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Moving to Melbourne

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on May 07, 2023

Summary: Expatriates are drawn to Melbourne, Australia for its vibrant culture, diverse population, and excellent quality of life. With its temperate climate, world-class restaurants, and abundance of outdoor activities, Melbourne is an attractive destination for those looking to experience a new culture. Additionally, Melbourne is home to a number of universities and colleges, making it an ideal place for expats to pursue higher education. Before moving to Melbourne, it is important to be aware of the cost of living, which is higher than in many other parts of Australia. Additionally, Melbourne is a large city, so it is important to research the different neighborhoods and find one that best suits your needs. It is also important to be aware of the visa requirements for expats, as well as the local laws and customs. Finally, it is important to research the job market and make sure that you have the necessary qualifications and experience to find employment in Melbourne.

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What do I need to know before moving to Melbourne?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Melbourne, they said:

"Look for an area convenient for your work and lifestyle. In Melbourne there's lots to choose from on both sides of the Yarra," remarked one expat who made the move to Melbourne.

"Before moving to Melbourne, expats should familiarise themselves with the local climate and seasons. Melbourne has warm summers and cool winters, with temperatures ranging from around 20 degrees Celsius in winter, to over 30 degrees Celsius in summer. Additionally, Melbourne receives significant rainfall throughout the year and experiences four distinct seasons. It is also important to remember that Melbourne will often experience four seasons in one day, so it is advisable to bring appropriate clothing and layers. Melbourne is known for its multicultural and vibrant culture, with a wide variety of restaurant, bar and café options available to explore. Furthermore, the city is a hub of creativity, with an array of events, exhibitions, galleries and theatres to enjoy. Expats should also keep in mind that Melbourne is home to a public transport network that consists of trains, trams and buses, allowing them to get around the city with ease. With its lively atmosphere and array of amenities, Melbourne is an exciting city for expats to explore. By doing research and preparing for the local climate, expats will be well-equipped to settle into the city," explained one expat living in Melbourne, Australia, Australia.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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