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Student life in Melbourne

Melbourne has more than 5.6 million inhabitants and the city has been ranked the fourth most student-friendly city in the world (QS Best Student Cities). We promise you that you'll love life in Melbourne and this section will tell you more about what you can do when you're not in class.

You'll dig the Melbournian lifestyle

"How's it goin' mate?" You'll hear this phrase wherever you go in Australia. The Aussies are super friendly and you'll feel very welcome in Australia and certainly also in Melbourne. Melbourne has it all and the unique blend of cultures and nationalities has a great impact on the markets, restaurants, lifestyle and just people in general. Melbournians love to be outside and you can be sure to see the sun in Winter and even sit outside the cafés during the winter months. Coming from Northern Europe, you'll find it different to experience 'four seasons in one day' during winter- meaning you can experience everything from sitting outside in a t-shirt at 10am to putting on your jacket at 2pm. In summer it can get very hot, and you have to make sure to apply loads of sun-screen.

Melbourne is known for its love of art, food, festivals, music, comedy, film, fashion, small lanes, restaurants, sport events and happy lifestyle. Just outside the city you will find fantastic beaches and national parks.

Melbourne is Australia's second largest city and very popular among students. There are more than 350,000 students from all over the world in Melbourne, and Melbourne has been appointed as one of the world's best cities to live in.

Beaches and skiing in Melbourne - you can do both!

Melbourne has great beaches (head to St. Kilda, Brighton Beach or Elwood), or go on a weekend trip to Phillip Island, the Grampians or the Great Ocean Road. In winter you can ski in Mount Buller (only a three-hour drive from Melbourne).

Brighton Beach in Melbourne

Colorful houses on the beach in Brighton in Melbourne.

That famous Great Ocean Road

On a weekend trip you need to rent a car or join one of La Trobe's arranged bus trips to beautiful Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles. You can spot koalas in the trees and camp along the road - it is an amazing experience that you will never forget.

Picture gallery from gorgeous Melbourne 


Cool student activities in Melbourne (some of them are FREE) 

With your ISIC student card you can get awesome student discount and deals in and around Melbourne, everywhere else in Australia as well as in the rest of the world.

Food Markets in Melbourne
You have to try Melbourne's many LOVELY restaurants but cooking with your fellow students is also a must-do. We recommend that you try the city's amazing food markets as grocery shopping is generally cheaper and fresher at Melbourne's many markets.

Melbourne -queen -victoria -market

Cinemas in Melbourne
Most commercial cinemas have half price deals on Tuesdays, so grab your mates and enjoy one of the new hit movies at reduced price. 

Cheap tickets to theatres in Melbourne
Check out the Tix website to enjoy musicals, concerts and shows at a cheaper price.

Parks and Gardens
Melbourne and its surroundings is full of beautiful green spaces with free BBQ areas so why not gather here after class? You can also bring your study books and a blanket and study on the grass. To mention just a few parks and gardens, we can recommend:

  • La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bundoora Park
  • Gresswell Forest
  • Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Coburg Lake Reserve
  • Fairfield Park and Boathouse

Free activities in Melbourne
Take the City tram around town and get an overview of one of the most liveable cities in the world. Take a stroll in the State Library of Victoria, at the Victoria Market or in the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Read more about free activities in Melbourne here.

Population in Melbourne

The city is a popular student city and the street scene is characterized by its many young students and by two of Melbourne's large minorities; Greeks and Italians. Melbourne's citizens are very social and outgoing, they love to meet in cafes and restaurants and most of them are dedicated fans of Australian football.

Climate in Melbourne

The climate is wonderful and you can enjoy the warm and delightful weather in some of the many parks and charming streets of the city. The climate in Melbourne is temperate maritime. The average temperature varies throughout the year between 13 and 26 degrees Celsius. Winter is during June, July and August and summer is during the months of November, December and January. 

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