When you decide to study away from home, one of the main considerations in choosing a training program is the location of the education provider. Students need to consider not only campus life but also how life off campus will suit them, support and develop their study experience. Candidates also do well to consider how particular locations can present them with opportunities to improve their career prospects, and focused education counselling can really help support that decision-making process.


It’s good to start with a little general information, and what could be more reassuring than a survey just published ranking Australian urban environments among the very best places in the world to live.


Global economics experts at The Economist have ranked Melbourne ‘the most liveable city in the world’, beating other locations like Vienna and Tokyo for quality of life. It’s the second year running that Victoria’s state capital has been ranked in the top spot. The specially designed survey places Melbourne first out of 140 cities worldwide because of its balance of high scores in areas like education, healthcare, culture and living environment, along with city infrastructure and stability.


Australians can be especially proud since 3 more of their cities join Melbourne in the top 10. Occupying 5th place is Adelaide, climbing higher than Sydney’s ranking of 7th after investments in Adelaidean infrastructure were found to have improved the quality of life for residents. Two other reasons to be cheerful are mining boom-town Perth, which is rated 9th, and Brisbane, which won a respectable global ranking of 20th most liveable metropolis.


Survey organisers say that the idea of one place being more ‘liveable’ than another is simple and using their five key assessment criteria, they rate how comfortable life is likely to be for city residents. The report allocates scores in around 30 subcategories that range from local climate to international transport links, from sporting and cultural availability to the quality of housing, from levels of social restriction to rates of more and less serious crime.


What results is an overall picture of each city, useful as a point of reference to bring international perceptions of global cities up-to-date, or to furnish employers with information that’ll help them set salaries across the globe.


The survey itself was originally designed to help companies decide whether extra money would be needed for their employees moving to work in locations across the globe. Nonetheless, the experts compiling and processing all that data now hope it will have a broader range of applications.


And given a positive endorsement like this, what city wouldn’t be happy?!


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