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Study in Alice Springs

Undertake your studies in the red centre of Australia

Alice Springs is located in the ‘outback’ of the Australian continent, roughly halfway between Darwin and Adelaide. With a culturally diverse population of 29,000 people, it is the second-largest city in the Northern Territory. 

Alice Springs offers most of the facilities you will find in any urban area of Australia, including opportunities for sport & recreation, sight-seeing, cultural immersion and entertainment.

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About Alice Springs

  • Alice Springs is the physical and spiritual heart of our beautiful country. The town is recognised as one of the most diverse and accepting communities in the country, and the 29,000 residents have come from far and wide. 

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      Our top three favourite things to do in Alice Springs:

      1. Take a trip out to Uluru and camp under the stars
      2. Visit the Kangaroo Sanctuary
      3. Walk up ANZAC Hill
    1. Alice Springs experiences desert weather with hot summers and cold winters.

      Summer (December – February)
      In summer average temperatures range from 20 - 35°C (68 - 95°F) and January is the wettest month of the year.

      Autumn (March – May)
      Autumn is warm days and cool nights. Average temperatures range from 12 - 27°C (53.6 - 80.6°F).

      Winter (June – August)
      During winter, average temperatures fall between 4.8 - 20°C (37–68°F).  Temperatures at night can drop below 0°C (32°F).

      Spring (September – November)
      In spring the weather begins to warm up with average temperatures between 13.8 - 30.6°C (56.8 - 87°F).

    2. There is a public bus service that operates Monday – Saturday excluding public holidays.

      Alternatively, the town centre is quite small, so you can easily walk or ride a bicycle. Taxis are also available. 

    3. CDU operates Alice Springs' student accommodation. It is only two kilometres from Alice Springs' CBD, and designed as a twin-share facility. For more information visit: Alice Springs Student Accommodation.

      Share accommodation in Alice Springs can vary in prices depending on the suburb; renting options can be found online here:

    4. The cost of living in Australia varies from person to person depending on where you live and your lifestyle choices. Students should not expect to fund their studies or living costs in Australia through part-time employment only.

      During your studies, you will need to purchase textbooks and other items required to study. Textbooks can vary from $200 - $500 per semester. Other expenses might include: stationary, printing, purchasing a laptop or computer, protective clothing, work materials, travel and accommodation for placement, working with children clearances and computing programs, find out more about additional fees and expenses here.These will depend on your course.

      The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. As of October 2019, the 12-month living cost (per person) as suggested by the DHA are:

      > Individual student - $21,041

      > Partner or spouse - $7,362

      > Child - $3,152

      For an approximate guide on Education and living costs visit the Study in Australia website.

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