Students sat on steps in Melbourne city centre

Living in Melbourne

Melbourne is the state capital city of Victoria and is located on the coast in the south of Australia. The city is Australia's cultural hub, home to a unique and thriving arts scene, independent and vintage stores, and some of the best food the country has to offer.

Why study in Melbourne? 

Located on the Yarra River, Melbourne has a relaxed atmosphere, with plenty of public parks and green spaces to enjoy. The city is also famous for its European-style café culture. The narrow eclectic laneways in the CBD and the wide streets of neighbourhoods such as Fitzroy, Brunswick and Prahran are full of independent cafés that are busy throughout the day and into the evening.

Student friendly city

Melbourne is a very student-friendly city, and has been recognised by QS University Rankings 2019 as the best student city in Australia and the third best in the world. Studying in Melbourne, you get to experience a high standard of living, a wide variety of activities and inclusive multicultural communities.

Australia's cultural capital

Melbourne is famous for its flourishing arts and culture, with a host of popular museums, over 100 galleries and a buzzing live music scene. The city is home to many arts and music festivals throughout the year, with events to suit every taste. Melbourne is also Australia's fashion capital, home to big global brands, small local designers and a large number of popular vintage shops.

Food from around the world

Melbourne is home to communities from around the world, making it a welcoming, multicultural city with an exciting food scene. You can find cafés and restaurants serving cuisines from across the globe to suit any budget all around the city. Melbourne also has a large number of public markets, selling global food and ingredients alongside local specialities.

Events and activities

A short distance from Melbourne is the Yarra Valley and numerous national parks, full of iconic Australian wildlife and beautiful nature walks. Take a trip to the beach at St Kilda and visit the restored Luna Park amusement park. You can also take in some of the city's annual sporting events, such as the Australian Open Tennis Championships in January and the Melbourne Cup, which is a popular horse racing event in November. It is also marked by a public holiday in the state of Victoria.

Practical information

  • Public transport

    Public Transport Victoria operate public transport services in Melbourne. The easiest and most cost effective way to get around Melbourne is on public transport. We recommend you purchase a Myki card when you arrive, which can be used on buses, trains and trams in the greater Melbourne area. You can buy a Myki card at the major train stations in Melbourne and at selected retailers.  

    Melbourne has a free tram travel zone in the CBD and the number 35 City Circle tramline that runs from the Docklands area to Parliament House is also free. Visit the Public Transport Victoria website to find out more.

  • Weather

    Melbourne is known for its mild climate and changeable weather conditions, so much so that Australians have a saying that Melbourne can experience four seasons in one day. It can be very windy throughout the year and tends to be rainy and cooler in the winter and spring. During the summer it is very sunny and is prone to short heatwaves. 

    Average temperatures

    • Summer (December to February): 14 – 25.3°C
    • Autumn (March to May): 10.9 – 20.3°C
    • Winter (June to August): 6.5 – 14.2°C
    • Spring (September to November): 9.6 – 19.6°C
Bilal from Pakistan

Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world. It has so many opportunities and so many places to explore and live. The moments you spend here with your friends, your family, are unbelievable. I like Melbourne because of its weather, the city and friendly people, and of course its on time transport.

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