Melbourne has been voted the ‘Most Liveable City in the World’ twice by international travel agencies. It is a cosmopolitan city of four million people and the capital of the state of Victoria.

For a city of its size, Melbourne is relatively safe and friendly and the cost of living is low compared to British or US cities. Melbourne is generally considered the cultural capital of Australia.


Students in Melbourne

A large student population lives, studies, works and plays in Melbourne. It is a relatively inexpensive city and provides a safe environment in which people can pursue their studies.



One-quarter of Melbourne’s population was born overseas, making it one of the world’s most multicultural cities. People from 140 nations call Melbourne home. As a result, the city boasts a huge range of cuisines.



Melbourne has an excellent public transport system with trams, trains and buses providing an extensive network throughout the city and suburbs, making travelling around Melbourne and Australia convenient.  More information can be found on the Public Transport page.


Weather and clothing

Melbourne’s weather can be unpredictable and can even provide ‘four seasons in one day’. Clothing for all conditions is recommended for anyone planning to study in or visit Melbourne. Summer is December to February, with daytime temperatures between 25 degrees Celsius and 28 degrees Celsius. Winter is June to August and is cool to mild with daytime temperatures ranging between 10 degrees Celsius and 15 degrees Celsius. People from Sydney joke that it is wet in Melbourne  – but the rainfall is much higher in Sydney.

For more information about Melbourne view the Visit Melbourne website.



Find out more about your accommodation options during your studies at Box Hill Institute.


Arrival Information

ELICOS students

There will be an English language test and orientation session before your course begins. New students need to go to the International Student Services office at 8.45am on the start date indicated on your offer letter. You will meet other students who are starting ELICOS and we will give you directions for enrolment and take you to the room where you will sit your language test. Please bring your passport.

In the afternoon you will start your 1½ day orientation program. You will find out your timetable and class start time for the first day of classes. As part of the orientation we will walk around the campus and the local shopping centre. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a coat and an umbrella if it is cold or wet.


Mainstream course students

We recommend you arrive at least one week before your course begins so you have time to settle into accommodation and find your way around.

In January and July the week before the start of most formal courses there will be a compulsory orientation program to introduce you to studying and living in Australia. This is an important and useful three-day program. If you did not receive orientation information with your COE, contact International Student Services office.

Please contact the International Student Office within two (2) days of arriving. We will show you where to enrol and direct you to the orientation program.


OSHC membership with Bupa Australia

The Institute’s preferred insurance provider is Bupa Australia.  More information at the Bupa Australia website.



We advise setting aside between AUD$20,290.00 – AUD$25,000.00 per year for accommodation, daily travel, books and materials for your course and general living expenses. This does not include tuition fees.

If you have school-aged dependants who will accompany you to Australia, you must enrol them at a school as fee-paying students.

Find out more about living costs.


Student visas

Find out all you need to know at our Student Visa page.


Work rights

Initially, international students cannot work in Australia. Students who have completed their course enrolment formalities may apply to the Department of Home Affairs (formerly DIBP) for a Visa with Work Rights.

The working permit allows international students to work up to 40 hours per fortnight* when courses are in session, provided that work does not interfere with studies. During vacation periods full-time employment is allowed. International students should not rely on part time employment as a means of support as employment may not be easy to find. For more information about working while studying, please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website.

Find out more about work rights.

*A fortnight means any period of 14 days commencing on a Monday and ending at the end of the second following Sunday.