Living and renting in Melbourne

Located on the edge of the CBD the University of Melbourne is well placed to take advantage of the many opportunities that the City of Melbourne has to offer.

With a thriving arts and foodie scene, the inner city is a cluster of exciting communities connected by public transport and bike paths. You can spend time in the famous cobblestone lanes, or at world-class theatre production or sporting event. There are trams you can catch to every corner of the city, and an extensive public transport network that will take you to our suburban and regional towns.

Choosing the right suburb

Every Melbourne suburb has a different flavour, from the quirky bars and always open noodle shops of the CBD to the famous falafel houses of Coburg. So it's really just a matter of finding the place that's right for you.

Living close to campus

For local students, the University of Melbourne is a commuter campus. The majority of local students take advantage of our extensive public transport system and commute each day from the family home in the suburbs. Rural, interstate and international students tend to choose options closer to the University. This has resulted in a strong student culture developing around the northern edge of the city. And living close to campus has its benefits. You can access a range of sporting facilities, study zones, outdoor spaces, cafes and more – where you can hang with your friends, catch up on study, relax and have fun.

Our city campuses


Our Parkville campus is a city within a city - it even has its own postcode. With cafes, 12 libraries, gyms, specialty stores, a small supermarket - even a seasonal farmers market - spread across a mix of historic sandstone buildings and state of the art facilities, you'll never have to leave. It’s also situated within a renowned knowledge precinct, which includes eight hospitals, the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (relocating to Southbank in 2019), many leading research institutes and a wide range of knowledge-based industries.

University Accommodation offers accommodation close to the Parkville campus to first-year undergraduate students and Exchange or Study Abroad students.

Find out more about University Accommodation


At Southbank campus, in the city's lively creative arts precinct - which itself is in the centre of Australia's cultural capital - you'll find the University's acclaimed music and visual and performing arts faculty. Southbank campus is purpose built for the creative arts, and features sound and dance stages, animation studios, cinemas and visual arts studios. It sits alongside the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Recital Centre, the Australian Ballet, Chunky Move dance company, the Arts Centre and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Our suburban and regional campuses

If you're staying at our Werribee, Burnley, Creswick, Dookie and Shepparton campuses, you'll also experience a unique atmosphere and experience that each campus and region offers.

Find out about our regional campuses

Cost of living in Melbourne

To help you budget for living and studying an Melbourne, it’s important you understand general cost of living factors when in Melbourne.

Moving to Melbourne

When you plan your move to Melbourne, we advise you:

  • If you’re a first-year undergraduate students, University Accommodation is a quick and easy way to arrange your accommodation.
  • Arrive in Melbourne a few weeks before Orientation. This will give you time to find suitable accommodation and settle in before classes commence.
  • Arrange or book temporary accommodation if you plan to pursue private rental. Don't sign a lease on a property you haven't seen in person.
  • Make housing your first priority, but don't rush. Rushing can lead to bad decisions, and housing problems can have a major impact on your studies.