Living In Melbourne

Living In Melbourne to Train at RVAC Flight Training


Living in Melbourne to complete your studies can be an enriching and exciting cultural experience. Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia, and a multi-cultural city at that. It is considered relatively safe and has been acclaimed in the recent past as the most liveable city in the world. It is a multi-cultural city, with residents from many parts of the world. It has temperate weather conditions, snow is rarely seen in the city or suburbs and days in excess of 35°C (95°F) are few.

It has an effective and extensive public transport system, comprised of trains, trams and buses, although many people prefer the convenience of a private vehicle. Melbourne’s reticulated water system is among the safest in the world.

Melbourne is renowned for its cultural attractions, art galleries, theatres, concert halls, and perhaps equally for its sporting culture. Its great variety and abundance of cafes and restaurants cater for all tastes. Quality food, including fresh meat and fish, fresh fruit and vegetables, is plentiful.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Melbourne can vary according to the type and location of accommodation you choose, and the lifestyle you lead. It is your responsibility to determine what your own costs will be to live and study in Australia. Even if you have permission to work, you should not rely on work to support yourself in Australia as a student.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) advises that applicants for student visas require AUD$19,830 per year for living expenses. For more information please visit the DIBP website here.

The following information will to help prepare a budget. These figures are only estimates. You may need to add other items to your budget, like ongoing mobile phone and internet fees. All costs are Australian Dollars and subject to inflation.

Accommodation Prices for living in Melbourne

  • – Serviced Apartment – $385 to $665 per week
  • – Shared Rental – $85 to $250 per week
  • – Homestay – $220 to $330 per week
  • – Rental – $170 to $500 per week

Other living expenses for living in Melbourne

  • – Groceries and eating out – $80 to $250 per week
  • – Gas, electricity – $60 to $120 per week
  • – Phone and internet – $20 to $50 per week
  • – Public transport – $15 to $50 per week
  • – Car (after purchase) – $150 to $250 per week
  • – Entertainment – $50 to $100 per week

The websites below can provide up to date information on various living costs:

Accommodation close to our Melbourne flying school

A variety of inexpensive accommodation options are available to suit the student. RVAC Flight Training Melbourne can provide further details regarding “homestay” and apartment-style accommodation located near the flying school, and/or appropriate transport into the Melbourne CBD.

Perhaps the most interesting to the overseas visitor is the “homestay” where the student is accommodated with a private family. RVAC Flight Training can usually facilitate “homestay” nearby and many students prefer this option, at least initially until they are more familiar with the environment.

Alternatively, shared accommodation is also quite popular, particularly among young single persons, where two or more people of a similar age group share a house or apartment, and the associated expenses. Where the student is accompanied by family members, rental of an apartment or flat may be the most convenient, although most owners normally expect a lease for at least 6 or possibly 12 months.

Overseas students are advised that any dependent children accompanying them to Australia will be required to pay full fees if they are enrolled in either a government or non-government school.


Contact us for more information on moving interstate or overseas to study at RVAC Flight Training Melbourne. Learn more about one of the best places to learn to fly in Melbourne by calling +61 3 8586 7777 or visit our contact page.