living in melbourne


Located in the CBD on Flinders street opposite the Yarra river, ANCE is easily accessible via train, tram and bus. Routes and timetable information

To use Melbourne’s public transport system you will need a Myki card

Cost Of Living

In Melbourne a student needs about A$20,000 to live on per year (not including your tuition fees) and have access to at least A$4,000-5,000 to cover your initial settling in costs.

Shops And Trading Hours

Most retailers trade Monday-Saturday 9-5pm/6pm and some shops and malls also trade on Sundays. Convenience stores trade 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. Melbourne has several outstanding fresh produce markets including: The Queen Victoria, Prahran, Preston and South Melbourne markets. Bank ATMs are located all over the city and Banks generally trade 9.30-4.30pm.


Home stays with local families are a great way to improve your English and suit many students. ANCE can assist you find suitable short/long term home stay accommodation. Accommodation in hostels and apartments can also be booked through ANCE. Many students prefer to rent an apartment or house with friends or other students and prices per week range from $150-400+ depending on the location and how many people live in the house or apartment.

Schooling for your child/children

Children aged 6-17 must attend school. Melbourne has a wide range of public and private schools and fees apply. Your child must be booked into a particular school and a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) issued by ANCE before the child comes to Australia. More information

Moving To A New Country

Melbourne is consistently ranked as ‘the world’s most liveable city’ by the The Economists Intelligence Unit’s liveability ranking. Nevertheless moving to a new country for study can sometimes be difficult and confusing. At ANCE we can help you settle into Melbourne. Any questions about your studies or life in Melbourne: Ask ANCE