Westbourne Grammar | Living and Studying in Australia

Living and Studying in Melbourne

Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and is Australia’s second largest city with a population of 3.8 million people. This convenient modern city is located on Port Phillip Bay and enjoys a mild temperate climate. It is a leading education centre and is rich in cultural diversity.

An international study recently concluded that Melbourne is the one of the world’s most liveable cities. International Students quickly feel at home in multi-cultural Melbourne where people are friendly and helpful.

The city is known for its many parks and gardens which offer a peaceful retreat from city bustle.

As the culture capital of Australia Melbourne offers fine dining, museums, galleries and theatres.

We are also sports mad and in Melbourne you watch soccer, rugby, cricket, tennis, basketball and, of course, Australian Rules Football.

Weather

Melbourne’s weather can be widely varied. In summer temperatures range from 15–40C and in winter from 8–15C.

Transport

Melbourne has a well connected transport system. Trams, trains, buses and taxi services offer secure and comfortable travel around Melbourne.

Concession cards for government subsidised travel are not available to full fee paying International Students.

Melbourne’s International Airport is located approximately 22 kilometres from the city.

The School will arrange and pay for the first airport pick-up when students arrive to start studying at the School.

Taxis from the airport to Hoppers Crossing / Werribee cost approximately $60.00 one way.

The ‘Gull’ bus from Geelong also stops in Werribee on its way to and from the airport. Gull offers a regular service from 4:00am until 10:00pm. Fares are $20 one way and $35 for a return ticket. Bookings are essential on http://www.gull.com.au/

Banking

Banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm, with some offering different opening and closing times on certain days.

Some banks are also open on Saturday from around 9:00am to 1:00pm.

You will find branches of the major banks at Werribee Plaza which is the local shopping centre near the School.

ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) are available 24 hours a day. To use an ATM you will need a card which can be obtained from your bank, or you may be able to use your existing credit card.

Remember your PIN or security number must not be given to anyone!

Pocket Money

Pocket money is a parental decision. We recommend that students have access to approximately $50–$100 per week for personal expenses.

Common Expenses

McDonald's Meal $8.00
Movie ticket $17.00 (discount tickets are available on Tuesdays)
Meal at Local Restaurant $20.00
Daily Train Fare Zone 2 only $4.80 (the school is in Zone 2)
Zone 1 and 2 $10.60 (trip to City)

 

Voltage

Australia’s electricity voltage for domestic use is AC 240 volts, 50 cycle and we use a distinctive three-pronged pin. Adaptors can be purchased at the airport or at hardware stores.

Telephone

Calls from public telephones cost 50 cents. Many phones now use pre-paid Telstra phone cards which can be purchased in newsagents and many other outlets.

More Information

Study Melbourne
http://www.studymelbourne.com.au/home

Visit Melbourne
http://www.visitmelbourne.com/