Living & Studying in Melbourne, Victoria
Australia has a lot to offer international students. You have access to world class education, and state of the art facilities. Our economy is strong, employment is high and public services and infrastructure are efficient and work well. No matter where in Australia you choose to study, the country is vast and offers a huge variety of attractions for students who wish to discover them during term breaks and vacations.
Melbourne – The City
There are many reasons why Melbourne has been voted the ‘world’s most liveable city’ three years in a row. Its integrated train, tram and bus services, together with its flat geography make it easy to get around. Its location along the shores of a large, open body of water means prevailing coastal breezes keep the air clean. Public safety is a priority for the Victorian government, making Melbourne one of the safest cities in the world for its size.
The city enjoys a mild climate with distinctive changes in season that are beautifully illustrated in its many parks and gardens. Spring and summer are the seasons for alfresco dining, beach culture, outdoor music festivals and new season’s fashions. Autumn sees the beginning of the ‘footy’ season – most Australians love sport, but Melbournians especially are football (Aussie Rules) mad! In winter, dining and culture move indoors. Many bars and pubs feature open fires for a warm, convivial atmosphere, while the arts scene includes everything from concerts and opera to plays and Melbourne’s world-famous comedy festival.
Melbourne is recognised as the gastronomy capital of Australia. If most people eat to live, Melbournians live to eat! The city’s diverse multicultural society has contributed enormously to its food scene where good quality restaurant dining is available at accessible prices. Throughout the city and suburbs visitors will discover dining enclaves of Italian, Greek, Chinese, Indian and Vietnamese cuisine to name just a few.
Among Melbourne’s 3000+ restaurants are some of Australia’s best. Melbournians also take their coffee very seriously and there is a thriving café culture.
Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria with a population of 4.3 million. It is one of Australia’s main aviation gateways with daily flights to major cities throughout Asia, the United States and Europe. For the international visitor, Victoria is compact in size and a delight to explore. It is the home of heritage-listed forests, some of Australia's top ski fields, spectacular coastal regions and quiet country getaways. Most of these attractions are no more than 1-2 hours driving from Melbourne.
Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Some banks are open on Saturday mornings, especially in the Central Business District and tourist precincts. Travellers' cheques are widely accepted, as are major credit cards: VISA, Mastercard and (to a lesser extent) AMEX and Diners Card. Many retailers charge a small fee on credit card transactions. Most banks will change foreign currency to Australian dollars.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection 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.
In general in Australia the cost of living is comparatively reasonable depending on the accommodation you require and the lifestyle you may be accustomed to or choose to lead. 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.
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 Border Protection website .
Most Le Cordon Bleu programs include an industry placement component to satisfy course requirements. This work placement, which may be paid or unpaid, is not counted in the 40 hour fortnightly work allowance.
Melbourne has an efficient public transport system where trains, buses and the most extensive tram network in the world are fully integrated. Payment of fares is electronic. Travellers purchase a smart card called myki ahead of travel then swipe their card when accessing transport. Myki cards can be topped up with money as required, and concessional fare cards are available to students upon presentation of their Student ID.
Taxis are also widely available and may be hailed in the street or at designated taxi ranks.
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Last Updated 23 April 2015
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