The cheapest ways to travel are walking, cycling or skating. If you live close to the University using one of these travel methods will save you a considerable amount of money as well as giving you more control over your travel time. If you live a bit further from the campus, you may want to consider checking public transport routes.
Many bicycle shops display prices for bikes online. Good second-hand bicycles will be for sale in some shops, and many are advertised through online shopping sites such as ebay, Gumtree and the trading post. Second-hand bicycles are often advertised on the noticeboards in the Student Union.
A reasonable second hand bicycle will usually cost between $100 - $250.
The Parkville campus of the University of Melbourne is a hub for public transport in Melbourne. It is particularly well-serviced by a tram terminal and nearby bus routes. It is also very close to the Melbourne CBD.
Most Australian students will be eligible for public transport concessions to keep costs down.
Check the Public Transport Victoria web site for information about the transport system, fares and planning your journeys.
If you have a long distance to travel to Uni or work the choice is probably between a car and public transport. A car does have advantages in terms of availability, time and comfort, but public transport is much cheaper and Melbourne has a good transport system, particularly if you are travelling around the city and the inner-suburbs.
The annual difference between public transport and driving is quite significant when the cost of the car, registration, servicing, insurance, petrol and parking fees are taken into account. The cost of daily parking around the Parkville campus is often more expensive than a public transport ticket.
The RACV has list of annual car costs for different car models.
Many students on limited incomes find car expenses unaffordable. If you must use a car, try car pooling. Talk with friends about using one car to travel to Uni, and share the fuel and parking costs. Another way motorists keep costs down is by taking advantage of the LPG Vehicle Scheme and converting their vehicle to cheaper LPG fuel.
Visit Consumer Affairs Victoria for more information on buying a car, including your legal rights and responsibilities.
Motorcycles or motor scooters are other options. They are much cheaper to register and run than cars, and often have no parking costs.