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Deakin University

DU resides in Victoria, with a number of campuses around Melbourne, Geelong, and Warrnambool. It was founded in 1974 in part as a merger of State College of Victoria and Gordon Institute of Technology, though it traces its antecedents to some 15 other institutions of which it holds its library records.

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The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the Deakin University.

  • Rankings

    QS WUR places DU at a very respectable 266th place for the 2023 ranking, an increase of 17 places since 2022, and the highest it held on record. In subject rankings it places even higher, with 6th place for Sports-Related Subjects, ex equo 194th place for Arts and Humanities, or 33rd for Nursing. THE ranks it in the 251-300 range, with very high scores for citations (83/100) and international outlook (88/100).

  • Employability

    DU runs a specialised career planning service which sources opportunities, reviews resumes, offers career coaching, and provides career success workshops. The careers team says ‘We're committed to helping you become the most employable version of yourself. Using proven tools and techniques we’ll help boost your career IQ, arming you with the comprehensive knowledge you need to land that job and build a satisfying career. At Victoria’s #1 university for student support, you will get the assistance you need to succeed.’

  • Fees

    The Australian government pays a portion of the tuition fee for Commonwealth supported students. The remaining amount is called the 'student contribution'. The University does not receive any government funding for fee-paying places. Students enrolled in fee-paying places contribute the full cost of their course. DU says: ‘If you are not eligible for a CSP, you will be offered a fee-paying place. The tuition fees you are charged will depend on the units you enrol in, the study discipline the units belong to and the year you commence.’ Read more here. International students are in a different situation: ‘Deakin's international tuition fees vary depending on the course and units you undertake, as well as your level of study. Our fee estimator tool can help give you a better idea of how much your studies could cost.’—says DU here.

  • Bursaries

    Deakin University offers a wide range of scholarships to both domestic and international students. Some are earmarked for particular groups, are means-tested, or merit-based. Find out more here for domestic students and here for international.


Deakin offers accommodation on all its campuses. Prices vary greatly; on Melbourne Burwood campus, students can expect to pay between $264pw and $326pw. Rooms at the lower price-point are located in clusters of 10, with 4 shared bathrooms kitchen, living, and dining spaces; the more expensive options feature smaller shared apartments, as well as studios. If you are looking for alternative accommodation arrangements, check out AFS pages for Melbourne, and other DU campus locations to find comfortable, convenient, and affordable private accom options today!

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Students' Union

Deakin University Student Association provides social activities, opportunities, and services to enhance the students’ time at DU. They manage a large number of societies, with over 90 to choose from: from sports to faith, the DUSA helps students make most of their time at uni. Check out their website here.

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Famous for

Notable alumni include Carmen Marton, Australia’s first ever taekwondo champion, John Brumby, former Premier of Victoria, or Emma Alberici, ABC’s journalist and presenter.


‘Deakin wins first place at the 2022 Warman Design and Build Competition.’ Read the full story here.

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Melbourne held the title of 'World's Most Livable City' for 7 years in a row, which isn't a suprise with a strong focus on vibrancy and diversity meaning there is something for everyone here.

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