Study in Melbourne

Melbourne is famous as the cultural capital of Australia, known for its music, art and museums. Noted as one of the most “liveable cities” in the world, it has Victorian-era architecture and scenic parklands.

A location shot near the Australian Pacific College, Lonsdale Street Campus in Melbourne

Melbourne lifestyle and culture

Australian Pacific College and English Unlimited have two campuses on Queen Street and Lonsdale Street in the heart of Melbourne CBD, close to all the major tourist venues, shopping complexes and public transport. Everything you need to live, work and study in true Melbournian style.

Melbourne has a lot of great places to shop as well as numerous restaurants and its vibrant atmosphere make it a great choice for study and travel. 

The city rates highly in education, entertainment, healthcare, research and development, tourism and sport. Melbourne is considered Australia’s “cultural capital” and is also the home of Australian rules football, Australian film and television (the world’s first feature film was filmed in Melbourne in 1906), Australian painting and dance. The city is also a major centre for street art, drama, musicals, music, architecture and nightlife.

There are many festivals in Melbourne including the Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Melbourne Fringe Festival and Moomba (which is Australia’s largest free community festival).

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Melbourne climate

Melbourne has a moderate climate and is well known for its changeable weather conditions. It is a little colder than other mainland Australian state capital cities in the winter with only a small variation in winter temperatures. Melbourne summers are notable for occasional days of extreme heat.

Melbourne has a reputation for its changeable weather. A tip for any visitor is to be prepared for anything – take an umbrella and wear layers that can be worn or removed as needed. As a general rule, Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers, mild and sometimes balmy springs and autumns, and cool winters.

Melbourne campuses

Our campus in Lonsdale Street is close to all public transport and is just a short walk to the main shopping complexes in the CBD and all the major tourist venues in Melbourne CBD. A perfect place to stay while taking advantage of all that Melbourne has to offer.

The campus has great facilities including light-filled classrooms equipped with multi-media functionality and comfortable student furnishings, a generous student kitchen and many quiet study zones.

Address

Level 3 and Level 5/ 255 William Street. Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Hours

Operating hours: 8:30am - 9:30pm, Student Care: 8:30am - 6:00pm (Monday-Friday)

Public Transport Options

  • Tram to Melbourne Central
  • Train to Melbourne Central
  • Bus to William Street

Located in the heart of Melbourne CBD, our Queen Street campus has everything you need to live, work and study in true Melbournian style.

Address

Level 9, 221 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Hours

Operating hours: 8:30am - 9:30pm (Monday-Friday) Student Care: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Mon, Tues and Friday)

Public Transport Options

  • Tram to William Street
  • Train to Flagstaff
  • Bus to Lonsdale Street

Transport options

Melbourne is very well-designed and it is really easy get around due to its systematic layout. Within an hour travel from the city there are beaches, wineries and other attractions.

Public transport is the cheapest way to get around. Taxis are also available, but they are expensive in comparison with other forms of public transport. 

The cheapest way to travel by public transport is to buy an Myki Card. You can add credit to these cards and then you don’t have to worry about not having enough cash to catch public transport. You can add extra credit online or through a retail outlet. Just remember to always tap on and tap off or you will be charged extra.

Visit the Myki Cards website.

Buses travel through the city on major routes almost 24 hours a day. Most of the bus routes within the City of Melbourne require you to use Myki travel cards, so you'll need an Myki card before you get on board.

Information courtesy of Public Transport Victoria.

Trams are a major form of public transport in Melbourne. The city's Free Tram Zone extends from Queen Victoria Market to Docklands, Spring Street, Flinders Street Station and Federation Square. Travel on the City Circle Tram is also free. Hop on and off the historic trams as often as you like.

You don't need a Myki Card or ticket if you're only travelling in the city's Free Tram Zone or on the City Circle Tram. For all other tram journeys you will need a Myki Card.

Information courtesy of Public Transport Victoria.

Metro Trains connect Melbourne's suburbs with Flinders Street Station in the city. The city loop is Melbourne's underground system, with five stations servicing the central business district: Southern Cross Station, Flagstaff (closed weekends), Melbourne Central, Parliament and Flinders Street.

V/Line trains connect the city to the regions of Victoria. 

To get to and from the airport the cheapest and fastest option is to catch the SkyBus.

Alternatively we offer an airport transfer service. Our friendly driver will be waiting for you, holding a sign with your name, at the meeting point. You will be safely taken from the airport to your homestay or other accommodation - you will be well cared for from the moment you arrive in Australia! If you are interested in booking an airport transfer please contact us for more information.

Student accommodation

A variety of high standard student accommodation is available to suit different budgets and needs. Students can opt to live in university accommodation or with an Australian family. Shared accommodation with other students is also common and popular.

We can provide students with help in finding accommodation and understanding lease and tenancy conditions. Temporary accommodation can be arranged before you leave home allowing you time on arrival to consider where and how you would like to be accommodated in the longer term. Student notice boards and newspapers often advertise rooms, apartments and houses for rent.

for more information visit our Student Accommodation page.

Student jobs

Melbourne offers many part-time and casual employment opportunities for international students.

If you want to work while you study, you need to understand your rights and responsibilities to ensure you protect yourself and comply with your visa requirements.

The number of hours you can work on a Student Visa can be subject to change. You can check the latest rules on the Australian Government's Immigration website for Student Visas (subclass 500) and other types of visas.

The flexible hours and large number of opportunities in these industries make these ideal for students:

  • Retail - including supermarkets, department stores, boutiques
  • Hospitality - cafes, bars, restaurants, delivery
  • Farming and fruit-picking - seasonal work
  • Services – childcare, aged care and cleaning
  • Administration and clerical work
  • Tutoring

Find out more on the Study Australia website.

In Australia, the best way to look for part-time or casual work are through job listing sites such as:

Find out more about finding part-time or casual work whilst you study on the Study Australia website.

Both Australian Pacific College and our sister school English Unlimited have a Job Club. 

We care about your experience in Australia and understand that finding a job in another country can be scary and difficult, so we want to help you. 

Job Club aims to assist students seeking part-time or casual work by helping with your Curriculum Vitae (CV), helpful information and tips for job applications. 

Find out more about Job Club.