When you want to study and also have a great time, you need the right place to live. Victoria, Australia offers you a lifestyle that will encourage you to be confident, successful and will prepare you to take the next steps in your life.
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A liveable city
Melbourne is Australia's Top Student City, and is among the Top Five Cities in the World for students in the
QS Best Student Cities Index.
Between 2011 and 2017, Melbourne was rated the
Most Liveable City in the Economist Intelligence Unit Global Liveability Index. Melbourne boasts outstanding scores for education, healthcare, culture and environment and infrastructure. Cities are scored on political and social stability, crime rates and access to quality health care. The survey also measures the diversity and standard of cultural events, the natural environment, education (school and university) and the standard of infrastructure, including public transport.
Melbourne has consistently ranked in the top ten cities in the Global Liveability Index list, a testament to the quality of life offered to locals and visitors alike. Our city is a hub of activity, offering something for everyone. Whether you’re walking through the skyscrapers in the central business district, enjoying a picnic in one of our many parks and gardens or devouring yumcha in Chinatown, Melbourne is undoubtedly an amazing place to live, study, work or play in!
The World Health Organisation also rates Melbourne as one of the healthiest cities of its size in the world.
- stability and peace
- clean living
- a comfortable climate
- a world class education system
- lots of recreational opportunities
- warm, welcoming and friendly people
- high quality public services, housing and transport.
A popular choice
Over 250,000 international students from all over the world were studying in Victoria in 2017 (AEI Enrolment data). Almost all international students choose to stay in Victoria for their further education. Find out more about
living in Victoria.
International students choose Melbourne because of the academic reputation of our educational institutions and the vibrant lifestyle and culture. Find out more about
living in Melbourne.
A home away from home
With so many cultures embedded into our way of life in Melbourne and Victoria, it’s easy to settle into life in our beautiful state. You’ll find some form of your own culture making it feel like a ‘home away from home’.
A mild climate
Victoria’s warm, temperate climate is ideal for healthy study habits. It’s also perfect for getting out and exploring new places. Relax and have fun.
A well-connected hub
From Melbourne, it’s easy to get to other parts of Australia or the rest of the world. Our international airport is a bustling hub of activity.
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The pace of living in Melbourne is ideal for both study and relaxation. More peaceful than a typical big city, Melbourne is also lively and diverse. It’s the perfect city for a young and curious mind. If you’re active and like to
explore new places, you’ll love life in Melbourne.
A top performer by global standards
Live in Melbourne and you’ll live somewhere that continues to rate as one of the world’s top cities. In its annual survey, the Economist ranked Melbourne as the World's Most Liveable City each year from 2011 to 2017. Melbourne also achieves excellent ratings for education, healthcare, culture, environment, infrastructure and overall stability.
Melbourne is Australia's Top Student City, and is among the Top Five Cities in the World for students in the QS Best Student Cities Index. Whether walking among the CBD skyscrapers, enjoying a relaxing picnic in the park or savouring Chinatown yum cha, Melbourne is a wonderful place to live, study and play.
Energy from creativity
Central Melbourne is carefully planned and it’s easy to
get around the regular street grid. But a creative culture flourishes in the orderly streets. It’s everywhere you look. The buzz and the energy impresses visitors from all over the world.
Diverse and welcoming
You’re sure to find your own little piece of home with things that you recognise somewhere in Melbourne. Nearly half of
our population have strong ties abroad.
Fun by the water
Melbourne takes full advantage of an enviable bayside location with many lively precincts in suburbs on the water’s edge. The Yarra River runs through the heart of the city from east to west. Bridges, boats, bikes and paths criss-cross the river. It’s a popular site for social, sporting and cultural activities.
A city for young people
In 2017, young people aged 15 to 24 years made up
30 percent of the population in the City of Melbourne, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The City of Melbourne has even developed special
support services for international students because they’re such an important group.
Peace of mind
Police assistance is available 24 hours a day and is easy to access. There’s also a special
Study Melbourne Student Centre that provides friendly advice about all sorts of issues and support in emergency situations.
From broad plazas to narrow laneways
Locals and visitors flock to spirited gathering spots like Federation Square, the Docklands and Southbank to socialise, celebrate or simply share a mutual love for the city.
Zigzag through the city by exploring our laneways and arcades. Jump on a tram to find little suburban ‘villages’. The city is full of secrets and there’s always something new to discover.
Melbourne blends European style with modern urban flair. Gracious nineteenth century buildings sit comfortably alongside clever, contemporary structures and public spaces. Some of our heritage buildings include:
- Flinders Street train station
- Melbourne Town Hall
- the former General Post Office (the GPO)
- Shrine of Remembrance
- Royal Exhibition Buildings.
Some of our more recent urban developments include:
- Federation Square
- Southern Cross train station
- Melbourne Museum
- the Docklands precinct.
If you love food, then Melbourne’s the place for you. This city is undoubtedly the food capital of Australia. Choose from over 75 cuisines and more restaurants and cafes per capita than anywhere in the world.
Melbourne is so
easy to navigate. Travel by tram, train, bus, car, bike or on foot. You’ll get a different feel for the city depending on your choice.
our schools have good public transport links and are within easy travelling distance of the city. Universities have campuses in the city centre and suburbs, if you’re exploring your tertiary study options.
Secure, liveable communities
Leafy suburbs can be found in all directions and each has their own unique character. If you choose to study here, one of these suburban communities will probably become home – with a lively city centre never too far away.
A mild, pleasant climate
Melbourne’s weather brings out the best in the city. Temperatures average 14 degrees in winter and 30 degrees in summer and rainfall averages 55mm per month. Each of the four seasons shows the city in a different light. This subtle beauty and variety will make you love Melbourne more and more, the longer you’re here.
Life in Victoria, Australia’s country regions is a great alternative to Melbourne. You’ll get a strong sense of community and direct experience of a very special sort of life.
Living in Victoria’s unique locations
When you go to one of our regional schools, you’ll live in Victoria’s most beautiful locations and communities, including:
- Mornington Peninsula
- the Grampians (Stawell)
- the Yarra Valley
- the Dandenong Ranges
- the Great Ocean Road (Warrnambool, Geelong).
Each region has a unique local culture, landscape, history and community. It’s this changing mix of features, people and places that makes living in Victoria truly amazing.
Space to think
Relax in the wide, open spaces and clean air. It will lift your spirits, increase your confidence and help you get a clear focus on your studies. The high quality of life in Victoria means your time will be active but also peaceful.
Access to the city
When you leave the hustle and bustle of city life you won’t miss out on the city action. Melbourne is only a few hours by car, bus or train. Victoria is one of Australia’s smallest states so nothing is too far away. You’ll have plenty of
things to do when you live in Victoria.
Live the real Australian beach lifestyle in one of our coastal communities:
- organise barbecues with friends
- play beach cricket
- run along the sand for exercise
- settle into a peaceful routine with a daily walk.
Become a true ‘local’
Regional Victoria is a great place to study for international students. The quiet change from inner city living will help you relax into your new home.
In regional Victoria, you’ll be one of only a handful of international students. You will notice that everyone you meet will be friendly and want to get to know who you are.
Local students will involve you in activities in and outside of school. These new friends will help you adjust and become part of the group.
When you’re active and getting out and about, you’ll quickly get drawn into the community. Usually the easiest way to get involved is to join a local club or sign up for a popular activity.
Challenges that inspire
You might feel nervous when you first start in a regional school. Everyone seems to know each other. But the rewards can also be far greater than in a big city school.
When you become part of a close knit group your English will improve dramatically. This will directly benefit your studies as well as your general confidence and happiness.
When you know you can communicate with almost anyone, in any situation, you’ll feel great. This is much easier to achieve in a small regional community because you’re in personal contact with more people.
The homestay experience
In regional communities the sense of family is very strong. That’s what makes a homestay experience in regional Victoria so special. Find out more about
homestay life in Victoria.
Victoria, Australia offers a thriving modern culture and many activities to choose from outside of school. You will truly be a valuable part of our diverse society.
People who care about culture
People who live in Victoria are friendly and informal. They’re relaxed about life but enthusiastic about their passions. They love cultural activities, both indoors and outdoors.
Strong overseas ties
Victoria continues a long history of welcoming and embracing cultures from all over the world. Almost one quarter of Victoria’s population was born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas with over 180 languages and dialects spoken in Victoria.
Proud to share our home with you
Victorians won’t make a big fuss about their city or state, but they’re quietly proud. They love to share the charms of their state but they’re happy to let the attractions work their own magic.
Passionate about what we love
We love our fashion, arts, gardens and sport. But most of all we love sampling the cultures of the world. In the city and surrounding suburbs you’ll find plenty of restaurants, shops and entire precincts of Chinese, Vietnamese, Greek, Italian, Indian, Japanese, African and Middle-Eastern origin.
Festivals all year round
It may seem like there’s a festival every week when you live in Victoria, and we love to celebrate our different cultures. For example each year Melbourne celebrates the;
Preparing for the next stage in your life
Melbourne’s diversity, like its education system, prepares you to study, work and live anywhere. Students from all over the world study together. Different cultures become part of your daily life. You’ll get the skills and knowledge to take you wherever you want to go.
Victorian regional communities are peaceful, friendly and progressive. People often know you by your first name as you walk down the main street. Find out more about the diverse range of regional options when you
live in Victoria.