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In Melbourne you are as likely to study in an office block in the
CBD as a mini-city in the suburbs.
Princess Bridge and Melbourne skyline. Photographer: Hamilton Lund.
Courtesy of Tourism Australia.
Besides their course offerings, higher education providers in
Melbourne differ in their focus: some are steeped in tradition,
dating back to the 19th century, while others are former
‘technology’ institutions with course offerings reflecting this
history. Interestingly, Melbourne has three dual-sector universities
offering both higher education and Vocational Education and
Training (VET) courses — the most of any other city or state.
What does Melbourne have to offer?
Where can you study?
There are 10 universities in Melbourne, in addition to a range of
private higher education providers and TAFE institutes.
Victoria’s total student population stands at around 327,000. Of
these, around eight per cent of domestic students hail from
interstate and a further 35 per cent are international students
(Department of Industry, 2013).
Your study options
Undergraduate degrees are available across all fields of study — in
Melbourne you can study just about any degree you can think of.
Melbourne has a reputation for being artsy and slightly
alternative, with a more casual ambience than bright and beautiful
Sydney. In the CBD, trams glide up and down wide streets lined
with shops and restaurants, but the real action is often to be found
in the network of laneways that run between them.
The inner-northern neighbourhoods of Fitzroy, Brunswick
and Collingwood are home to many students and creative types.
A great place to people-watch, these areas are full of grungy
pubs with live bands and hip cafés offering huge all-day
breakfasts. To the south of the Yarra River, suburbs such as
South Yarra and Prahran set a somewhat classier tone, mixing
bohemian flair with luxury stores and trendy nightspots. Summer
or the sea air will draw you slightly further south to the beaches of
St Kilda, home to Luna Park and the famous cake shops of
Melbourne has a great deal to offer culturally, with countless
cinemas, theatres and galleries and an active live music scene. A
full calendar of arts and cultural events such as the Melbourne
International Comedy Festival, Fringe Festival, Writers Festival,
Food and Wine Festival and Spring Fashion Week provide plenty
of opportunities to take a rest from the books.
Cheap and tasty cuisine from around the world is plentiful
thanks to Melbourne’s diverse population. Try Lygon Street for
Italian, Lonsdale Street for Greek, Victoria Street for Vietnamese,
Sydney Road for Middle-Eastern fare or Chinatown for yum cha.
For grocery shopping, the Queen Victoria, South Melbourne and
Prahran markets offer fresh food at great prices.
Wherever you go, you can’t escape sport in Melbourne —
AFL dominates the newspapers almost all year round alongside
cricket, rugby and soccer. Melbourne hosts a number of major
sporting events, including the Australian Open tennis grand slam,
the Spring Racing Carnival (including the Melbourne Cup) and
the Formula One Grand Prix.
Living in Melbourne
The median weekly rental price for a house in Melbourne is
$375, with the median weekly rental price for a unit sitting at
$350. In comparison, the median price of a house in Sydney
is around $500 per week and in Brisbane is around $400.
The student rental market is very competitive. Visit your
institution’s housing service for referrals or advice.
Note: Figures presented here are intended as a guide only. Prices
vary within and between suburbs. Source: Australian Property
Monitors, December 2013.
Melbourne is well connected by bus, tram and train
networks. All full-time domestic undergraduate students can
apply for a concession pass that entitles them to discounted
fares. Myki electronic smart cards are used across the
transport system. Access to a car or other form of personal
transport may be necessary for those studying in the outer
Melbourne is famous for having four seasons in one day, so
be prepared! The average maximum temperature in
summer is 26°C, while the average maximum in winter is
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