Mebourne is the second largest city in Australia, and a destination you cannot miss out. It has been selected as Most livable city in the World, for seven consecutive years, by the Economist.

Reasons to live in melbourne

Melbourne is also known as the Art Capital in the whole continent. Its passion for the culture, street art, and a bohemian atmosphere make it enchanting. This city is filled with a calendar of activities all year round; from music, theater and leisure, there is no chance to get bored. Perhaps this might be the place where you will discover a pub to never forget, or a coffee shop fully furnished with recycled material where you can try the best brunch ever.

Melbourne is called “the city of the 4 seasons in 1 day”, so, when is time to make your luggage, make sure you pack as many warm clothes as the summer ones. This variation in the weather is kind of expected thanks to its location, in the southern point of the continent in the state of Victoria.

Regarding cost of living, we have to say that it will be a bit more expensive, considering that just like you, there are lots of people wanting to make Melbourne their home city. In other words, rental prices are higher due to the offer and demand. The good thing about having a high number of habitants, is that there are also jobs. Let us tell you that, prices and other important aspects of living will vary, depending on the area chosen. We recommend you to have a look at the part where we talk about suburbs.

One Melbourne’s best public services is its transport. Within the CBD, you will be able to catch the tram as well as buses totally free. In areas around the city, despite of having to pay for fares, the timetables and connexions are really impressive. In order to catch public transport, you will need to purchase a Myki Card, this card can be found at any station for $4,10 AUD. You can re-charge the card weekly or monthly, and it will save you good money.

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Advantages to live in Melbourne

  • Cosmopolitan and multicultural city

  • Fantastic public transport

  • Millions of activities

Disadvantages to live in Melbourne

  • Crazy weather

  • High rental prices

  • Busy, depending on the time of the year

Weather in Melbourne

  • Summer: December to February from 14° to 25°
  • Winter from 7° to 24°
  • Spring and Autumn 10° to 20°

Population in Melbourne

  • Population: 4.2 Million

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Where to live in Melbourne?

  •  City Centre

Like any other city, is the most popular area to live. Everything is close by and also you will have the advantage of free public transport. If you are looking for accommodation outside of the city, the suburbs you could consider are: South Yarra, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Southbank, Brunswick, St. Kilda, North Melbourne, Carlton.

  • West Melbourne

With prices considerably lower, you might be out of scope from the Melbourne spirit that offer the city centre; However, we don’t want to influence your decision. It is important for you to think, what you want, so you can make a good decision. We are always here to assist you with all the information to help you through. If your goal is to save a bit of money, the suburbs we recommend are: Moonee Ponds, Maidstone, Yarraville, Footscray.

  • West End

Es el barrio bohemio por excelencia cuya atmósfera relajada y decorada con bonitas casas tradicionales te podría llegar a conquistar. Con vida nocturna, eventos culturales, un enorme mercado los sábados y numerosos pequeños negocios de segunda mano. Eso sí, cabe señalar que,aunque está muy bien conectado con el centro, se encuentra en la otra orilla del río y puedes tardar según tu zona unos 20 o 40 minutos caminando.

  • East Melbourne

This is a more suburban area, therefore prices could be a bit higher. However, you will have the tranquillity and pace of the leafy green areas. If you are concerned about commuting to the city, you shouldn’t be worried, since the public transport runs all the time. If you want to have a look at some suburbs, you could have a sneak peak at: Ausburton, Camberwell, Hawthorn, Kew Caufield, Malvern, Prahran.

  • North Melbourne

The northern suburbs are somewhat far from the city centre, however, their prices are rather accessible. A good option in this area, is to rent an entire house, so if you are travelling with a partner of some friends, it will be easy to split the expenses. We recommend you to look at the following: Thornbury, Coburg, Reservoir, Preston.

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Read this before coming to Melbourne

  • So, in order to make this adventure enjoyable and unworrying, it is best to travel with enough savings to get you by, at least during the first 3 months.
  • Remember what we said before about the offer and demand on rental? Well, if you find a place that fits you needs, don’t hesitate too much, there might be someone who could come at it faster and take it.

  • Australia has a large number of activities, where its citizen trust in the good faith and honesty of others; Public transport is one of them, since in many places is not controlled. So we encourage you act in good manner, otherwise saving few cents could cost you hundreds in fines.

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