Planning your arrival
Cost of living calculator
Living expenses include food, clothing, entertainment, transportation for you and your dependents (if any), but also child care and schooling if you bring your child or children. Your actual expenses may vary according to your individual life style. The University's Student Financial Aid provides further information on cost of living and budget advice.
Rental costs vary according to (among others) the size of the property and its distance to Melbourne CBD. The result of this calculator is given for three regions:
- Melbourne City (up to 5 km)
- Inner Melbourne (up to 20km)
- Outer Melbourne (up to 40 km)
When deciding on accommodation, consider travel time and available transportation options to campus. Most students live in Melbourne City or Inner Melbourne.
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
The University arranges your OSHC for the duration of your course. You will receive an OSHC card when you arrive in Melbourne. if your OSHC expires earlier than your award end date, contact a Student Contact Officer.
For information about family OSHC, see Bringing your family.
Students are encouraged to take out Ambulance Victoria membership.
As it can take some time to secure permanent accommodation, students are encouraged to book temporary accommodation for at least one week. It is critical that you have confirmed accommodation before departing your home country.
The University can facilitate temporary accommodation bookings for commencing Australia Award Scholars. Accommodation is available near the University's Parkville campus and at hostels in the central business district.
Awardees receive email instructions for booking.
Awardees are responsible for all housing costs. Indicative accommodation costs are:
- Dormitory room: $35 per night
- Single room: $70–$80 per night
- Twin/double room: $90 per night
- Family room: $130–$170 per night
The University can request changes to your booking up to 3 business days before your scheduled arrival.
Self-arranged temporary accommodation
If you wish to arrange your own temporary housing, please refer to information about housing providers within 10km of the University's Parkville campus at Student Housing.
You can also contact one of our preferred accommodation providers directly to organise accommodation, subject to availability:
Provide your arrival information and rooming requirements in your email.
Once your accommodation is arranged, arrange your airport transfer.
When choosing long-term housing, it is important to consider a range of factors including your budget, location and easy access to public transport and shops. For a general estimate of the cost of living in Melbourne, use the cost of living calculator or learn more about cost of living.
There is a great demand for affordable housing in Melbourne, especially at the beginning of each semester. If you do not arrange your accommodation before arriving in Melbourne, we recommend that you book temporary accommodation for when you first arrive.
The Student Housing website is a useful resource. You can learn more about accommodation options and tenancy or find contact details for student apartments and hostels. Student Housing also runs the Housing Online Noticeboard, a great place to start searching for housing.
If you are bringing family, you will most likely need to look for a vacant property in the private rental market.
Once you have done your research, contact email@example.com if you have specific questions about housing options or tenancy agreements.
We recognise that leaving your home country and finding accommodation can be a big step. With this in mind, Student Housing offers interactive webinars to help you decide on your housing options in Melbourne, as well as give you some tips on securing accommodation that meets your budget. Viewers will have the opportunity to ask their own questions at any point. Commencing awardees will receive an email regarding upcoming webinar dates.
The University offers a free airport transfer service to commencing Australia Awards scholars from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport to the University of Melbourne and surrounding areas. This service is operated by TOGOTO.
Awardees receive email instructions for booking.
What can I bring to Australia?
Australia has strict quarantine laws to protect its valuable agriculture industries and unique environment. Before you travel, find out what you can't take into Australia:
- Other items you must declare include medicines and any currency amount over AUD $10 000 in Australian currency or foreign equivalent. If you are using prescribed medication, contact the nearest Australian diplomatic mission to confirm that the medicines and the amount are permitted. You should also bring a letter from your doctor with details and purpose of the medication.
It is prohibited to carry illicit drugs.