About Melbourne

Melbourne is a beautiful and diverse city, voted one of the most student-friendly cities in the world (2017 QS Best Student Cities). It has also been voted the world's most liveable city for six consecutive years (Economic Intelligence Unit).

There are more than 100,000 international students already living in Melbourne.

There’s always something to see or do around the city. From free music events to relaxing in one of Melbourne’s beautiful parks, you’ll find plenty to enjoy about life on and off-campus.


Food culture

Melbourne’s vibrant cultural precincts allow you to eat food from around the world without leaving the city. Catch a tram, bus or train and visit one of the city’s many food destinations:

  • Hopkins Street, Footscray – Vietnamese and halal restaurants and food stores
  • Chinatown and the Greek precinct in the city
  • Lygon Street, Carlton – Italian food and café culture
  • Carlisle Street, East St Kilda – Eastern European and kosher foods
  • Victoria Street, Abbotsford – Vietnamese restaurants and food stores
  • Sydney Road, Brunswick – halal stores and Middle Eastern restaurants
  • Johnston Street, Fitzroy – Spanish restaurants
  • Brunswick Street, Fitzroy – home to Melbourne’s bohemian and café culture, designer and retro clothes shops, bookstores, galleries, cafés and a vibrant night life.

Shop at markets for a huge range of fresh produce and other specialty food, including:

  • Victoria Market in the CBD
  • Footscray Market in Footscray
  • Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers Market 
  • Preston Market - fresh food and multicultural hub.

Laneways & arcades

The best way to discover Melbourne's famous laneways is by foot. Go out with a friend and discover some of the city’s best food, street art and boutique fashion stores.

Festivals & events

The city hosts countless music, arts and theatre events to keep you entertained and inspired all-year long.

Melbourne's festival program attracts people from all over to Australia to enjoy the fun:

  • Melbourne Music Week
  • Melbourne Spring Fashion Week
  • Melbourne International Arts Festival
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival
  • Fringe Festival
  • Melbourne International Film Festival (and many other film festivals)
  • International Chamber Music Festival
  • many multicultural events such as Diwali and Chinese new year.

If you're on a budget, there are lots of free events around the city.  

Sporting events

Melbourne is often regarded as Australia’s sporting capital, and Melbournians are renowned for their love of sports.

Melbourne hosts major international sporting events, including:

  • Australian Open Tennis Championships
  • Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix
  • Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
  • surfing championships
  • international cricket, soccer and rugby
  • the Melbourne Cup - a horse race held in November.

Melbourne is also home to the AFL – the Australian football league, including a women's league. Make sure you see a game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) to soak up the atmosphere and find out why we love this sport so much.

Outside Melbourne & around Victoria

Victoria is one of Australia’s prettiest states and has stunning tourist attractions just a few hours’ drive from Melbourne's central business district (CBD).

See the fairy penguin parade at Phillip Island, marvel at the stunning scenery of the Great Ocean Road or enjoy an outdoor adventure in one of our many national parks.

There are also heritage-listed towns in the Goldfields, beautiful beaches and ski fields to suit everyone. Visit Victoria is a great place to start for travel advice.

Melbourne weather

Melbourne has four distinct seasons (sometimes experienced in one day!), so make sure you have clothes to keep you comfortable in both cold and very hot temperatures. 

Public transport

Melbourne has a public transport network of trains, trams and buses. You can travel to all parts of the city and outer suburbs, including our campuses. You can also use VLine trains to travel to the country. Our public transport network is reliable, safe and easy to use.

Use the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) journey planner.

Travel cards

If you plan to use public transport you will need to buy a myki travel card. Myki is a reusable travel card for trains, trams and buses in Melbourne and regional Victorian centres.

Find the best myki travel card for you.

International students can register for the iUSEpass - a special discount public transport pass only for eligible international students.