Living and Getting Around Melbourne


Melbourne has officially been given the most livable city in the world for 7 years in a row since 2011. Discover Melbourne's secret laneways and rooftops, world-class street art, the cultural hub of Federation Square, buzzing bars, boutiques, eateries and the iconic MCG. Experience St Kilda, the Royal Botanic Gardens, bohemian Brunswick Street, top museums and the nation-stopping excitement of the Spring Racing Carnival. 

Join world class events such as the Australian Grand Prix, Australian Open, AFL Football (“Footy”) and horse racing. Enjoy weekend or Day trips to stunning places like the Mornington Peninsula, the iconic Great Ocean Road or to Phillip Island for fairy penguins. Being such a stylish, arty and multicultural city you will find any cuisine imaginable, from Mexican to Malaysian, Ethiopian to English, Polish to Peruvian or Italian to Thai at prices to suit all budgets. 

If you want to experience a traditional Australian “barbie” you can use many of the free barbeque facilities on the riverbanks, parks and beaches. If you are not passionate about surfing and beaches, then head to the mountains to hike, ski and snowboard your weekends away, or just stay in town and go to one of the many music, comedy, food and arts festivals that Melbourne has to offer.


Melbourne’s public transport is very convenient to use as it connects the city centre and the suburbs either by train, tram or bus. Melbourne has the largest tram network in the world - and all trams are free to ride in the CBD! For more information on Melbourne’s public transport, check the following links:


Living Cost
Share Room in the City $150-220AUD per week
Monthly Transport ticket (includes access to City Cat, ferry, train and bus) $39AUD per week
Monthly Mobile phone plan from $29AUD per month
Food for home $100AUD per week
Utilities (electricity, water, gas bills) from $30AUD per week

* Costs vary on students weekly activities 

** Have a look at our useful links for more information on Melbourne accommodation, entertainment and job hunt.