There is a lot to uncover when you move to a new city. You need to find your way around new transport systems, banks, and a whole new lifestyle.
Thankfully, there are plenty of apps to help you feel like a local in no time. Try downloading these using VicFreeWiFi, the largest outdoor free public Wi-Fi network of its kind in Australia.
Free public WiFi is available outdoors in the Melbourne central business district (CBD) including Bourke St Mall, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne Museum and on platforms at CBD train stations. It is also available in central Ballarat and central Bendigo.
Unlock Melbourne is Study Melbourne’s official app for international students. It will help you with everything from setting up a tax file number and writing your resume to finding good weekend activities and making friends.
Keypass in Digital iD™
We’ve turned ID digital, so proving who you are in everyday moments becomes a breeze and you can leave your passport at home. Working quite like a driver licence or a passport would, once set up your profile you are able to use your smartphone to prove your identity anywhere Digital iD™ is accepted. It’s safer than traditional forms of ID, too – since you’re the only one who can access and share your information.
Did you know Melbourne has the most extensive tram network in the world? Melbourne’s trams are great for getting around the city and suburbs, but they’re even better when you have the official tramTRACKER app to help you plan your journey.
In addition to its famous trams, Melbourne also has a network of trains and buses to help you get around. The Public Transport Victoria (PTV) app connects all these services in one place to show you how to get to your job, your friend’s house, or this weekend’s party using whichever transport is easiest.
It doesn’t have to be difficult to manage your Australian finances. All of Australia’s big banks offer great apps to help you manage your money from your phone. Download your bank’s app to check your account balance, transfer funds, and find nearby ATMs. If your bank isn’t listed below, ask your local branch to tell you about their mobile banking.
Melbourne is famous for its fantastic food, coffee, and nightlife. With so many places to enjoy our world-class hospitality, it can be hard to know where to choose! Zomato helps you find good bars, restaurants, and cafes across the city. It provides user-generated reviews and ratings on things like food, service, and atmosphere, and includes photos and menu listings.
Good Karma Network
This one is not an app but a collection of closed Facebook Groups covering select areas in Victoria. These are great places to find out more about your local community. Good Karma Networks provide their members with the opportunity and permission to ask for help with challenges they are facing in their lives, workplace, family, or home. They are a safe space in which the incredible power of collaborative problem-solving finds solutions and support that individuals may not have otherwise been able to access.
They are also a great place to find free furniture that others in the community no longer want or need!
Tell us about your favourite App
Do you have an app you love using as an international student? Join our Facebook group International students of Melbourne, Victoria and let other international students know!