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Living in Melbourne for international students

Living in Melbourne for international students

Studying in Melbourne Australia

As an international student in Melbourne, there are several things to learn about before studying here. These include accommodation, getting around Melbourne, the cost of living, and working in Australia. We've outlined all of this for you below. If you have any questions simply contact us

Getting around Melbourne

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) runs Melbourne’s extensive public transport network of trains, trams, and buses. The Myki travel card gives you access to all three modes of transport.  

Melbourne has many bike tracks, shared footpaths, and bike parking facilities. For more information go to the Bicycle Network website.

For information about driving and Australian road, laws go to the VicRoads website.

Melbourne international student study


When you arrive in Melbourne one of the first things you will need to do is find somewhere to live. RMIT University does not have accommodation at its city campus, but there is a range of long-term and short-term options available depending on your needs. Go to RMIT’s Accommodation web page for more information.

There are special rules for renting different types of accommodation in Australia.  These rules are important because they can protect you.  You should make sure you understand these rules before you sign a rental agreement.

If you are under 18 years of age, you must live in approved accommodation. You will find a list of RMIT University approved providers here

Speak to the Student Services team if you have any questions about accommodation.

Cost of living

The Victorian Government’s Study Melbourne website includes useful tips and advice on where to live and the cost of living in Melbourne, public transport, entertainment and shopping, and tax and banking information.

RMIT University also has information on living expenses and creating and sticking to a budget.

Working in Australia

Working while you study is a great opportunity to earn money, improve your English, gain skills, and meet new people. Some work restrictions and conditions apply to international students.

  • You can work up to 20 hours a week during your program

  • You can work full time during holiday periods

  • Volunteer work is not included in the 20-hour limit

The RMIT University website has more information about work conditions for student visa holders.

You can also access information about your rights as a worker in Australia at the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

Learn more about studying with RMIT Training and RMIT University

Want to learn more about the pathways programs available? RMIT Training offers Academic English or Foundation Studies pathway programs.

To learn more about how these pathway programs are delivered online visit: 

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