Are you a first year uni student? Here’s a list of Melbourne’s hottest student-friendly activities…
Melbourne’s reputation is built upon its carefully crafted coffee, lively foodie scene, and vibrant nightlife, which holds a special allure for students arriving from various corners of Australia and the globe for their educational pursuits. We’ve compiled a selection of the latest student-friendly activities, eateries, and nightlife destinations, for you to check out while you’re in Melbourne.
Melbourne is famous for its sports scene. With the southern hemisphere’s biggest stadium, the MCG hosts sports events nonstop. During much of the AFL’s home and away season, lots of students make the most of the affordable $18 concession tickets and head over to catch some footy action.
For individuals who have an appreciation for art, Melbourne offers numerous locations to explore (without any cost), such as the NGV and the Melbourne CBD Street Art Lanes. These two destinations encompass divergent artistic viewpoints. The NGV is renowned for its captivating and expertly curated displays, while the street art lanes, such as ACDC and Hosier Lane, undergo continuous grassroots transformation and development.
For those students that are interested in film, or just love a cheeky student deal, Cinema Nova in Carlton has the best cheap movie tickets on a Monday, starting from just $7. Within walking distance of UniMelb, you’ll find Cinema Nova on Lygon St, surrounded by delicious Italian restaurants. This cinema is a hot spot for many students throughout the semester.
Thrifting/op-shopping is a favourable activity among many Melbourne students. In suburbs such as Brunswick, Fitzroy and Carlton, there are many thrifting opportunities to find your perfect stylish pieces or dress up items at an affordable price. Shops to have a look out for include; Savers (includes a Sunday Student Discount), Goodbyes, SWOP, Vinnies and many more.
Food and Drink Venues
If you are feeling hungry, the Queen Victoria Market is a great place to check out on a Saturday morning, with many different local fresh produce and food stalls. Additionally, there are many affordable and delicious restaurants, cafes and food places around Melbourne CBD which include;
- Good Times – Fitzroy ($9 pasta)
- Master Lanzhou – Melbourne CBD/Northern Melbourne (delicious Asian noodles)
- Basil Leaf Pho – Fitzroy (Vietnamese sharing dishes)
- MileEnd Bagels – Brunswick/Fitzroy (great brunch spot)
- Yo Chi – Carlton (dessert!!)
- Pidapipò – Carlton (dessert x2!!)
Being a student with ample free time, many opt to explore Melbourne’s nightlife (and the perks of student discounts) throughout the week. Here’s a compilation of student-friendly clubs, bars, and pubs worth visiting to score discounts on beverages, entry fees and more:
- Monday: Workers Club (Fitzroy) and The Evelyn Hotel (Fitzroy)
- Tuesday: The Hawthorn Hotel/Hawker (Hawthorn)
- Wednesday: Prince Alfred/PA’s (Carlton)
- Thursday: New Guernica (Collingwood), Lucky Thursdays (CBD), Yah Yah’s [Queer Friendly] (Fitzroy)
- Friday: Miscellania (CBD)
- Saturday: Xe54 (CBD), SubClub (CBD), The Dove Club (CBD)
- Sunday: The Gasometer Hotel (Collingwood)
Written by Martha Conheady.