Moving to Melbourne city for the first time, whether it’s for study or job, can be an exciting but challenging undertaking.
Here is quick guide about the basic things that really matter before or during of your arrival to the city.
Costs of Living
Shared apartment or studio from $150 to $200 AUD per week
Studio or apartment for two people from $30o $500 AUD per week
The cost will depend of the location of the apartment. The nearest location to the city is more expensive than suburbs around.
The bond is necessary and it is equivalent to one rent monthly
Where to start looking for accommodation
The public transport of Victoria provides a reloadable ticketing system through smart card called Myki. The Myki card is your ticket to travel on Melbourne’s train, trams and buses. The reusable card is easy to use, simply top up before your journey and then touch on and touch off at a myki reader as you travel.
Myki Money: suitable for occasional users top up your myki by paying as you go.
Myki Pass: suitable for frequent users top up your myki with consecutive days of travel.
Unlimited Monthly Fare (30 days) $138.60 AUD
Unlimited weekly fare $37.60 AUD
Cost per day $7.52 AUD
For more information: http://ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/)
Best choice for short distances is a Bicycle. You can get a used bicycle via www.gumtree.com.au
Remember to use helmet all the time for your protection and to comply the safety regulation.
Lunch or dinner from $12 AUD
McDonalds’ meals from $9.50 AUD
7Eleven coffee from $1 (small)
Can of Coke from $4 AUD
Beer or spirits from $8 AUD
Markets and shops
Food and Groceries per week per person from $35 – 40
Food and Groceries per week per couple from $60-80
Where to buy: Aldi Store, Coles and Woolworths
Queen Victoria Market or visit www.melbournemarkets.com.au
Other stores for clothes, furniture and more: K-Mart, Big W, Target and Ikea
Mobil phone SIM only plans
Virgin mobile from $20 www.virginmobile.com.au
Aldi Mobile from $20 AUD www.aldimobile.com.au
Vodafone from $30 AUD www.vodafone.com.au
Optus from $30 AUD www.optus.com.au
Telstra from $35 AUD www.telstra.com.au
All the plans compared included different data and minutes.
You can enjoy and explore a lot of free attractions in Melbourne CBD (City Business District)
National Gallery of Victoria www.ngv.vic.gov.au
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria www.rbg.vic.gov.au
Federation Square (free activities like Morning Meditation, Tai-chi, fitness, yoga and more) www.fedsquare.com
Melbourne Museum (students free) museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum
Getting a job
The state minimum wage from the first full pay period on and from 1 July 2015 for adults is
Weekly 38 hours $668.80 AUD ($17.60 AUD per hour)
Casual hourly $22 AUD per hour