Note: This article was originally published in October 2020.
You’re finally living the big adventure far from home. Seeing the sights, sampling the coffee and of course, working hard towards your degree.
Things are working out well for you. But you have questions, right?
1. Why is Melbourne so expensive?
Luckily, we have amazing (free) street art that slightly makes up for the cost of living. Image credit
We may have been voted ‘World’s Most Liveable City’ seven times in a row but the reality is this: the cost of living in Melbourne is high. That little line on your phone’s XE currency converter is rapidly heading down, down, down.
You’re sick of eating instant noodles and worried that your parents are going to call and tell you to catch the next plane home because the money they had saved for next semester’s fees is now several Aussie dollars short. And then you hear this one magical word: scholarship.
Swinburne offers scholarships for international students for a number of bachelor and master degrees, even foundation year and English language course! Want more good news? You don’t have to be a straight-A student to get one (although a few would help your chances).
2. How do I make friends with Melburnians?
Meet Razor, our mascot. He’s always up for a high-five, no matter how awkward.
Melbourne’s a foreign city. It’s only natural that you’d gravitate towards familiar people, food and languages. That’s why most of your friendship group is from your own country. And that’s great. But you also want the full Melbourne experience.
Making local friends isn’t always easy when you’re this far from home. But it’s not impossible. Not everyone likes going to pubs and clubs, or chatting to strangers at the bus stop. Luckily, there’s an easier way. Why not join a student club?
With clubs to interest almost everyone, you’ll find something that’s perfect for you. Here’s a taste, but there are many more to explore:
- If you like debating, Politically Speaking is a great club to learn about different ideologies and have your opinions heard.
- If you like urban culture, you’ll love the Academy of Street Dance where you can learn some new moves and make friends in the process!
- Melbourne is the home of Aussie-rules football. Why not try join the AFL Club, learn the rules, play the sport and head to a game at the MCG with your new mates?