Melbourne is Australia’s second-largest city and has legitimate claims to be the country’s cultural and sporting capital. The city’s four million residents love both the arts and sports, and the city is also home to some of Australia’s best dining and nightlife. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that The Economist regularly names Melbourne as one of the most livable cities in the world. Weather-wise, Melbourne is known for having "four seasons in one day", while it follows the seasons, the weather often changes during the day expectantly. As it is further south than Sydney, winters and summers generally tend to be a few degrees lower with frost sometimes appearing during the winter months.
The heart of Melbourne sits on the banks of the Yarra River, with the city branching out in all directions from there.
Of course, choosing where to live will depend on your lifestyle and preferences.You might choose to live by the sea in the artsy St Kilda suburb, or perhaps further afield in Sandringham. Or maybe you’ll find the unpretentious and vibrant surrounds of somewhere like Fitzroy more up your alley. Richmond boasts plenty of cafes and restaurants, Camberwell is leafy and family-friendly, while Surrey Hills is another great spot for those with kids. Melbourne is also a multicultural city, boasting large pockets of Greek, Italian, Chinese and Indian residents.
Designed around a grid system, Melbourne’s city centre is generally easy to navigate. The city also boasts an extensive public transport system which, especially in inner city areas, is quick and easy to use. Most popular spots can be easily reached by train or tram, while buses are generally used to link those areas without train or tram connections. All services are offered under the myki ticketing system.
Job prospects are generally quite reasonable for migrants moving to Melbourne. The main industries in Melbourne – and Victoria as a whole – include the automotive industry, aviation, building and construction, education, engineering, nursing, financial services, and information and communications technology. The city and its employers are welcoming of migrants looking for work and Australia has a reasonably low unemployment rate, meaning job prospects are good.
The state of Victoria has the highest university participation and graduation rates in the Asian region, and Melbourne is home to some world-class educational institutions. Students can study at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, Monash University, or one of a number of other educational providers.
Both Monash University and the University of Melbourne are members of the Group of Eight, which is a coalition of leading tertiary institutions in the fields of research and professional education, while Melbourne is regularly ranked as one of the world’s top student cities.
Melbourne may not be as expensive as Sydney when it comes to cost of living, but it’s still quite pricey. A one-bedroom apartment outside the city centre might cost you around $1,237.15 per month to rent.