Ciudad de Melbourne

Living in Melbourne

Melbourne is one of the world’s cities that offers the best quality of life to its inhabitants.

The capital of the state of Victoria

Melbourne is known for its cultural diversity and the countless plans and places to discover. It has a population of nearly five million inhabitants, almost like Sydney, although only about 70,000 people live in the city center.

It’s a very lively city, where numerous activities are organized and it boasts beautiful parks. Victorian and contemporary architecture mix here. In the center, on the margins of the main streets, you can explore a labyrinth of Gothic alleyways where many trendy establishments are located, whether they are cafes, boutiques, bars, or record stores.

Living in Melbourne has advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantage is that if you want to surf, there are no nearby beaches in this city to practice this sport, but an hour away is Bells Beach, a world-renowned surfing destination. Despite this, if you want to surf daily, Melbourne might not be your city. In any case, Melbourne has a great advantage, being ranked among the best cities in the world to live in due to its high quality of life and low poverty rate.

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    What is housing like in Melbourne?

    As in major Australian cities, you will find cheaper accommodation if you don’t limit your search to the city center. In addition to location, the amenities of the apartment will also influence the price. For example, renting a single room in downtown Melbourne will be more expensive than a shared room in a less central neighborhood.

    Weekly prices for accommodation in Melbourne depending on the type of room and location are:

    • Single room between $265 – $390 AUD/week.
    • Shared room between $200 – $250 AUD/week.

    Price range depending on how central the room is.

    The best neighborhoods to live in Melbourne

    These are the neighborhoods in Melbourne that our students like the most:


    South Melbourne

    It is the closest neighborhood to the center. There is a lot of movement, shops, bars, cinemas… you know… like any city center. And also like any center, rental prices are high.


    Port Melbourne

    This is right in the center and next to the sea. So, imagine… very cool places, trendy terraces, contemporary buildings; a great neighborhood to live in, the problem… is probably the most expensive neighborhood to live in Melbourne.



    If you want to be close to the beach but Port Melbourne is out of your budget, Williamstown is a good option. It is also quieter than the center, and you can spend a lot of time in the neighborhood enjoying its gardens, doing sports, etc. It is about 20 minutes from downtown by train.


    St. Kilda

    But perhaps the coolest neighborhood near the beach is St Kilda. There is a very good atmosphere, many leisure and sports options. If you like Kite Surfing, you probably already had St Kilda in mind. It’s about half an hour from downtown by bus.

    If you arrive in Melbourne near summer, you might find a job quickly in this neighborhood.



    An alternative neighborhood where the famous “Jhonston St” is located. Here you will find typical Spanish “tapas” and a good nightlife.


    South Yarra

    South Yarra is very trendy, 100% urban. Of course, it’s expensive, but… living in such a neighborhood probably deserves it, as long as you can afford it and it goes with your style, of course.



    Also, a very cool neighborhood and somewhat cheaper than South Yarra. Also, as in the previous one, there are plenty of catering establishments, so it wouldn’t be strange to find a job right there.

    Come with Dingoos, and we will manage your accommodation for your first days in Melbourne, pick you up at the airport, and give you tips to find your accommodation as soon as possible. You will have your Dingoos Integration Coordinator ready to help you with your first days, which we know are the most nerve-wracking days. You will have the entire Dingoos team throughout your adventure in Australia. Just worry about packing your bags and deciding if Melbourne is your ideal city, and we’ll do the rest; we are experts in Australian visas. Write to us!

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    How does transportation work in Melbourne?

    The public transportation system in Melbourne consists of an extensive network of buses, trains, and trams distributed throughout the city. If you decide to live in Melbourne, you will need to use the Myki Card. It is a rechargeable card that allows you to travel on any of the city’s public transportation modes. Its fares will vary depending on the journey and the type of Myki Card you have chosen. For example, the tram is free throughout the CBD.

    Upon your arrival in Melbourne, your Dingoos Integrator will personally accompany you to get your Melbourne transportation card, explain how everything works, and you will be ready to start your new life.

    Food and dining

    For groceries, we recommend the cheapest supermarket in Melbourne, Aldi, although it doesn’t have much variety in brands, it is quite economical compared to the rest.

    If you can’t find what you’re looking for at Aldi, there are also two major supermarket chains like Woolworths and Coles. To save some money on your shopping list, it’s best to take advantage of the offers these supermarkets provide. A trick is to go later in the day when they usually have reduced prices on perishable products like meat, fish, etc.

    Another money-saving trick is to buy fruits and vegetables at the Victoria Market. In addition to being one of the oldest sites in Melbourne, you can find everything much cheaper there, even meat and fish. Especially if you go on Sundays around 2 pm, when prices start to drop.

    In any case, an average shopping trip can cost around $100 AUD per week.

    Leisure and social life

    Melbourne is not only the most modern and hipster city in Australia, but also the most mysterious. If you want to immerse yourself in its cultural plans, its lanes full of stories and art, its rooftops, its streets where gastronomy and vintage fashion combine, or simply stroll through its streets without ceasing to be amazed at every corner with its street music or its inhabitants from all over the world, this is undoubtedly your city.

    And if you want to know the experience of other Spanish people studying and working in Melbourne, it’s as easy as contacting them through Facebook Groups.


