Another bonus? Melbourne was also pronounced the world’s friendliest city by Conde Nast Traveller magazine.
So what makes Melbourne so special, you ask? Pull up a chair and grab a primo coffee and we’ll fill you in!
About the city
Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and home to nearly four million people. It is the second-largest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia. Here are some Melbourne fast facts:
- Melbourne was judged as the Most Liveable City in the world in 2014 for a fourth consecutive year by the Economist Intelligence Unit (as we’ve just pointed out!).
- Melbourne has been ranked the sixth most student-friendly city in the world in the QS Best Student City Rankings in 2013.
- Melbourne has been recognized as a UNESCO City of Literature—they have more bookshops per head of population than anywhere else in Australia and more people borrow more books from libraries in Melbourne than anywhere else in Australia.
- More than 100 languages are spoken by the city’s residents—the multicultural hub of Australia!
Melbourne claims to be the “heart of Australia’s live music scene.” With a bit of sleuthing, you’ll soon realize there are plenty of places where you can catch cheap, even free, quality local music. And with a bit of extra snooping around, you may be able to catch big, expensive acts for virtually nothing at one of the “secret” shows that abound at the small venues. Melbourne is also the birthplace of the “Melbourne Shuffle”—in case you didn’t know!
Coffee to go? No!
Australians love coffee. But keep in mind that they don’t “enjoy” coffee the same way we do, especially the Melburnians! Australians love the café atmosphere, so when you’re in search of a cup o’ Joe, take the time to enjoy it! You’ll be very, very surprised at the difference between a Timmy’s coffee and a coffee from Australia. Melbourne boasts superb coffee shops throughout the CBD and suburbs.
Melbourne’s must-see arts scene always has a huge line-up of events. From the colourful to the inspiring, Melbourne’s art is packed with character. Check out the Art Gallery of Ballarat and Geelong Gallery. There is always something going on in vibrant Melbourne. Don’t forget to visit some of the city’s wonderful old theatres, rich in history, fame and infamy.
Melbourne is home to Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Australian Rules Football, Australian Tennis Open, Formula 1 Grand Prix, and the Melbourne Cup. Melburnians are sports mad, regardless of the sport being played!
What OzTREKK students say about Melbourne“I like the new culture, the weather and the Australian plants, trees, and animals! Everyone here is super friendly!”
“To be completely honest I am loving the weather here. I can handle the 15C winter no problem! Besides that, the people in Australia are so friendly and quite cheerful. There is a great cafe environment here, which is the perfect opportunity to escape studying (if only for a few hours) and socialise outside of school.”
“Melbourne is an amazing city, very clean and the people are friendly. Australia is a lot like Canada and very easy to get around.”
“I love the city of Melbourne because there’s always something to do and somewhere to go. I love that I see cafés everywhere and that I can get very good coffee on my way to school. I love Queen Victoria Market which is only 2min walk from where I live! Every day is like a festival there.”
“Culture—laid back yet studious when need be. Melbourne the city is beautiful, clean, organized.”
“Melbourne is a great city to live in and the different types of cultures and foods is phenomenal.”
“Melbourne is an amazing city to live in. There is so much variety and excitement in this city. Everywhere is accessible with bike paths and public transport. Australia has been an incredibly easy country to settle into. I’ve made wonderful friends and established a very nice life here.”
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OzTREKK Australian Universities in Melbourne
University of Melbourne – The University of Melbourne is a leading international university with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research. Established in 1853, it is Australia’s second oldest university, and has been ranked as the country’s top university in both worldwide and national standings.
Monash University – As a member of the prestigious Group of 8 universities, Monash offers a wide range of courses that give students access to flexible learning options and innovative course combinations. Monash is dedicated to preparing students for the increasingly competitive job market, and as a result, Monash graduates are highly sought after by employers internationally.