Life in Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is the perfect setting for your overseas experience, with a rich academic and social community set on an outstanding campus in the heart of the city.

The University of Melbourne has been a central part of the city of Melbourne from its earliest days. It’s hard to say where the central business district stops and the University begins. Our Parkville campus is a city within a city – it even has its own postcode. With cafes, 12 libraries, gyms, specialty stores, a small supermarket – alongside a seasonal farmers’ market – spread across a mix of historic sandstone buildings and state of the art facilities, you’ll never have to leave. The Parkville campus is situated within a renowned knowledge precinct, which includes eight hospitals, many leading research institutes and a wide range of knowledge-based industries.

At our Southbank campus, situated in Melbourne’s lively creative arts precinct – which itself is in the centre of Australia’s cultural capital – you’ll find the University’s acclaimed music and visual and performing arts faculty. Southbank campus is purpose-built for the creative arts, and features sound and dance stages, animation studios, cinemas and visual arts studios. It sits alongside the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Recital Centre, the Australia Ballet, Chunky Move dance company, the Arts Centre and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.


Melbourne has the world’s largest tram network, as well as an extensive system of trains and buses.


Your myki card is your ticket to travel on trains, trams and buses in Melbourne and some areas of regional Victoria. You can purchase a myki from one of over 800 retail outlets throughout Victoria, such as 7-Eleven stores. Visit the Public Transport Victoria website for information about how to buy and top-up a myki.

Plan your journey

You can use the Public Transport Victoria Journey Planner for personalised instructions for tram, train and bus connections for travelling to any University of Melbourne campus.

There are also several useful Smart Phone apps that can assist you in journey planning and public transport timetabling:

Free tram zone

Tram travel is free in Melbourne’s central business district and inner city. There are signs on the tram stops to tell you where the free tram zone begins and ends. Most tram drivers also announce when you are entering or leaving the free tram zone. Please note that the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus does not currently fall in the free tram zone.


Cycling is a popular, environmentally friendly and cheap way to travel around Melbourne. The University supports cycling by providing secure bicycle parking, repair stands and bike maintenance workshops.

The University’s Parkville campus is in a central location, with good access provided by multiple bike lanes. There are over 2,100 bicycle parks available at campus, 300 of which are in secure bicycle hubs. Hubs offer enclosed bicycle hoops, CCTV and access control to provide protection and peace of mind. Hub access is free for all University staff and students, but you will need to sign up to use them.

Please note that in Melbourne, you must wear a helmet and follow the road rules. If you ride at night, you must have bike lights.