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.
Things to see and do in Australia
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:
- Australian Open Tennis Championships for two sweltering weeks in January
- Melbourne food and wine festival in March
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival from March – April
- AFL (Australian football league) from March – September
Melbourne Fringe Festival in September and October
Trips and tours
There’s lots to experience across Australia.
- Extreme adventures run short and longer trips in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and in New Zealand. You could take a tour of the Hunter Valley – NSWs wine region, take a weekend trip through Sydney’s The Rocks, or try sky-diving, rock climbing and bungy jumping.
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
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.
Cost of living
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.
Add an internship program
Extend your learning in Australia by gaining workplace experience in Melbourne after your course. Monash Professional Pathways offers a range of programs designed to help international graduates make a successful transition from formal education into a professional career. By combining both classroom based programs (courses) with an internship you can gain the workplace skills and experience employers demand.
For ICT and Accounting graduates: Professional Year Program
For any graduate: Job Readiness Internship Program
Contact Monash Professional Pathways online or call 03 9903 8788