A Guide to Melbourne: Exploring the City as an Ozford Student

Making the Most of Melbourne’s Sights, Sounds, and Experiences for International Students

Welcome to all new international students who commenced their course at Ozford on 14th March 2023! As you begin your academic journey at Ozford, you’re also embarking on a thrilling adventure in the vibrant city of Melbourne. Known for its rich culture, diverse cuisine, and exciting attractions, Melbourne has much to offer. This guide will help you make the most of your time in this dynamic city, providing insights into the top experiences and must-visit spots for Ozford students.

  1. Discover the City’s Rich Culture

Melbourne is renowned for its thriving arts and culture scene. Be sure to visit the National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and the Melbourne Museum for a taste of the city’s rich history and artistic achievements. Don’t miss the chance to explore the colorful laneways adorned with street art, such as Hosier Lane and ACDC Lane.

  1. Embrace Melbourne’s Love for Sports

As an international student, it’s essential to immerse yourself in the local culture, and in Melbourne, sports play a significant role. Attend an Australian Football League (AFL) game at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), watch a tennis match at Rod Laver Arena, or catch a soccer game at AAMI Park. Participating in local sports events will not only help you understand Australian culture but also provide opportunities to socialize with fellow students and locals.

  1. Explore Melbourne’s Culinary Delights

Melbourne’s diverse culinary scene is a paradise for food lovers. From the Queen Victoria Market, where you can sample fresh produce and local delicacies, to the bustling cafes of Degraves Street, there’s something for every palate. Experience international cuisine at the city’s numerous restaurants, offering everything from Italian to Thai, Indian to Ethiopian, and beyond.

  1. Make the Most of Melbourne’s Parks and Gardens

Take a break from your studies and enjoy the city’s green spaces. Relax in the Royal Botanic Gardens, take a stroll along the Yarra River, or have a picnic in the Carlton Gardens. Melbourne’s parks and gardens offer a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, providing an ideal setting for unwinding or catching up with friends.

  1. Attend Local Events and Festivals

Melbourne hosts numerous events and festivals throughout the year, celebrating the city’s diverse culture, arts, music, and sports. Don’t miss events such as Moomba Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and White Night Melbourne. These events provide excellent opportunities to socialize, learn about local customs, and create lasting memories.

  1. Connect with Fellow Students

As an Ozford student, you have access to various clubs, societies, and social events on campus. Make the most of these opportunities to connect with fellow students, build friendships, and expand your support network. Participating in extracurricular activities will help you create a sense of belonging and make your Melbourne experience even more enjoyable.


Melbourne is a city full of life, offering countless opportunities for international students to explore and immerse themselves in its vibrant atmosphere. Embrace the city’s unique culture, enjoy its diverse culinary scene, and make lasting connections with your fellow Ozford students. By engaging with all that Melbourne has to offer, you’ll create unforgettable memories and enhance your academic journey at Ozford.