Melbourne has been voted the world’s most livable city for six years in a row, and it’s not hard to see why. It is a very cool city with a fantastic quality of life. The locals share many passions, with a particular focus on coffee, sport, music, the arts and food.

This helps to create Melbourne’s enviable lifestyle and means you may never want to leave this beautiful city. It is a city of many cultures and backgrounds and accepting and inclusive of all.

Melbourne CBD

The Central Business District (CBD) is the vibrant heart of Melbourne. An eclectic mix of old and new, it’s famous for its laneways, food culture, excellent shopping and amazing coffee.

The high rises apartments of Melbourne are home to a large, rapidly growing community. Proximity to many of the major education institutions, easy access to public transport plus the excitement of the city lifestyle means that a lot of international students live in the CBD, Southbank and Docklands. Certainly not the cheapest area in Melbourne to live but definitely the liveliest.

Brunswick and Northcote

Most accessible via Melbourne’s tram system, Brunswick and Northcote are communities north of the CBD. Known for their community atmosphere, both are home to a vast mix of cultures and religions.

Popular for its cheap housing and easy access to the CBD, Brunswick feels untouched by the masses but still has access to fantastic places to eat and shop. Northcote is increasingly popular with families and houses some of Melbourne’s best cafés.

St Kilda and South Melbourne

St Kilda is like a town inside a city. Laid back and beachy, the area takes on a feeling all of its own. Residents are truly locals here, with a community atmosphere more like a beachside town than a busy inner-city suburb. It’s not a sleepy town, though, with bars and backpackers populating the main strip. St Kilda is also home to some of Melbourne’s most popular festivals and most iconic venues. Just a short tram ride to the city make South Melbourne and St Kilda great spots to live for city slickers who like to take things a bit slower.

North Melbourne and West Melbourne

Both North Melbourne and the areas west of Melbourne’s CBD are growing. Historically, they’re working class areas with a vibrant migrant culture. While that heritage is still felt, these areas are becoming gentrified. Younger people are moving to the area in large numbers due to the low prices, emerging cultures, and strong community. This means you get the best of both worlds – it’s not too expensive to visit or live here, and you don’t have to go without the culture and cafés that make Melbourne great.

Markets, music and comedy destinations, as well as some of Melbourne’s most popular cafés, are found here – and more are popping up every day.