Two Students Drinking Coffee, Laneway, Melbourne CBD

The Melbourne lifestyle

an experience like no other

There’s just something about living in Melbourne that can’t be described – it has to be experienced. As a University of Melbourne student, you get to live the best of this experience every day.

Experience Melbourne

Consistently voted as one of the world’s most livable cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit, this vibrant and welcoming city has so much to offer. Let’s take a look at some of the experiences awaiting you.

Arts and Culture

Throughout the city you’ll find a cutting-edge arts and culture scene. The city is bursting with galleries, theatres, and music venues – many offering free or student discounted access. Melbourne also hosts a number of international festivals each year including the Melbourne International Film Festival and the ever-popular Melbourne International Comedy Festival.


Melbournians’ are known for their love of sports and there’s nothing quite like cheering alongside a crowd of thousands at one of Melbourne’s many sporting events. From the Australian Open Tennis to the T-20 Cricket, NBL Basketball or Formula 1 Racing and of course the Australian Football League – there’s always something to cheer for.

Cafes and restaurants

Melbourne is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world – from this diversity, it has evolved into a culinary powerhouse. Find hidden gems down laneways or explore dining destinations such as China Town or Lygon Street. Whatever your tastes or budget, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Entertainment and Night life

From our many parks and gardens to our world-famous zoos – there’s so much to do during the day. But when the sun goes down, the city transforms. Get amongst the theatres, bar, clubs and concerts to truly experience life as a Melbournian.


There is no shortage of options when it comes to shopping in Melbourne. You’ll find local designers and boutiques, large department stores and international malls and everything in between. Melbourne is also home to many outdoor markets including the historic Queen Victoria Market – located just a short walk from our Parkville campus.

Resources for international students

Explore support, advice and what  to expect living and studying as an international student at Melbourne.

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