Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia, which makes it the perfect location of one of the country’s leading art and design schools. The city is proudly multicultural, embracing cultural diversity and many of Victoria’s scenic destinations are strikingly unique.
In Melbourne’s CBD, the small laneways become the canvas for an array of world-class street art, appreciated by locals and tourists alike. Melbourne also is renowned for its coffee culture, again owing to its rich multicultural history. The city boasts many different ethnic pockets, providing a culturally authentic range of fantastic food, much of which is available in and around Collingwood, satisfying every taste!
No mention of Melbourne would be complete without reference to the city’s thriving café culture and music scene. When in Melbourne there is never a shortage of a new band to see.
For any student interested in seeing more of Australia, Melbourne is a short flight to Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Tasmania, so there are lots of opportunities for a weekend away.
The most useful general websites for international students are:
A great place to start finding information about accommodation is with the Admissions staff at the Academy of Design. They can recommend a range of different accommodations to suit your needs.
Rather than look for long-term accommodation on arrival, it is sometimes easier for students to stay in temporary accommodation, like a homestay for a month or two. This can take the pressure off as you get used to your new city and gives you time to settle in and look for more permanent accommodation. Of course Academy staff are happy assist with homestay contacts if you need assistance. Longer term accommodation could include renting a house or apartment with friends or independently.
There are a range of accommodation options in Melbourne. For more information on accommodation visit the 'Study in Melbourne' website. For more temporary accommodation while students are investigating longer term options, the websites below will provide a good start: 2Stay Accommodation, Youth Hostel Association and Short Stay Apartments.
Restaurants abound in Melbourne, a testament to the enrichment brought about by the cultural diversity of the population. It would be hard to think of a cuisine not offered in and around Melbourne.
Melbourne has almost as many galleries as it has restaurants! Well that might be a slight exaggeration, but it does have a lot! Whether it’s visiting a major touring exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) or the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at the iconic Melbourne landmark Federation Square there is no shortage of creative stimulation in the city. Of course there are many, many smaller galleries many of which are located in Collingwood, which just makes class field trips very convenient!
Melbourne’s public transport system is both convenient and affordable, with services extending across the city, suburbs and into regional Victoria. Public transport is a good way to get to places such as the Melbourne Zoo or the iconic Victoria Market, famous for its fresh produce and hawker style dining during the summer.
Part of the unique personality of the city of Melbourne are the trams, the only operational trams left in Australia. The City Circle Tram is a free service that operates daily around the city’s perimeter and is the best way to see many of the famous landmarks. Trams are also a convenient way to get to the Academy! Ticketing for public transport is easy! Myki is a reusable smart card that allows commuters to top up before their journey and then touch on and touch off at a myki reader as they travel.