No surprise that Melbourne is a great city because it has been voted the most livable city in the world for six consecutive years, also being one of the best student cities in Australia.

Based on the QS Best Student Cities 2019 survey, Melbourne is Australia’s best student city and is ranked 3rd in the world. Melbourne is considered a center of study abroad. All universities in Melbourne provide excellent support to international students whether through student accommodation, English language support, financial advice and help with student or campus life.

There are more than 100,000 international students from over 170 countries around the world that have chosen to study in Melbourne. That is why Melbourne is the most multicultural and socially diverse cities in Australia and it was voted one of the top destinations in the world that people want to visit. According to the QS World University Rankings, the quality of student life here is great and Melbourne is one of the most popular study destinations for international students.

Melbourne is often referred to as “Australia’s cultural capital” because it is a city that celebrates all forms of culture such as arts, museums and galleries, so Melbourne is full of festivals and events. There are many famous events hosted in the city, for example, the Racing Carnival,  Test cricket series, the Grand Prix and the Australian Open Tennis Championships. If you are a coffee lover, do not look anywhere else,  Melbourne is a coffee city famous throughout the world.  There are also many international foods from around the world available in the city and a range of great venues with amazing food and atmospheres to suit everyone.

The city also has good public transport systems, including trains, trams and buses, which make it very easy travel within the city.   There are free tramas within the city centre as well. Most international students can apply for the iUSEpass Myki card, which is a public ticket, at half the price of a regular ticket. Moreover, you can travel comfortably in the city around the suburbs, and between cities too. You also have a chance to see the beautiful scenery nearby such as the world famours Great Ocean Road and the Dandenong Ranges.

Attractions in Melbourne

Royal Botanic Gardens

One of the best gardens in the world located just 2 kilometers from the center of Melbourne. It has an area of over 38 hectares, which collects over 8,500 international plants and many rare specimens. The highlight activity here is the touring the Aboriginal Heritage Walk, a popular path to learn about the Australian heritage, and visiting the park is one of the best free activities in Melbourne.

National Gallery of Victoria

The oldest national gallery in Australia collecting more than 70,000 pieces of art. The famous spot in this place is The Great Hall, where people can lie down on the floor and look at the colorful glass ceiling above. There are also artworks from famous art like Rembrandt, Bonnard and Tiepolo, including one of the large collections of The Pioneer by Frederick McCubbin.

Brunswick Street

One of Melbourne’s famous streets, it is full of colorful and creative arts. You won’t be bored on Brunswick Street as you can see many shops such as trendy bike shop, chic hair salon and second-hand stores. If you are a fan of super heroes, you can visit fashion stores such as Gorman, Búl, Kloke and Alpha 60. This is a place where you can find vintage and 80’s clothes or good quality and chic leather bags.

Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building

You can reach here just with a short journey by tram. You will be surrounded by beautiful gardens and green spaces. This place has many collections but the highlight is the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Center and the Phar Lap show, which is about Australia’s greatest horse racing. Also, this museum is adjacent to the Royal Exhibition Building, the venue that hosts Melbourne’s international exhibitions.

Arcades and Laneways

Wander in the alleys around Flinders, Collins and Bourke Streets to give you a glimpse of another side to Melbourne. The unique area here is Block Arcade covered with Mosaic tiles and surrounded by interesting shops. Moreover, there is an area called Royal Arcade, Melbourne’s oldest and the longest standing arcade.


Melbourne’s Chinatown was established in 1850 and is considered as the oldest Chinatown in Australia. It is located in Little Bourke and Lonsdale streets. This lively area is full of karaoke bars, shops and many Asian restaurants where you can taste great Dim Sum. There is also a Chinese Museum to study the history of Chinese in Australia. However, if you are here at the right time you should not miss the Chinese New Year and Asian Food Festival in the spring.


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