Cosmopolitan, welcoming and home to some of the best universities in the world, Melbourne is a thriving place for international students.

We recently spoke with Michael, a student from Indonesia who studies at Monash University. Monash is ranked 44th in the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023. Victoria is also home to another top 50 university, and the highest ranked university in Australia, the University of Melbourne.

Michael shares with us what he loves about studying in Melbourne, as well as his tips for students moving to the city for the first time. Read on to find out more!

What university do you attend and what course do you do?

I am studying a Bachelor of Science Advanced - Research (Honours) at Monash University.

Why did you choose to study in Melbourne?

I wanted to experience something new in my life. Going abroad to study has enriched my experience as a young adult. Melbourne is widely known as a student-friendly city. I was consulting many people about studying in Melbourne, and I believe that Melbourne is a suitable place for me. With a multicultural community, inclusive society and friendly people, accompanied by many world-class universities with many students, I believe I can thrive in Melbourne.

What are some of the unique experiences in Melbourne, Victoria or Australian culture that you have enjoyed?

I love the buildings. Melbourne is a city that has a rich history and this is reflected in the architecture of their buildings. Many buildings are classically built.

I love the people, they are really welcoming and accepting. As a foreign student living far from home, this aspect gives me some soothing and relaxing feelings to be accepted as part of the Melbourne community.

I also love how they incorporate green spaces into the city and how easy public transportation is here.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone considering studying abroad and why would you recommend Melbourne?

  • I would recommend the person familiarise themselves with the surroundings of the campus first, probably through Google Maps.
  • Find accommodation as soon as possible, as this can be hard to get, especially places located near campuses.
  • Find your local student community and foster as many connections as possible before your departure to Melbourne. Usually, your campus will hold a departure seminar before you come, which should be an avenue for you to establish these connections.
  • Don't bring too many things such as kitchen utensils, etc. as there are plenty here and they are relatively cheap! Kmart is really a lifesaver.
  • And also, prepare for the weather! Carry foldable umbrellas or raincoats from home.

Is there anything you wish you knew before moving to Melbourne?

The weather - it's like having 4 seasons in one day…

Finish this sentence: I would recommend studying in Melbourne because…

…the people here are really accepting, and you'll feel yourself a part of the community in no time.

Want to study in Melbourne? Here are some things you should know.

Studying in Melbourne is an investment in your future. The city is home to some of the world’s best universities, and offer plenty of things to make your time here memorable. As Michael tells us, there are many parks and green spaces to relax in, and it’s easy to get around with Melbourne’s extensive public transport system. The city perfectly combines its historic roots with modern services, and you’re sure to find a community among the many different cultures that call the city home.

One of your first stops when you arrive should be the Study Melbourne Hub. The Hub will be your one-stop shop for events, networking, support services and even free tea and coffee! The advice and help on offer is free for all international students. A visit to the Study Melbourne Hub will help you ease into life as an international student in Melbourne.

If you’re ready to begin your studies in Melbourne, visit our Course Finder to discover what courses are available in Melbourne and Victoria.