Regional Australia is referred to as any area outside metropolitan areas of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. This clearly means some cities (like Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast< Canberra, New castle, Toowoomba and Wollongong) previously considered as cities now will be included in the regional areas
One of the main benefits for international students choosing tyo study in regional cities is that they get 5 extra points when they apply for permanent residence under any of the skilled category.
From November 2019 students who study at regional universities will get one year to two yrars extra post study work visa. This visa allows students to stay in Australia with full time work rights.
The cost of living in regional areas is much less when compared to major cities. Example: The rent for 2 bedroom flat in Toowomba costs around $1370 permohtn and its around $ 2000+ in Sydney
From tropical forests to snow covered mountains to white sandy beaches, regional Australia has it all. You can explore Australia’s natural environment and take up a relaxed and amazing life style
All regional cities are very cosmopolitan as well, with same facilities and entertainment that you will find in the big cities (think health care, cinemas, sporting venues, restaurants, cafés, bars and shopping), so you can be sure to find everything you need. One of the main differences is that these regional cities are more relaxed, and you will feel as if you are part of a community rather than just one person in a big city
The Australian government has announced special scholarships under “Destination Australia” for students studying in regional universities. More details at Destination Australia