Life in Australia

Welcome to Australia.

Australian Academy is your gateway of opportunity…

Set perfectly in the heart of Melbourne city centre, Australian Academy is situated close to many of the major sights and attractions. Hailed as the southern capital of Australia, it has a european elegance and charm and is packed to the brim with bars, cafés, museums and theatres that are all waiting to be explored.

It is incredibly easy to get around in Melbourne. Just simply take a short walk or an effortless tram ride from Australian Academy, and you will soon find yourself in a lush local park, under the shade of breathtaking buildings, stadiums or near excellent and convenient shops for some retail therapy. Add to this an amazing food and wine scene, which is known for its excellence worldwide, a plethora of annual cultural festivals and urban events, then you will be spoilt for choice.

Melbourne is truly one of the world’s most popular cities to live in, with an enviable quality of life, a rich and eclectic mix of communities and events and is most definitely the right place for a ground-breaking college such as Australian Academy to be based. It is clear that our students agree, as they come from all over the world to join us!

Australian Academy is close to… everything in Melbourne!

Next to Flagstaff Railway Station
1-minute walk to tram stops (trams 55/30) – Free tram travel around the city
5-minute tram ride to Bourke Street Mall (Melbourne’s central shopping strip)
10-minute walk to Queen Victoria Market (Melbourne’s biggest market)
10-minute walk to Docklands precinct and Etihad Stadium

Explore further afield…

Not only can you enjoy spending time in the cultural centre of Melbourne, enjoying all it has to offer, you can venture beyond to the suburbs. Areas such as Richmond, Collingwood, Carlton and Fitzroy are all areas with many attractions and fun venues with a visit. They each have a lively scene of pubs and restaurants, shops, art galleries and music events. There is so much to choose from in Melbourne and beyond.

Don’t forget you can also explore places like the wonderful and iconic Phillip Island if you want to meet some friendly koalas and penguins. The Yarra Valley offers many sumptuous wineries to visit and the Great Ocean Road is perfect for outdoor exploration, thrill seekers, surfers and walkers.

Cost of living in Melbourne*

The average international student in Australia spends about AU$385 per week on housing, food, clothing, entertainment, transport, travel, and other costs.

A minimum of AU$20,290 per year (excluding tuition) is needed to cover living expenses, depending on the type of accommodation selected (homestay, rental, sharehouse, etc). Dependents will need an additional AU$6,940 per year.

Sample cost of living figures are below:

Groceries and eating out $80 to $280 per week
Bills (Gas, electricity, water) $35 to $140 per week
Phone and Internet $20 to $55 per week
Public transport fares $15 to $55 per week
Entertainment $80 to $150 per week
Bond (one month rent) $650 to $1,500
Shared Rental $85 to $215 per week
Rental $165 to $440 per week
Homestay $235 to $325 per week
Hostels and Guesthouses $90 to $150 per week
Establishment costs (household items, furniture) $500 to $1,100
Student/guardian $20,290
Partner or spouse $7,100
Child $3,040
*All figures obtained from All costs quoted are in Australian dollars