Melbourne is known to offer a high standard of living for its residents. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIAC) suggests that an international student would need AUD $18,610 per year to cover living expenses, excluding the tuition fee.


Food.


Living in Melbourne, you can enjoy a meal from countries and community groups all over the globe. Thanks to the cultural diversity of the city, you can find restaurants serving dishes from cuisines such as Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Thai, Italian, French, Mexican, Greek, European and other International cuisines. You will also find international fast food chains including McDonald’s, KFC and Subway, which are generally less expensive than having dinner at a restaurant.


A meal costs on an average approximately AUD$15.00-$30.00, however, this may vary depending on the suburb, season and quality of the restaurant.


There are several supermarkets and convenience stores in Melbourne and its suburbs. They have fresh meat, dairy products, fruit and vegetables as well as canned meals, snacks and other foods. The larger supermarkets generally have an international cuisine section, allowing you to purchase ingredients from other food cultures than Australian.


Mobile Phone Communication.


In Australia, mobile phones are widely used, both within corporate and private life. There are several mobile operators fighting for customers, so students could find really good deals. The mobile phone service is either prepaid or postpaid (plan).


Australia uses the international SIM-card, so coming from overseas, you would not have to purchase a new phone to use the network. If you have a mobile phone in your country, you may wish to check with your provider to see if you can use it when you arrive in Australia.


To get up to date information on mobile phone costs and plans in Australia, please check the following provider.

There are also several public telephones around in Melbourne CBD. Local calls starts from approximately AUD$0.50.


Additionally, it is recommended to purchase a prepaid SIM card with reasonably priced overseas phone calls or purchase an international call card. Call cards can be purchased at most convenience stores in the CBD. Some of the providers that offer cheap international phone calls are:

Internet Access.


Some shopping centres, restaurants and cafes also offer free wifi.Another alternative is to install a home broadband or purchase a portable wifi. To obtain the current charges of Internet connections, please visit Internet providers:

Banking.


It is generally free of cost to open up a bank account in Australia. Most accounts can be opened by presenting: Passport, driver’s license, lease of a rental property etc. There are numerous Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) facilities with 24 hours money withdrawal services, available all over Melbourne and its suburbs. For further details about banking, please visit an Australian bank:

Transport.


Melbourne, with a high standard of living, has a well-developed transportation system. Apart from transport by car on solid concrete roads, you can catch public transport, in forms of trains, trams and buses.


The metropolitan public transport network in Melbourne is divided into two zones. Each commuter has to have a valid transport card Myki on their trip. You can purchase a Myki card at any 7-Eleven store or other convenient store, and top it up online, at a station or in a convenient store. For current fees and charges, please visit Public Transport Victoria. 


Temporary visitors can drive cars in Australia with a valid English translation of their overseas driver’s license. An international driver’s license is generally not sufficient by itself. All cars have seat belts, and the driver and the passengers are required to wear seat belts during their entire journey.


There are taxis in all Australian cities and towns. A light and sign on the roof indicates that the taxicab is vacant. There is an initial charge and a charge per kilometer travelled. Taxi drivers do not have to be tipped.