Colleges and accommodation
The University of Melbourne has 12 residential colleges that are an ideal accommodation option if you are not from Melbourne. Living at a residential college can provide a fast way to build an academic and social network. The colleges provide sporting and cultural programs to enrich your academic experience in a thriving, warm and supportive community. All the colleges have fees but there are also accommodation scholarships available.
For more information about college life, tutor opportunities for graduate residents and more, see the Residential Colleges web site.
Around the campus are the suburbs of Parkville, Carlton, North Melbourne and Brunswick. All of them are a very short distance away by public transport. You might choose to live in one of the many "share houses" in one of these suburbs, with other students. Not only can you save money on rent and bills, you also enjoy an atmosphere of student living with like-minded people.
If you are not sure where to find accommodation, the Student Housing Service can help you find and maintain affordable, safe and appropriate housing including short-term temporary accommodation if you're arriving from interstate or overseas.
Studying and living in a different country or city is both an exciting and challenging experience. The International Student Services website has great information about studying and living in Melbourne including information about cultural adjustment and how to get involved in University life.