Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia. It has an interesting and often underestimated history. In fact, the city is often underestimated on several levels. For example, it offers residents all the advantages of big city living, including arts and cultural activities, vibrant nightlife, varied shopping, eclectic dining, and good quality education, but without all the disadvantages, like heavy traffic, pollution, and major stress. It’s a great place for students to soak up learning without being too distracted or too bored to fully enjoy student life.
Let’s take a closer look at what Hobart has to offer students.
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Universities and Colleges
University of Tasmania
The University of Tasmania is the fourth oldest university in Australia and is just one the country’s universities that have been internationally recognised.
It consists of seven faculties, most of which have their own schools and centres
- The Faculty of Arts, which includes the Tasmania College of the Arts, School of Humanities, and School of Social Sciences.
It also includes the Centre for European Thought, Arts and Environment Research Group, Colonialism and Its Aftermath, Governance and Implementation Research Group, Young Irelanders, Criminology, Law and Police Studies Research Group, and House and Community Research Unit.
- The Faculty of Business, which includes the School of Economics & Finance, School of Accounting & Corporate Governance, School of Management, and Australian Innovation Research Centre.
- The Faculty of Education, which includes specialist teaching spaces for Music, Cooking, and Human Movement/Health Physical Education.
- The Faculty of Health Science, which includes the School of Human Life Sciences, School of Medicine, School of Nursing & Midwifery, School of Pharmacy, School of Psychology, Rural Clinical School, and University Department of Rural Health.
It also includes the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania, Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre, University Psychology Clinic, Exercise Physiology Clinic, UMORE (Unit for Medication Outcomes Research & Education), and Centre of Research Excellence for Chronic Respiratory Disease & Lung Ageing.
- The Faculty of Law, which includes the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute, Centre for Law & Genetics, Law Library, and Centre for Legal Studies.
- The Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology, which includes the School of Agricultural Science, School of Architecture & Design, School of Chemistry, School of Computing & Information Systems, School of Earth Sciences (Geology), School of Engineering, School of Geography & Environmental Studies, School of Mathematics & Physics, School of Plant Science, and School of Zoology.
It also includes the ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits (CODES), Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science (ACROSS), Centre for Environment, Centre for Renewable Energy & Power Systems (CREPS), Cooperative Research Centre for Forestry, Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood (CSAW), Prime Industry Centre for Science Education (PICSE), and Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA).
- Australian Maritime College (AMC), which includes the Centre of Maritime Simulations, Emergency Response Centre, National Hydrodynamics Research Centre, Aquaculture Centre, and state-of-the-art laboratories specialising in Aquaculture Nutrition, Fish Health, Molecular Biology, Marine Ecology, and Seafood Quality & Safety.
University of Tasmania has five campuses, two of which are in Sydney.
1) Hobart Campus is five minutes from the city centre. It includes the Conservatorium of Music, Tasmanian School of Art, and the Medical Science Precinct.
2) Launceton Campus is 10 minutes from the CBD. It includes the Human Interface Technology Laboratory, School of Visual & Performing Arts, and the School of Architecture & Design.
3) Cradle Coast Campus is in Bernie.
Sydney campuses include Darlinghurst and Rozelle.
TasTAFE is one of the youngest higher education providers in Australia. It was born out of a union between Tasmanian Polytechnic and Tasmanian Skills Institute. The union has made TasTAFE the 10th biggest Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in the country.
Study areas include:
- Agriculture, Aquaculture, Fishing, Food & Beverage
- Building & Construction
- Business & Financial Services
- Energy Industries
- Engineering & Manufacturing
- Environment Industries
- Forestry, Timber & Paper
- General Education & Personal Development
- Government Services
- Hairdressing & Personal Development
- Health & Community Services
- IT, Communications & Advanced Technology
- Marine Manufacturing
- Mining & Mineral Processing
- Retail & Wholesale Sales & Service
- Sport & Recreation
- Textiles, Clothing & Footwear
- Transport, Distribution & Storage
Courses are offered from 14 campuses seven of which are in Hobart:
1) Bathurst Street Campus
2) Bender Drive Campus
3) Campbell Street Campus
4) Claremont Campus
5) Clarence Campus
6) Drysdale Campus
7) Hunter Street Campus
Students have all the usual options when it comes to accommodation in Hobart. Many of the campuses have student residences which offer different types of accommodation, such as shared apartments, private living units, and hostels.
Independent websites also help students find suitable accommodation, from sharehouses to private rooms.
Living in Hobart
Hobart’s climate tends to be temperate; it doesn’t have the extreme highs and lows of other areas in Australia. In fact, while it can have heat waves and cold snaps, the temperature seldom gets above 30° Celsius and seldom dips below freezing.
Metro Tasmania buses take care of public transport needs. Residents are encouraged to cycle as much as possible.
The city’s location at the foot of Mount Wellington and on the estuary of the Derwent River means that there are a lot of varied outdoor activities, from abseiling and hiking to fishing and surfing. It’s also packed full of cultural experiences. And, it’s one of the best places in the world for fresh seafood.
Things to do on a budget
Salamanca Arts Centre
Many of Tasmania’s most highly recommended things to see and do are in or very close to Hobart. For example, Salamanca Market is not-to-be-missed. It’s one of the most varied markets in the world with jewellery, clothes, art, musicians, and food for every taste and occasion. The Salamanca Arts Centre is a hub for all things art and creative. You’ll see live performances, art exhibitions, and literary events; keep an eye on the programs available because they chop and change.
If picnicking and strolling around luscious gardens is your thing, then head on down to Caldew Park, Cascade Gardens, Fitzroy Gardens, New Town Rivulet Linear Park, University Rose Gardens, and St David’s Park. You can get more hands-on with nature by joining Bushcare, a volunteer-based program in which people undertake projects and activities designed to preserve the indigenous bushland in and around Hobart.
Tasmania is small enough so that nothing is really too far away. This means that you can also enjoy things like guided wine tours around the rich wine regions in the south, north and west of the state. You can spend some time in the marine and forestry reserves, as well as the World Heritage Area, which includes mountains, forests, coasts, and even World Heritage Convict Sites.
In many ways, Hobart can be considered one Australia’s hidden gems; it’s best kept secret. Why don’t you uncover that secret and discover all of the cities myriad delights while equipping yourself with a top-notch education. Search TafeCourses.com.au and find courses that suit you.
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