Living in Melbourne

Australia’s most European city

Come and live in Melbourne – the world’s most livable city 2011 (rated by the Economist). Melbourne is very safe and peaceful, but there but there is still a lot to do. Melbourne has excellent restaurants, very cool bars and some of the best art galleries in the country.  There is always a festival happening in Melbourne – the comedy festival, the arts festivals, the music festivals – Melbourne feels very alive!  The city has lots of beautiful old buildings but also many amazing modern buildings, and there are lots of trees and parks.  It is very easy to use public transport in Melbourne.  You can take a tram to most places and there is also an excellent train system. Melbourne is one of the world’s most multicultural cities with more than 25% of our population born in another country, so you can try many different kinds of food and meet many different kinds of people here.  Life in Melbourne is relaxed but also always interesting!

Our city is famous for its excellence in education with many high quality schools and universities with an international reputation so it is a great place to study and to make your career dreams a reality.

Cost of living in Melbourne

The Australian government recommends an allowance of $18,610 a year for living costs. Below is an estimate pricing of the general cost of living in Melbourne and possible earnings (all prices are in Australian dollars):

Part time job


Weekly transport pass

Grocery costs


(Earning: $10 – $20 per hour)

20 hours per week

Sharing a room in the city

Zone 1 Weekly pass

Bread (loaf)        $3.50Milk (1 L)             $2.50Pasta (500 g)     $2.20Rice (1 kg)           $3.00 Movies                $15Restaurant meal  $25Big Mac meal       $6Beer                  $4 – 6

$200 – $400

$120 – $180


$50 – $80



Students usually organize one month of accommodation before they arrive, either in a homestay or independent student housing.


WorkingStudents on a student visa are permitted by the Australian Government to work up to 20 hours per week during their course, and full-time during holidays. Many students find part-time work in retail, office administration, cleaning, tourism and hospitality.

You can look for jobs currently available by visiting these websites and searching for jobs like shop assistant, department store staff, bartender, kitchen hand, waiter, cleaner, gardener, clerical assistant, babysitter, tutor, staff in fast food chains, supermarket staff, cinema staff etc.

The websites are:

Public transport

Melbourne has an easy to use, extensive public transport system with trams, trains and buses throughout the city and suburbs. For further information follow the link:



Melbourne is famous for its festivals, sporting and cultural events.  For more information visit the following sites:


Melbourne is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world for dining. We have many different types of cuisine from all over the world.

Because there are so many types of restaurants and such good quality food at affordable prices, dining out is very much part of our culture. You can read about many great restaurants on these websites: