Living in Melbourne
If you are a fan of coffee, culture and incredible food, you’ll love the Victorian capital, Melbourne.
The capital city in the state of Victoria, is Melbourne. It is located at the head of Port Phillip Bay, on the south-eastern coast of Australia. The main business district is home to about 200,000 people and is the centre of metropolitan area — it is also the world’s most southerly with a population of more than 4,900,000. In Australia it is second only to Sydney, NSW in population and size.
Melbourne has many stunning public parks, and for those with an eye for architectural detail and history, you can find an endless amount of culture depicted through the streets of this wonderful international city! Melbourne has a reputation for pop-culture, shopping and coffee, with many international migrants making up its continuously growing population.
$70-$160 per week
Food! This is where budgeting gets tricky. With the uprise of UberEats and MenuLog in Australia, it can be difficult to save money and cook or prepare meals at home. However, buying groceries and meal prepping is the most cost-efficient method.
$120-$300 per week
Depending on your financial situation and whether you are a student or skilled migrant, there is never a shortage of accommodation options in Melbourne! Students can choose to reside within university campus accommodation, student accommodation or private rentals.
$25-$50 per week
Trams, trains, and buses are popular transport choices in Melbourne, allowing easy access to Melbourne’s CBD and the top tourist spots.
For international students, Victoria offers an iUSEpass that gives you a 50% discount on the annual price of Myki (which is your ticket to travel on public transport in Melbourne).
Cost of Living
Mercer’s 2018 Cost of Living Survey ranked Melbourne number 58 in the world in their list of most expensive cities – demonstrating that Melbourne is a more affordable destination than many other global cities.
Working in Australia
All workers in Australia have the same rights and protections at work, regardless of citizenship or visa status. Your employer must comply with Australian workplace and immigration laws, including their obligation to: pay you the right pay rate for all time worked. provide a safe workplace.
Bank Account in Australia
Foreigners migrating, studying or working in Australia can open a bank account. Those on a tourist or visitor visa can open an Australian bank account by visiting a local branch and providing your passport.
Melbourne is the undisputed fashion capital of Australia and one of the important fashion centres of the world! Shopping in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs can vary like in most major cities depending on where you shop and how often you shop for clothing, accessories, and IT items.
How to Keep Expenses Down
Everyone has their own personal budget, and the level of expenditure depends greatly on one’s accommodation location, quality and lifestyle. Click below for some basic, yet handy tips for students, families and young professionals.
The city of Melbourne has an endless array of free highlights for both young and old to enjoy! Check out the list below, or for more information please visit Melbourne’s official Visit Victoria website HERE which has information on must-see points of interest, eating and shopping locations.
More information to get you started in Melbourne
Overseas student health cover is mandatory for your student visa when coming to Australia. Not only is it great for peace of mind, it covers doctors’ appointments, hospital costs, emergency ambulance and portions of your prescription medicine.
Use the Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) tool to check the price and book your overseas health cover today.
UTILITIES (cost of)
Utilities may or may not be included in your housing option. Electricity, water, gas, and internet are generally split between tenants, but if you are planning on renting by yourself, this will be more costly. An average the costs of an average home in Melbourne are:
- Electricity: $170 per month
- Water: $100 per month
- Gas: $155 per month
- Internet: $50 per month
ENTERTAINMENT (cost of)
Entertainment is another expense you will want to factor in while you are in Australia. Ranging from going to the gym, watching a movie, taking a trip to the beach or enjoying a comedy show. Below are a few different options you could add to your budget.
- Movies (student night): $7 to $9
- Fitness: $15 to $30
- Shows (comedy, plays etc): $50