Future students

Life in Australia

Welcome to Australia, Danford College is your starting point

Located in the heart of the city, Danford College is moments from some of Melbourne’s greatest attractions. As Australia’s European-style southern capital, it’s easy to find a great café, bar, park, or art gallery to explore.

Melbourne is known for its lush gardens, award-winning architecture, sports stadiums, and cultural precincts. Only a short walk or tram ride from Danford, you can plunge into inner-city laneways, stroll around the National Gallery, or relax in the Melbourne Botanic Gardens.

Melbourne’s food and wine scene is internationally renowned, and world class cultural festivals and major events flourish throughout the year.

With so many things to see and do, you’ll understand why Melbourne is consistently rated one of the world’s most liveable cities and why Danford attracts so many students from all over the world!

Danford College is close to… everything in Melbourne!
Next to Flagstaff Railway Station
1-minute walk to tram stops (trams 55/30) – Free tram travel around the city
5-minute tram ride to Bourke Street Mall (Melbourne’s central shopping strip)
10-minute walk to Queen Victoria Market (Melbourne’s biggest market)
10-minute walk to Docklands precinct and Etihad Stadium

Explore further
Melbourne’s inner-city is also a great base for your new student life. Suburbs such as Fitzroy, Carlton, Richmond and Collingwood are thriving cultural hubs, with a rich history of live music, pubs, boutiques, and art galleries.

Day trips to iconic attractions like Phillip Island (think: penguins and koalas); Yarra Valley (think: wineries galore) and the Great Ocean Road (think: surfing and hiking) are just some of the amazing sights close to visit.

Cost of living in Melbourne*
The average international student in Australia spends about AU$385 per week on housing, food, clothing, entertainment, transport, travel, and other costs.

A minimum of AU$20,290 per year (excluding tuition) is needed to cover living expenses, depending on the type of accommodation selected (homestay, rental, sharehouse, etc). Dependents will need an additional AU$6,940 per year.

Sample cost of living figures are below:

Weekly cost (other than rent)
Groceries and eating out $80 to $280 per week
Bills (Gas, electricity, water) $35 to $140 per week
Phone and Internet $20 to $55 per week
Public transport fares $15 to $55 per week
Entertainment $80 to $150 per week
Accommodation
Bond (one month rent) $650 to $1,500
Shared Rental $85 to $215 per week
Rental $165 to $440 per week
Homestay $235 to $325 per week
Hostels and Guesthouses $90 to $150 per week
Establishment costs (household items, furniture) $500 to $1,100
Minimum cost of living (12 month living cost)
Student/guardian $20,290
Partner or spouse $7,100
Child $3,040
*All figures obtained from www.homeaffairs.gov.au. All costs quoted are in Australian dollars.
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