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Your life in Melbourne

This section will provide you with a brief overview of some essentials such as student visas, average student living costs and an accommodation guide. For detailed information about Australia and study related topics please visit the useful links section on this site for some reliable in depth links to these topics.


Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and the second-largest city in Australia. The city rates highly in education, entertainment, healthcare, research and development, tourism and sport. Melbourne is considered Australia’s “cultural capital” and is 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).

  • Population: 4.5 million
  • Median age: 28 years old
  • Average daily temperature: 11-20°C
  • Average of 185 days of sunshine per year

World’s Most Liveable City (#1) in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (Economic Intelligence Unit).

UNESCO City of Literature


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.

What to pack (summer)

  • Hat
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Swimming gear
  • Sunglasses
  • Raincoat
  • Sunscreen

What to pack (winter)

  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Jumper
  • Jacket
  • Sunscreen (yes even in winter!)
  • Umbrella

Living costs

The average international student in Australia spends about $405 per week on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport and telephone. The cost of living in Melbourne varies according to your lifestyle but in general:



Approximate Cost of Living (Per Week)



$150 - $300



$80 - $150



$0 - $50

Phone and Internet



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Public Transport

Melbourne has an effective public transport system. English Unlimited is located in the middle of Melbourne city and very close to train stations, trams and buses. Taxi services are also available, but they are expensive in comparison with other forms of public transport. Fares on buses, trains and ferries operate on a zone system.

The simplest way to travel by public transport is to buy a Myki. 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. As an added bonus, tram travel within the CBD is free.

To get to and from the airport the cheapest and fastest option is to catch the SkyBus. A one-way ticket costs around $18.


Working in Melbourne

Melbourne is one of the world's fastest-growing capital cities, with both part-time and casual employment opportunities for international students. If you want to work while you study in Melbourne, you need to understand your rights and responsibilities to ensure you protect yourself and comply with your visa requirements.

If you are on a student visa you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight during your course, and an unlimited number of work hours during your holidays. You can find more information here:

On your first day at English Unlimited you will have the opportunity to talk to your Academic Counsellor about your resume and be introduced to our Job Assistance Service (JAS). Look here for job opportunities:

Student Spotlight

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Ambre New Caledonia

“My name is Ambre. I have so many good memories at EU. First, I've learned really fast with passionate teachers in a convivial and fun atmosphere. The most important is that you feel safe because this school cares about everyone, I was comfortable with this new adventure in a totally new country. Secondly, I’ve met gorgeous people from around the world. At the end of that amazing experience I could reach my professional goals: be a flight attendant. I want to say merci EU for everything.”

Course: B2 First Preparation (previously FCE Preparation)


Anastasia Russia

“I sat the test after 2 months IELTS Preparation at EU - it was my first attempt and I got the result I needed, 7.5. I'm really happy that I found this school. All teachers are highly qualified and experienced. Their advice and recommendations helped me to pass the test. For those students who aims at high IELTS results, I would recommend EU. This IELTS course is the one that can make your IELTS dreams come true.”

Course: IELTS Preparation


Berangere France

"I've enjoyed many many things. The atmosphere at the school is absolutely delightful. Everyone is always available, friendly and very helpful, which is amazing when one arrives in a new country and doesn't know a lot about it. I really have improved my English skills thanks to EU and the only bad thing about that experience is that it had to end!”


Helene Denmark

"I found the overall experience with English Unlimited very positive. The contents of the course was great and extremely useful, I enjoyed working with real professional issues. The most surprising elements for me was the fantastic social and international atmosphere and the enthusiasm and the engagement provided by the staff. I warmly recommend this.”


Jinsoo South Korea

“Hi I'm Jinsoo Park from Korea. I used to be a photographer. I studied around one-year at EU. I remember when I came to EU at first day. It was totally unfamiliar with new country and new school... moreover it was one of the most serious challenge in my whole life. But I adapted really soon to Australian life. Staff and teachers in EU were always such kind and ardent supporters of mine. I'll never forget I studied delightedly. I extremely recommend English Unlimited.”


Joseph Philippines

About me
My name is Joseph and its been more than a year now since I came here to Brisbane. I am originally from the Philippines, the pearl of the orient. I came here to pursue what I have started, to become a nurse. I am already a registered nurse in my country but curiosity drives me to study overseas and gain experience for which I can use to improve and develop our health-care system in the Philippines.

Occupation: Student
City: Brisbane

About my class
Without hesitation, I enrolled at the college and took a part-time OET (Occupational English Test) preparation course with Rufus. Our class was very interesting and conducive for learning. We were 3 students in a class with different nationalities with one goal - to pass the OET exam. Somehow, despite each others hectic schedules we were able to arrange a flexible class schedule every afternoon for 2 - 3 hours. The class was great and you will really enjoy it. While on our free days, Rufus gave us helpful handouts and homework to do. She taught us strategies and processes how to tackle difficult questions in the exam. 2 days prior to our exam, we focused on the areas that needed special attention, our weakness in short. Rufus taught us how to fix such discrepancies.


Juan Colombia

“I'm Juan from Colombia, I studied law in my country but I felt the necessity to learn English. It has been a good experience in this beautiful school. The teachers are fantastic professionals and they do a great job, I found kind and awesome staff members. My classmates are lovely people and I made many friends in here. The amenities are amazing and you have many places where you can enjoy this school. Thank you EU for everything!"

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Luis Colombia

"The IELTS preparation course in English Unlimited was very useful when taking the test, the techniques received in class were easy to follow and apply. Learning and using these helped me to avoid common mistakes, furthermore the practice test of the skills weeks gave me a hand in the management of time, and led me to achieve a high Band Score in the real test."

Course: IELTS Preparation