Living in Melbourne

Living in Melbourne


Melbourne is the capital city of the State of Victoria. It is situated on the banks of the Yarra River and around the beautiful beaches of Port Phillip Bay. It is an attractive, spacious city with an abundance of parks, gardens, sporting venues, and scenic places. Melbourne is also a sprawling city with suburbs extending up to 60km from the city center.

Melbourne is a truly multicultural city. The population is approximately 5 million. There are now people from over 140 nations living harmoniously together. This broad ethnic mix has brought many benefits to the city including a wide range of cuisines and more than 2,300 elegant and cosmopolitan restaurants, bistros, and cafés.

Melbourne is considered to be the fashion (and shopping) capital of Australia and offers some of Australia’s biggest shopping complexes as well as sophisticated, exclusive boutiques and a host of lively and popular markets.

Melbourne has an excellent public transport system with trams, trains, and buses providing an extensive network throughout the city and suburbs. For more information please visit


Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with four distinct seasons in the year – spring, summer, winter, and autumn. Below is a guide to average daily temperatures:

  • Spring – September to November – 12-22˚C
  • Summer – December to February – 28-32˚C
  • Autumn – March to May – 12 – 20˚C
  • Winter – June to August – 10 – 15˚C.

Melbourne does not have a specific wet season; it can rain at any time of the year.

Festival City

Known as Australia’s festival city, Melbourne provides lively festival entertainment every month. Major festivals include Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Chinese New Year Parade, Moomba Parade, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Spring Fashion Week, and the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Melbourne’s primary community venue, Federation Square, hosts a great many multicultural festivals throughout the year such as the Indian Film Festival, Diwali Indian Festival of Light, Buddha’s Day, Nepal Festival, Thai Culture, and Food Festival, and Fiesta Malaysia.

Melbourne’s music festivals are many ranging from indie music events that attract popular international acts to jazz festivals. Some of the International sporting events include Spring Racing Carnival (Melbourne Cup), Australian Open (Grand Slam tennis), Grand Prix Motor Racing, World Series and Test cricket, and Bells Beach Surf Classic.


Being located close to Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD), our campus is close to a great array of entertainment options from ten-pin bowling, cinemas, and karaoke, to sophisticated art galleries, theatre, and dance events, as well as the usual bars and clubs. Melbourne is Australia’s festival capital, with free events held in city and community venues each month. The city’s beautiful green and spacious surroundings are very attractive for social, sporting, and other outdoor activities. There are plenty of opportunities for international students to have an enjoyable time with friends.

Public transport tickets

Tickets for Melbourne’s Myki public transport ticketing system, which covers trams, trains, and buses, must be purchased prior to travel at train stations, some tram stops, or retail outlets such as 7Eleven. Tickets are not available on public transport. For more information, visit Fare evasion attracts steep fines. Melbourne is divided into travel zones and your ticket type and cost depend on which zone you are going to travel in and for how long. There is a free tram zone in the CBD area (effective 1 Jan 2015). If your tram journey starts or finishes outside the Free Tram Zone, you need to touch on to ensure you have a valid ticket. Visit and Public Transport Victoria at for more details. Cost: approximately $25- $38 a week.

Cost of Living

Australia is a sophisticated, friendly country that enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the world. Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. For your reference, here are some of the costs associated with living and studying in Australia (all costs are in Australian dollars).

The costs below are an approximate guide only. Students should be aware that these costs can vary depending on their study location in Australia.


  • Hostels and Guesthouses – $90 to $150 per week
  • Shared Rental – $85 to $215 per week
  • On campus – $90 to $280 per week
  • Homestay – $235 to $325 per week
  • Rental – $165 to $440 per week
  • Boarding schools – $11,000 to $22,000 a year

Other living expenses

  • Groceries and eating out – $80 to $280 per week
  • Gas, electricity – $35 to $140 per week
  • Phone and Internet – $20 to $55 per week
  • Public transport – $15 to $55 per week
  • Car (after purchase) – $150 to $260 per week
  • Entertainment – $80 to $150 per week

Minimum cost of living

The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. From 1st February 2018, the 12-month living cost is:

  • For you – $20,290
  • Partner or spouse – $7,100
  • Child – $3,040

All costs are per year in Australian dollars. To convert to your own currency, visit

The Australian Government provides information and guidance on managing your finances. You can read more at

If you experience financial trouble while in Australia, talk institution’s student support staff for assistance.