Top Reasons to Study Abroad in Melbourne Australia
Planning your further education after graduating from high school is one of the most life-altering decisions you can make as a student. Pursuing it in a reputed university from across the world is the very first thing to start with. Speaking of reputed universities, you must first decide on the country and the specific city you want to move to. And Melbourne is, without a doubt, one of the most sought-after destinations for international students who want to graduate from one of the best universities worldwide.
Besides being a hub for some of the top universities, Melbourne is also known for its cultural diversity and for being a lively place for a new beginning. The city's vibrant atmosphere makes it adventurous and worth your time throughout your stay.
Keeping aside the cliched introduction to this city, there are some amazing things to look forward to if you're planning to move to Melbourne. Without further ado, let's dive into the article!
Study In Australia - Why Choose Melbourne?
Speaking of studying overseas, Australia is one of the go-to destinations for many international students, especially Melbourne. Melbourne is the second-most populous city in Australia with over 5.6 million people. It has a lot to offer the international students who choose to do their undergraduate/postgraduate studies there.
Let's look at 6 reasons why Melbourne is your ideal study destination city in Australia for an uncompromising student life:
1. World-Class Education and Top Universities
Melbourne is home to six of the world's top universities and is known to be one of the most welcoming cities for international students. It is Australia's number one student city, bagging the 5th position in the list of universities of the QS Best Student City Ranks 2023. The universities offer world-class education and Melbourne is by far one of the safest cities with a lot of support systems for students, especially for the ones who are new to the city.
Some of the top universities in Melbourne are:
- The University of Melbourne - Ranked 31st in the world and is Australia's second-oldest university.
- Monash University - Known for its motto "Ancora Imparo", translated to "Yet I am learning", it is ranked 69th in the world with six campuses throughout the state of Victoria and two of them internationally.
- RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) - One of the few central universities in Melbourne and has a student population of over 57,000.
- Deakin University - Known for its sophisticated vibe, it is currently becoming one of the top universities in Melbourne with a vast range of subjects for students to choose from.
- Swinburne University of Technology - The University's Prahran Campus is known for its creative community in the field of arts and design with its faculty of design and National Institute of Circus Arts.
- Victoria University - Located 5 kms outside Melbourne's city centre, the university offers a wide range of courses for students, ranging from apprenticeships to postgraduate programs.
2. Most Livable City in Australia
Melbourne is known to be one of the safest cities in Australia with a considerably low crime rate, making it the most livable city for work and study purposes. International students can trust the city as a place where they will be welcomed and respected for who they are. As part of the Public Transport Safety Initiative, the city has Protective Service Officers appointed at particular train stations so people feel safe at all times while traveling.
3. Comfortable Commute
There's nothing like hassle-free commuting options in the city you live in, especially for the ones who are new to the place. Melbourne is one of the places where you get to have seamless public transport options that make life so much easier. Starting from trams and trains to buses and car-sharing, it offers all the safe and affordable ways of commuting for people.
Melbourne's night network has many options such as late-night buses and night trains and trams which can make your night-travelling experience a safe one. The city also has a free tram zone from Queen Victoria Market to Docklands- you can just hop on it and get off as you like, it's free! Now this could be yet another reason for you to choose to study in Australia!
4. Brimming With Scope for Arts and Theatre
What else can a city offer other than top-notch education, safe living, exemplary environment, and smooth transportation facilities? How about experiencing real arts and theatre?
A multicultural city like Melbourne is known for celebrating arts and ancient theatre. Apart from some of the scenic driving stretches and natural parks, it has a lot of art galleries, museums, and musical theatre venues, which will amuse you.
Some of the famous Art Galleries and Museums that are in and around Melbourne are:
- Heide Museum of Modern Art - Also known as Heide, this place is located in Bulleen, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is a unique place where you get to see modern and contemporary Australian art.
- State Library Victoria - Being Australia's oldest library, to date this place never fails to draw the attention of readers, writers, and art and architecture lovers. The first floor of this library has the La Trobe Reading Room which is an octagonally designed dome. Apart from this, there are separate reading rooms, one for children and one for newspaper reading.
- The LUME Melbourne - The first permanent digital art gallery in Australia that provides people with the finest experience of visualizing art on a 360-degree horizon, along with sensory encounters, aromas, and curated soundtracks.
- The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) - This is one of the places that play a vital role in keeping contemporary art alive. Located in one of Melbourne's iconic buildings, ACCA engages in the display of all forms of contemporary art through lectures, talks, symposia, live performances, screenings, and music events.
5. A Place That Will Spoil You With Job Opportunities
There are a dozen reasons why current aspiring students should consider moving to Melbourne. One of them is that it is the Tech Capital of Australia, with a lot of job opportunities for students from versatile educational backgrounds. Some of Australia's top tech companies are located in Melbourne and currently, it also has scope for other non-technical industries such as creative industries, tourism, events, and insurance.
Apart from this, the city is blooming with start-up ventures, with more than 2,700 start-ups as an encouraging factor for all the upcoming entrepreneurs.
Some of the jobs that are currently in-demand are:
- Software Developer
- Secondary Education Teacher
- General Practitioner
- Civil Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- System Administrator
- Management Consultant
- IT Business Analyst
- Construction Project Manager
- Marketing Manager
6. Get To Do A Lot Apart from Study and Work
Continuously voted to be the most livable city in Australia, there are a lot of things for you to explore when you're in Melbourne.
To start with, you can experience one of the scenic drives at the Great Ocean Road which is 90 minutes away from Melbourne. It is a 243 kilometers long self-drive stretch in Victoria.
While you're on this stretch, you will get to see some of the beautiful rainforests and surfing beaches and you may also spot some kangaroos, koalas, and whales on the go. This could be that long-planned road trip of yours, where you can try adventurous things such as zip-lining and cliff climbing, and also get to eat at the cliff-top restaurants and cafes.
Get To See Some Amazing Street Art:
Melbourne is one of the few cities where you get to see some amazing street art as and when you walk through a few areas. The city council has allowed certain areas to have street art, and this has become an amazing opportunity for budding artists who do graffiti and modern art to display their work to the public.
Visit Queen Victoria Market:
The most important food hub in Melbourne is the Queen Victoria Market, where you get to taste some great street food and other things such as cheeses, olives, and smoked meat across various stalls. This place has a very lively market where there are more than 600 small stores that sell vegetables, fruits, souvenirs, and garments.
Go To Chinatown:
One of the most crowded places in Melbourne is Chinatown, where you get to have a rich Asian experience by tasting some fine wine and mouth-watering Asian dishes. This area is filled with museums and art galleries. The best of all Chinese drama and theatrical plays are shown in the cinemas here.
Here are some of the other places that should be on your bucket list when you're in Melbourne:
- Flinders Street Railway Station
- National Gallery of Victoria
- Royal Botanical Garden of Melbourne
- Melbourne Zoo
- Puffing Billy Railway
- St Kilda Beach
- Luna Park
- Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
- Healesville Sanctuary
- Collins Street
- Yarra Valley
- Brighton Beach
- Sorrento Beach
- Elwood Beach
- Yarra River Cruise
When you're deciding to move to another country for your higher education, there are a lot of other things that you need to consider apart from the quality of education there. The place that you're moving to should make you feel welcomed and comfortable. You should live the best days of your life there. And choosing to study in Australia will make this happen!
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