Posted on July 4, 2019
#Melbourne #study destination 

Did you know that Melbourne was voted the world’s most liveable city for not one... not two... but seven years in a row!? In fact, their winning streak was only recently beaten by Vienna in 2018.

So it should come as little surprise that the number one destination in Australia for international students is, you guessed it, Melbourne. And while Sydney’s awesome beaches and iconic harbourside puts them at a close second, there are a number of reasons why Melbourne holds the very special place of number one in the hearts and minds of international students.

Let’s not waste time! Read on to find our top three reasons why Melbourne should most definitely be on your student exchange hit-list!

1 City Lifestyle

Sydney might have beaches, but Melbourne has all the culture. Or so any Melburnian will tell you!

And with a ton of small bars, live music, art galleries, museums, markets, retro and modern fashion, cafes, restaurants, huge sporting events, and a number of awesome festivals throughout the year, they might not be far off the mark...

Cafe-culture is a quintessential part of the Australian lifestyle. Sitting in a cafe and reading the newspaper, doing your weekly University readings, or catching up with friends is going to make up a big part of your weekly rituals if you choose to study in Australia.

Australians like to think that they have the best coffee and cafe scene in the world. And Melbourne is frequently touted as having the best coffee scene in Australia. For proof, you don’t have to look any further than student favourites like Seven Seeds, St Ali, or Dukes Coffee Roasters. And if you’re not in the mood for a hit of caffeine, why not line up to get your hands on the world’s best croissant (and no, we’re not exaggerating) at Lune?

If you’re in the mood for some new (second-hand) threads, you can’t go past the suburb of Fitzroy. Check out Brunswick Street and Smith Street for a range of vintage and op-shops that we guarantee will have you covered (in new purchases).

Nothing slows down when the sun goes down, either. With too many great dining options to count, and a ton of incredible bars like Fitzroy Social and Penny Black on hand for when you’re all fed-up, we’ll leave the degustation tour of Melbourne to you!

2 Escaping the City Lifestyle

The city is sure to keep you occupied with new and exciting things for the duration of your studies. But if you’re a free spirit and you don’t like being confined to the city, you can rest easy because escaping the grind couldn’t be easier! Within hours, you can find yourself amongst iconic Australian landscapes that will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into a postcard.

Feeling like a bit like a rustic vineyard retreat? The Yarra Valley, Victoria’s picturesque wine growing region is only an hour’s drive away!

Or, for a day of coastal sightseeing and surfing, head towards the Great Ocean Road! Bells Beach, the home of iconic Australian surf brands Quiksilver and Rip Curl and one of the most famous surf breaks in Australia, is only about 90 minutes drive from the city. So get your wetsuit on and get amongst it!

And if you’re not feeling too adventuresome, the Mornington Peninsula is another great escape option for students. Only an hour’s drive away from Melbourne, it is a great place to unwind from a stressful university week, and to take in the coastal views and feast on some of the best produce that Australia has to offer.

3 World-Class Universities

If you want a world-class International student exchange, you need world-class universities. Makes sense, right? The QS World University Rankings rank 6 out of Victoria’s 10 universities within their top-rated universities in the world. This means that the Australian state of Victoria is a thriving hub of knowledge and innovation!

With world-renowned educational institutions come world-renowned students, academics and researchers, and all of the incredible perks that this brings. For example, there are a ton of great student discounts and concessions when it comes to art, music and culture. So you can keep your lifestyle humming without breaking your budget!

And what would excellent education be without excellent student accommodation options to accompany it? From heritage-style share houses, homestay alternatives, and purpose-built student accommodation options, you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to living options!

One of the best things that international students love about Melbourne is the centralised layout of the city, which makes it easy to live within walking distance (or cycling distance, if you want to be a little bit more ‘Melbourne-like’) from your chosen study destination. Not having to commute for hours on public transport is a massive bonus, as it will help you to get a great feel for the city that you are living in and make it feel like home a lot quicker!

And if you’re suffering from accommodation choice-overload, we’re here to help you to choose the right student accommodation option for your needs!

There are a ton of reasons why Melbourne has been listed as one of the best study destinations for international students. But ultimately, it comes down to YOU and your preferences! So if you need any more information on whether Melbourne is the right study fit for you and the accommodation options available to you, just send us a message!

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