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Top 10 Best Melbourne Universities 2023

Victoria Uni

Victorian universities are among the best in the world. The World Loves Melbourne has studied at various Australian universities and has been checking out the best Melbourne Universities. Australian universities are ranked by various ratings agencies including the Lisbon Council. Fifteen Australian universities made the top 250 universities according to the QS shortlist 2018/19 in international rankings, with Melbourne one of the best places to study in the world.

Melbourne is enhanced as a great student city by the fact that Melbourne is repeatedly ranked the world's most liveable city.

The top ten reasons to study in Melbourne according to a government website are - 

1.  World class education

2.  Education credentials recognised by international institutions and employers

3.  Top class facilities and academics

4.  Portability of qualifications

5.  Leading international student city

6.  Top Asian Pacific education provider

7.  Student support services

8.  Multicultural society with scenic, healthy environment

9.  Diverse range of cultural and sporting activities

10. Attractive cultural and outdoor lifestyle

Melbourne is a top destination for international students with about 28% of the student population from overseas.

Several Melbourne based universities are in the heart of the CBD where there are attractive accomodation options and the attraction of Melbourne city life with strong student scene, affordable dining, city attractions and the most liveable city in the world. Most students live off the campus but there are also halls of residence. Libraries are excellent places to study. Also many city based students use the iconic State Library of Victoria to study. Facilities are generally modern at Melbourne universities. Most universities have their own cafeterias, shops, banks, theatres, clubs and societies on campus. Most campuses have international student support advisors.

Here are some comments about Melbourne universities:

1. RMIT University (ranked 250 in world 2019)


With over 120 years of educational excellence, RMIT offers programs and courses ranging from postgraduate degrees by research to employment-focused diplomas and certificates. RMIT offers a global passport to study internationally with education that aligns with industry producing graduates that excel in an open world economy.

RMIT University is an applied teaching and research institute that focuses on design, technology, health, globalisation and sustainability. The City Campus of RMIT is situated right in the heart of Melbourne on La Trobe Street with other campuses in other Melbourne locations. One of the best locations for a University anywhere. RMIT have been adding to their facilities in recent times including a high grade complex on Swanston St.

Why study at RMIT? Says their website -

"RMIT is global, urban, connnected. Are you?

We have an international reputation for excellence in practical education and outcome-oriented research.

RMIT is a global university of technology and design and is Australia's largest tertiary institution.

We are a leader in technology, design, global business, comminication, global communities, health solutions and urban sustainable futures.

The 2014 Quacquarelli Symons (QS) ranked us in the world's top 100 universities in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Accounting and Finance, and Computer Science and Infoemation Systems.

Our graduates are among the biggest names in their fields and our links with some of the world's leading companies and innovators will give you the opportunity to broaden your skills, experience and networks beyond national borders.

RMIT uses the latest teching technologies to make a difference in the lives of our students and community. We have teching spaces that engage you in active learning and innovative curriculums that help you to graduate ready for work. Pathways between vocational and higher education offer flexible entry, or the option of qualifications combining the best of both.

Our work integrated learning opportunities allow you to put theory into practice. Our excellent teachers are recognised through national and discipline teaching awards. RMIT offers a transformative educational experience through its links with industry and global partners."

The new Swanston Academic Building offers collaborative learning spaces and with myDesktop (a virtual desktop) you can access your RMIT desktop and applications from home or wherever you have an internet connection.*

RMIT Gallery has been named among Melbourne's 10 best art spaces by The Culture Trip (image credit above).

 2. La Trobe University (397 in world 2019)

La Trobe

La Trobe University has a large campus in Bundoora in the suburbs of Melbourne. (Image credit La Trobe University Facebook).

