Studying an English course in Melbourne? 4 tips for moving here!

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So you’ve made the decision to move down to Melbourne to enrol in an English course.

If you ask us, you’ve made the right decision – not only will you be surrounded by native English speakers, but you will also get to live in one of the world’s best cities!

Of course, it can be a little daunting to move to a new city or a new country… especially if you aren’t fluent in the language.

That’s what we’re here to help you with.

We don’t just teach – we also ensure that your transition to life in Melbourne is as smooth, simple, and enjoyable as possible.

That’s why the team at Academia put together this list of resources and information that will help you get familiar with the city as you prepare for your English course in Melbourne!

1) Learn Australian slang

English is a global language, spoken in many countries. Many of these countries have their own versions of English.

Australia is no different!

While similar to American and UK English, Australian English uses unique vocabulary and slang which can make it difficult to understand what is being said.

To ensure you can understand everything, we suggest brushing up on some of our Australian slang.

The term ‘slang’ refers to words, phrases, and expressions that are usually quite informal, and restricted to a particular group of people – for example, Australians!

Another good idea is to get used to the Australian accent. We suggest looking up YouTube videos of Australians talking to learn how we say things differently.

It’s a good idea to keep in mind that we Aussies also love shortening words, for example:

  • Afternoon becomes ‘arvo’
  • Barbecue becomes ‘barbie’ (just like the doll!)
  • Tradesmen becomes ‘tradie’

Want to learn more quirky phrases? Click here to read our guide to Australian slang and phrases.

2) Get familiar with public transport in Melbourne

Unless you can fit a car in your suitcase, you’ll probably be relying on public transport to get around once you’ve arrived in Melbourne!

There are three main modes of public transport around Melbourne: buses, trains and trams.

Of course, you’ve always got taxis and rideshare apps like Uber, too.

The first thing you need to know about travelling on Melbourne’s public transport network is that you need a Myki card. This will be your ticket for every train, tram or bus that you need to catch.

Don’t have one yet? That’s okay! You can purchase a Myki card from any train station, bus driver or even at a 7-Eleven.

A Myki card is like your very own debit card to use on public transport. Simply top it up with money and make sure you tap your card on and off when boarding or departing public transport.

You can also set up auto top-ups, so your card will never be low on credit!

Learn more about purchasing and using Myki cards here.

Since you’re studying English in Melbourne, you may also qualify for a student concession card, which reduces your fare and makes it easier to travel around Melbourne.

To get a concession card, you will need a document from your institution – luckily, our staff are more than willing to help!

3)  Make sure you know how to get to your English learning course

Now that you’ve got your Myki card all you need to know is where to catch public transport and where to get off.

There’s a couple of different ways to navigate public transport in Melbourne but we would suggest downloading the PTV app

All you need to do is enter your current location and your desired destination, and the PTV application will provide you with the best route, as well as:

  • What time the bus, train or tram leaves
  • How long it will take you to walk to public transport stop
  • Where to get off and what time it will arrive 

Since Academia is in the heart of the city, you’ll probably find yourself using a mix of all three modes to get around!

If you are interested in learning more about public transport in Melbourne you can check out our full and comprehensive guide to Melbourne’s transport system!

In the event that your phone runs out of battery or you don’t have internet access, it’s a good idea to learn all the local landmarks close to your destination are located.

When you study English in Melbourne with Academia, we suggest memorising the locations of landmarks like:

  • Saint Francis Church
  • Chinatown
  • Melbourne Central Shopping Centre
  • The County Court

4)  Find a job

You will need money to support yourself while you study English in Melbourne. For that, you will need a job.

If you already have friends or relatives here, they may be able to help you find a job.

If you don’t however, don’t worry – our team is determined to help you find work.

In addition to helping students in our other courses with placements and internships, we also help international English students like yourself.

Our Job Club helps new arrivals like yourself by:

  • Helping you find job listings
  • Assisting you with resume or CV tips
  • Teaching you about your rights as an employee

Looking at English courses in Melbourne?

Our English learning courses are designed for students at any level

If you are thinking about studying English in Melbourne, Academia is the place to start!

We offer a range of English courses to suit everyone’s needs, abilities, and goals:

Each of these is tailored for different needs, and allows students like you to develop the English skills you need.

General English

With a focus on vocabulary and everyday English skills, General English is perfect for students who are planning on moving to Australia or another English-speaking country, and who need to improve their skills.

General English classes offer a range of different levels, allowing you to enrol in a class that matches your fluency level.

English for academic purposes

If you want to study at an Australian university, you will need to be fluent in English.

Conversational English is not enough – you will also need to know how to write essays, read academic sources, perform a speech, understand marking rubrics and more.

English for Academic Purposes focuses on these advanced skills, helping prepare you for future learning.

English for IELTS preparation

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an internationally recognised English test that’s used by:

  • Immigration authorities
  • University application officers
  • Multinational businesses

Many will require a certain IELTS grade before accepting you – luckily, our IELTS preparation courses can help you obtain the grade you need!

We focus on the content of your IELTS test, ensuring you’re ready for the big day.

Study English in Melbourne with Academia

Our mid-sized tertiary institute is perfect if you want a personalised education experience where you will get one-on-one tutoring and attention.

Academia is an award-winning institution – in particular, we’ve been recognised for the support we provide to international students like you.

If you are interested in hearing more about studying and English course in Melbourne we would love to hear from you!

You can get in contact with our English learning course experts on the numbers below: