Moving to Melbourne, made easy

Learn how to get housing, see cost of living and safety intel, find schools, use public transit, discover your perfect suburb, and more with our ultimate Melbourne moving guide.

European flair meets Australian heritage in this cosmopolitan city.

Culture. History. Food from all over the world. This is Melbourne, the second most populous city in Australia.

The metropolitan area of Melbourne stretches from Port Phillip Bay through the hinterlands into the Yarra Valley, and has 31 municipalities. Also known as Australia’s “cultural capital,” Melbourne is driven by a steady influx of people from around the world, along with a bustling financial and cultural scene.

Melbourne is a haven for all sorts, from immigrants to artists to financiers and professional athletes. The city is the birthplace of Australian impressionism, contemporary dance, Australian football, and the Australian film and TV industries. But Melbourne is more than an urban paradise, it also harbors several beachside suburbs along the shores of the Port Phillip Bay. Families who would rather spend days with their feet in the sand migrate to lush suburbs like Port Melbourne, St Kilda, Brighton, and Albert Park.

The city is home to a diverse population, with a high portion of British and Irish residents. But there are large and thriving Italian, Vietnamese, Indian, Greek and South African communities, too. 

Read on to learn about the basics (housing, transportation, internet, and more!) of moving to Melbourne and to find the perfect suburb for you.

Studio / 1 BR
58% Complete
1,387
2 Bedrooms
87% Complete
2,080
3 Bedrooms
90% Complete
2,145
4 Bedrooms
100% Complete
2,383

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE (F°/C°)
Jan
70°F
21°C
Feb
70°F
21°C
Mar
66°F
19°C
Apr
63°F
17°C
May
57°F
14°C
Jun
52°F
11°C
Jul
50°F
10°C
Aug
52°F
11°C
Sep
55°F
13°C
Oct
59°F
15°C
Nov
63°F
17°C
Dec
66°F
19°C

Safety

Melbourne is a very safe large city, but does have areas of higher crime.

Car vs Public Transit

Melbourne has excellent public transit. However, the farther from the CBD you are, the more likely it is you'll need a car.

The ultimate guide to moving to Melbourne

Regions and Suburbs of Melbourne

Regions & Suburbs

Moving to Melbourne? Find the perfect suburb for you.

Housing in Melbourne

Housing

We all need a roof over our heads. Learn how to find one in Melbourne.

Transportation in Melbourne

Transportation

Tons of trains, trams, and buses make it easy to get around Melbourne. Learn how.

Banking and Personal Finance in Melbourne

Banking & Personal Finance

Figure out which local bank is the right one for you and learn how to open an account.

Insider Tip

"Melbourne is a city that has everything – from nightlife, multicultural dining, international and local art, marquee sporting events, and arguably some of the best coffee in the world. It's surrounded by picturesque beaches, has a very vibrant CBD, and is consistently rated as one of the safest cities globally. I'm blessed to call this city home."

Mayur Bhaskar, Moved from India
Mayur Bhaskar, Moved from India
Education in Melbourne

Education

Learn about the phases of education in Australia and how to enroll your child in a Melbourne school.

Healthcare in Melbourne

Healthcare

Learn how to navigate healthcare, how to find a great doctor, and see the top Melbourne hospitals.

Phone and Internet Service in Melbourne

Phone & Internet

Compare Melbourne's main phone and internet service providers.

Pets in Melbourne

Pets

Learn which pets are welcome in Melbourne and how to register them with the city.

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