University in Dubbo: why west is best

Ariel shot of Dubbo Image courtesy of Dubbo Regional Council

Considering a tree change to the regions? Well, Dubbo has some of the best Australia has to offer.

It’s a place where cattle farms and cafés are within minutes of each other. Where the people are relaxed, friendly and welcoming – and when they ask how you’re going, they really mean it.

So if you’re thinking about studying at Charles Sturt University Dubbo – it’s a smart move.

At Dubbo, we keep things focused. Social work, nursing, teaching: if any of these areas are your passion, Dubbo is the place. At our campus here, we have tight-knit communities of students and academics all working to improve people’s lives. It makes for a pretty dynamic place.

So, while you’re setting yourself up for an epic career – you also get a sweet lifestyle in the regions. You’ll live close to where you work. You won’t have to worry about traffic. And you’ll have time to spend on yourself and with your family. Here in Dubbo, you can truly achieve that work-life-study balance everyone talks about.

On a more practical front, Dubbo is the industrial and commercial heart of the New South Wales (CSW) Central West region. We’re best known for the famous Western Plains Zoo, but the hidden gems of the region include stunning scenery, great wineries and heritage villages, as well as loads of recreational and sporting facilities.

Still deciding if Dubbo is right for you? Read on to find out why you should study in the West.

Cost of living – it’s cheap as chips!

One of the best parts of studying at a regional uni is the cost. Compared to our city cousins, getting an education (and living) in the regions is cheap. Studying with Charles Sturt University at Dubbo means you’ll experience living in a relaxed, regional community – and save a whole lotta money while you’re doing it.

Things that are cheaper in the regions:

  • Uni fees
  • Accommodation
  • Cost of living – groceries, bills, etc.
  • Transport and parking
  • Entertainment

So next time you’re weighing up your options around city versus country study – don’t rule out the county. Your bank account will love you for it.

The zoo – duh.

Sorry guys, we had to! It wouldn’t be a Dubbo wrap-up without a mention of our famous zoo.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo is home to over 700 species, including black rhinoceros, Sumatran tigers, elephants and giraffes. The zoo is an immersive animal experience, with the species roaming wide open spaces across 300 hectares of bushland. You’ll barely notice the moats and barriers that keep you separate from the magnificent wildlife as you make your way around the zoo’s 6-km circuit by bike, electric cart, private car or on foot.

To have some of the world’s rarest animals in your backyard is a pretty amazing claim to fame. We think you’ll love it.

Gif showing fact and fiction about the landscape of Dubbo and regional Australia

Thriving social and foodie scene

When you study with Charles Sturt University Dubbo, you’re in for a good time – whether you live on campus or in the town itself. This especially rings true if you’re a foodie.

Although Dubbo hasn’t been known as a foodie destination historically, the industry is really starting to blossom. Lazy brunches, long lunches and sunset dinners are all part of the experience. Here you’ll find anything from heaty Australian cuisine and national chains to multicultural hidden gems.

The paddock to plate approach is huge in Dubbo – probably because the distance between the paddocks and the plate is basically zero. Sample the fresh produce gathered from around the Macquarie Valley region at the local farmers markets, or enjoy a tipple at a cellar door tasting the region’s warm-climate wines.

And socially – we’ve got it down pat too. There’s plenty of stuff happening on campus (and off) to keep you entertained. Hot tip: the Pastoral Hotel is where it’s at – the beer garden goes off on weekends.

Plenty of opportunities to gain practical experience

When you live and study in the regions, there’s plenty of opportunities to kickstart your career. Bosses love regional grads – so when you study with us you’ve got a pretty good chance of landing your dream job. Our grads arrive at their first job perfectly prepared and ready to get to work. That’s because we make sure that from day one of your course you get to put your learning into action with practical experience.

Charles Sturt University facilities collage of Dubbo

Dubbo is a booming business centre with a diverse and thriving economy. Translation? There’s plenty of opportunities for you to gain practical experience – and hopefully land a job for when you graduate. With over 3700 business operating in the city, we’re sure you’ll find somewhere you like!

Check out Charles Sturt University at Dubbo

If you want to learn more about what it’s really like to live and study at Charles Sturt University in this great regional city, book a campus tour or get in touch with our friendly team to learn more. We’re looking forward to welcoming you soon!

And for a really immersive insight into life at Charles Sturt University in Dubbo, come and meet us at Open Day, when you can chat to students and staff, get course info, and discover the fun side of uni life. August 30 – put the date in your diary.