ACU’s Melbourne Campus (St Patrick’s) is conveniently located on the fringe of the Melbourne Central Business District (CBD), in the suburb of Fitzroy, popular for it’s great retail, food and nightlife. The campus is also close to some of Melbourne’s finest parks, gardens and recreational facilities. If you choose to study in Melbourne, you will be able to experience everything the beautiful and buzzing city has to offer. Below I’ve highlighted some of the great activities and experiences Melbourne has to offer.
Enjoy Cafe Culture
Melbourne has undoubtedly the best cafe culture in Australia. The coffee is fantastic, and Melbournians are extremely passionate about how they brew and drink it. FYI You might be second guessed if you order a skim milk coffee, and some cafes even refuse to stock it because they believe that full cream milk adds to the flavor of the coffee!…
It’s easy to get into the rhythm of drinking multiple coffees a day because there are just so many cafes dotted around the city. Similarly, it’s just as easy to sit at these cafe’s, read a book, chat to the barista and just watch the world go by.
Wander Through Lanes
One thing that separates Melbourne from other Australian cities like Brisbane and Sydney is it’s wide acceptance of graffiti and street art. Many of Melbourne’s lanes are covered in extremely colourful artwork and Graffiti. Tucked away down these little lanes are usually great cafe’s, restaurants and bars. So don’t be afraid to stray from the main streets!
Sip on cocktails
Especially in Fitzroy, near the ACU campus, there are some fantastic cocktail and wine bars. Brunzwick street, Gertrude street and Smith street are all known for their fantastic bars and nightlife. One of the most famous and awarded cocktail bars in this area is The Everleigh. If you’re indecisive and can never choose what you want to drink off a menu then this is the place for you. The great thing about The Everleigh is that they have a service called “bartender’s choice”. This option means that you just describe the type of drink you would like, for example “sweet and fruity”, “sour and strong”, or “a gentleman’s drink” etc. and they will create an amazing cocktail tailored to your tastes. They also have some great non-alcoholic options.
Dance The Night Away
If you feel like a dance after visiting a couple of cocktail bars then you’ll be pleased to know that there’s no shortage of clubs in Melbourne. Three notable examples are Power station, Revolver upstairs and the Croft institute. Power station and Revolver are big dance clubs whereas the Croft Institute is down a back alley and quite small. There are PLENTY of places to discover in Melbourne, and it’s always good to ask around for the latest suggestions.
Eat Like Royalty
If there’s anything Melbourne has a shortage of it isn’t food. Melbourne is known for it’s restaurants and chefs, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to get good food. The six dollar cheese burger I had from the Nevermind bar in Hawthorn was one of, if not THE, best I’ve ever had. Another noteworthy mention is the Broadsheet Restaurant. This restaurant combines the best dishes from great Melbourne restaurants and brings them all under one roof for your convenience. I had the French toast from Top Paddock which was delicious!
Shop Till You Drop
You won’t need to pack many clothes if you choose to study in Melbourne because the shopping opportunities are endless. Melbourne has lots of big brands like H&M, Zara, COS and the department stores Myer and David Jones, but what I love most are the opportunities for boutique shopping. Tiny boutique shops are scattered through the CBD and on streets like Brunzwick, Gertrude, Chapel and Smith. Another great place to go shopping and even hunt down a bargain is the Queen Victoria markets, which also have some great food and produce offerings.
So what are you waiting for?! Choose to study on ACU’s Melbourne campus to discover Melbourne yourself.