Geelong is starting to pick up pace. With it being the short train trip to Melbourne if it's too slow. Now, Warnambool can get quiet, winter especially. Good country/coastal town to get a feel for the quieter Aussie pace. Both places have the late hour Drunk problem but if your still walking the streets at 1am your a ....... Better casual work prospects in Geelong, Warnambool at Holiday time Ok. When at Geelong your day to day will be local but shopping/events/ occasions will be in Melbourne as it's so close. Geelong has s few scummy areas like all places and local rent prices will let you know. Warnambool is cheaper. Geelongs PT is good and linked with Melbourne. Warnambool is country rail and buss so Big gaps in timetables life is easier close to campus. No probs getting around Geelong.