About Melbourne

Melbourne - The world’s most liveable city

Melbourne is the capital city of Victoria and the second largest city in Australia. Melbourne is a large, and growing, city, with nearly four million residents. Victoria is one of the most culturally diverse places in the world. Of the people living in Victoria, 44% were either born overseas or have at least one parent born overseas. More than 180 different languages are spoken in Victoria, and 20 per cent of the Victorian population speaks a language other than English at home.

The city of Melbourne has a thriving food culture, offering a wide range of dining choices and interesting laneway cafes. A variety of food markets offer the freshest of every ingredient for home cooking and eating. The range of shops from large department stores to smaller designer shops and markets mean whatever you need and want can be found in Melbourne. The streets are alive at night with theatres, bars, nightclubs, and restaurants that line the city streets and the Yarra River in Southbank.

Melbourne is home to many major cultural and sporting events each year. Melbourne is an attractive city boasting magnificent gardens, nearby beaches and easy access by car and bus to snowfields, national parks and inland lakes and rivers.

We think that you will find that living and working in Melbourne is a wonderful experience.

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For more information about Melbourne, you should visit the city’s official website: www.melbourne.vic.gov.au

Other websites with useful information about living in Melbourne and Victoria are:

It is important to consider the full range of costs and responsibilities with leased accommodation. The demand is usually high and ranges generally from AUD80 – AUD 550 per week unfurnished or AUD100 – AUD600 per week furnished depending on the size, condition and location of the house/apartment. Shared accommodation also varies greatly in price.
The following is a list of places where you can go to find advertisements for accommodation:

The Melbourne Age has advertisements for flats (apartments) and share houses every week. The Domain section of the Age, published every Saturday, has a very extensive list of available rental properties in Melbourne.
Australia has a climate which varies from cool during the winter months in the middle of the year to occasionally very hot during summer, which occurs from about November through the Christmas/New Year holiday season, until about the end of February. You can obtain information about weather from the Bureau of Meteorology website. www.bom.gov.au


Many students prefer to stay in homestay accommodation whilst studying. Homestay accommodation provides you with the opportunity to share the lifestyle of a local family and gain an understanding of life in Australia.

An average homestay accommodation costs about $290 per week. Still we recommend you to check online for cheaper price.

Satisfaction with student homestay arrangements is monitored by the ACM Student Welfare Officer. Accommodation and Welfare Questionnaires are to be completed by students within four weeks of beginning every new homestay placement and then at the end of every three months during the placement.

Cost of Living

The following table provides a list of approximate prices, in Australian dollars, of some typical foods, goods and services that you can compare with those in your home country:
It is estimated that in addition to your accommodation costs, a single international student requires a minimum of AUD18, 000 per year (or AUD350 per week) for living expenses.

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