Student life in Sydney
World-renowned for its natural beauty, Sydney is a great city to live in. Offering access to the famous Sydney harbour and Sydney Opera House, the city is also home to fantastic beaches to the east, the Blue Mountains to the west, the gorgeous Hawkesbury River to the north and the wild Royal National Park to the south. Many picturesque gardens and parks are dotted around the city, along with cool bars and nightclubs. Sydney is a cosmopolitan city, providing a wealth of outdoor activities and entertainment, as well as shopping, restaurants and sightseeing opportunities. There are excellent bus and train services all around Sydney, with discounts on offer for ABILITY English students.
Student life in Melbourne
Melbourne often feels like a home away from home for European students as it has been dubbed Australia’s ‘most European city’. Those from other countries will also feel comfortable in what was rated the world’s ‘most liveable city’ by The Economist in 2011. The city is extremely multicultural, with more than 25% of the population born overseas. Melbourne is safe and peaceful, with plenty to see and do. In addition to its excellent restaurants, popular bars and prestigious art galleries, there are countless festivals to enjoy, including the comedy festival, arts festivals and various music festivals. The city’s architecture offers a real blend of old and new, with plenty of trees and parks to exercise or relax in. The tram and train service is exceptional, allowing students to get around the city quickly and easily. Melbourne is an excellent place to study at any time of year.
Venture further afield
While New South Wales offers a broad range of attractions and places to visit, many of our international students head further afield during or after their studies. A large number have commented on the laidback atmosphere and warm welcome they received during their travels. Some venture to Western Australia to take in the quality surf at Margaret River, which is also a popular hub for wine lovers. Others have trekked from Alice Springs to Adelaide via Kings Canyon, Uluru and Clare Valley. One of the most popular options is the Great Barrier Reef, with many choosing to stay in nearby party town Cairns. Some of our students also take a short flight to New Zealand before returning home, taking in the stunning scenery and attractions just over the water.