Melbourne is a great place to live.
Voted second-most student-friendly city in the world (according to the 2016 QS Best Student Cities), there are over 100,000 international students living in Melbourne.
It has also been consistently rated one of the world’s most liveable cities. From 2011 to 2016 Melbourne was rated the World's Most Liveable City (by the Economist Intelligence Unit).
Melbourne is the Australian leader in arts, sport, festivals and events.
We have great shops and restaurants, and people of many nationalities have made their homes here. Our never-ending laneways will surprise you - whether it's with a rare record label or a superb café.
We enjoy international fashion, food and wine, arts, and film festivals, a superb range of art galleries and an original theatre scene.
Our festivals include:
- Melbourne Music Week
- Melbourne International Arts Festival
- Comedy Festival
- Fringe Festival
- Melbourne International Film Festival
- International Chamber Music Festival.
This is a city that knows sport. We host the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam, Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, Motorcycle Grand Prix, surfing championships, international cricket, soccer and rugby. The Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November is a horse race that stops the nation.
Melbourne is also home to the AFL - the Australian football league - which began here in 1858. You have to experience the atmosphere at the MCG to see why Australians love this sport!
The State of Victoria
Victoria is one of the smaller Australian states, and has many outstanding attractions within a few hours from Melbourne.
There are heritage-listed towns in the Goldfields, wild national parks, and ski fields to suit everyone from beginners to Olympic champions.
A short distance from Melbourne is the Yarra Valley, with great wines and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can get close to Australian animals.
Phillip Island, only a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, is home to the world famous little penguins. The island has spectacular coastal scenery, a fascinating heritage and plenty of other Australian wildlife. Phillip Island Nature Parks is a world leader in ecotourism and wildlife research.
The Great Ocean Road is a must-see for its extraordinary scenery, and offers outdoor adventures such as hiking, surfing and scuba diving, or arts and cultural activities.
We have one of the most extensive tram networks in the world, buses to nearly everywhere, and a rail network that connects the city and suburbs.
A simple underground city railway loop serves the city centre, from where it branches out in all directions.
The Myki public transport ticketing system uses a plastic smart card that stores value to pay for your fares.
You can use your Myki card for trams, trains and buses in metropolitan Melbourne and on buses in some regional towns.
You can top up Myki cards at most railway stations and 7-Eleven convenience stores around Melbourne and online.
Exchange students are eligible for concessions, but Study Abroad students are not and must pay full fares.