshine Coast

Byron Bay

If you are someone who loves the sand and surf and a laidback lifestyle, Byron is the place for you. While it’s becoming an expensive place to live, there are plenty of small towns nearby to call home while Byron is just a short drive away. Work in hospitality and you’ll look forward to Schoolies Week.

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Byron Bay

If you’ve ever been to Australia, no doubt heard of the (in)famous Byron Bay, which is a close second on our list for Regional Locations. Byron, like the Sunshine Coast, offers something for everyone, from beaches to lush hinterlands. Byron Bay is known particularly for its mastery of the Boho-Chic Coastal Lifestyle and is perhaps the most “Instagrammable” city in Australia. In one day, you can surf with dolphins (and other pros), enjoy coffee grown in the hinterlands and roasted in town, savor raw/vegan treats, spot a Hemsworth brother working out, shop local and ethical brands exclusive to Byron, have fish and chips on the beach and catch a local band at the pub.

The population in Byron Shire is only about 30,000 making it much smaller than the Sunshine Coast. Where it lacks in population, it makes up for in personality. The community is very diverse and attracts people from the UK, NZ, USA, Europe and Brazil. There are dozens of events in Byron, such as Bluesfest, Splendour in the Grass, and countless cultural and alternative events for interests of all sorts. Situated about an hour south of Gold Coast and the international airport there, you’re never too far from a weekend getaway or international travel.

Hospitality and Tourism are major industries in the region and with a new hospital recently completed, medical and health professionals are also in demand. As the population steadily grows, construction is also a major industry here.
When you combine a small area with one of the best lifestyles in perhaps the world, you unfortunately get higher costs of living. However, there are several coastal and rural towns near Byron that are much less expensive and an easy drive away.

Trade Courses
Commercial Cookery

Vocational Courses
Business
Marketing
Leadership and Management
Digital Media Technology
Early Childhood Education

Population

The population in Byron Shire is only about 30,000

Job opportunities

Hospitality and Tourism

Cost of living

Higher costs of living

Trade Courses

Commercial Cookery

Adelaide

For those seeking a more sophisticated yet family-friendly urban lifestyle with natural beauty only a short drive away, along with a lower cost of living, various work opportunities, diverse culture, and of course, endless vineyards with some of Australia’s finest wines, Adelaide is for you.

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Adelaide

Perhaps the most under-rated city in Australia, Adelaide is a medium-size city with a “small town” feel. It’s a great place to begin your life in Australia and to eventually call home. Adelaide was ranked the fourth most desirable Australian study destination in 2017 for International Students. There is plenty of nightlife as well as day-time recreation, so you’ll never be bored. One major appeal of Adelaide’s lifestyle is the Barossa Valley, famous for producing some of the best Australian wines.

Adelaide has a metro population of about 1.3 million and like any city, it is much more diverse than the other regions on our list. The foreign-born population is about 30 percent, with various cultures represented, from Greek and Italian to Vietnamese and Chinese to Sri Lankan and Indian, meaning wherever you were born, you will feel a sense of connection and community in Adelaide. Adelaide has a major international airport, meaning you can find easy domestic and international flights.

With such a large and diverse population, there comes a great deal of opportunities across the board. If a career as a Chef, Mechanic, or I.T professional are calling your attention, look no further than this beautiful South Australia gem.
Your money goes much further in Adelaide than other Australian cities. It falls somewhere in the middle in terms of cost of living when compared to other regions on our list, with all of the conveniences of living in the city, such as efficient and extensive public transportation.

Trade Courses
Automotive
Commercial Cookery

Vocational Course
Business
Community Services
Leadership and Management
Accounting
Early Chilldhood Education and Care
Individual Support
Nursing
Network Security
General English
Project Management
Disability
Remedial Massage

Population

Metro population of about 1.3 million

Job opportunities

Chefs, Mechanics and IT professionals

Cost of living

Lower compared to other cities

Trade Courses

Automotive
Commercial Cookery

University Courses

University of Adelaide and Flinders University

Cairns

If you are someone who likes to take in the natural beauty of the world while still being able to enjoy the finer things in life, Cairns is a great place for you to live. This tropical region offers a relaxed lifestyle with opportunities for a great career, especially in hospitality, construction and healthcare.

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Cairns

Cairns is a tropical gem in North Queensland. If you could ever get tired of weekends spent exploring the incredible sites out on the Great Barrier Reef, you could always just take a short drive inland to explore ancient rain forests, woven together with winding rivers and grand waterfalls that have inspired people since the beginning of human history. Because it hosts millions of tourists each year, you can expect the culinary and shopping scene to be at the top of its game.

