List of 40 best universities in Australia

We ranked 40 best universities in Australia based on their reputation, research performance, and alumni impact. We processed 51.2M citations received by 1.62M publications made by 40 universities in Australia, measured the popularity of 2,671 recognized alumni, and utilized the largest available links database (to compare non-academic prominence).

  1. University of Melbourne logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    49,000
    Founded
    1853
  2. University of Sydney logo
    Acceptance Rate
    30%
    Enrollment
    52,789
    Founded
    1850
  3. University of New South Wales logo
    Acceptance Rate
    30%
    Enrollment
    45,000
    Founded
    1949
  4. University of Queensland logo
    Acceptance Rate
    40%
    Enrollment
    48,771
    Founded
    1909
  5. Australian National University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    35%
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1946
  6. Monash University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    40%
    Enrollment
    45,000
    Founded
    1958
  7. University of Adelaide logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    25,000
    Founded
    1874
  8. University of Western Australia logo
    Acceptance Rate
    38%
    Enrollment
    25,000
    Founded
    1911
  9. RMIT University logo
    Enrollment
    45,000
    Founded
    1887
  10. Queensland University of Technology logo
    Enrollment
    45,000
    Founded
    1989
  11. Macquarie University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    30%
    Enrollment
    38,747
    Founded
    1964
  12. Curtin University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    50%
    Enrollment
    58,216
    Founded
    1966
  13. Griffith University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    50%
    Enrollment
    45,000
    Founded
    1971
  14. University of Newcastle logo
    Acceptance Rate
    85%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1965
  15. University of Technology Sydney logo
    Acceptance Rate
    19%
    Enrollment
    42,500
    Founded
    1965
  16. Deakin University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    34,616
    Founded
    1974
  17. University of Wollongong logo
    Enrollment
    31,313
    Founded
    1975
  18. La Trobe University logo
    Enrollment
    37,500
    Founded
    1964
  19. University of Tasmania logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    33,879
    Founded
    1890
  20. University of South Australia logo
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1991
  21. Flinders University logo
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1966
  22. James Cook University logo
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1970
  23. Swinburne University of Technology logo
    Enrollment
    37,500
    Founded
    1908
  24. University of New England, Australia logo
    Acceptance Rate
    80%
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1938
  25. Western Sydney University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    30%
    Enrollment
    37,426
    Founded
    1989
  26. Murdoch University logo
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1975
  27. Edith Cowan University logo
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1991
  28. Charles Sturt University logo
    Enrollment
    42,500
    Founded
    1989
  29. Victoria University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    64%
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1990
  30. University of Canberra logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1967
  31. University of Southern Queensland logo
    Enrollment
    18,388
    Founded
    1967
  32. Australian Catholic University logo
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1991
  33. Southern Cross University logo
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1994
  34. Central Queensland University logo
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1967
  35. Bond University logo
    Enrollment
    5,500
    Founded
    1987
  36. Charles Darwin University logo
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1989
  37. University of the Sunshine Coast logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1994
  38. Federation University Australia logo
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1870
  39. University of Notre Dame Australia logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1989
  40. Torrens University Australia logo
    Enrollment
    5,500
    Founded
    2012

The best cities to study in Australia based on the number of universities and their ranks are Melbourne, Sydney, St Lucia, and Canberra.

Average cost of living for students in Australia is $836 + $155-1109 for rent (depends on where to live: dormitory, renting with a roommate or solo).