Modern day Melbourne was founded in 1835. Inhabitant of Melbourne are called, ‘Melburnians’.
Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia and Oceania. With a population of 5 million – Melbourne accounts for 19% of Australia's population. Its name refers to an urban agglomeration of 9,993 km2 (3,858 sq mi), comprising a metropolitan area with 31 municipalities.
Melbourne is home to seven Australian universities and hosts campuses of another five. Melbourne is an international city attracting national and non-national students alike. To explore some of Sydney’s colleges and universities, click on the university names below, or visit our ‘Study in Australia’ page.
International students whose native language is not English must prove their knowledge of English. As a rule, a standardised language examination must be passed for this purpose. Language tests accepted in Australia include IELTS Academic, TOEFL IBT, Pearson Test of English, Academic PTE, Cambridge Advanced CAE, Cambridge English CPE or Occupational English Test OET. For more information on IELTS, or TOEFL, click here.
Melbourne universities account for 277,000 of Australia’s students combined, including 91,000 from overseas. Students studying in Melbourne enjoy good city transport links, plenty of student accommodation and cheap-but-good dining options, an exciting culture, with interesting bars and cafes and thriving music and art scenes, a calendar full of concerts, theatre productions and sports events (e.g. football and tennis) – making it a desirable study destination – maybe even for you.
Safety is an important point to consider when studying abroad. According to the current Numbeo Safety Index, Melbourne has a score of 56 – ranking it at number 203 of 374 cities globally for safety.
Melbourne is known for its many laneways, its cultural diversity, excellent dining options for all budgets, and amazing street art. It's also known for being the coffee capital of the world, and for being regularly voted as the world's most livable city!
The cost of living can play a major factor in deciding where to study. Aside from tuition fees, students should consider the local cost of living – including items like housing, food, and social life. According to the current Numbeo Cost of Living Index, Melbourne has a score of 73.09 – ranking it at number 61 of 476 cities globally for the cost of living (the higher the ranking, the more expensive the cost of living is).
If you’re considering pursuing a degree abroad, then let us help you find the best university for you. U-Multirank’s ‘For students’ track offers personalised university comparisons, so you can find the university that best matches you. Create your own personalised university rankings today, and compare universities according to what matters most to you. To start, make sure to select your desired study destination and we’ll help guide you through the rest.