Once you begin to explore Melbourne's iconic laneways, galleries, museums, inner-city parks and reserves and weave yourself into the tapestry of this amazing city, you'll begin to understand why Melbourne was 'The World鈥檚 Most Liveable City鈥 for .

Living and Studying in Melbourne

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When you鈥檙e living in Melbourne, there is never a shortage of things to do 鈥 and many of the options won鈥檛 cost you a cent.聽

Spend your days exploring the city's famous laneways, museums, parks and sporting events. Once your feet get sore, hop on the free聽聽and jump off at some of the city鈥檚 major attractions including聽,听,听, shops and cafes.聽

Once the sun sinks beneath the horizon, the city takes on another life. Live music and theatre, entertaining buskers, a buzzing bar scene and some of Australia鈥檚 best restaurants all come to life.聽

When you鈥檙e living in Melbourne, you have a wonderful base for day trips and extended holidays to the聽,听,听,听,听,听聽and more.聽With bus, rail and plane connections close by, exploring the rest of Australia is easy to do.

Melbourne is full of laneways to explore.


There鈥檚 a good chance you鈥檝e heard the phrase, 鈥榝our seasons in one day鈥, and it describes Melbourne鈥檚 weather perfectly.聽Expect warm and cool, rainy and dry, windy and calm, all in one day.

Summer can see temperatures soar up to the high 30s (degrees Celsius), while the winters can get cold enough to ensure jackets and scarves are regular fashion accessories.

Festivals and events

Melbourne is alive with regular cultural festivals and events. Popular events include the , , ,  and the . 

Add to that plenty of music, fashion, and writers鈥 festivals, flower and air shows, and the spectacular Lunar  celebrations. There鈥檚 something going on all year round.

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Art, theatre and culture

Melbourne is blessed with a thriving arts and culture scene. The historic East End Theatre District plays host to world-class stage and musical productions all year round.

The Southbank precinct houses , , ,  and the .  boasts , the  and The Deakin Edge theatre.

If outdoor galleries are more your flavour, be sure to wander the many street art-lined laneways 鈥 see if you can spot works left by legendary street artist Banksy. Hosier Lane, Centre Place, AC/DC Lane and Croft Alley are all great places to ignite your visual senses when you鈥檙e living in Melbourne.

Federation Square in Melbourne's city centre.

Food, glorious food

Melburnians love their food and, thanks to the multiculturalism of the city鈥檚 inhabitants, cuisines from all over the globe are showcased.聽The city has a proud reputation for its world-class restaurants. From Indian to Vietnamese, Greek to Chinese, the city鈥檚 eateries serve up tasty treats to suit all budgets.

A particularly important part of the CBD鈥檚 famous restaurant precinct is Chinatown. The oldest Chinatown in Australia, Melbourne鈥檚 Little Bourke Street and neighbouring lanes have been serving delicious dishes to diners for more than 150 years.

Other popular dining precincts include Degraves Street, Hardware Lane, Southbank, Docklands and Flinders Lane.聽With so many areas to explore when you鈥檙e living in Melbourne, you鈥檒l be spoilt for choice when it comes to settling on a dining destination in the CBD.聽

If you鈥檙e cooking at home, head to Queen Victoria Market. It鈥檚 the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere and a great place for fresh produce.

When you鈥檙e talking about Melbourne, you can鈥檛 not mention its coffee culture.

A thriving cafe scene combined with award-winning roasters and baristas makes finding a good cup of coffee a relatively easy affair.

If you鈥檙e not sure where to go, just look for the lines of locals queuing up at one of the many busy cafes around town.

Many of Australia's most significant sporting events are held in Melbourne. There鈥檚 test cricket, and . 

The Rip Curl Pro Surf Classic at Bells Beach and the Spring Racing Carnival also help create a lively sporting atmosphere.

You鈥檒l get used to Melbourne鈥檚 obsession with Aussie rules footy (AFL) 鈥 a sport you鈥檒l learn to love. Your first decision? Which team to support. Footy is just the start.

Melbourne United take the court in the National Basketball League (NBL) and the Dandenong Rangers and Melbourne Boomers show us how it's done in the Women鈥檚 National Basketball League (WNBL), while Melbourne Storm and Melbourne Rebels represent the state in rugby league and union (respectively). 

There鈥檚 also the A-League, Australia鈥檚 football (soccer)league. Local teams Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City vie for glory against eight other teams across the nation.

The city centre鈥檚 cool laneways and tree-lined streets are filled with interesting, small boutiques. Bourke Street Mall is fashion central, and for a range of designers under one roof head to, Melbourne Central, QV and Emporium Melbourne. 

Outside the city centre, Chapel Street in South Yarra, Acland Street in St Kilda and Brunswick Street in Fitzroy are popular shopping areas.

Moving to a new city can be daunting, especially where finances are concerned. To help ease the burden of trying to determine how much to budget for on a weekly basis, check out our student budget example

Getting around Melbourne

Melbourne has many accessible public transport options and bike paths making it easy to go exploring after class.

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