Student Life in Melbourne
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Student Life in Melbourne

Student Life 

Are you planning to start your student life in Melbourne? We know you have strived hard for making it your desired University in Melbourne. And now that you have finally made it to your desired destination, we know there must be an array of questions that must be haunting your mind at the moment like “If you would find an ideal housing?”, “Will you be able to blend in?”, “How will your student life will be like in Melbourne?” Well, do not grow anxious at all! Because you are certainly about to start one of the best phases of your life in one of the most established and vibrant cities known to the entire world. 

The capital city of the Australian state of Victoria which is well established as a hub of cultural innovation; Melbourne, is located on the southeastern fringe of the Australian landmass. Melbourne houses more than 5 million people and is the second-most populous city in Australia. Along with many world-renowned universities, the city is packed with culture and opportunities and offers numerous hotspots like beautiful beaches, vivacious night clubs, lively bars, delightful restaurants and cafes which along with quality education also ensures a quality student life in Melbourne. 

Major Universities and Colleges 

University of Melbourne 

Founded in 1853, The University of Melbourne is a public research university located in Parkville, Melbourne, Australia. The University of Melbourne is the second oldest and among one of the most prestigious and highest ranked Universities of Australia. It has 7 campuses built across Melbourne is home to about 53,000 students. The University of Melbourne also offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in various subject areas including Science, Commerce, Arts, Biomedicine, Design, Fine Arts, Music and Oral Health. The University of Melbourne was ranked 32nd globally in 2017-18, according to the Times Higher Education, while the Academic Ranking of World Universities placed University of Melbourne 38th globally and the university was also ranked 6th in the world according to the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

Monash University

Monash University is a public research university based in Melbourne whose roots can be traced back to 1958. It is the second oldest university in the State of Victoria and incorporates a total of 9 campuses, out of which 4 are located in Victoria and 1 is in Malaysia. Monash University also has  a graduate research school based in Mumbai and a research and teaching centre in Prato, Italy. It caters a total of around 79,300 students from all over the globe and offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in subject areas including Engineering, Business and Economics, Arts, Science, Law, Information Technology, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Monash University is a member of Australia's Group of Eight and holds a reputation for being ranked Australia's leading university in Engineering and Technology in 2016 by the Times Higher Education and the in 2018, QS World ranked Monash University 2nd globally for Pharmacy & Pharmacology, and 26th globally for Law.

RMIT University  

RMIT University is a public research university based in Melbourne, Victoria, which was founded by Francis Ormond in 1887. RMIT University has a total of 3 campuses located in Australia and also has 3 international campuses based in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Barcelona. It caters a total around 87,500 students every year and offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in various subject areas including Business, Design, Science, Engineering and Health. RMIT is ranked as a five star university in the areas of: research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalisation, innovation, engagement and specialisation according to the QS World University Rankings, was ranked 16th in the world for art and design subjects according to the 2016 QS World University Rankings,  making it the top art and design school in Australia and in the Southern Hemisphere. It was also ranked 16th in the world and 3rd in Australia among universities less than 50 years old in the 2016–17 QS Top 50 Under 50 index. 

Deakin University 

Named after the second Prime Minister of Australia, Alfred Deakin, Deakin University was established in the year 1974. It is a public university based in Victoria, Australia and has an enrollment of around 54,400 students. Deakin University offers a wide extent of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in 4 campuses located across Australia in subject areas including Arts, Science, Zoology and Animal Science, Sport Development, Software Engineering. In 2016, Deakin University was ranked third-equal in Australia for graduate employability by the Times Higher Education index, was ranked 45th in the World among the top Universities under 50 years old and also has been ranked in the top 2% of the world's universities in the Shanghai Ranking's Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings since 2016. 

La Trobe University 

Established in 1964, the La Trobe University is an Australian public research university situated in Melbourne, Australia and was named after Charles Latrobe. The La Trobe University has a total of 6 campuses with its flagship campus located in the Melbourne suburb of Bundoora. The university houses a total of around 38,700 students and offers a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in various subject areas including Arts, Social Science, Commerce, Science, Health and Engineering. In 2015, it was ranked in the top 100 universities under 50 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and was also ranked  in the top 200 international universities for arts and humanities.

Victoria University 

Founded in 1916, the Victoria University is an Australian public research university located in Footscray, Melbourne, Australia. It has around 10 campuses located across Australia and also offers courses at partner institutions throughout Asia. The Victoria University caters around 27,700 students from all around the globe and offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in subject areas including Engineering, Education, Sport-related disciplines, Law, Business, Graphic Design, Visual Art and Multimedia and many more. In 2018, Victoria University ranked in 301-350 in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 30th in Australia according to the QS National Rankings. 

Accommodation in Melbourne

Melbourne is famous for its cultural diversity, world-class education, top-notch universities and massive student count; therefore finding student accommodation in the Melbourne won't be a hassle.

There is an extensive list of student accommodation options in Melbourne to cater to the housing needs of the students, which includes affordable student halls, private student accommodation- like most amazing student accommodation options. These student housing options include affordable studios, en-suite apartments, shared flats and non-ensuite rooms, which comprises of all modern amenities and are inclusive of all the utility bills as well.

UniLodge @ Melbourne

UniLodge @ Melbourne is a modern student accommodation located on Swanston Street in Melbourne, Australia. 

