Melbourne is Victoria’s capital city and the business, administrative, cultural and recreational hub of the state.
The City of Melbourne municipality covers 37.6 sq km and has a residential population of around 105,381 (as of 2012). On an average day, around 844,000 people use the city, and Melbourne hosts over a million international visitors each year.
All of these residents, workers, shoppers and travellers can take a break in one of the around 145,000 cafe or restaurant seats, or walk through some of its 471 hectares of parkland. They can visit Melbourne's tallest building, the 300m high Eureka Tower, or its oldest building, the Mitre Tavern, built in 1837.
The entire Melbourne metropolitan area covers 7694 sq km and has a population of around 4.1 million.
The NCPS campus is a fully equipped educational facility. It features a number of teaching rooms, student lounges, a course-specific library, a well-equipped computer lab, and wireless broadband internet throughout the campus. Additionally, there is a kitchen facility equipped with fridge and microwave for student use.
Study in Melbourne
NCPS is located within the Melbourne’s central business district (CBD), making it easy to get to by public transport and the campus also has paid parking facilities close by if you prefer to drive. The Carlton Gardens as well as shops, restaurants, cafes and bars are all within easy walking distance.
At NCPS, you will also have the flexibility to combine your on-campus learning with studying by online delivery*.
*As an international student studying in Australia on a student visa, you are able to take a maximum of 25 percent of your total course online and must be enrolled full-time in at least one on-campus unit in each standard study trimester.
Melbourne has an excellent public transport system, consisting of trains, trams, ferries and buses. Most services run from early morning to midnight, 7 days a week. There is a free city circle tram service that departs every 12 minutes so you can move around the city easily. The NightRider bus will get you home after midnight on weekends. For the complete transport guide to Melbourne, head to www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au
NCPS does not have its own on-campus student accommodation but its central location means accommodation is close at hand. Whether you choose to stay in the city or further afield, there are plenty of options to choose from and our student support unit are always available to assist with accommodation options.
Cost of living
For an international city, Melbourne is surprisingly affordable. Low-cost public transport helps keep day-to-day living expenses down. Depending on your lifestyle and where you choose to live, you can expect to spend around AU$12,000 - $20,000 a year on living expenses (not including tuition fees).
Melbourne has a temperate climate with warm summers and cool winters. Summer runs from December to February with average maximum temperatures reaching around 26C. The winter months – June/July/August – see average minimum temperatures drop to around 6C. Melbourne’s weather can be unpredictable, and in winter it’s not uncommon to experience fogs and frosts in outer lying suburbs.
When it comes to celebrating culture, Melbourne is the place to be. The city thrives on festivals, sporting events, concerts and major events. No matter where you are in Melbourne or what time of year it is, you can be sure that some celebration or event will be happening.