Arriving in Melbourne

Hi there! Welcome to Melbourne!

On this page, you will find useful information to help you settle into this city. Information on this page include:

Arriving at the Airport

Airport arrivals in Australia

Melbourne Airport International Student Welcome Desk

The City of Melbourne’s Student Welcome Desk at Melbourne Airport is a one-stop shop of information for students arriving in Melbourne, Victoria.

Student Welcome Desk is located at the Travellers Information Service, International Arrivals Hall, Ground Floor, Terminal 2, Melbourne Airport. It opens 7 days a week from 7am to 12am, and you can collect your free welcome pack containing all the information you need to know about Melbourne.

For more information visit Study Melbourne's website or find them on Facebook.

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Leaving Melbourne Airport

getting out of Melbourne airport

SkyBus is the convenient way to travel between Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) and the heart of Melbourne city in comfort.

The ticket booth is located right outside arrivals at the airport kerbside, ready to transport you around the clock into the city. There are SkyBus departures for the city every 10 minutes!

For ticket fares, timetables, and more information, please visit SkyBus.


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Using Public transport in Melbourne

myki travel card

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) is the main body of authority for all public transport in the state of Victoria, which includes the city of Melbourne and its regional areas. PTV is a single contact point for customers wanting information on public transport services, fares, and tickets. 

For fares, timetables, and more information, visit Public Transport Victoria or download the app (iPhone, Android)  for your smart phone.

myki card 

To get around in Melbourne, you must first purchase a myki travel card, which can be used for public transport that includes metropolitan trains, buses, and trams. You need to top up the card before your journey and then touch on and touch off at a myki reader as you travel.

You can use myki on:

  • Melbourne's trains, trams and buses
  • Regional commuter train services
  • Buses in Seymour, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, the Latrobe Valley and Warragul.

Find out more about where to buy a myki card, and how to use the card

Free Tram Zone in Melbourne city centre

The Melbourne city centre allows people to travel on trams free of charge, if their journey falls within the Free Tram Zone. You do not need to touch on with your myki card when travelling in this zone. The boundaries are outlined in the map below:

Melbourne Free Tram Zone map


Southern Cross Station

Southern Cross Station is one of the main train stations to connect with all of Melbourne's metropolitan regions. It is located on Spencer St and Collins St, only 5 minutes walk away from the CSU Melbourne Study Centre! Access to trams and buses are only a few metres walk away from the station.

Southern Cross Station also connects to other important train stations to help you get around Melbourne's city, which include:

  • Flinders Street Station
  • Melbourne Central Station
  • Parliament Station

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How to get to CSU Study Centre Melbourne


From Flinders Street Railway Station:

  • Take any train that goes to Southern Cross Railway Station
  • Get out at Southern Cross Railway Station, walk towards Spencer St (20 metres)
  • Continue to walk along Spencer St
  • Turn right at Little Collins St, continue to walk (360 metres)
  • Turn right at Church Lane, and you will find yourself in front of the campus!


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Accommodation in Melbourne

Some tips for when you are renting a room or a house:

  • Never sign anything you do not understand
  • Never transfer money without viewing the room first.

The free RentRight app includes useful email templates on issues such as repairs, information on your rights and responsibilities and a handy budget calculator.

Download: iPhone; Android

Please refer to Student Accommodation in Melbourne for more information.


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