What is it like to study in Tasmania?

Armed with bold art, a dynamic hospitality world, and a wealth of natural attractions, Tasmania is a small population state with big ideas.

Climate in Tasmania

Tasmania has four distinct seasons with its own beauty and charm. During the summer in Hobart, the average temperature ranges from 11.5 – 21 ° C (52.7 – 69.8 ° F). January and February are also the driest months. The beach here is also warm enough to swim. December experiences the longest afternoon with the sun rising around 05.30 and setting at 20.45. The shortest afternoon time occurs in June with the sun rising around 07.40 and setting at 16.45.

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Autumn is characterized by calm and sunny days with average temperatures between 8.9 – 17.3 ° C (48 – 63.1 ° F). The whole city will be covered in a deep red and yellow hue as the trees begin to change. 

During winter you can feel the cool south winds from Antarctica and try the coldest temperatures in Australia. From a distance, snow spots adorn Mount Wellington and its daily average temperature ranges from 5 – 12.3 ° C (41 – 54.1 ° F). Night temperatures can drop to 3 ° C (37.4 ° F).

Snow rarely falls on the coast. However, sometimes snow falls on Mount Wellington, Hobart, during winter, and occasionally in autumn and spring. Skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts can boost their adrenaline at Mount Field National Park, which is a 90-minute drive from Hobart.

During spring, the average temperature ranges from 7.8 – 16.9 ° C (46 – 62.4 ° F). This is the wettest time of the year (168.7mm / 6.6 inches), but please note that Hobart is the second driest capital city in Australia after Adelaide.

Transportation in Tasmania

Although Hobart and Launceston are not as big as other major cities in Australia, it offers a variety of transportation options, such as buses. You can also drive or walk when you study in Tasmania. Practical information around Hobart will make traveling around the city very easy.

To use the public bus network in Hobart, you can buy Metro Greencard or a one-time ticket. This Greencard costs AUD $ 25 (includes AUD $ 5 deposit and AUD $ 20 credit) and is available at a number of Greencard agents and Metro Shop on Elizabeth Street, Hobart. Once you have Greencard, you will get bus fare discounts and daily limits, which will automatically apply when boarding.

Fares vary according to distance, but lines in cities are usually only a few dollars. To start the trip, put the card in the reader near the driver while riding the bus, and tell the driver your destination.

Most buses in the Metro network depart from Elizabeth Street (between Macquarie and Collin Streets) or Franklin Square. There are several routes you can use, for example bus 446 to South Hobart to visit Cascade Brewery and Female Factory, or X20 express bus to the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona). Use the Hobart Network guide to plan a route.

You can also use the Red Decker bus which frees you up and down to visit various tourist attractions in Hobart. You can buy City Loop tickets 24 hours or 48 hours, both of which include Salamanca Place, Battery Point, Wrest Point, Cascade Brewery, Female Factory, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. City Loop + Mt Wellington tickets allow you to visit the magnificent mountain peaks in Hobart on a two-hour tour separately.

If you plan to see wild and unique works of art in Mona, there is a private ferry that will take you from Brooke Street Pier on the edge of Hobart waters to the art museum in Claremont. The journey takes 25 minutes, and this roofed ferryboats sail when it is sunny, rainy or hail.

Tasmania serves direct flights from the cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Cost of Living in Tasmania

Tasmania has reasonable prices for everything, that’s why it’s an incredibly affordable state to live in. Students also are entitled to a 50% discounted fare  Here is cost of living in Hobart in general:

  • A room in a share house in central Hobart: $238 per week
  • A serviced apartment in central Hobart: $229 per week
  • One-bedroom unit in central Hobart: $375 per week
  • A room in a share house in suburbs: $202 per week
  • One-bedroom unit in suburbs: $350 per week
  • Transportation: $1.92 for a single trip with bus or a daily cap $5.80
  • Cook and eat at home: $2 breakfast, $5 lunch, and $11 dinner
  • Eating out: $15 breakfast, $16 lunch, $25 dinner
  • A glass of wine: $10-12
  • Live music or sporting matches ticket: $47
  • Movies: $20
  • Fitness/gym: $12 per week

Cost of living in Hobart according to University of Tasmania:

Accommodation

  • On-Campus: $165 to $420 per week
  • University Homestay: $285 per week
  • Hostels and Guesthouses: $90 to $150 per week
  • Shared Rental: $100 to $215 per week
  • Single Rental: $150 to $300 per week

Living expenses

  • Study expenses (books, photocopying, stationery, etc.): $800 per year
  • Phone and Internet: $20 to $55 per week
  • Public transport: $15 to $30 per week
  • Car (after purchase): $150 to $260 per week
  • Groceries and eating out: $80 to $200 per week
  • Utilities: $12 to $20 per week
  • Entertainment, sport, personal care: $60 to $150 per week

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What can you do during the study in Tasmania?

