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Areas of Melbourne

Melbourne’s suburbs are very eclectic, with each one offering a very distinct atmosphere. When you’re by the seaside in St Kilda, you feel a world away from the urban vibes in Fitzroy.

You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a spot to live, but one thing’s for sure: no matter where you choose, you’ll be surrounded by great food, drink, culture and amenities.

Melbourne City Centre

There is always something to see and do in the heart of Melbourne – from festivals in Federation Square to street art and buzzing cafes in the city’s laneways. Melbourne’s best restaurants and bars are also found here, with several hidden behind secret doors and shopfronts. Put on your walking shoes and discover the streets, or enjoy easy public transport access to nearly every regional destination in Victoria.

Carlton & Fitzroy

Just north of the city centre lie Carlton and Fitzroy, both eclectic hubs packed with great shopping, live music and cafe culture. Carlton’s beautiful Royal Exhibition Building hosts plenty of art and shopping events, while vintage shops and local designer boutiques can be found in Fitzroy. You’ll find lots of fantastic restaurants, bars and live music venues.

North Melbourne & Parkville

Open spaces, some of Melbourne’s top eateries and easy access to the CBD make North Melbourne and Parkville ideal bases for any student studying in central Melbourne. Here, you can visit Melbourne Zoo, browse the famous Queen Victoria Market, take a bike ride around the parklands.

Brunswick & Northcote

Hip and happening, yet still with a relaxed atmosphere, Brunswick and Northcote are the places to go when you want a casual night out. Sydney Road offers lots of tasty cheap eats open late, as well as some fantastic cafes. You’ll also find local breweries, bars, restaurants and shops, as well as urban farms and community initiatives like bike repair workshops and food swap events.

Southbank & South Melbourne

With top restaurants and river views, it’s easy to see why Southbank and South Melbourne are popular destinations for locals and visitors alike. Southbank is home to some great eateries, as well as major landmarks like the National Gallery of Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne, while South Melbourne offers easy access to the beach and the popular South Melbourne Market.

Prahran, Windsor & St Kilda

Whether it’s the palm tree-lined boardwalk and the giant, smiling face of Luna Park, or the history-steeped race track at Caulfield, the South East is a fascinating and iconic part of Melbourne.

Exploring Melbourne’s suburbs is a breeze with the city’s extensive public transport network. Whether you’re drawn to the cultural buzz of Melbourne’s City Centre or the laid-back vibes of St Kilda, every corner of the city is within easy reach. And for international students, getting around is even more affordable with the International Student Travel Pass from Public Transport Victoria, which offers those eligible 50% off the annual myki pass.