Melbourne’s Best International Cuisine Locations on a Budget

Megan is a Brand Ambassador for The Student Housing Company and a third year international student at the University of Melbourne. She is currently pursuing a degree in commerce majoring in Accounting and Finance. She is a Filipino Chinese who hails from Singapore and has lived in Hong Kong and China too. A fun and driven individual, she knows how to work hard and play harder. She #livesforthegram and is a meme lord. If you see her around campus, don’t forget to say hi!

TSHC Brand Ambassador, Megan

Missing home? Or simply hungry for a taste of food from your home country? I’m here to help. As an international student, being in a foreign country alone can be daunting. Not only are the comforts of home gone, you won’t be able to savour a family home-cooked meal or head to your regular food establishment in your home country.

I remember my first few months in Melbourne and having to get accustomed to the food here. Surprisingly it wasn’t hard to adjust to what Melbourne had to offer. I learnt that Melbourne is a multicultural city that was home to people from all over the world. So it was only natural that Melbourne’s food-offerings were very diverse. Food from every continent and city could be found!

There is also a large, growing population of international students here in Melbourne which means more international food options just around the corner. This has definitely made my stay in Melbourne feel more like home. Here are my top recommendations for international cuisines and I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I have!

Japanese – Sushi Hotaru

Midcity Arcade, 118/200 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Sushi Hotaru packed with customers and sky-high sushi plates

Menu Favourite: Flamed Salmon Nigiri

Feeling Adventurous? Try this: Unagi Nigiri (Eel Sushi)

Love sushi trains? Check out Sushi Hotaru for a wide range of sushi for very affordable prices! Besides sushi, they also offer other Japanese food such as Udon and Ramen. Sushi Hotaru is very popular, so I suggest you head over when they are just about to open or during non-peak periods to avoid the long waiting time. Another thing to watch out for are their regular seasonal promotions. This winter, there were lucky draws held if you dined in on weekdays. Visit Sushi Hotaru and without knowing it, your sushi plates will be stacking high!

Check out their menu here.

Korean- Gukbab

535 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Local Korean favourites like Bimbimbap and Korean fried chicken

Menu Favourite: Kimchi Chigae

Feeling Adventurous? Try this: Naeng Myeon (Cold Noodles)

Looking for all the Korean essentials? Look no more, Gukbab is your place. Menu items include Bimbimbap, Japchae, Korean fried chicken, and many more! Warm yourself up this winter with a hot bowl of Kimchi Chigae (Kimchi Stew) with some Corn Cheese. In summer, you can look forward to their Naeng Myeon (Cold Noodles). If you are eating with a group of friends, I suggest ordering the Budae Chigae (Army Stew) to share. Prices range from $10 to $25 per person, depending on what you order. One thing is for sure, you’ll keep wanting more!

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My Experience as an International Student in Melbourne

Megan is a Brand Ambassador for The Student Housing Company and a third year international student at the University of Melbourne. She is currently pursuing a degree in commerce majoring in Accounting and Finance. She is a Filipino Chinese who hails from Singapore and has lived in Hong Kong and China too. A fun and driven individual, she knows how to work hard and play harder. She #livesforthegram and is a meme lord. If you see her around campus, don’t forget to say hi!

TSHC Brand Ambassador, Megan
TSHC Brand Ambassador, Megan

My first days

I moved to Melbourne from Singapore in mid 2016 and it was my first time in Australia, so it was pretty mind-blowing for me being introduced to a new culture on top of navigating my way through independent student life.

Moving to a new country is no easy feat, especially when you are an international student. For the majority of international students, it is our first time leaving the nest. We no longer are able to turn to the comforts of our home and family like we used to, so I understand that for many of you, starting a new chapter in a different country can be daunting. However, do not fret! Here are some tips to get you through adjusting to your new life in Melbourne:

Tip 1: Finding your new nest

For all you students planning to study in Melbourne, accommodation will be the most important order of business. When finding your new nest, there are many factors to consider such as location, community and amenities, amongst other things.

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10 Things Within 10 Minutes’ Walk from University Square and Infinity Place

When it comes to location, University Square and Infinity Place really have it all. Our first two Melbourne properties are within walking distance from two of Australia’s leading universities and are surrounded by restaurants, shops, markets, leafy parks and popular student hang out spots.

To help you get a better idea of the area, we’ve listed 10 notable destinations that are less than a 10-minute walk from both University Square and Infinity Place.

1. Melbourne Business School and Melbourne Law School

30 second walk
Distance: 20 metres

Melbourne Business School and Melbourne Law School students couldn’t have it easier as both Melbourne University faculties are just across the road from University Square and Infinity Place. Just roll out of bed and cross the road; you’ll never be late to class again!

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The Law Building, Melbourne University

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#CheapEats under $10: Melbourne University Edition

If we know two things to be true, it’s that students love a good deal and Melbourne has an epic food scene. So, we thought it was about time we created a new blog series dedicated to finding the best cheap eats around Melbourne.

With our Display Suite at University Square recently opening next door to the University of Melbourne, we decided there was no better area to focus on for our first blog edition of #CheapEats. Melbourne University students are spoilt for choice being in the heart of Carlton, which itself is known for having a strong food culture. Although Italian food used to be Carlton’s claim to fame, there’s now a whole lot more to the suburb’s food scene than just pizza and pasta. Check out our favourite eateries listed below for some seriously good food at student-friendly prices.

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Our favourite cheap eats around Melbourne University

1. Momo Sushi – handrolls, onigiri and more

163 Pelham Street, Carlton
660 Swanston Street, Carlton

At the top of our list, with not one but two locations around Melbourne University, is Momo Sushi. Sushi might be an obvious budget option, but we just couldn’t leave this joint out of our list. What makes this place special is their tasty hand rolls, which come in some unique flavours including Thai chicken, roasted tea prawn and citrus tofu – trust us, they are all delicious! And of course, the hand rolls come at a bargain price between $2 – $3. However, take note that they only take cash.

Our recommendation:  the roasted tea prawn hand roll. It may sound unusual, but you won’t regret it.

2. Woodside Green – homemade Italian comfort food

87 Cardigan Street, Carlton

If it’s week 12 of semester and you’re in need of some serious comfort food and coffee, head straight to Woodside Green. This corner café on Queensberry Street serves up warm, homemade food all day long – including toasted wraps, burgers, focaccias, pies, lasagne and a veggie slice. If you’re really in the mood to treat yourself, they have potato cakes and dim sims too. All lunch options will set you back less than $10, so there’s really no reason to not check this one out.

Our recommendation: the falafel wrap – loved by vegetarians and meat-eaters too.

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Woodside Green, Carlton

3. Ilbon Kimbab – Korean-style sushi

226 Pelham Street, Melbourne

You could easily miss this hole-in-the-wall restaurant but we’re pretty happy we found this hidden gem. Located just around the corner from The Spot and right across from our University Square and Infinity Place buildings, this joint specialises in Korean cuisine. Here you’ll find Korean-style sushi rolls for less than $3 and bibimbap rice bowls for less than $8. This place is also cash-only, but if you pop in after 6pm all sushi is half price, so you’ll only need a couple coins.

Our recommendation: any sushi roll with kimchi – truly a match made in heaven.

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