  • It is situated at a comfortable distance from various Universities in Melbourne, therefore, making it an ideal choice for students about to start their student life in Melbourne.
  • It is located right opposite to the entrance of the University of Melbourne and is also within a 10 minutes walking distance from the RMIT University. 
  • The area is well-served by almost all the public transport facilities with the nearest tram station located just across the street and the nearest bus station is also just a 5-minutes’ walk away from the property. Therefore, giving you an easy access to almost all the significant locations of the city.
  • The rooms of this property are fully furnished and comes with fully-equipped kitchen, bathroom and big living spaces for the students to socialise and relax. The property is also packed with all the modern amenities like High Speed Broadband, Television, Laundry Room, Bike Storage Space and much more. Moreover, the rent is also inclusive of all the utility bills.

UniLodge on Campus

UniLodge on Campus is a contemporary purpose built student accommodation located on 9 Earl Street, Melbourne. 

  • The University of Melbourne is a mere 5-minutes’ walk away from the property and the residence is also surrounded by the city’s best rated restaurants and cafes. The city’s CBD area is also a mere 7-minutes’ walk away from the residence where you will discover various shopping complexes and entertainment spots. 
  • The area is well connected to the various transport facilities with the nearest bus station located just 8-minutes’ walk away from the residence and the students will also find taxis and cabs right at the property’s doorstep. Therefore, making it convenient for the students to commute from one place to another.
  • The rooms in this property are fully-furnished, well-maintained, and comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, bathroom and large living areas for the students to unwind at. Moreover, the rooms are also packed with all the modern amenities such as LED Television, High Speed Internet, Bike Storage Spaces, Laundry Rooms with Dryers and Washing Machines and much more. Also, the rent of this property is inclusive of all the utility bills. 

UniLodge D2

UniLodge D2 is a present-day private student accommodation located on 22 Orr Street, right next door to the State Library, making it one of the most preferred choices for those who are looking to cut down on commute time.

  • The RMIT University, Melbourne Campus is a mere 2-minutes’ on foot from the residence and the University of Melbourne is located 19-minutes’ walk away. While, the La Trobe University City Campus is also  just 18-minutes’ bus ride away from the property.
  • The property also has excellent transport links with the nearest bus station just a minute walk away and the Queensberry Street and Swanston Street tram stations are also located within a 5-minutes’ walk from the property. 
  • Furthermore, along with fully furnished rooms, fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom, the property also provides large living spaces for the students to rejuvenate and socialise at. In addition to this, the property is also packed with all the modern amenities like Electronic Secured Bedrooms, Television, High Speed Broadband, Air Conditioners, Bike Storage Spaces, Laundry Room and much more. Moreover, the rent of this property is also inclusive of all the utility bills.

Commuting in Melbourne          

Has the thought of travelling from one place to another in Melbourne has got you all stressed out? We understand that you are new to the city and you have every reason to worry! But, fret not! Because, when it comes to commuting, Melbourne is known to have an excellent, effective and affordable transportation system all throughout the city. 

Bus

Melbourne has an extensive network of buses and consists of about 50 bus companies under a franchise agreement with the state Government. Around 300 routes are in operation, which also includes 21 night bus routes in which buses are available at regular intervals throughout the day. Buses even operate on these routes on Friday and Saturday nights. All Melbourne buses use the myki ticketing system except the SkyBus that operates between Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross railway station. 

Trams

Melbourne is known to have the world’s largest Tram network, which is spread across an area of 250 kilometres. Around 500 trams operate on 24 routes and has nearly 1763 tram stops. Trams mostly operate in the inner suburbs and generally provide convenience for short to medium-length trips. The fare for each trip in trams costa round $4.30.

Trains

The rail network of Melbourne is a passenger and freight train system. It connects Melbourne to both interstate and intrastate systems and forms the core for the larger Victoria railway network. 

Suburban Rails 

The Suburban network has 16 line urban heavy rail which is operated by Metro Trains Melbourne. This rail system is designed to provide the convenience to travel from Melbourne’s Suburbs to the Central Business District and associated city loop stations. Metropolitan, rural and interstate railway networks link cumulatively at the Southern Cross railway station, with the other chief station in Melbourne being Flinders Street railway station.

Regional Rails 

Melbourne is connected to town and cities in Victoria by parts of lines which are a part of the V/Line which is owned by the government and it provides an intrastate passenger services  with a fleet of locomotive-hauled trains and diesel multiple units and covers the metropolitan areas. 

Airports

Located in the north-western suburb of Tullamarine, the Melbourne Airport is Australia’s second busiest airport and provides over 30 international and domestic airlines services to around 22 million passengers annually. Located in the south-west of the city and north-east of Geelong, Avalon Airport, is the second major Airport of Melbourne and flights to Brisbane, Sydney and Perth are operated in this airport. 

Taxis

The taxis cover a major portion of the city of Melbourne. The taxis operate in all the major areas of Melbourne and provides an effective yet reasonable mode of transportation to the citizens. Therefore, making it easier for the students to commute to their respective colleges and access all the principal areas of the city in a short period of time. 

We know leaving your beloved family and home behind and moving overseas can be a really frightening task. But, at the same time it can be intriguing and exciting too. Just focus on the brighter side and think of all the new opportunities, possibilities and connections that you will be building. And when its’ Melbourne, the city that you are moving to, to commence a new and probably the best phase of your life, just be relaxed as the city along with quality academics also provides a standard and calibre lifestyle.