Why study at La Trobe? Says the La Trobe University brochure -

"For over 45 years La Trobe University has been seeking knowledge,challenging convention, and changing the way people think. Officially opened in 1967 as Victoria’s third university with a total of 552 enrolments, we have since expanded to become one of Australia’s leading higher education institutes. We now have six campuses,accommodate close to 34,000 students and employ over 3,200 staff.To date, more than 154,000 alumni have graduated from our five faculties: Business, Economics and Law; Humanities and Social Sciences; Education; Health Sciences; and Science, Technology and Engineering.
We are consistently ranked among the top 500 universities in theworld (Academic Ranking of World Universities), and our research in biochemistry and cell biology is considered to be Australia’s best (2010 ERA rankings). In May 2012 the QS World University Rankings placed us among the top 50 universities in the world under the age of 50.
In early 2012, La Trobe became the first university in Australia to offer free promotional courses on Apple’s iTunes U, joining an impressive group that includes Oxford, Stanford and Yale universities. To date, we have attracted 100,000 subscribers and had more than 2.3 million downloads of lectures and materials.
Our commitment to expanding our research facilities and our ongoing focus on sustainability and social responsibility, underscores our reputation for creating opportunities for all who can benefit from higher education. "

3. Australian Catholic University (ranked 801-1000 in world 2019)

Aust catholic uni

Australian Catholic University is in an excellent location on the edge of the CBD. The Melbourne Campus (St Patrick's) hosts more than 7,100 students including over 650 international students. (Image credit ACU Facebook page).

Why study at ACU? Says their website - 

We're unique
Australian Catholic University (ACU) has seven campuses around Australia. We empower students to think critically, ethically and to bring about change in their communities and professions.

We value you
As a publicly-funded university, we welcome staff and students of all beliefs and backgrounds. We are committed to providing equal access to education for all people.

Practical experience
Students undertake professional placements and volunteer work throughout their studies, with many securing excellent jobs before they graduate.

Community engagement is also a core part of every student's experience at ACU, to the point where it's embedded within our courses. This allows students to give back to their communities and make a difference through opportunities such as volunteer experience programs.

More than study
ACU is a great place to meet people and have new experiences.

Each campus student association hosts events such as barbecues, balls and concerts. There are also clubs, societies and sporting events such as ACU Games and University Games.

Travel the world
ACU students can attend an overseas university in more than 16 countries, complete international internships, and work in community programs around the world – all while receiving credit towards their degree.

Your success
The Office of Student Success provides academic skills, career development and counselling services, as well as support for people with special needs or disabilities on each campus.

Campus Life Coordinators and the ACU National Student Association (ACUNSA) ensure students have the resources they need to achieve a healthy study/life balance.

Catholic intellectual tradition
ACU is Australia's leading Catholic university and is supported by more than 2,000 years of Catholic intellectual tradition. As a member of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, we are devoted to communicating truth in every field of knowledge through teaching and research, as well as promoting the dignity of all people and the common good.

4. Deakin University (309 in world 2019)


You're out of the city and into the suburbs of Melbourne with Deakin University, ranked equal 424 in the world in latest QS rankings. However Deakin University is one of Australia's leading universities with attractive campuses in Burwood (Melbourne), Geelong Waterfront, Waurrn Ponds, and Warrnambool.One of the most recent achievements is the involvement of Assoc. Prof. Tania de Koning-Ward, from the School of Medicine, in discovering a chink in the life cycle of malaria, offering hope for the development of new treatment options.

Deakin Learning Centres, located in Werribee, Dandenong and Craigieburn, give students in both regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne greater access to higher education by providing the opportunity to study close to home in a supported tertiary environment. A number of courses are available at each centre and are delivered via state-of-the-art technology.

Why study at Deakin? Says their website -

Deakin is forging a new path both locally and globally as a leading provider of innovative learning and a positive university experience. We are proud to be in the top 3 per cent of universities across all three of the major international university ranking systems (the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings), assessed from 17 000 universities worldwide.

Our current achievements include:

5. Monash University (joint 59 in world 2019)


Monash University is ranked 88 in the world in the latest QS rankings and is the largest university in Australia... (Image credit Monash University Facebook).

Why study at Monash? According to their website - 

Our rankings and what they mean

Monash is ranked in the top one per cent of world universities – 83rd in the world – according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2014-2015). We have built our reputation on career-focused degrees, the highest academic standards and research that makes a difference.

More on our rankings and reputation

Prepare for a global workforce

Monash courses prepare you for the global workforce. At Monash, you take classes relevant to your chosen career from your first weeks on campus.

Eighty-nine per cent of Monash graduates are employed within six months. (QS World University Rankings 2009.)

You can also spend a semester or more at our international campuses and partners.

International students can undertake internships and professional year programs through Monash College's Professional Pathways Australiaafter they finish their degree.

