Welcome to Melbourne, Australia’s best student city.
Whether you are a returning student, or new to Victoria, we are here to help you get the most out of student life in Melbourne and Victoria.
Study Melbourne offers international students free and confidential support services, cultural experiences, social events and employability programs that enable you to thrive during your studies.
If you’ve just arrived, read our handy checklist for a summary of what you need to do when you first touch down. Or visit our Study Melbourne COVID support hub for information about COVID-related services, and other support.
Getting the basics organised can help you feel settled, make new friends, and provide opportunities to explore Melbourne and Victoria.
Learn more about:
- Finding somewhere to live
- Setting up and moving in
- Getting around
- Making new friends
- Discovering Melbourne and regional Victoria
- Registering your proof of COVID-19 vaccination certificate
- Finding a part-time job
- Managing homesickness
- Victoria’s COVID-safe settings
- Money and budgeting
- Requirements for overseas drivers licence holders | VicRoads
THINGS TO DO
Join Study Melbourne’s free events and programs to build job readiness skills, discover new experiences, make new friends, and build your networks. Check our events calendar for ideas or visit the City of Melbourne’s What’s On and Visit Victoria webpage.
IF YOU NEED SUPPORT
You can find programs and support services for international students through your education provider, your local council, and through student and community groups throughout Victoria.
Our friendly, multi-lingual staff at the Study Melbourne Student Centre can also help. We can answer your questions about health, accommodation, safety, work rights and managing your finances.
Contact the Student Centre by email or call 1800 056 449.
You can also visit the Study Melbourne COVID support hub for COVID-related information and support.
STORIES FROM OUR STUDENTS
Creating community in a new city
Just moved to Melbourne? Study Melbourne Ambassador Pyper Savage provides advice on making friends, building your network and overcoming fears.
Your mental health matters
Study Melbourne Ambassador Alex Fernando Gutierrez Peña shares his advice about mental health and wellbeing.
Denise Hung offers some tips for self-care
Study Melbourne Ambassador Denise Hung explains what self-care is, why it’s so important for wellness and how to make it part of your daily routine.
Dealing with shyness
Study Melbourne Ambassador Shohail Ibne Mahbub shares his ‘tried and tested’ tips for overcoming shyness and getting out of your comfort zone.
The joy of hobbies during coronavirus
Have you been meaning to try something new or rekindle a past interest during lockdown? Study Melbourne Ambassador Hyunju An shares what she loves about being creative.
Why Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia
Melbourne is a sports crazy city. Read about some of the most popular sports in the city and where to experience it first-hand
Life with kids as an international student
Juggling study and parenting as an international student can be challenging but also rewarding, writes Study Melbourne Ambassador Sandesh Pantha.
Volunteer and broaden your horizons
Cristina was looking for a job and feeling homesick for her home in the Philippines. She was recommended for a new job through her volunteering networks.