Melbourne was voted the Most Liveable City in the World for five consecutive years from 2011 to 2015. It is situated on Port Philip Bay which offers excellent swimming and water sport options. Melbourne is surrounded by parks and gardens: the city is organised, clean, safe and is serviced by an extensive public transport system of trains, trams and buses.
Melbourne has a strong growth economy with an unemployment rate, in inner Melbourne, of between 3 - 4%. It is very common for international students with working rights to find employment opportunities in Melbourne’s extensive cafe, restaurant and bar culture.
Melbourne prides itself on being the cultural capital of Australia. It has a vibrant arts scene with numerous galleries, concert halls and museums of varying sizes. Many galleries and museums are free to students. Melbourne also has an unusual architectural heritage featuring a unique blend of Western European neoclassicism and experimental postmodernism.
If you prefer a slightly faster style of entertainment Melbourne is probably the best city in Australia to see live music – especially original music. Every night of the week you will be able to find a pub or bar where you can see famous and not so famous bands and performers.
If Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia, Melbournians like to think that it is the sporting capital of the world. Melbourne is one of only four cities in the world to host a grand slam event for professional tennis. The Australian Open is held in January every year and general pass tickets start from as little as $25 a day. Melbourne also hosts a Formula I Grand Prix and the Australia Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Melbourne is also the home of Australian football and boasts 9 professional clubs. Australian football is unlike any other football code and it is great fun to choose a team and attend a game. In addition, Melbourne is the home of 2 professional football (soccer) clubs and 2 professional Rugby clubs, along with basketball, netball and baseball teams that compete nationally. Melbourne’s love of sport means that there are literally hundreds of parks, grounds, ovals
Melbourne’s weather is officially called ‘temperate,’ however, what everyone knows about Melbourne is that it's weather is unbelievably changeable. You may need a good sunhat and sunscreen, umbrella, scarf, warm hat and swimming costume all in the one day. Melbourne is generally hot in the summer and cool in the winter – ski fields are a 3 hour drive from the city.
On your first day at Discover English you will be given the opportunity to join a free city tour of Melbourne. This tour is a great way to orientate yourself, to see some of the local key areas and business and to ask the Discover English staff questions about your new life in Melbourne.
The city is often referred to as the coffee capital of Australia due to its extensive café and restaurant culture. Melbourne is also a deeply multicultural city with a long tradition of embracing other cultures which means that you can eat great food from all over the world.
This is an Australian football match between community radio station staff and the iconic Espy hotel. Live music, family event. Takes place in June.
Visit the cosy Claypots bar and meet some local St. Kilda identities and then go next door to Pure Pop records and see some live music on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Attend a screening at the amazing art deco Sun Cinema in Yarraville. Take a step back into the past when a night out at the cinema was something to remember.
A one hour drive from Melbourne, this relaxed country market is a taste of life in rural Australia.
Trash and treasure second hand Market every Sunday, 15 minutes from the centre of Melbourne in the Camberwell shopping precinct.
A bit like Karaoke without the music. Poetry, song, rap – anyone can get up and take the microphone at this cosy North Melbourne pub.
Great cheap food and an incredible 360 degree view of the city from the rooftop. Fun night out.
Iconic pub where some of Australia’s and the world’s most promising musicians perform. Must visit at least once – dearly loved by Melbournians.
Probably one of the best bay beaches in Melbourne. Beautiful water and not too crowded.
Vibrant multicultural market. You’ll never know what you’ll find at the Footscray markets.
Melbourne is full of people from everywhere… there are so many nationalities and languages spoken in just one city. International students like me have a great experience here in Melbourne. There is always something going on here, cultural events, sport games, libraries, restaurants, shopping centres and museums to visit.
Melbourne’s weather is crazy, but I really enjoyed that, you can have different 2/3 seasons in one day. I strongly recommend Melbourne to other students. It is a beautiful cultural place, with a good study atmosphere.