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Regional Victorian study centres range from the bustling outer
urban city of Geelong to regional centres with a small-town feel
such as Ballarat and Warrnambool.
The lure of sea breezes may attract you to Victoria’s coastal
towns, or the sunshine might see you heading north towards the
Murray River. The choice between providers depends a little on
your desire to live (or, if you are already a regional resident, to
remain) in a certain area. You should also consider that some
providers and campuses offer the opportunity to access fields of
study not readily available in metropolitan areas, like outdoor
education or health courses with a regional focus.
What does regional Victoria have to offer?
Where can you study?
There are five universities in regional Victoria, in addition to a
range of private higher education providers and TAFE institutes.
Your study options
Regional Victoria is traditionally known for its course offerings in
agriculture, forestry and education, although students still have
access to most of the study fields on offer at metropolitan
campuses, from arts to engineering.
Regional campuses are usually smaller, which offers some
advantages — the community feel means you are likely to know
many of your fellow students. If you are after a big campus
experience, consider your options carefully. Some regional
campuses are in populous areas, so it won’t always be the case
that you will know everyone in town as well as on campus.
Regional Victorian study centres range from the seaside cities of
Geelong and Warrnambool to the south, Mildura and Wodonga
on the banks of the Murray River in the north, and charming
central regional centres such as Bendigo and Ballarat.
Whichever campus you consider moving to, there are sure to
be great lifestyle and leisure benefits once you are a resident.
Major drawcards for regional Victorian universities include the
relaxing lifestyle they offer, as well as their close proximity to
some of the most beautiful areas of the state. Your university
experience depends on where you live and the feel of the campus
you attend. Research each town thoroughly to find out what it has
You might choose Geelong for its coastal lifestyle (with all the
benefits of a large city) or opt for Ballarat, known for its history
and culture as a gold rush town. Further north, Bendigo is another
popular study destination. It hosts festivals such as the Victorian
leg of Groovin' the Moo and is known for its thriving Chinese
district and elaborate Chinese New Year celebrations. Closer to
the New South Wales border, students enjoy the warmer climate
and relaxed lifestyle of towns such as Mildura and Albury-
Living in regional Victoria
Using the Barwon and Loddon regions as an example, the
median weekly rental price for a house is $330 and $300
respectively. For a unit, you can expect to pay weekly rental
costs of $270 and $250 respectively.
In comparison, the median price of a house in Melbourne is
$375 per week.
The student rental market is very competitive. Visit your
institution’s housing service for referrals or advice.
Note: Figures presented here are intended as a guide only. Prices
vary within and between towns. Source: Australian Property
Monitors, December 2013.
Public transport is usually limited, although most large
regional towns have a local bus system and all have train or
bus access to major cities. Melbourne's myki smartcard
system also operates in regional Victoria. Depending on
where your campus is situated, access to a car or other
form of personal transport may be required. You may well
get by cruising along on a bike.
The climate across the state is quite varied. Coastal towns
enjoy sea breezes and central Victoria tends to be a couple
of degrees cooler in winter, while Mildura and Wodonga
(situated on the New South Wales border) are usually
several degrees warmer.
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