Melbourne for international students
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Living and Studying in Melbourne for international students
If you’re thinking about studying abroad, Melbourne is the perfect destination. Melbourne is regularly listed as one of the most liveable cities in the world and is known as a popular destination for international students.
Becoming familiar with life in Melbourne is important if you’re planning on moving here to study or if you’re already living here. Studying and living in Melbourne is a great way to learn and practice English. It’s a safe place to live, has great public transport and offers a wide variety of cultural experiences for its diverse population.
We’ve put together this page to help you understand some of the important things you need to know before making your decision to live and study in here, including: accommodation, weather, transport, finding work, culture, food and more.
Melbourne, Victoria, is a vibrant, multicultural city with many attractions, events, festivals, cultural experiences, live music, art exhibitions, restaurants, shops and entertainment. Melbourne is known for its constant activity and its celebrated café culture. In Melbourne, you can immerse yourself by making friends with Melbournians (the locals) and students to help you discover great places to eat, visit and explore the incredible options this city has to offer.
Melbourne generally enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers, mild and sometimes balmy springs and autumns, and crisp, fresh winters. The weather can change quickly in a day going from beautiful sunshine to torrential rain, so always be prepared with an umbrella and take a jacket when you are out and about. Learn more about Melbourne weather.
Cost of living (bank account, rent, etc)
The cost of living in Victoria can depend on many different things. Where you live, what you eat, what you do for entertainment and where you work can all have considerable impacts on your finances.
Get advice on the cost of living in Australia – The Victorian Government’s Study Melbourne website includes useful tips and advice on where to live and the cost of living in Melbourne. It has helpful advice on public transport, entertainment, shopping plus tax and banking information.
RMIT University also has information on living expenses as well as advice on creating and sticking to a budget.
Opening a bank account in Australia is easy but there are a few things you need to know. We have outlined the steps you need to go through and the documentation you may need here.
There are some important things you may like to know about Australian culture as an international student studying in Australia. Before you study in Melbourne you might like to learn more about punctuality, housework, rubbish, tipping and how to talk to local people.
Transport - arriving, travelling and getting around
Travelling around Melbourne is easy. Whether you’re arriving for the first time, returning home to visit family and friends or getting around day-to-day, you’ll find there are plenty of options for you to get around.
Working in Australia
Work conditions on a student visa
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, such as:
- 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
- You can only start work once your program has commenced
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.
Finding a job in Australia
When looking for work in Australia, the first thing you will need is a resume listing your education and work experience. Your resume is the key part to finding work in Australia.
You may also find that a job application requires a cover letter. A cover letter is a short letter stating your interest in an advertised position. You will find that cover letters are often required for professional jobs in an office or corporate environment, but they can be requested by any employer, so make sure your read the advertisements thoroughly.
One of the first things you will need to do when you arrive in Melbourne is find a place to live. From short-term to long-term, there are many options available, so see below for a quick guide on some student accommodation options.
RMIT University City campus is located near a variety of long-term and short-term student accommodation providers. Purpose-built student accommodation is conveniently located close to RMIT University. This type of accommodation can offer furnished apartments, as well as convenient communal facilities.
Renting and share housing
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.
You may also be interested in share housing. Share housing is where you share accommodation with other people and split the cost of rent and utilities. Share houses can be made up of people you know, family members or new people you met through local ads.
While share housing in Australia is considered very safe, it is important to remember to let someone you trust know where you are going when attending an interview for a share house.
Studying in Melbourne
Melbourne has a variety of spaces where you can access resources for study. If your living arrangements make it difficult to find quiet time, you can visit one of the city’s libraries and find a quiet area to study.
Below is a list of libraries in or close to the CBD that you can visit:
- The State Library of Victoria
- City Library
- Library at the Dock
- Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre
- North Melbourne Library
Study Melbourne is a Victorian government initiative that provides support to international students studying in Victoria. They offer confidential support, free events, and have the Study Melbourne student centre in the Melbourne CBD.
Visit Study Melbourne.
Things to do in Melbourne
As an international student living in Melbourne, there are plenty of fun and interesting things to do in your downtime from study. You can explore Melbourne’s iconic attractions, take a road trip to Victoria’s famous coastline, try delicious cuisine inspired by the city’s multicultural community, or enjoy the world-famous café culture.
Melbourne is widely considered to be the best shopping destination in Australia. It offers the best range of high-end fashion stores and many large shopping complexes. Just within the CBD, there are three complexes to choose from and you can stroll down Collins street where you will find all the luxury designer boutiques.
Food and cuisine
Melbourne is known for its culinary delights, attracting some of the best restaurants and chefs in the world. But it is not always the most expensive restaurants that the city is known for – you can sample amazing dishes at small local restaurants or even at a market.
Melbournians are serious about coffee. As you will learn quickly, it is a part of the daily routine for many Melbournians to start their day with a great cup of coffee. Coffee in Melbourne is among the best in the world and the city attracts and nurtures expert baristas who have turned coffee-making into an art form. There are many cafés all over the city that serve amazing brews so you can spend some time taste-testing until you find your favourite one.
Want to know more about studying in Melbourne, Australia?
If you'd like to learn more about Australia by becoming a student with us, check out the RMIT Training pathways programs available including Academic English or Foundation Studies or contact us below.