Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, has been ranked the world’s most liveable city for the past six years (Economist Intelligence Unit), and consistently ranks in the world’s top five cities for international students (QS Best Student Cities Survey 2017).

Studying at VU, you will have the opportunity to join more than 150,000 international students – including a large population of Chinese students – who are living and studying in Victoria.

We provide a range of facilities and services to help you settle into life in Melbourne, and get the most out of your study journey.

International student support

Our dedicated International Student Support team will help you from the day you arrive to the day you graduate.

Services include:

Clubs & societies

Get involved in University life by joining a club or society. VU has a range of clubs and societies with active members of our Indian student community, including:

Find more clubs and societies.


Meet other graduates of VU both here in Melbourne and across our International Alumni chapters in Beijing and Shenyang.

We have a large and diverse range of student-run clubs and societies.


Our student residence, UniLodge @ VU, is a short walk to our Footscray Park and Footscray Nicholson campuses.

Built in 2016, UniLodge @ VU features fully-furnished luxury apartments, shared kitchens, lounges and study spaces, a café, pool table, basketball court and rooftop garden.

We can also help you find a range of other accommodation options, including temporary housing and home stay.

UniLodge @ VU student housing.


Melbourne is a safe and friendly city.

We actively maintain safe and secure environments, with security services available at each campus. Campus Security can escort you to the bus stop or your car when you finish your studies for the day.

In 2017, we launched VUSafe – a free mobile safety app packed full of safety information, tools and features to keep you safe on campus. You can download it free on iOS and Android.

Read more about campus safety and security for general safety advice.

Careers & employment

Our career counsellors and mentors specialise in supporting international students at VU.

They can help you look for part-time work while you study, or full-time work after you graduate. Email for advice.

Sports events

Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia. With world-class stadiums and venues, including our famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), watch our most popular sporting events including:

  • Australian Rules Football
  • The Ashes (cricket)
  • International soccer/football
  • Formula One Grand Prix (racing)
  • Australian Open (tennis).

Find out more about VU's sports and fitness programs.

Food in Melbourne

Melbourne is the food capital of Australia. You can find cuisines from all cultures – from Indian and Italian to Greek and Chinese.

Little India, 30km from Melbourne's CBD in Dandenong, is Melbourne's only recognised Indian precinct. There are approximately 30 shops in Little India, featuring speciality goods from India, Pakistan, Fiji, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Close to our Footscray Park and Footscray Nicholson campuses, you’ll find a cultural hub of international food and fashion. Footscray is home to a thriving Chinese, Vietnamese and North African community. Beyond the butchers, fishmongers and delis of the Footscray Market, the surrounding streets are filled with Indian food stores, Italian bakeries and Asian grocers.

So whether you're in the mood for an Ethiopian coffee experience, South East Asian market shopping, fresh Italian cannoli or a bowl of yum cha, Melbourne has you covered!

Fresh food market in Footscray – a short walk from our campuses.

Chinese associations in Victoria

The Consulate-General of China provides advice on matters between the Chinese and Australian governments.

There are many instances where you might need to contact the Chinese Consulate-General including:

  • passport expiry and renewal issues
  • immigration advice and services
  • elections and voting procedures
  • scholarship or sponsorship issues
  • national service conscription
  • political issues
  • natural disaster recovery.