Study abroad students love living in Melbourne, the world's most livable city!
Melbourne is Australia’s best city for students (according to the first ever QS Best Student Cities survey). Five of our six campuses – Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton, Parkville and Peninsula – are within 40km of the CBD, and each has their own unique charms. The sixth campus, Gippsland, in regional Victoria, is two hour’s drive from the city. Find out more about our Australian locations.
There are so many things to see and do when you’re in Australia – it’s a big country so make sure you come with a good pair of walking shoes and an open mind!
A good place to start when planning your weekend adventures in Melbourne is Visit Victoria. Here you’ll find info about places to eat, things to do and events you can attend. There are lots of free things going on in the city all the time, so make sure you check back regularly.
It’s a good idea to check out the tourist information kiosk at Federation Square (opposite Flinders Street train station). They have staffed booths around the clock to give you maps, information, details about free wi-fi, how to book travel and much more. That’s Melbourne (run by the City of Melbourne council) has a festival calendar to help you plan your event attendance, and if you’re into nightlife, fashion and the arts (as well as knowing where to get a good coffee) you should take a look at Broadsheet.
You may like to check out some of Melbourne’s biggest events while you’re here, like:
Melbourne Fringe Festival in September and October
There’s lots to experience across Australia.
STA Travel is also a great resource for booking tours and getting ideas for your semester break or weekend getaway. With STA you can book cheap student flights and experiences – meaning that places like WA’s Rottnest Island (where you can pet quokkas), the red centre and Uluru, and Australia's most remarkable natural attraction – the Great Barrier Reef, are just a short flight away. There are STA Travel branches on most Monash campuses.
Getting involved on campus is easy with lots of clubs and associations, volunteering opportunities, and sports events. Check the Monash campus pages for details about what’s going on on-campus.
Living in Australia can be expensive, so it’s a good idea to do your research and prepare a budget before you arrive. Your tuition and study fees do not include personal costs like accommodation, food, and other things you will need while in Australia.
You can use these tables to help prepare a budget. However, these figures are only estimates; costs will vary depending on your location and your lifestyle. Rent, for example, is more expensive in Melbourne than it is in a regional area like Gippsland. You may need to add other items to your budget, like ongoing mobile phone and internet fees. All costs are subject to inflation.
Monash Professional Pathways has teamed up with Monash College to create an internship program especially for study abroad and exchange students. Extend your study in Australia by adding an internship before or after your study in Melbourne or Sydney. Gain professional experience in fields such as journalism, marketing, design and tourism.
Contact Monash Professional Pathways for more information and be sure to mention "Monash Abroad Work Experience" to receive a special price.