Planning your arrival

If you're planning to move to Melbourne to start your studies, there are a few things you'll want to do before you arrive. This includes things like finding a place to live, budgeting for living, organising an airport pickup, and packing all the essentials.

To help you plan, here are some of the things you’ll want to do before you leave:

Find accommodation

There are many options available to domestic students, including living in a Residential College, student apartment, private rental, hostel, share-house, homestay or temporary accommodation.

Melbourne Accommodation Program

If you're a first year undergraduate moving to Melbourne, you may be eligible for our Melbourne Accommodation Program. The program offers guaranteed beds to eligible students in student apartments for the first year of their studies.

See Melbourne Accommodation Program

Temporary accommodation

If you'd prefer to wait until you arrive in Melbourne to secure your long-term housing, you'll need to arrange temporary accommodation before departing your home country.

There are range of hotels and hostels you can choose from that offer temporary accommodation close to our Parkville campus.

You'll generally stay in temporary accommodation for a few nights, however, there is the option to stay longer if you need more time to find longer-term accommodation.

Find temporary accommodation

Longer-term accommodation

To help you find more permanent accommodation, it's a good idea to do your research first on the different student accommodation options. Your options include:

Find accommodation

Book an airport pick up

You need to book your airport pickup three business days before you arrive.

If you're an interstate student commencing your first semester at Melbourne, you can book a free pickup from Tullamarine airport for when you arrive.

This is a 24 hour service run by TOGOTO from Tullamarine airport to the CBD (Central Business District), Parkville and surrounding areas. It does not run from Avalon airport.

You may have to pay additional costs if you need to travel further.

How to book

You can book airport pick up online. You need to do this three days before you arrive.

Book airport pick now

Fees may apply if you're travelling to further areas, have additional passengers, or request airport pickup but don’t use it on arrival. If you're coming with two people or more, it may also be cheaper to take a taxi from the airport (about A$55).

Budget for living in Melbourne

This is vital to ensure you can afford to live as a student in Melbourne, as well as be able to travel and have fun outside of class.

To find out what you need to budget for, see Your living costs

Pack for every season!

In Victoria we have four seasons, so make sure you bring clothing for every kind of weather. Refer to the Bureau of Meteorology to see what kind of weather to expect when you arrive.

Some student accommodation will already be furnished, so you won't need to bring much. Some may require you to bring linen, so ensure you check this before you book.

If you need to furnish your room in a share house or private rental, you can organise this when you arrive. You can find helpful resources on what to do in out accommodation area.

Support and advice

If you need help transitioning to life at Melbourne, get in touch with our student support team at Stop 1. They can offer advice on course planning, tuition fees, student loans, finding student accommodation and more.

Contact Stop 1