It’s probably going to rain. A lot. But it’s OK! We’re about to give you the ultimate list of student life hacks while living in Melbourne.
Student Life Hacks – Food
Melbourne Student Hack #1 Footscray Market is a huge indoor arcade in the west of the city, where you can pick up fresh, good quality produce at seriously low prices. Nothing says student life hacks like #CheapEats.
Melbourne Student Hack #2 Minh Phat Asian Supermarket, between the CBD and East Melbourne, is the best place to pick up Asian food and ingredients in the whole city.
Melbourne Student Hack #3 Go shopping 20 minutes before the market closes, when vendors will be offloading everything for rock-bottom prices. $1 fruit bowl anyone?
Melbourne Student Hack #4 Head to Elizabeth Street in the CBD to find a flurry of fantastic restaurants, selling everything from Thai food to Bubble Tea.
Melbourne Student Hack #5 South Melbourne Market Dim Sims. Enough said.
Melbourne Student Hack #6 Enjoy a pizza for $10 while listening to live music in the Little Creatures Melbourne Dining Hall.
Melbourne Student Hack #7 Students at the University of Melbourne or RMIT can snack on mouth-wateringly good souvlaki at Lambs on Lygon Street – a favourite for late-night bites!
Melbourne Student Hack #8 Melbournians in the Kensington area should head to La Tortilleria to feast on quesadillas from just $3.50 and tacos from only $4.70.
Student Life Hacks – Coffee
Melbourne Student Hack #9 University of Melbourne students go for coffee at the Manchester Press, a rustic café set in a former warehouse. They specialise in latte art, so your drink will look as cool as the setting.
Melbourne Student Hack #10 Grab a Gobble Gobble Jaffle (yes that’s a real thing) and a flat white from Naked Espresso Bar on your lunch break. Your wallet will barely feel a thing and you’ll be satisfied for life.
Melbourne Student Hack #11 If you’re living in Prahan & East Melbourne, drop by Market Lane on a Saturday for free coffee tasting!
Student Life Hacks – Weather
Melbourne Student Hack #12 Melbourne’s weather is completely unpredictable. So buy a lightweight raincoat that you can take everywhere with you and never leave the house without an umbrella.
Student Life Hacks – Shopping
Melbourne Student Hack #13 If you don’t own water-resistant boots, you’re going to need a pair for the winter months!
Student Life Hacks – Sport
Melbourne Student Hack #15 Melbournites are passionate about their sport. If you want to fit in quickly, pick an AFL team to support and fast! Most conversations in this city begin and end with Aussie Rules.
Student Life Hacks – Transport
Melbourne Student Hack #16 Familiarise yourself with the sites of Melbourne’s CBD on the City Circle Tram. This free hop-on, hop-off tram operates seven days a week and takes in all the major CBD sites, including Federation Square, the Old Treasury Building, Parliament House and the Princess Theatre.
Melbourne Student Hack #17 Melbourne’s public transport is the easiest and cheapest way to move around the city, but you’ll need a Myki card to travel. Myki offers great student concessions to keep your budget in line.
Melbourne Student Hack #18 Ticket inspectors are ruthless in the city areas and you can face a hefty fine if you forget to tap on, regardless of how legitimate your excuse is.
Melbourne Student Hack #19. Escalator etiquette dictates you HAVE to stand on the left and walk on the right, or risk being confronted by an angry local.
Melbourne Student Hack #20. For University of Melbourne students taking either the Sunbury, Williamstown, Upfield, Craigieburn or Werribee train lines to uni, take the 401 bus to uni from North Melbourne Station and it will cut your travel time by 15 minutes in peak hour.
Melbourne Student Hack #21. Cycling is a cheap and easy way to get around the city. But be warned, some intersections in the city rely on ‘hook turns’, a rather confusing but legal requirement to move into the far left lane if you are intending to turn right.
Student Life Hacks – Study
Melbourne Student Hack #22. You can access past exam papers for most subjects at the University of Melbourne.
Melbourne Student Hack #23. Subscribe to the digital version of The Age newspaper by entering your student email address. You get the first month for just $1 and 40% off every month afterwards.
Melbourne Student Hack #24. All major Melbourne universities offer free Wi-Fi for students on campus. If you’re out and about, try cafés like Starbucks or McDonalds, public libraries and museums, Federation Square, Flinders St train station and the Queen Victoria Markets.
Student Life Hack – Arts, Culture & Things To Do
Melbourne Student Hack #25. There are plenty of amazing concessions for students in Melbourne. With your student card, you can get into the Melbourne Museum and all its sister museums, free!.
Melbourne Student Hack #26. National Gallery of Victoria offers free entry, and has free Wi-Fi with lots of benches and chairs tucked away in quiet corners. If you want a drink or muffin while you’re there, the Crossbar Café on Level 3 is the best spot to relax for a couple of hours.
Melbourne Student Hack #27. Go to the beach! From Port Melbourne and Elwood beaches to St Kilda, Chelsea, Brighton and Blackrock, your choices are endless! Plus there are endless day trips for students in Melbourne.
Melbourne Student Hack #28. Attend White Night, the city’s famous dusk-to-dawn festival.
Melbourne Student Hack #29. Spend a night at Cherry Bar on AC/DC Lane, where you might be lucky enough to stumble upon a free gig at this infamous rock music venue.
Melbourne Student Hack #30. If your a Victoria University student, you can get great discounts at the Malthouse Theatre, so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming shows and productions!
Melbourne Student Hack #32. Wander through Melbourne’s arty lanes and graffitied alleyways. Start at Hosier Lane and Rutledge Lane, opposite Federation Square.
And that’s it folks, Melbourne student life hacking made simple!