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Living & Studying in Melbourne, Victoria

Why Australia?

Australia has a lot to offer international students. It is a big country with lots of space. Our cities are easy to navigate, and safe to live in, with some of the most diverse populations in the world.

You have access to world class education, and state of the art facilities. Our economy is strong and employment is high.

Our lifestyle is envied by many, with superb beaches and nature, as well as top class restaurants, bars and cafés to enjoy.

We like our sport, but we also like to relax and take it easy. You don’t have to travel far to get away from the city, or you can travel far and experience a completely different climate and surroundings, all within the same country.

Melbourne – The City

Ask anyone who has lived in the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne why it’s been voted the number one place in the world to live, and the highlights of this bustling city will be made obvious to you. With a restaurant and food scene to rival any city, as well as access to some of Australia’s most spectacular natural surrounds, this city’s culture and beauty will not fail to impress.

Melbourne has a mild, temperate climate with four distinct seasons which are very much part of the city's character. Spring through to autumn is a vibrant time for outdoor festivals, theatre and cinemas, alfresco eating, swimming and other water sports. Winter is the time for theatre, football, dining, open fires and shopping for warmer clothes.

Home to a diverse population of 4 million people from more than 140 nations, Melbourne boasts many of Australia's best restaurants and cafés, and is a shopper's paradise. Melbourne has over 3,000 restaurants offering more than 70 individual styles of cuisine.

Melbourne and Surrounds

Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria, with daily flights to major cities throughout Asia, the United States and Europe. For the international visitor, Victoria is a delight to explore. It is the home of heritage-listed forests, some of Australia's top ski fields, spectacular coastal regions, quiet country getaways and many other attractions.


Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm, Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm Friday. Some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings. Travellers' cheques are widely accepted, as are major credit cards VISA, Mastercard and (to a lesser extent) AMEX and Diners Card. Most banks will change foreign currency to Australian dollars.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship requires holders of a student visa to purchase and maintain OSHC for the entire length of their student visa. OSHC usually pays 85 percent of the fee for each consultation with a medical practitioner (including specialists), or X-rays and pathology services.

Cost Of Living

In general in Australia the cost of living is relatively reasonable depending on the accommodation you require and the lifestyle you may be accustomed to. As a student you will need at least AUD$25,000 to cover basic expenses in each year of study. You should also have a minimum of AUD$2,500 in addition to the monthly average to cover establishment expenses such as rental bond payment and basic furniture items. Recreation and entertainment are matters of personal taste: the amount spent depends on your interests, budget and where you live. These figures do not include the costs of large non-essential items such as household equipment or a car.

Melbourne Living Cost

The above costs have been sourced from Victoria University External Website.


You can stay either permanently or temporarily at one of Victoria University's two student accommodation residences. It is strongly recommended that you apply in advance for rooms at these residences. Application forms are available from the Victoria University's website and can be faxed or emailed.

Both student residences have an extensive program of events and activities to help you settle in Melbourne. The Student Village provides an excellent opportunity to form friendships and offers a range of services which include 24-hour staff support, cable TV in lounges, evening security, free parking and sporting/leisure activities. For more information and booking enquiries visit: www.vu.edu.au/facilities-and-services/housing-services External Website.

Working While Studying

Under current visa regulations, students residing temporarily in Australia under a student visa are permitted to work up to 40 hours per fortnight. For information please visit: Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship website External Website.


Metlink is Melbourne's public transport system. It offers a comprehensive network of buses, trams and trains servicing the greater metropolitan area.

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Last Updated 6 March 2014

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