Hear from our past international students

We are a known leader in the education of international students. Monash has more than 21,000 international students and expertise in hosting a range of nationalities. Listen to their experiences at Monash.

International locations

We have campuses in Australia, Malaysia and South Africa, and a research and teaching centre in Italy. We have strong partnerships with other universities around the world, including:

  • Warwick University (UK)
  • University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK)
  • Sichuan University (China)
  • Arizona State University (USA)

Our staff

Monash targets talented staff. We have more than 15,000 staff around the world.

Our global links

Our research brings real and positive change to people all over the world. Our partnerships with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and other institutions help us build a global research network.

Alumni networks

Our alumni network includes around 270,000 graduates, with many working in leadership positions around the world.

6. Swinburne University (387 in world 2019)


Swinburne University is more of a vocational university and has its main campus in Hawthorn.... (Image credit Swinburne University Facebook page).

Why study at Swinburne? According to their website - 

Enhance your career opportunities, benefit from valuable industry connections and enjoy flexible learning options with a postgraduate program at Swinburne.
Equip yourself with advanced knowledge and skills at an internationally ranked university. Many of our postgraduate courses are endorsed by professional organisations, too.
1. Study at an internationally recognised university
Swinburne is an internationally recognised research-intensive university.
We are ranked in the top 400 universities in the world by the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2014. We are also ranked in the top 75 in the field of physics by the ARWU – one of only two Australian universities to achieve this feat.
2. Expand your career opportunities
Our postgraduate programs are designed with your career in mind. Postgraduate study at Swinburne can help you to move career or take the step to a more advanced level.
A postgraduate qualification can add weight to your resume. Many employers see them as evidence of an advanced level of maturity and proficiency.
3. Benefit from industry connections
There are strong links with industry in all disciplines taught at Swinburne. Our postgraduate students graduate with both advanced theoretical knowledge and the skills that employers are actively seeking.
Many of our postgraduate students will have an opportunity to undertake supervised project work or will work on projects with their own employers.
4. High-quality research and teaching
With a reputation for quality education and focused research, Swinburne attracts highly qualified academics and educational leaders. You’ll learn from academic staff who have industry experience and are talented in bringing that experience to their teaching.
Swinburne research creates jobs, improves lives, connects science and technology with business and the community, and elicits real change in the world. Swinburne has led advancements in solar sciences, advanced manufacturing and sustainable technologies. We have research strengths in a diverse range of disciplines across 16 research centres.
5. Study to suit your schedule
Choose a study option to suit your schedule. Many postgraduate lectures and tutorials are held in the evening or on weekends, to suit those who work full-time.
You may also have the option to study through distance learning, online or part-time. This means the amount of time spent on campus is kept to a minimum.
You can also study some programs during our Summer and Winter terms, allowing you to finish your course sooner. Some units are also offered in block release mode. This means attending seminars over a few days each month, to cover large amounts of course content in bulk.

7. The University of Melbourne (ranked 39 in world 2019)

 Uni of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is the highest rank of Melbourne Universities in the QS rankings. It's also the oldest university in Victoria.  (Image credit University of Melbourne Facebook).

Why study at University of Melbourne? Says their website - 

Reputation for excellence

The University of Melbourne is Ranked #1 in Australia and #34 in the world in the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Read about our rankings

 More scholarships for more students

Our scholarships and bursaries reward excellence, and assist students from a wide range of backgrounds.

Find out if you’re eligible

 Study your  way

Flexible degrees, world-standard curriculum, 100 majors to choose from. We’ll help you discover your passion and reach your full potential.

Read about our rankings

 Learn from the best

From day one of your degree, you’ll learn from renowned researchers and industry leaders recognised globally for their outstanding achievements. Your lecturers and tutors are passionate, brilliant, and dedicated to sharing their insights and discoveries with you.

 Guaranteed entry into graduate degrees

Would you like to begin your undergraduate degree at Melbourne with the security of knowing a graduate place is reserved for you? If you’ve studied an Australian Year 12 or the IB in Australia, you could be eligible.

Find out how

 Equal opportunities

You belong, no matter where you come from. We understand that sometimes your circumstances can make it difficult to perform at your best, and we’re here to help.

Read about our Access Melbourne and Equity Programs

 Campus at Melbourne’s heart

A city within a city – with its own postcode! The moment you step foot on campus at the University of Melbourne, you know it’s a special place.