With a population of around 150,000, Cairns has all of the conveniences of a modern city but with multiple World Heritage Sites, the natural splendor of the region has been perfectly preserved. Cairns’ population is about as diverse as its scenery. Along with having a higher proportion of Indigenous Australians, there are many other cultures represented here. Many people from the UK, Japan, India, Korea, China, Italian and German now call Cairns home. Cairns also has an international airport with easy domestic flights as well as flights to shorter international trips (and a direct flight to Bali).

With tourism being one of the biggest industries in Cairns, working in hospitality is a safe bet. As it becomes more popular, trade work for technicians and construction workers is also always in demand. Health care workers, managers and administrative workers also are in demand in this region.
The cost of living in Cairns is relatively low as compared to other cities in Australia offering a tropical lifestyle.

Trade Courses
Commercial Cookery
Electro-instrumentation

Vocational Courses
Business
Hospitality
Nursing
Early Childhood Education
Horticulture
Beauty Therapy
Travel and Tourism
Digital Media
Information Technology

Population

Population of around 150,000

Job opportunities

Mainly tourism, but also health care

Cost of living

Relatively low compared to other cities

Trade Courses

Commercial Cookery
Electro-instrumentation

Tasmania

If you enjoy the great outdoors, don’t mind the cold, and are budget conscious, Tasmania is the place for you. It is the most affordable place to live on our Regional Locations list, the lifestyle is great for nature-lovers and foodies alike and there are countless opportunities in various industries. Just don’t forget your winter-weather gear.

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Tasmania

Often overlooked, Australia’s favourite island offers a smorgasbord of activities for those willing to face the chilly winters. From hiking or cycling across the vast terrains, fishing or kayaking in the pristine waters, and rock climbing the rugged mountains to sampling delectable wines and cheeses, shopping local artisan goods, and recharging at one of the many world-class spas, you will never be bored in Tasmania.

The population of the greater Hobart region, the capital city of Tasmania, is a little over 200,000. Though not as culturally diverse as other regions in Australia, Hobart is becoming a popular place to call home for people from the UK, Europe, and China. Hobart has an international airport, making it easy to get to the mainland for a visit or as a stop-over for longer international travel.

Tourism is a large contributor to Tasmania’s economy, meaning employment within the hospitality industry remains high. Tasmania also has employment opportunities is a broader range of sectors when compared to other regions. For instance, IT and Communications Professionals and Electricians are in demand here. Other major industries are construction and trades.

Cost of Living: Tasmania is quite wealthy considering how small it is and the average income is relatively high, while the cost of living is much lower than in mainland cities. Hobart was ranked as the most affordable capital province in Australia to buy a house.

Trade Courses
Commercial Cookery

Vocational Courses
Nursing
Business
Leadership and Management

Population

Metro population of about 1.3 million

Job opportunities

Chefs, Mechanics and IT professionals

Cost of living

Lower compared to other cities

Trade Courses

Commercial Cookery

University Courses

University of Tasmania

Bundaberg

The affordability and lifestyle of Bundaberg make it possible to set up a great life for yourself and your family, where you might not be able to afford to live in other parts of Australia, making it a great place to call home for people born overseas and starting from scratch in Australia. If you’re an adventurous person looking for affordable living without sacrificing lifestyle and charm, Bundaberg is right for you!

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Bundaberg

Bundaberg, situated between Brisbane and Cairns, is filled with Australian charm from another era. With many buildings and sites in the CBD being over 100 years old and the long-standing sugar cane farming and rum distillery traditions, Bundaberg heralds to seemingly simpler, quieter times; but don’t let that fool you into thinking that means there’s nothing to do.

Bundaberg is considered the Southern Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef as well as being the Number 1 Whale Watching Destination in Australia, which draws tourists year-round. This means that not only will you have plenty to do for weekend fun, but the CBD is designed to satisfy and impress, with great restaurants and pubs as well as outstanding markets featuring local tropical produce and authentic Aussie-made arts and crafts. Bundaberg also has stunning beaches and alluring forests in the hinterlands and is the access point to Lady Elliot Island, where you can swim with giant manta rays.

Bundaberg’s population has been slowly growing over the years and has reached nearly 100,000. It’s a popular place to call home for people from the Philippines, South Africa, Europe, China and the UK.

Along with employment in Hospitality to meet the demands of tourism, Healthcare, Construction and other Trades, and Management/Administration are some of the primary employment opportunities presented in Bundaberg.
A major appeal of living in Bundaberg is the very low cost of living. It is by far one of the least expensive regions in Australia, with median house prices being about a third cheaper than Sydney and a half the cost of a home on the Sunshine Coast.

Trade Courses
Automotive Mechanical
Engineering Fabrication and Trade

Vocational Courses
Nursing

Population

Slowly growing and reaching 100,000

Job opportunities

Tourism, healthcare, construction

Cost of living

Very low cost of living

Trade Courses

Automotive Mechanical
Engineering Fabrication and Trade

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The Best Regional Areas to Study in Australia was last modified: November 16th, 2019 by Pathway to Aus
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