Study in Melbourne:
Your Complete Guide! (2021)

Do you love coffee, culture and incredible food? Then you’ll love Melbourne! Aside from being the world’s second most liveable city, Melbourne is also home to some of the best universities in the world. Plus, there are numerous public transportation options, low crime rates, and plenty of career opportunities. It also has a fantastic arts and cultural scene, excellent universities, and a relaxed lifestyle. These are just a few reasons why a lot people want to study in Melbourne!

Cost of Living & Salaries

There’s no way around it — Sydney is an expensive city. It was considered the 14th most expensive in the world. But by being the city that offers the highest amount of job opportunities and one of the highest salaries in Australia, it’s not impossible to save money while you study and live in Sydney. For that reason, we listed below all you have to know about the cost of living and salaries for each sector in Sydney!

Living Expenses

If you are planning to study in Sydney, be prepared to afford the following costs:


Estimated in AUD

$130-$350 per week
Utility bills
$30-$50 per week for bills and electricity
Food and Groceries
$82 to $200 per week
Phone bills
$35 to $50 p month
$35 to $70 per week depending on the person
Bus and train fares
$25 - $50+ per week depending how far you live from your work and college campus



$20 to $27 p/hour


$23 to $30.50 p/hour

Retail Assistant

$20hr to $23 p/hour

Food Delivery

$14 - $24 p/hour

Administrative assistant

$22 + p/hour

Sales Representative

$26 to $32+


Dec – Feb

14 - 25.3°C

Summer temperatures in Melbourne range from 14 to 25.3°C. These are dry months, with occasional heat waves that can last up to three days. Melbourne’s hottest months are January and February, when temperatures can sometimes reach 30°C.


Mar – May

10.9 - 20.3°C

Autumn brings milder weather, with average temperatures ranging from 10.9 to 20.3°C. Morning fog normally clears to greet lovely, sunny days, though there may be long spells of light breezes near the end of the season.


Jun – Aug

6.5 - 14.2°C

Winter temperatures range from 6.5 to 14.2°C , with snowfall in Victoria’s north-east, known as High Country. The weather is typically chilly and gloomy, with frosty evenings possible. At this time of year, heavy rain is uncommon.


Sep – Nov

9.6 - 19.6°C

Temperatures range from 9.6 to 19.6°C in spring. The season is notorious for being the most unpredictable of the year, with weather ranging from calm and sunny to frigid and windy in a matter of minutes. Bring an umbrella because October is the wettest month of the year, with an average of ten days of rain.


Melbourne probably has one of the most vibrant cultures in Australia. It’s a melting pot of creativity exhibited in its arts, design, fashion, and events, and it’s a city that never fails to inspire.

Events & Art

Melbourne is known for its multiple personalities: elegant, playful, unconventional, quirky, intense, and multi-cultural. It’s authentic, lived by the people, and it’s earned a place in the world’s arts, culture, and music sectors.

Victoria has a strong artistic culture that is ready to be explored, from theatrical plays and live music to comedy clubs and fashion displays.

Melbourne Nightlife

Admire the paint dripping from city walls or visit the gallery to discover works of art that are hundreds of years old. Melbourne is home to internationally renowned galleries and hotspots for street art. Banksy can be found in Hosier Lane, live painting can be seen on Brunswick Street, and public sculptures can be found on the waterfront.


Study in Melbourne

According to the renowned QS Best Student Cities 2019, Melbourne is the best student city in Australia and the third best student city in the world. Victoria welcomed 281,000 foreign students in 2019 due to its high standard of quality of living, vibrant multicultural community, and social inclusiveness.

Six of the world’s best universities are located in Victoria, with two of them ranking in the top 100. Three Victorian institutions were among the top 100 universities in the world for graduate employment. In many areas, Victoria’s research performance is on par with or better than that of the rest of the world, and Melbourne has one of the greatest numbers of inner-city research collaborations in the world.



163,834 international students in VIC


421 institutions that offer courses to international students


7,631 courses available to international students

Ranked as Australia’s number 3 university by QS World University Rankings, University of Melbourne prides itself on their unique Melbourne experience which prepares graduates to be well-rounded, thoughtful, and skilful professionals who have a global impact.

Monash University, which was founded in 1958, is the second-oldest university in Victoria and the largest university in Australia. It is among Australia’s leading research universities, with five campuses in Victoria (Clayton, Caulfield, Berwick, Peninsula, and Parkville).

La Trobe University is another leading research university in Australia, specialising in historical studies, archaeology, microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology, and veterinary medicine.

RMIT University, which was founded in 1887 as the Working Men’s College of Melbourne, is rated #291 in the world and specialises in design and technology. Its main campus is located on the outskirts of the central business area in the northern part of the city.

Swinburne University of Technology is located in Hawthorn, a suburb of Melbourne, approximately 7 kilometres from the city centre. The university, which is rated 481-490 globally, is a public research centre specialising in technology with approximately 60,000 students dispersed across six campuses. The university’s Prahran campus, which houses the faculty of design and the National Institute of Circus Arts, is known for its vibrant arts and design community.

Deakin University has a distinct metropolitan atmosphere, while being largely located in the nearby city of Geelong and the suburb of Burwood just outside of Melbourne. Deakin University began as a tiny rural college in 1974 and has since merged with two other institutions in Victoria to become a significant player in the western part of the state, excelling in a wide range of courses and ranking among Melbourne’s best universities.

Victoria University, rated 701+ in the world (at the further end of the spectrum covered by the QS World University Rankings, but still very much among the world’s most elite schools), makes it to the top universities in Melbourne. Victoria University offers a diverse range of educational opportunities, from short courses and apprenticeships to postgraduate degrees.

Parks and Outdoor​s

During your study experience in Melbourne, you will also have the chance to explore breathtaking landscapes and nature. Melbourne boasts over 480 hectares of globally recognised parks and gardens, providing a range of open spaces, leisure activities, and community amenities. These include the famous Royal Botanic Gardens, Werribee Park and Mansion, Carlton Gardens and much more!

Make the most out of the city’s rivers, parks, beaches, and bays. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day walking around the lush environs of the botanic gardens, biking along the Yarra River for city views, or taking a morning hot air balloon trip above the city.

Melbourne provides lots of outdoor activities to fit your hobbies and lifestyle, whether it’s golf or boating, tennis or Tai Chi. Have a stroll down the boardwalk at St Kilda or take a swim at one of Melbourne’s many beaches. Take a boat excursion down the Yarra or take the ferry to Williamstown for a day of fishing

Find out more about the beauty of Victoria below!

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