Explore our campuses

 Study overseas

Does studying French in Paris, business in New York City or architecture in Tuscany sound like your kind of university experience? It counts towards your degree, and you can go practically anywhere in the world!

Choose your overseas adventure

 Live your future now

Learn in the real world with internships, leadership experiences and volunteering all offered to our undergraduate students. Some of the most exciting discoveries are made outside the classroom, which is why we encourage you to make practical learning part of your Melbourne experience.

 Independent, but not alone

At Melbourne, we want to know who our students are. So as part of your transition to University, you will meet one-on-one with a specialist Student Connect adviser to talk about what uni’s all about, why you’re here, and where you want to go. We’ll inspire and support you to achieve your best.

 8. Federation University Australia

Federation Uni 

Federation University Australia is a high performing university in regional Victoria.

Why study at Federation University Australia? Says their website - 

 With 5 stars for teaching quality** six years in a row - FedUni's the ideal place for you to learn to succeed.

There's a program to suit you

As one of Victoria's 5-star universities*, we offer over 400 programs - from short courses to degrees and beyond.

Browse our Program Finder to find out about what you can study and applying for our programs.

Discover your pathway to study

Pathways can help you transition through your study life and career. Whether you have an existing qualification that you want to consider credit options for, or you are looking for a pathway through an alternative entry method, we have options available to help you get there. Find out more

All the support you need

At FedUni we understand that starting your life as a university student is exciting, but that it also involves change with a challenge or two along the way.

To help you meet these challenges, and to succeed, we have developed the following range of student-focused programs including Student Futures ProgramLEAP into UniReturning to study (FAST program)and support for students with disabilitiesFind out more

Experience uni life

Our aim is to get you off on the right foot from day one, to meet new people and make new friends.

There are so many great opportunities for you to meet staff and students to make a smooth transition into university life.

You can get involved in a club, society or sports team on campus, or participate in recreational trips and activities held throughout the year. Find out more

Small class sizes

Our class sizes are smaller than most metropolitan institutions, meaning you can receive one-to-one assistance directly from your lecturer or tutor.

Get job ready

Our teaching facilities and equipment meet the very highest standards to ensure you are well prepared for industry and research.

Our programs are regularly reviewed to ensure they have national and international relevance. FedUni's close links with major industries play an important role in the design of our programs which will greatly benefit you as a new graduate.

We'll help you to succeed

  • FedUni has the highest graduate employment rating of any Victorian-based university.
  • Over 79% of our graduates are employed full-time^
  • Over 14% of our graduates continue into full-time study^
  • Our graduates have rated us 5 stars for overall satisfaction*

*Source: The Good Uni Guide 2014
**Source: The Good Uni Guide 2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015

9. Victoria University (ranked 651-800 in world 2019)

Victoria Uni

Victoria University has an affinity with the Western suburbs of Melbourne.

Melbourne's western region is one of the fastest growing areas of Australia, with some 40,000 organisations focused mainly on innovation and growth. They collaborate with several of these organisations to improve local communities and enhance the lives of those living and working there. 

Their partnerships and collaborations include:

  • Western Bulldogs
  • Melbourne Vixens
  • City West Water
  • Western Health
  • Western Jets Football Club
  • Malthouse Theatre
  • Maribyrnong, Hume and Hobsons Bay City Councils
  • Footscray Community Arts Centre.


They are collaborating with Maribyrnong City Council to transform the suburb of Footscray over the next 10 years into ‘Footscray University Town’ to nurture, promote, and integrate the renaissance in art, education, sport and innovation now taking place in this region.

Why study at Victoria University? Says their website - 

As a student at Victoria University (VU), you will have the opportunity to define your own meaning of true success. We are here to help you grow as an individual and enjoy the ride. 

With flexible entry and exit points into our courses, academic and personal support, and one of the broadest range of scholarships of any university in Australia, victory awaits you.

Our industry connections means you will have access to workplace learning opportunities. This allows you to graduate with real-world experience.

VU is one of the few universities in the country to offer both vocational training (VE/TAFE) and higher education with highly accessible pathways from one to the other. So you can achieve your dream job without your ATAR score holding you back.

Whatever your home country and culture, social or economic and educational background, we can help you achieve success on your own terms.

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