Melbourne has been voted the “world’s most liveable city” five years in a row. Explore and study in Melbourne: its charm, creative energy, sophistication and welcoming atmosphere will captivate you.
Melbourne is the capital city of Victoria and Australia’s second largest city. It is renowned for its style and elegance and boasts a passion for eating, creative arts, design, sports, and festivals.
Melbourne is one of the world’s most multicultural cities. It benefits from the influences of more than 230 different nationalities – almost half of its four million people were born overseas. The multicultural and welcoming atmosphere will help you feel at home.
Melbourne is also safe, well-designed and easy to get around on foot, by bike, or public transport.
Arts and culture
Melbourne is Australia's arts capital. The city is filled with museums and galleries featuring local and international works. You can explore laneways full of street art, outdoor galleries and sculpture walks. Melbourne is also home to a lively theatre and musical scene. Productions range from major international shows in historic theatres to local theatre.
Food and dining
Melbourne offers endless choice for all budgets and tastes. You’ll find Chinatown, Little Italy and Greek, Spanish, Middle-Eastern, Vietnamese and Ethiopian quarters in the city and suburbs.
You can find international supermarkets, specialty food stores, cafes, bars and food trucks in and around the city every night of the week.
There’s a fantastic choice of markets in the city and nearby suburbs. The Queen Victoria Market in the city, and Preston Market near the Bundoora campus have low priced fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood.
Cafes and bars
Melbourne is famous for its coffee and cafe culture. The city has a lively and unique laneway culture and historic arcades which house small cafes, elegant tearooms, old-style pubs and rooftop bars.
Entertainment and recreation
Melbourne is home to amusement parks, recreation precincts, zoos, parks and gardens. Discover the city on bike or venture out of Melbourne to visit wineries or go bushwalking.
Melbourne boasts Australia's largest hub of live music venues and an active music community. Local and international bands, performers and DJs offer genres of music including punk, indie rock, hip-hop, electronica, techno, jazz, blues and soul
City of festivals
Melbourne’s cultural and community festivals bring the city’s streets and venues alive, all year round. Festivals and events include Chinese New Year, White Night, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and Melbourne Writers’ Festival. You can also participate in the many events held regularly at Federation Square.
Check out That’s Melbourne or free magazines such as Beat and Inpress or community radio gig guides for what’s on.
There is much to see and explore beyond Melbourne in Victoria’s regional areas: from stunning landscapes, historic towns to locally produced food and wine.
Popular places to visit include:
- Great Ocean Road: Experience one of the world’s best coastal drives.
- Hepburn Springs and Daylesford: Relax in natural hot water springs.
- Bendigo, Ballarat and Beechworth: Discover Australia’s Gold Rush history.
Melbourne is home to major sporting events, including the Australian Open tennis, the Melbourne Grand Prix and the Melbourne Cup horse racing. In winter, locals flock to the Australian Football League (the AFL, or 'the footy')—pick a team and join in.
Make the most of the city's river, parks and Port Phillip Bay. Pack a picnic lunch, wander around the Royal Botanic Gardens, or take in city views on a bike ride along the Yarra River.
- Some of Melbourne's finest parks, gardens and recreational facilities are within easy reach of each campus
- Swim at the Melbourne City Baths or cycle one of the city’s dedicated bicycle paths
- Melbourne Zoo showcases Australian and international wildlife
- Watch a movie under the stars at one these outdoor cinemas: Moonlight Cinema, Rooftop Cinema or The Shadow Electric outdoor cinema.
Melbourne is known as Australia's shopping and fashion capital. With independent design markets, small boutiques and large retailers – there’s something for everyone. Most major retailers and stores are open seven days, and many stay open late every Thursday and Friday.
With a number of international shopping destinations in the city, you will be spoilt for choice. Popular options include Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne Central, Emporium, QV, DFO Southwharf, and Crown.
Many suburbs run small community-based markets selling vintage clothing, fruit and vegetables, home wares, books, plants and homemade food. These are a great way to explore your new neighbourhood.
Getting around Melbourne is easy. Melbourne’s network of trams, trains and bus services are frequent and run from morning to night. RMIT University’s three campuses are near public transport.
Melbourne is also bike friendly, with dedicated bike lanes and a public bike share service making it even easier to get around.