Life in Melbourne


Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria and Australia’s second largest city with a population of 4.3 million people.

The Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked Melbourne as the world's 'most liveable city' for three years in a row and the August 2013 report praises our culture, safety and infrastructure. International students too have often voted Melbourne as one of the world’s best study destinations and we’re sure you’re going to LOVE living in our vibrant city!

Melbourne is perhaps Australia’s most multicultural and ethnically diverse city. People from over 140 countries call Melbourne ‘home’ and Melburnians are welcoming and accepting of different cultures and customs. JTI’s Dandenong campus is located in one of Melbourne’s most culturally diverse regions so students are sure to find a little bit of ‘home’ in the surrounding area.

Melbourne’s melting pot of cultures is reflected in its thousands of restaurants, cafés and bars. It has a strong café culture and is recognized as the food and wine capital of Australia. The city celebrates its love of good food and wine with several festivals throughout the year dedicated to enjoying the good life!

Notable for its distinctive blend of Victorian (19th century) and contemporary architecture, beautiful beaches, parks and gardens, you’ll enjoy clean, fresh air and open spaces – all in a friendly and safe environment. Melbourne’s central city area is famous for its laneways which feature ‘hidden gems’ in the way of food outlets and shopping. It is a city where a sense of adventure and curiosity will always be rewarded.

Australia is often said to be “sport mad” and nowhere more so than in Melbourne. The city is home to some of Australia’s most significant cultural and sporting institutions. From soccer to cricket and golf to rugby and tennis events – the world’s sporting stage is at our doorstep. The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is the ‘spiritual’ home of Aussie Rules (AFL) football.

Culturally, there is always a wide variety of Broadway musicals, concerts, plays, live music, comedy and theatre. Live bands frequently do ‘gigs’ at local pubs, so there’s never a dull night with the city’s live entertainment offerings.

Getting around Melbourne

Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses are an easy way to see all of the city’s best attractions, access sporting venues, tourist and shopping precincts and, of course, get to and from class. All public transported services are accessible by a single prepaid ‘smart’ card called myki. Train, bus and tram services run from early morning to very late at night – making it easy to get there and back on time!

Melbourne has the largest tram network in the world. Its trams are recognised as iconic cultural assets and are a unique transport experience for any visitor to the city.

Melbourne’s (Tullamarine) airport is located approximately 20 km from the city centre. A Skybus service operates between the airport and downtown Melbourne with departures in each direction every 10 - 15 minutes. Fares are only $19 one way – a third of the cost of a taxi. The Skybus city terminus is located at Southern Cross Station where there are train connections across Melbourne’s extensive metro network.

Cost of Living in Melbourne*

Rental Accommodation (per week) $150 - $400+
Groceries (per week) $70 - $100+
Utilities (power, gas,) (per month) $50 - $80
Cinema ticket $14 - $19
Myki card (public transport) (per week) $20 - $30
Telephone and Internet (per month) $50+
Restaurant meal $20+
Fast food meal $8 - $12
Clothes entertainment $50+



Melbourne’s climate

Melbourne enjoys a relatively mild climate and distinct seasonal changes – although, as is sometimes said, you may get all four seasons in one day! Students coming from tropical countries may find the winters cool (but it’s never cold enough to snow) and northern hemisphere students will find the summers pleasantly warm to hot, although extreme temperatures are rare. Melbourne’s summer heat is quite dry with far less humidity than in other parts of Australia.

Month Season Average Minimum °C Average Maximum °C
Dec-Feb Summer 22 28
Mar-May Autumn 12 20
Jun-Aug Winter 7 17
Sep-Oct Spring 15 23

Of course the seasons are the reverse to those in the northern hemisphere with the summer vacation period (December and January) coinciding with the Christmas festive season. Classes rise around the beginning of December and resume in late January or early February.


International tertiary students

In 2015 international undergraduate students will be able to buy a half-price annual pass for the zone/s in which they study. (International students who enrol in JTI can buy a half-price annual pass.) For more details, please refer to

The iUSEpass initiative allows international students enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course (Bachelor Degree or Associate Degree) or a higher VET course (Advanced Diploma or Diploma) to purchase a half-price annual myki ticket for the zone/s in which they study.

The discounted myki passes will be valid for Zones 1 + 2 or for the relevant regional zone depending on where the student’s education institution is located To obtain a pass tertiary international students should:

1. Check if their education institution is participating in the iUSE pass scheme (list below).

2. Apply to the institution for an iUSEpass code.

3. Use the iUSEpass code to purchase their discounted myki ticket online at

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