Discover Your New World
At CDU, we know that being the only university with a physical presence in the Northern Territory means we have a responsibility and an opportunity. Studying at CDU will provide you with an education unlike any other.
Darwin is a unique tropical city famous for its beautiful sunsets, spectacular natural scenery, cosmopolitan markets, vibrant multiculturalism, Indigenous culture, and fascinating history and engagement with Asia.
Located in the Northern Territory, Darwin is Australia’s northernmost capital city within close proximity to Asia. In fact, Darwin is just a few hours away from most capital cities in South East Asia and just 6 hours from southern China.
Darwin attracts thousands of tourists every year from all over the world who come to experience our beautiful tropical climate, Indigenous culture and visit the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.
CDU has three campuses across Darwin. We have our Waterfront campus located in Darwin City Centre, our Casuarina campus, located about 15 mins away from the city and our Palmerston campus, located about 20 minutes away from the city.
There are plenty of things to do while you are studying and living in Darwin, from weekly markets, weekend festivals and nature tours, to walking and relaxing in the wide-open spaces. While you are here, we encourage you to explore the area (known by locals as the Top End). To find out what’s on, visit the following sites:
Darwin has a tropical savanna climate with distinct wet and dry seasons, although the average maximum temperature remains the same all year round.
The dry season runs from May to September and is affectionately known by locals as “The Dry”. In The Dry, every day is warm and sunny with minimal chance of rain and Darwin comes alive with outdoor dining, markets, festivals and fun.
The wet season is associated with monsoon rains. The majority of rainfall occurs between December and March (summer in southern parts of Australia) when thunderstorms are common and relative humidity averages over 70 percent.
Weather information can be found at the Bureau of Meteorology.
Darwin is a vibrant and multicultural city "There are over 100 nationalities and around 50 social, cultural and religious organisations" (The Territory, accessed 25/7/19). There are a variety of local markets, multicultural festivals, outdoor films and alfresco concerts happening weekly through the dry season (May to September).
In the wet season (December to March), there are fewer local events but this is when nature springs to life with the waterfalls, rivers and local trees coming alive with water and colour. It’s the perfect time to get out of the city and go exploring.
Darwin has an extensive public bus system that services most suburbs from the inner city to Palmerston. As a student, you can purchase $1 tickets for three hours of travel, or better still buy a weekly ticket for only $7.
Driving a car or motorbike is another option. Alternatively, Uber and other ride-sharing services are also readily available in Darwin.
Your cost of living and studying in Australia will depend on the lifestyle you choose to lead. Generally, allow between $20,000 and $25,000 per year for your living expenses. Also, budget approximately $500 for books and stationery each semester. A married student will need an additional $7,100 per year for a spouse and $3,040 for a child.
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