    Facebook Groups in Melbourne

    With this group, you’ll find it easier to find accommodation, work, a new surfboard, etc. They will also be great for meeting people, making plans, and solving some doubts.

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    What's the Weather Like in Melbourne?

    “Four seasons in one day” is a phrase that is already part of Melbourne’s popular culture. The oceanic climate of this Australian city is characterized by changing weather conditions. Melbourne experiences humidity and frequent winds, so it’s advisable to bring warm clothing.

    Rainfall is spread throughout the year, although it’s more abundant between May and October. The temperature is cooler than in Sydney, averaging 19ºC in summer and 9ºC in winter. Although temperatures don’t rise too much, they also don’t drop excessively.

    How to study in Melbourne?

    Thousands of students decide to travel to Melbourne each year to study and work for a while because the capital of Victoria offers very good educational and job opportunities.

    You can study English, a VET course, or undertake university studies at some of the world’s best-rated schools and universities.

    To travel and study in Melbourne, you’ll need to meet certain requirements. For example, enroll in a course recognized by the Australian Government, process your student visa, or purchase medical insurance.

    At Dingoos, we can assist you with all the paperwork and planning for your trip to Melbourne completely free of charge, so don’t wait any longer and write to us to start your Australian adventure.

    How to work in Melbourne?

    If you want to work in Melbourne, the first thing you’ll need is a visa that includes a work permit. The student visa is one of them, and at Dingoos, we help you with everything you need to obtain it. With this visa, you can work part-time (24h/week) while your course lasts and full-time (48h/week) during vacation periods.

    Once you have your work permit visa and medical insurance, you’ll need to apply for your Tax File Number to work in Melbourne, but this will be once you’re already in the city.

    Melbourne is one of Australia’s main cities, and as such, the cost of living, although not as high as in Sydney, is high. However, this high standard of living is offset by the high salaries offered by the city. For example, if you’re a student working part-time (24h/week), the average salary in Melbourne is $534 AUD per week.


    What are the most demanded jobs for students in Melbourne?

    In Melbourne, you can find many different jobs, but your options for getting one or another will depend mainly on your English level, training, and previous experience. So, if you have a good CV, you’ll find plenty of well-paid job opportunities in Melbourne.

    In any case, the most demanded jobs for international students in Melbourne are generally jobs related to the service sector. Such as:

    • Hospitality
    • Cleaner
    • Delivery driver
    • AuPair
    • Moving services
    • Painting and carpentry
    • Construction
    • Gardening
    • Sports monitor
    • Programming
    • Marketing

    Do you want to know more about Australia?

    Keep reading and discover everything you need to know about studying, working, living, and the types of visas in Australia.

    Studying in Australia

    Studying in Australia isn't the hardest thing in the world, but it's not as easy as waking up one day and saying, "Today, I feel like going to the other side of the world for six months, I'll pack my bags."

    Working in Australia

    Australia is a very safe country, with unstoppable economic growth for over 25 years, and there are plenty of opportunities and advantages for those who want to come and grow professionally and personally.

    Living in Australia

    Our goal is to make everything clear from the beginning so that you know what to expect on the other side of the world and avoid surprises. Ready?

    Types of visas in Australia

    At Dingoos, we're experts in Australia, and we'll accompany you every step of the way to help you decide which visa suits you best. And once you're clear about it, we'll help you with all the paperwork to make it so easy you won't even notice.

    Tourism - What to See in Melbourne?

    Living in Melbourne will serve as a base to explore places like:


    Federation Square and Flinders Street Station

    What a lively atmosphere you’ll find at Federation Square and what a beautiful sight at Flinders Street Station, right in the city center, where we’re sure you’ll find all kinds of events, stalls, shows, or games for children. Melbourne’s city center has a lot of life and is an ideal place to walk around or have a drink.


    Victoria State Library

    Open to the public almost every day of the year, it’s one of the world’s first libraries with free access and the oldest in Australia (1854). Its architecture and the octagonal layout of its main hall are definitely worth a visit, where you can also enjoy exhibitions in the corridors of the upper floors.


    Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

    It’s a beautiful botanical garden covering an area of 38 hectares very close to the city center. An ideal place to disconnect and connect with nature.


    St Kilda Pier

    This place is a must-visit at sunset if you want to see how the fairy penguins (the smallest species of penguins) up to 40 cm tall come out of the water every evening when they return from fishing.


    Brighton Beach

    The unique colored and patterned beach huts of Brighton Beach have become an icon of the city and a highly visited place by Instagrammers.


    The Great Ocean Road

    If you want to visit some of the most beautiful beaches in southern Australia and, with luck, see some koalas in the wild, we recommend traveling more than 240km of road that leads you to the famous Twelve Apostles Beach.

    Did you know?

    • Melbourne is the Australian city where the country’s first pizzeria opened. It’s called Tato’s and was founded in 1961 on Lygon Street, Carlton.
    • Melbourne was the richest city in the world in 1880.

    At Dingoos, we provide you with all the information and create a personalized plan so you can come to Australia with us, for free, without worrying about paperwork, just packing your suitcase and bringing lots of excitement for an unforgettable experience.

    We’re visa experts and we’ll advise you with our specialized guides, so you’ll see how easy it is to come with us to the other side of the world. Melbourne is waiting for you.

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