Melbourne, with a population of more than three million, is Australia’s second largest city. It is regarded as the cultural and fashion capital of Australia and renowned for its fine restaurants. The city is extremely racially tolerant and very easy to work and live in. Visitors enjoy a warm and friendly reception.
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2014 Liveability Survey, Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world, claiming top spot for the fourth year in a row.
Melbourne seems to attract a greater variety of immigrants than any other city in Australia. There are more than 200 different nationalities making it one of the most multicultural cities in the world. It has a large Greek contingent, as well as Italians, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese and Indian residents. It is also a young person’s city with almost half of the population aged under 35.
It is a culture that fits neatly with preferences of the student community. You can find plenty of cheap, non-manufactured entertainment. There are niche bars with free live music, cheap eateries with authentic Asian or fusion cuisine, and art-filled public spaces.
While culture is one of the reasons why so many students live in Melbourne, the city also suits student in practical terms. It has an integrated public transport system powered by trains, trams, buses and taxis. Travelling from the middle and inner parts of the city is generally easy and cheap.
Melbourne is known as a city that can have four seasons in one day. They have weather that can turn on a sixpence. A lunchtime temperature of around 35°C can turn into a chilling 16°C by around five o’clock in the evening.
Melbourne is well serviced by affordable public transport. Three forms of public transport operate in Melbourne:
- tram (trolley/streetcar)
Although Melbourne has a good metropolitan train system, it is envied by city administrators the world over for its excellently laid out tramway system. A mix of new and old trams grace a network of tram tracks that stretch far out into the suburbs. The city even has a commercially run tramcar restaurant that runs along the more interesting tram routes.
myki is Victoria’s ticket system. It is used on all trains, trams and buses in metropolitan Melbourne. myki is also in use on most V/Line services (regional Victoria’s trains and coaches) and regional town bus systems. For more information about myki and public transport in Melbourne and Victoria visit the Public Transport Victoria website.
Cost of Living
Before moving to another country, it is important to know the cost of living and plan how you will pay for these costs.
Living costs in Australia depend on a variety of factors as well, such as location and lifestyle. According to Study in Australia, international students spend an average of AUD 360 per week. This amount includes accommodation, transport, food, clothing, entertainment, and other necessities.
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