Moving to Melbourne. International Removals to Melbourne

Things to know before moving to Melbourne. How to migrate to Melbourne?

Are you thinking of relocating to Melbourne? Save both time and money when choosing Eurosender’s international removals to Melbourne. Whether you are moving to Melbourne alone or migrating with kids, organise your relocation with the best courier companies operating globally. Check this ultimate guide to know more about visa regulations, cost of living and renting an apartment, the average salary and other important things about living in Melbourne as an expat.


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Relocate to Melbourne: Living and working in Melbourne

Relocating to Melbourne is a dream for many expats, particularly those from the United Kingdom, Ireland, China, Italy, and Germany, who make up some of the city’s largest expat communities. Being the capital of the state of Victoria and the second biggest city in Australia, Melbourn is a perfect city for studying or building a career. Still, you have to carefully and consider the pros and cons of the relocation process as part of your move to Melbourne. We have prepared the basic facts you need to learn before moving to Melbourne.
Victoria, Australia
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Moving to Melbourne. Visa regulations for Australia

Unless you are an Australian citizen, you will need a visa when moving to Melbourne. These are some of the visa types for Australia you can apply to when migrating to Melbourne:

  • Holiday visa – allows tourists to visit Australia for up to 90 days without employment. You can apply for this visa online and for most countries this visa is free.
  • Student visa – for international students who are studying in Australia;
  • Family and partner visas – adoption or family reunion visas;
  • Working and skilled visas – business visa, investor visa, temporary work visa.

For more information on migrating to Australia, you should visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

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Property and long term rentals in Melbourne

When relocating to Melbourne, expats prefer long-term rentals instead of buying a property as the prices are very high.

When you are moving to Melbourne alone, for work or as a student, you can find a one-bedroom apartment for €830-€1100 per month. If you are migrating to Melbourne with family, be ready to pay around €1300-€2000 per month for a three-bedroom apartment.

Consider that most of the apartments come unfurnished so don’t forget to think about your moving furniture to Melbourne in advance.

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The cost of living in Melbourne

Melbourne is the second most expensive city in Australia after Sydney. Except for the monthly rent, you will have to pay around €130 for the utilities, €40 for internet, and almost €50 for a meal for two in a restaurant.

Many people prefer to use public transport instead of driving a car in Melbourne, as it is the cheapest and most convenient option.

To sum up, depending on your expenses and lifestyle, the average cost to live in Melbourne for a single person is around €800 without rent. A family of three living in Melbourne typically spends about €2800 per month without rent.

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The job market in Melbourne: How to get a job as a foreigner?

There are many job opportunities for part-time jobs in Melbourne as well as full-time positions. Areas such as IT, banking, healthcare, education and training are leading on Melbourne’s job market.

When you are moving to Melbourne from the UK or the US, you won’t face struggles with learning the language. However, when you are relocating to Melbourne from some other countries, make sure you know English well, as the competition level is very high.

The average monthly salary in Melbourne is €5200.

Schools and education in Melbourne

When you are moving to Melbourne with kids, consider that education in Australia is free and government-funded under the public-school system. The residential zone where you live defines the school your child will attend, so consider this when looking for an apartment in Melbourne.
There are many private, international and independent schools in Melbourne, many of which are Catholic.

Primary School
Age: 6-12
Compulsory: Yes
Secondary School
Age: 13-16
Compulsory: Yes
Senior Secondary School
Age: 16-18
Compulsory: No

Healthcare in Melbourne: should I get private health insurance?

The healthcare system in Melbourne is the same as in other Australian cities. There are both public and private facilities available for foreigners living in Melbourne. The Australian Medicare system covers most medical costs for both citizens and permanent residents of the country.

When you are moving to Melbourne, it is essential to obtain private healthcare to cover you for your length of stay, before you are entitled to Medicare. Start preparing your insurance plan before your relocation to Melbourne, so that you can compare prices, plans and make sure that you always have the right insurance.

Driving in Melbourne: Should I get an Australia driving licence?

The first thing to remember about driving in Australia is that they drive on the left-hand side of the road. You should also obtain an international driving permit if your local driving licence is not in English.

If you plan to drive a car in Melbourne, you need to apply for an Australian driving licence after six months.

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Advantages and disadvantages of living in Melbourne

Expats and immigrants who relocated to Melbourne allocate the following aspects of living there:

  • Melbourne has been named the world’s sporting capital several times, making it the go-to for sports enthusiasts.
  • Melbourne is one of the best cities in the world to live due to its high quality of life index and its low poverty rate.
  • The weather is changeable is Melbourne and the phrase’ four seasons in one day’ describes it in the best way. The temperature is colder than in Sydney with an average of 19°C in summer and 9°C in winter.

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