Moving to a new country is an exciting, challenging and life–changing experience.
There is a new culture to adapt to and a new education system to learn. There are also people to meet, places to see, foods to try and transport systems to navigate. Students from all around the world have found Australia an ideal place to live and study – Melbourne in particular, with some 50,000 international students calling the city home.
Consistently named one of the world’s most liveable cities, Melbourne – the capital city of Victoria – is an exciting and entertaining place to be. It is a modern, multicultural city of approximately four million people that is famous for its diversity, architecture, shopping, trams and sport. Melbourne is also renowned for excellent food and coffee, with hidden restaurants, bars and cafés to explore down the city’s countless laneways.
Melbourne is considered the cultural centre of Australia, and is home to many universities, museums, theatres, art galleries, music venues, libraries and cinemas. Throughout the year, Melbourne plays host to acclaimed arts events and festivals such as the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Melbourne Fringe Festival. There are also free performances, community gatherings, screenings of sports games and celebrations held at Federation Square, a cultural precinct on the edge of the city. There is always something happening in Melbourne on any given day.
The metropolitan area surrounding Melbourne includes well-loved sites such as Port Phillip Bay, the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges. There are beaches, coastal villages, ski resorts, national parks and natural springs within reach of the city waiting to be explored.
Around the University of Melbourne and Trinity College campuses, there are many beautiful parks, including Princes Park, the majestic tree avenues, and the 170-hectare Royal Park, which encompasses unique bushland landscapes, a wetlands habitat, and the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens.
For more information on the city, check out Visit Melbourne.