Culinary in Hobart is a champion of local produce, with exceptional restaurants in every corner of the city. Join the locals along the popular dining track in historic Salamanca or North Hobart. Or choose from a variety of quality restaurants in the city and the beach. Located inside the old newspaper building, the chic Franklin is a favorite restaurant that also makes its own bread, cheese and processed meat. Along the city dock, stop by Frank inspired by South American culture, or dine luxury on the water at Aloft.

Travelling with ferry from Brooke Street Pier in Hobart and sail upriver to the revolutionary Museum of Old and New Art, or MONA. The largest private museum in Australia is built on a sandstone cliff on the northern outskirts of the city with a collection of interesting and provocative works of art. Dishes at Source, a restaurant inside MONA, can almost be classified as works of art. Just below the restaurant is a wine cellar for the Moorilla MONA winery which distills the grapes from the vineyard next to the gallery. Be sure to try variations of Moo Brew MONA beer while you are here.

Top of Mount Wellington, with an altitude of nearly 1300 meters (4265 ft) above the city, can be reached in a 30-minute drive from the city center. The views of Hobart and the surroundings are special. Enjoy coffee on your way to the mountains in the Bentwood caravan, and stop by Australia’s oldest brewery, Cascade, upon returning from the summit. If you are still excited, find access to pedestrian paths and beautiful views under the peaks in Springs. Springs also have picnic facilities and toilets.

Taste the flavors of Tasmania’s growing whiskey industry at the cozy Lark Distillery. Here, you can take a refinery tour available and classy Nant Distillery. The award-winning Sullivan Cove Whiskey is located in Cambridge, near Hobart Airport. For home-brewed beer at its place of origin, visit the Shambles Brewery beer center or the Hobart Brewing Company.

Hobart really shines along its busy seaside. From the old sandstone shed at Salamanca Place, walking along the jetty will take you past the Brooke Street Pier floating and a replica of Australia’s explorer hut, Douglas Mawson, in Antarctica. Every year, one week after Christmas, the dock is filled with sailing ships from the classic Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Hobart’s main beachfront area, Constitution Dock, is lined with tavern boats (floating restaurants) that sell seafood. The best way to arrive in the area and eat culinary is by kayaking. Roaring 40s Kayaking operates a half-day tour, Hobart City, which will take you paddling in waters along the most historic suburb of Battery Point and to the pier to enjoy the experience of eating fish and chips on the water.

Tasmania’s most famous penitentiary, Port Arthur, is only a 90-minute drive from Hobart, but you can find traces of state prisoners without having to leave the city. In South Hobart, near Cascade Brewery, there is Cascade Female Factory listed on the World Heritage list, where thousands of women are imprisoned. In the city center, take a tour of the Tench prison barracks while understanding the dark side of Hobart’s history.

University in Tasmania

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University of Tasmania

Founded in 1890, The University of Tasmania (UTAS) is the fourth oldest university in Australia and has a long history of excellence in teaching, learning and research. This sandstone university is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning.

A medium-sized university, UTAS offers the benefits of smaller classes, personalized attention, and good access to supervisors and administrative staff. There are various services and facilities, both academic and recreational, and programs for international students are offered on campuses in Hobart and Launceston.

The University of Tasmania’s Sandy Bay campus is located on 100 hectares of land on the shore of Sandy Bay, only a five-minute drive south of the city center.

Following are the UTAS rankings and achievements:

  • Top 2% for research, 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • 2015 Australian Awards for University Teaching
  • #2 in Australia for graduate salaries
  • # 287 in 2019 QS Top Universities, QS Top Universities
  • World authority in the blue and green sciences
  • Top 10 rankings in Oceanography, Marine Biology and Aquaculture
  • # 1 in the world for Southern Ocean Research, League of Scholars 2018

UTAS offers more than 100 undergraduate programs and 150 postgraduate degrees incorporated into several colleges including:

  • College of Arts, Law and Education
  • College of Health and Medicine
  • College of Sciences and Engineering
  • Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
  • University College

The following fields of study are offered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels at UTAS:

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Art, Music and Theater
  • Business and Economics
  • Computing and IT
  • Design
  • Education and Teaching
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Health and Community Care
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law
  • Marine and Antarctic
  • Maritime Studies
  • Media
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychology
  • Science

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