Before you leave

Moving to Melbourne to study at Victoria University (VU) can be easy and enjoyable if you are organised.

We have lots of experience helping students to settle in. Check our advice and support services for information and contacts.

To get you started, here are some suggestions on how to prepare for studying at VU.


The biggest decision before you move to Melbourne will be choosing where to live. Melbourne is a big city with many suburbs to choose from as your new neighbourhood.

Where you live influences important factors such as:

  • travel times to university and work
  • cost of accommodation
  • proximity to your friends and the community.

UniLodge Victoria University, our student residence, is located across the road from the Footscray Park Campus and a short walk to Footscray Nicholson Campus.

If you’re looking at private accommodation you should arrive in Melbourne one month before university starts. We recommend booking temporary accommodation before you arrive.

Our student housing service can help you with information and advice on accommodation options, budgeting, and tenancy rights and obligations at any stage of your stay.

International student checklists

Being organised and prepared before you leave home will make your arrival so much easier.

Follow our pre-departure checklist to make sure you've filled in all the application paperwork in time to study with us.

Arrival date

Make sure you arrive in Melbourne in time to:

International students arriving on time

You should plan to arrive in Melbourne at least ten days before your course starts so that you can enrol and attend your international orientation.

Useful apps

Download these useful apps to help your transition to studying in Melbourne.

  • Google Translate allows you to quickly translate more than 50 languages. You can use a voice input function or type in words and phrases.
  • myVEVO gives you access to your student visa conditions, study and work rights.
  • Public Transport Victoria (PTV) shows real-time timetables for trams, trains and buses in Melbourne