Are you an international student currently studying in Melbourne, Australia?
The city has a certain je ne sais quoi about it, which it is hardly surprising when you consider its status among world’s best student cities in the 2019 QS Best Student Cities Rankings.
Melbourne offers international students a plethora of world-class universities, an enriching student lifestyle and employment opportunities, making it a highly appealing study abroad destination.
But while you deep dive into your studies, don’t forget to take a moment to explore your surroundings and soak in what Melbourne has to offer in your spare time. The cultural capital may be among Australia’s most expensive cities, so what are some of the cheap places to visit while you’re in the city?
Here are some recommendations when traipsing in Melbourne on a budget:
Get the perfect ‘gram on Brighton Beach
Melbourne is Victoria’s coastal capital and as such, is home to some stunning beaches. One such place not to be missed if you enjoy a good photo opportunity is Brighton Beach, iconic for its multi-coloured bathing boxes that make this location Instagram-worthy.
Explore Melbourne’s street art on foot
Melbourne is home to some amazing street art, with some bloggers recommending tourists do a self-guided tour. TimeOut Melbourne recommends Hosier Lane, Centre Place and AC/DC Lane as some locations worth exploring.
People watch at St Kilda
Popular tourist attractions are typically associated with the word “expensive”, but while St Kilda attracts throngs of visitors, it’s also a hub of activity where you’ll find some activities that cost little to no money at all.
Take a dip at St Kilda Beach or spend some time people-watching at the beach’s foreshore, which is a popular place for the public to walk, jog or Rollerblade. The area also attracts kite surfing and windsurfing enthusiasts. If you fancy observing cute, waddling penguins, you can view them for free at St Kilda Pier, which is home to a colony 1,400 strong. They can be viewed every night of the week.
The area is also home to Lentil As Anything, a vegetarian restaurant that operates a pay-as-you-feel model, making it ideal for cash-strapped students.
Catch an outdoor movie at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
This green oasis is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts. Unwind amidst the beautiful surroundings of the botanical gardens and explore the stunning views it has to offer. If you’re a movie buff, be sure to catch Moonlight Cinema for an outdoor cinema experience. Ticket prices vary, and can be anywhere between AUS$15 and AUS$35 – so choose according to your budget.
Explore Melbourne’s cafes
Melbourne is synonymous with coffee, so why not treat your palate to some amazing brews? The city is home to lots of cafes where you’re bound to find something that suits your fancy.