Where to study, choosing a university

Look at priorities and decide what is important to you. Discuss your ideas with friends and family. If you are still unsure organise some career counselling today to get help choosing where to study.

Work out your priorities

  • Compare courses

    Compare similar courses at different universities and look at the whole picture. For things to consider see deciding which degree to study.

  • Location and size

    Do you prefer the city or country? Large or smaller campuses? Go to open days, walk around to get a feel for it. Find out how many students are enrolled in the courses that interest you.

  • Living costs and transport

    Where will you live, is it affordable? Work out a budget. Find out about casual work in the area. How easy is it to get to the university? Do you need reliable public transport?

  • Extra curricular activities

    Do you want to get involved in student life? Find out about the sport facilities and social activities on campus.

  • Reputation and specialisation

    Read graduate surveys and talk to past students. If you intend to be a researcher have a look at university rankings.

  • Family and friends

    Going to university is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends. How important is it for you to live near your family and friends?

Websites to help you decide where to study

Study destinations

The Good Universities Guide

Study destinations

On the Good Universities Guide you can find out about choosing a study destination and get information on studying in all states.

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Compare universities

QILT - Quality indicators for learning and teaching

Compare universities

QILT enables you to do side by side comparisons of the quality of the institutions and the study areas that you’re interested in.

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Series of articles on choosing a university

The Conversation

Choosing a university

The Conversation has a series of articles including "Rankings, prestige, student experience: how to choose a ‘good’ university".

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