Lose yourself in the magic of Melbourne, the cultural capital of Australia!
Learn English in Melbourne, one of Australia's most diverse and stylish cities. Melbourne is often referred to as the country's capital of cool, and it's not hard to see why. With a colourful arts and culture scene, incredible coffee, live music and entertainment, sports, world-class fashion and shopping, and vibrant nightlife, the city has something for everyone. Spend some time exploring its many hidden laneways, or wandering through its hip, urban neighbourhoods and you'll discover why Melbourne is repeatedly voted one of the world’s most livable cities.
Study English in Melbourne
Step into ILSC-Melbourne's newly-designed, modern campus and you'll discover a space that encourages interactive student learning, all with an architectural feel that fits the cool and stylish vibe of the city.
The school is centrally located across from the Southern Cross Railway station, the main hub for getting wherever you need to go inside, and outside of the city. It's also close to amazing coffee shops, delicious cafés and restaurants, and shopping. Come experience all the best this vibrant city has to offer.
- Improve your English skills through adventures around the city in our fun exploratory English through Melbourne class.
- Join the FREE Job Club and learn all you need to know about securing a job in Australia.
- Check out the FREE Morning News Club to express your opinions on current world events, build vocabulary (and friendships), and get more comfortable with public speaking and discussion in English.
- Take the Café Work Skills course and learn English and barista skills.
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You can review comprehensive information about living in Melbourne on the Study in Australia website.
For some quick tips and information, see below.
If you're coming in from an international, or domestic flight you will land at Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine). Most international flights land at Terminal 2; however, check your ticket to confirm which terminal before arriving. The Melbourne Airport is located approximately 30 minutes from the school by bus. Melbourne's SkyBus Express Service operates 24/7 between the airport and city centre.
If you request an airport pickup, someone will meet you at the airport and bring you to your accommodation.
Health and Safety
Melbourne is generally a very safe place to live and study, but it is important to look after yourself and always be aware of your surroundings. Take care of your belongings, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash on you. Always use your common sense, whether at school, at home or outdoors.
Tipping and Taxes
In Australia, tipping is not expected in restaurants, bars, taxis, hotels or other service industries. Most goods in Australia are subject to a 10% Goods and Service Tax (GST). All prices listed include this tax, so you won’t need to pay more than the advertised price for things bought in shops as well as dining out.
Most car rental companies in Victoria require drivers to be 21 years of age, however, many companies will charge additional fees for drivers below the age of 25.
Legal Drinking Age
The legal age in Australia to buy and drink alcohol is 18 years.
Typical Living Costs
While in Australia you should make sure you have sufficient funds to cover your living expenses while you're studying. In addition to tuition fees, airfares and health coverage, living costs may include but are not limited to: rent, food, groceries, transport, utilities, entertainment and clothing.
You can view some of the costs associated with living and studying in Australia here. (All costs are in Australian dollars)
Located on the South East Coast of Australia, Melbourne has quite mixed weather, with warm summers (December to February); and cool, wet winters (June to August). Melbourne is known for its unpredictable weather, so it's always a good idea to check the short-term forecast and be prepared for anything!
Melbourne's public transport system has a great network of train, tram and bus services operating throughout the city and metropolitan areas. All trams are free in the Central Business District (CBD) - look for the Free Tram Zone signs. For more information on the services available, timetables, ticket costs, and more visit: ptv.vic.gov.au.
Connect with friends at ILSC, and explore Melbourne with daily after-school activities. The activities vary depending on the season and can include things like cycling, exploring local museums and art galleries, checking out local markets, movie nights and more! Afternoon activities typically have minimal fees and an ILSC teacher or activities coordinator will be your guide.
We are busy all year round bringing the ILSC community together with events like Christmas, Halloween and Australia Day parties. Come share in the good times with new friends from all around the world!
ILSC-Melbourne also has learning workshops during the day that you can join to help with your conversation skills, or to get helpful tips for finding work in Australia.
Get out of town with ILSC! Explore Victoria's amazing urban and coastal landscapes. Take a drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road visiting the famous 12 Apostles, world-class surf breaks and isolated beaches. Spend a weekend exploring the Yarra Valley, Victoria's best wine region, or soak up the sun on one of the beautiful beaches along the Monington Peninsula.
Make a Difference in the World
One of the best ways to live like a local and to connect with Melbournians is to volunteer for a cause you care about in the local community. The Activities Department can connect you to fun and interesting volunteer opportunities that will provide you with experience and references to add to your resume. Not to mention, volunteering is a great way make friends, and to “be the change you want to see in the world.”
Check out our Activities Calendars to see What's Happening!
Live with a Homestay Family
Are you looking for a home away from home? Be welcomed into one of ILSC’s Homestay families, and experience a supportive living environment. It is an excellent opportunity to practice your English conversation skills and experience Australian culture and family life.
ILSC’s Homestay families:
- Are located between 45-60 minutes travelling distance from the school
- Provide you with a clean, comfortable, private room, equipped with a desk, bed, dresser, closet and good lighting
- Are culturally diverse and reflect Melbourne's multicultural population
- Are safe, secure, inspected and approved by our Student Accommodation Department
- Can provide healthy meals
Are you feeling adventurous? Do you want to experience Melbourne with other students or travelers? ILSC can connect you with a selection of economical shared accommodation options, including:
- Single bedrooms
- Studio apartments
Check out our accommodation partner in Melbourne: