International students - Studying in Melbourne

Airport pickup

Our experienced and friendly staff will arrange for you to be met at the airport when you arrive in Australia . Students should contact ANIBT prior to leaving their home country to ensure that the arrangements for airport pickup are finalised.

About Melbourne

Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria, is the second largest city in Australia. It is arguably the world's most liveable city. It is a major cultural, sporting and business centre and the city’s multicultural population makes it attractive to international tourists and students alike. The city has a huge variety of multicultural restaurants, groceries, video libraries and newspapers, especially catering to large ethnic populations within Australia, such as Chinese, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern and Indian communities.

Melbourne is clean and safe and it is easy to access many tourist sites such as beaches, snow capped mountains, wildlife sanctuaries, and other geographical features. Within Melbourne, galleries, museums, theatres and cinemas host international exhibitions and festivals regularly throughout the year.


Melbourne has four distinct seasons. Summer is relatively warm and dry, while winter is cool and can be wet. Spring and autumn are mild and Melbourne's extensive parks and gardens are a mecca for  Melbournians during these seasons.

Public transport

Public transport in Melbourne is efficient and good value for money. Trams, trains and buses interconnect all over the CBD and suburbs. You may purchase a Metlink ticket or a Myki pass, which allows you to travel on each of these modes of transport.

Cost of living

The cost of accommodation, food, transport, clothing, entertainment, books, stationery and other necessary expenses is about AUD $12,000.00 to AUD $16,000.00 per year (excluding tuition fees). However, the cost may vary considerably depending upon the individual's lifestyle. Sharing accommodation is an advantage economically.

Work opportunities

Overseas students are permitted to work 20 hours per week while studying and full time during vacations. Students may apply for a work permit for a fee of AUD $55.00 at the beginning of their course. There are many positions available in Hospitality and Tourism. Our Career advice centre is here to give you support with your resume; getting a job in Australia; interviewing skills; and understand your job future.


ANIBT does not have any on-campus accommodation. The housing advisory service will provide information, advice and assistance on finding off-campus accommodation, such as:

  • Homestay (full board)
    If you do not want to be independent when you first arrive, you may find home stay is much easier for you. Full board is usually provided in a household with your own fully furnished room, two to three meals a day and all household bills included except telephone calls.

  • Shared house accommodation
    You will pay rent for your own bedroom and share the bathroom, kitchen and living areas with the other people living in the household.

  • Private rental properties
    Rent your own apartment or house through a Real Estate agent or private landlord. Most of the properties are unfurnished, so initial setting up cost would have to include furniture and appliances.

  • Private hostel accommodation
    A small furnished bedroom is provided with access to shared bathroom, living and recreation areas.

Sample cost of daily items


Milk: 1 litre $1.95
Bread: 1 loaf $3.84
Eggs: 1 dozen $5.17
Rice: 1 kilogram $2.97
Chicken: 1 $6.00 to $10.00
Apples: 1 kilogram $3.95
Potatoes 1 kilogram $3.24
Lettuce: 1 kilogram $6.50

Personal Items/Services

Shoes: 1 pair $70.00
Jeans: 1 pair $50.00
Toothpaste: $3.59
Hairdresser: $60.00 to $80.00
Newspaper: $1.50
Cinema ticket: $9.00 to $15.00
Public transport city and inner suburbs $6.00

Trading hours

Normal shopping hours are 9.00 a.m to 5.30 p.m Monday to Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday many shops are open until 9.00pm. Saturday and Sunday trading in many areas is also 9.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m.

Some grocery stores are open 24 hours a day. However, these tend to be more expensive than shopping centres and have a limited range of goods.

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