Melbourne, Australia - Nov 10, 2018: Aerial view of Melbourne CBD in the morning. It has been ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world.
What You Need To Know About MELBOURNE As An International Student
Choosing a city to start or continue your education can be a challenge, there are many factors to consider such as the environment, the lifestyle of the people (whether you can fit) and the ease at which you carry out your work and study. As an international student, you are leaving your family to start a new life in another place, to study, get to the know the world and experience cultures different from yours. Therefore, before choosing any city in Australia I will like you to get to know things about the city of Melbourne dubbed the most student-friendly city in Australia.
Facts you should know about Melbourne
- Melbourne was named after a former Prime Minister of Britain, William Lamb who is from a tiny English village called Melbourne
- Melbourne is culturally diverse, with a third of its inhabitants born overseas
- Melbourne has the highest tram network outside Europe.
- Melbourne is known for its coffee, which is second to none
- Melbourne is home to some inventions such as the black box flight recorder and aspirin
- It has five standard internationally recognised sporting facilities.
Melbourne city is the second-largest city in Australia, the capital of the state of Victoria located in the southeastern part of the state. It was founded in 1835 and given the name by its Governor of then General Richard Bourke in 1837. It is, however, the most populous city in Australia and the second most liveable city in the world 2018, having won it form 2011 to 2017 (a record of 7 years). The title of the most liveable city is awarded to a city based on several factors such as stability, way of life, environment, education and infrastructure present.
The city is blessed with a temperate climate (hot summer and a cool winter), beautiful scenery that can be seen in form of beaches running off Port Melbourne, the 12 Apostles which are a stack of rock that can be seen along the beaches, the beaches creatures such as Penguins! amidst other attractions. Melbourne is currently dubbed Australia’s Cultural capital due to its being the home of several attractions and also a unique lifestyle.
Aside from Melbourne is the second large second- 2019, it is ranked 3rd World Best Student City following London (1st) and Tokyo (2nd) and ahead of other culture-oriented cities like Munich (4th) and Berlin (5th). it is a very popular city that boasts of students from all walks of lifwalksherefore you get to know a lot about different cultures and lifestyles all in a single city!. It is the home of about 270,000 students, international students have a whopping 30% (estimate) therefore you can see yourself fitting into the city already. It is a budget-friendly to live in as an international student.
It houses the University of Melbourne, a world-class university ranking 32nd in the world and number one in Australia. Melbourne also has many renowned research institutes. It is also attractive based on its employer activity being ranked 10th in the world according to QS ranking.
Since learning is also based on what is around us Melbourne has a very rich multi-cultural experience and unique lifestyle that will surely affect you positively. Melbourne has many galleries that can open your eyes to art and creativity. As an international student, you are not limited to your academy when looking for help, there are several organizations such as the local government of Victoria and non-governmental that will surely provide assistance. This can be in the form of your studies, work, health, even in terms of sports amidst others.
Melbourne is a beautiful place for you to come and study, it is a city with a lot of diverse communities and different cultures coexisting together, you might even be lucky to find your people there. There are lots of activities and opportunities such as shopping, markets, entertainment, and other events.
Moving might be a challenge but making friends will be easier, you will find someone of like minds due to the different communities and cultures.
Three major events held in Melbourne;
- Australian Open which attracts the best of females and males players to the city.
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival in which for weeks (about three and a half) comedians from all walks of life arrive at Melbourne.
- Melbourne Festival comprises dancing, music, art to celebrate art and creativity.
STUDENT LIVING EXPENSES
Living in this beautiful city is affordable. Being a student will attract several things such as money for books and materials, accommodation, transportation, course fee, etc. Which are, to be honest student-friendly.
The living expense is also cheap and you can boost by simply working part-time in places like gas stations, convenience stores, etc. On average an international student spends not more than 1000 AUD per month. To ease out the cost you can have housemates that will share the burden. Melbourne will also accommodate you if you want to display your expensive lifestyle though.
WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION OPTION FOR ME ?
Generally, Australia is one of the safest countries in the world and safety in Melbourne is of a high standard. It has a safety index of 81% making it a very good place to work and study.
In major areas that are patrolled by securities 24/7, the city has a 24-hour city safety strategy. The public transport services also run throughout the night on weekends. You must be aware of the security arrangement made by your institution’s local area and place of residence. If you notice anomaly near you dial the emergency number Triple Zero (000)