Living in Melbourne

Melbourne has been voted the world’s most liveable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit for seven years in a row. Melbourne’s high performance in education, culture, environment, infrastructure, low crime rate and affordable living all contribute to this very high ranking. It is also the highly sought-after place for a variety of cultural and sports events. Melbourne is attractive in the higher education sector with a large variety of options in the public and private education space.

Public transport

Melbourne’s public transport network is efficient, convenient and easy to use. You can choose from trains, trams, buses and yellow taxis.

Buy a MYKI for flexible travel between trains, trams and buses. You’ll be able to use public transport in and around the city for just a few hours or all day. Plan your trip, buy tickets online and download maps and timetables from Public Transport Victoria, the one stop shop for information about travelling on public transport (phone 1800 800 007).

Visit Public Transport Victoria for maps, timetables, tickets and route information.


Melbourne is an excellent place to see the seasons change. In summer, most people head out to visit our golden beaches. In autumn, experience the glorious foliage of the many European-style parks that fringe the CBD. In winter, Melbournians enjoy the warmth of cozy cafes and bars. Spring is a time for renewal a great time to head back into our parks and revel in our beautiful gardens.

Spring: September-November
Summer: December-February
Autumn: March-May
Winter: June-August
Summers are beautiful and warm with temperatures ranging from 28-38 degrees Celsius. Spring and autumn are mild. Winters can be cool but often with clear blue skies. Snow doesn’t fall in Melbourne.

Living Costs

According to the data from the Department of Home Affair, the average cost of a primary student visa applicant is 21,041 AUD in 2018-2019.

The cost of an additional spuse or defacto partner will be 7,362 AUD on top of the primary visa applicant. The cost of a dependent child is 3,152 AUD each year.

Average costs of oversea students:*

accommodation: $130-$350 per week

bond in advanced: 4 weeks rent

Utility bills (electricity, gas, water): $30-$50 per week

Bus and train: $20-$50 per week

Mobile phone cost:$20-$50 per month

Fast food and take away food: $6-$25 per meal/per person

Milk (1 litre): $1.5-2&

Rice (1 kg): $2-$4

*Costs depend on your “style” of life, the number given above is the average number of an international student’s cost, and it also depends on the distance of travel, reginal price differences and the restaurant/supermarket differences.

If you wish to eat out……

Melbournians love good food. The city and suburbs are full of cafes, restaurants and, bars serving cuisines from all over the world. Certain parts of the city are famous for their culinary speciality:
Italian: Lygon Street, Carlton
Spanish: Johnston Street, Fitzroy
Vietnamese: Victoria Street, Abbotsford
Chinese and Asian: Chinatown, City Centre
Greek: Lonsdale Street, City Centre
Jewish: Carlisle Street, St Kilda

Options of Accommodation

WSC does not provide accommodation directly to prospective students, but we do support our overseas students in regard to their accommodation. If you need information and support for accommodation in Sydney, please contact our friendly student services staff by sending us an email or give us a call at least 21 days before you arrive in Australia. Options of accommodation available for International Students include:

– Home Stay

– Rental Property

– Student Apartments

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