There’s no denying Melbourne is a great city to live in – it was voted the most livable city in the world six years in a row! And if you’re a student, it’s even better – here are some reasons why.
1. It’s Australia’s Best City for Students
According to the QS Best Student Cities 2019, Melbourne is the best city in Australia for students, and the fifth best in the world, in a ranking system based on the quality of universities, affordability, lifestyle, employment prospects and student community. And it’s no surprise – the high quality and standard of living, as well as the vibrant culture, ensured its place. The city also got a perfect 100/100 for student mix, which factors in social inclusion and tolerance in the student population.
2. World Class Academic Opportunities
Melbourne boasts seven world ranking universities, the University of Melbourne*, Monash University*, RMIT University, Deakin University, La Trobe University, Swinburne University of Technology, and Victoria University, and they all cater to a wide range of subjects and specialties.
* The Group of Eight universities – Top 10 in Australia and Top 100 gloablly
3. Support for International Students
Because of its status as an international hotspot for studying, Melbourne universities offer fantastic support for international students. You can get help with any number of tricky tasks, including finding housing, language learning support, social connections, and finance.
4. Diversity and Multiculturalism
Both in the student body and the city’s wider population, Melbourne is renowned for its diversity. Hundreds of thousands of international students from around 170 different countries call it home, contributing to its status as Australia’s most diverse city. And no wonder – according to QS, it ranks 7th in the world for desirability, reflecting not only the quality of life for those studying there but also its rank as an in-demand study destination for international students.
5. It’s Got a Rich Cultural Side
Often described as Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne is a city which celebrates culture in all forms. It’s got a thriving arts scene, hosting museums and galleries like the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). The calendar is full of festivals and events, celebrating everything from film and comedy to food and wine, to quilting. If you are a coffee aficionado, look no further than Melbourne – it has some of the world’s best coffee culture. What better way to socialise with other students (and stay energised) and make connections than over a cup of Melbourne blend. The food is incredible too – you’ll be spoilt for choice, with all the food trucks, market stalls and restaurants providing a huge range of options.
6. It’s Perfect for Sports Fans
Melbourne is home to some huge international sporting events – Melbourne Cup, the Boxing Day Test Cricket, the Formula One Grand Prix, and the Australian Open Tennis Championships to name a few. Even if you’re not a sports fan, all these events raise Melbourne’s international profile, and contribute to the city’s great atmosphere.
7. Great Public Transport
Melbourne has an extensive public transport system, including rail, tram and bus services to help you get around. Even better, international students in participating universities can get themselves iUSEpass Myki cards (Melbourne’s reusable public transport pass) for 50% of the price of a regular annual pass! The public transport systems in Melbourne can also help you experience the amazing countryside and scenery around and outside of the city. After all, Melbourne is perfectly situated in the middle of some of Australia’s most beautiful landscapes, like the Great Ocean Road and Dandenong Ranges.
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