Melbourne is the capital city of the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city (after Sydney) in Australia. It has been named Australia’s best city for international students, and the second best city in the world to live, due to the quality of the available universities, affordability, lifestyle, employment prospects and its student community.
Recently, Melbourne is becoming a magnet for international students from all over the world. Let’s see some of the reasons why students prefer to study in this amazing city of Australia.
The city is home to 8 universities that teach close to 300,000 students, with more than a third of them from abroad. This makes Melbourne comfortably Australia’s biggest University City and one of the biggest study abroad destinations globally.
The University of Melbourne is arguably the country’s most prestigious university. It is ranked as one of the best in the country based on its international reputation and good career outcomes for graduates.
Monash University is also an internationally recognised university and has 4 campuses across Melbourne. It is Australia’s largest university, with almost 60,000 students, and has the second most international students (20,000+).
Deakin University has a large suburban campus in Melbourne as well as campuses in other parts of Victoria. It is more teaching focused than most universities and graduates give it high course ratings.
La Trobe University has its main campus in Bundoora, a suburb about 16 km NE of the city centre. The university also has several other campuses across Victoria.
Swinburne University of Technology has 4 campuses in Melbourne, with the main campus in Hawthorn 8km from the CBD. The university is as much a vocational training institution as a university and offers many specialised non-university courses.
RMIT University is an applied teaching and research institute that focuses on design, technology, health, globalisation and sustainability. It is based in the city centre, occupying buildings across several blocks, and it also has suburban campuses. The university has the highest number of international students in Australia (26,000).
Victoria University offers degree and vocational study courses. It operates across Melbourne’s western suburbs and city centre. The university was founded as the Footscray Technical School in 1916 and gained university status in 1990.
The University of Divinity is a small institution that offers courses in philosophy and religious studies. It became a university in 2012 and was formed from colleges instructing in various denominations of Christianity.
Here are also many other TAFE and private institutions which provide plenty of options for the international students. With wide range of courses across diploma, degree and master to choose from, the city is the perfect place for Singaporean students to pursue their dream Australian education.
2. Melbourne living
Melbourne is known for its varied and dynamic culture. It hosts numerous cultural events and supports an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars. The city is also Australia’s unofficial sporting capital. It is rated as Australia’s best and most liveable city for students.
Decorated with architectural masterpieces of the old and the new, Melbourne CBD creates a distinct ambiance lined with lush greenery and parks. International students can take breaks in between their busy schedule to appreciate the beautiful and tranquil surroundings and to relax their minds.
The city’s cohesion comes in part from a shared appreciation of sports. Melburnians regularly come together in large numbers for major sporting events, including AFL matches, cricket, soccer and the rugby codes, Australian Open tennis and Formula One racing.
The arts, fashion, and cultural events also form part of the fabric of the city. Melbourne has a permissive and free quality in which artistic endeavours flourish. Self-expression appears in street art, alternative fashion, live music, and festivals – such as the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and festivals of Arts, Film and Comedy.
While culture is one of the reasons why so many students live in Melbourne, the city also suits student in practical terms. It has an integrated public transport system powered by trains, trams, buses and taxis. Travelling from the middle and inner parts of the city is generally easy and cheap.
There is also a variety of city accommodation, including a mixture of high-density and low-density blocks near to the city centre. Students are normally able to set up affordable living arrangements within a short commute of classes.
Better known for its infamous fickle-minded mood, the “Melbourne weather” is surprisingly cherished by international students. The usual cool weather makes it ideal for leisure walking and other outdoor activities. Although, summer days can be scorching hot at times, the typical weather is comfortable and manageable.
4. World class events
Those who enjoy colourful festivals and fun events will appreciate Melbourne even more. The city is bustling with activity all year round with its calendar of events completed one to two years ahead. The events range from cultural celebrations to international sporting events like Australia Open, there is always something exciting for everyone. With several major events and festivities happening in Melbourne, students get the opportunities to expand their experience by participating as volunteers. These volunteering jobs will help the students in expanding their network and develop friendships with other international students.
More than 4 million people from different backgrounds and nationalities call Melbourne and Victoria their home. The inclusive atmosphere transpires in its celebration of diversity through the numerous cultural festivals, international events, performances and food, bringing locals and visitors an experience like no other. The friendly atmosphere encourages international students to be open and make friends with students from foreign countries and locals alike.
In the next link you can see more about the Festivals and Events Calendar:
In the next link you can see more about the Festivals and Events Calendar
5. Gastronomic delight
Although Singapore is considered to be a true foodie’s paradise, Singaporean students in Melbourne can still enjoy delightful treats if they look hard enough. Being a cosmopolitan city, locals and students alike get to enjoy a multicultural spread of exotic authentic cuisine. From fine dining to neighbourhood eatery and kiosks, students enjoy the varieties of Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and many more. Organise a foodie tour and go around with your friends to satisfy your tummy.
6. Place of Wonder
The state of Victoria is home to some of the most picturesque and unique topography in the planet. The Great Ocean Road, Twelve Apostles, Mornington Peninsula, Philip Island are only a few of mother Earth’s gift to Australia. The best part is, its proximity to the state capital, Melbourne. There are plenty of transportation options available to bring students to these scenic spots. There is no reason why any international student would miss the opportunity to admire beauty at its natural form.