Whether you’re a newly arrived international student, have just moved interstate to study in Melbourne, or are a life-long Melbournian who’s never stepped too far off the beaten track, this post is for you.
Here are GSA’s top picks for getting to know the real Melbourne on a student budget.
- Get to know Melbourne’s famous laneways with a self-guided walking tour.
– Bonus: grab a drink at one of Melbourne’s hidden bars.
- Discover Victoria’s Indigenous culture at the Koorie Heritage Trust. Their weekly heritage walks around Birrarung Marr are a great way to learn about Melbourne’s first people.
- Share lunch with locals at Lentil As Anything, a pay-as-you-feel restaurant group where profits go towards providing food for those who can’t afford a meal. Their café at Abbotsford Convent is especially beautiful.
- Head to St Kilda Pier at sunset to watch the adorable Fairy Penguins come home for the night.
- Expand your horizons at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas. Over 80% of their events are free – but booking is essential!
- Explore nature at some of GSA’s favourite spots close to campus.
- Learn about the ANZAC legend at the Shrine of Remembrance.
– Bonus: head to the Dawn Service on ANZAC Day.
- Investigate the free community events at Library at The Dock – from Tai Chi to table tennis, there’s something for everyone.
- Forget St. Kilda and Brighton – check out Melbourne’s less-famous beaches like Williamstown Beach and Black Rock Beach.
- Wander the Queen Victoria Market for cheap food and free entertainment, or investigate the Rose St Artists Market for something a little different.
- Explore the Melbourne Museum and learn about everything from Victoria’s Indigenous heritage to dinosaurs in one day. If you can afford to, tack on a visit to the IMAX cinema – student discounts apply.
- Investigate your neighbourhood. Melbourne’s suburbs all have unique character and most have free or cheap activities with local character.
- Find a million things you don’t need and re-stock your wardrobe with your spare change at the Camberwell Sunday Market. (Entry is by gold coin charitable donation.)
- Alternatively, head to Chapel St in Prahran and Windsor, where there are more op-shops than you’ll ever have time for.
- Head to the hotbed of Australian theatrical history at the non-profit La Mama Theatre (just minutes from campus). Student tickets are around $15.
Did we miss anything? What are your top recommendations?
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