Moving to a new place can be both exciting and scary at the same time. There are a lot of job opportunities, new people to meet and many sights to see but you will need to know a bit more about the new city to get the most out of your stay.
Here we have a list of things that you might find helpful if you're planning to stay and work in Greater Melbourne:
Rent is a bit on the expensive side. According to the 2016 census, the median cost of weekly rent is at $350. In comparison, the national minimum wage is around $700 a week. Rent can account for more than half the minimum wage. If you are planning on migrating and working in Melbourne, it's a good idea to share rent with other people (there are many ads online in Gumtree if you wanna go that route) or stay first with someone local you know in Melbourne like family or friends before you get your paycheck and get your own place later. Also try looking for work that pays a decent salary. Most migrant workers are usually hired by local companies because of their expertise in a specific field, such as engineering, IT or software development. Entry level salaries can be around $40,000 a year but can easily be triple or quadruple that with enough experience. There are also high-paying jobs that don't really require much technical expertise such as being a translator and/or an interpreter aside from your mother tongue and English, though you will need to apply for certification to work for legal proceedings. Interpreters and translators are in demand in Melbourne because of the number of migrant workers there and usually earn around $60,000 a year to around double with experience in the industry.
Ready your cameras. If you're into photography and would like to travel around Melbourne, you'll be in no shortage of beautiful buildings dating back to the Victorian era, museums, art galleries, theatres, large parks and open gardens, most of which you can find in the City Centre or CBD (Central Business District). Since there are also a lot of migrants staying in Melbourne, there are a lot of different cultural events across the whole year. Some of the good spots to check out would be Flinders Street Station,
The best way to get around Melbourne is by public transport. Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and is home to around 4.5 million people, and the public transportation system is fairly reliable considering the fact that it moves those many people around the city centre and the suburbs. It's fairly easy to get around without a car. Majority of the train, tram and bus services operate between 5AM and midnight on Mondays through Saturdays, and start 8am on Sundays. If you plan on getting around the city, you can drop by any 7-Eleven stores as they have Myki cards, which is a reloadable smartcard used for travel on trams, trains and buses. There is also the free City Circle Tram that runs around the CBD perimeter for access to tourist destinations complete with audio commentary.
If you're also into getting fit and the active lifestyle, bike rentals are also fairly common across Melbourne.
Good food is pretty cheap and affordable. Remember that because you are in Australia, quality beef, lamb and veal is cheap. That means that it's not hard to find good food at good prices. There are a myriad of different places to check out, from fine and fancy dining to cheap eats to international and to local cuisine. If you do plan on going out for drinks, just so that you don't get confused, pubs and bars are known locally as hotels; establishments where you can stay at are also called the same, which can be confusing to non-locals.
There are a lot of dollar shops around Melbourne. For those that want to save as much money as they possibly can, there are a lot of cheap shops around, and some of them are pretty well-known like Arthur Daley's, The Reject Shop or Dimmeys, all offering great value for your money. You can also take your time to look around and find those small unknown shops that also offer good prices for everyday use items. If finding good deals is something that interests you, you will enjoy yourself in Melbourne.
Chances are, there is a community of migrant workers from the same country as you. Most of the time, coming from the same background helps you connect better with them. They can give you tips on where to find other migrants that are also staying in Melbourne. If you happen to miss food from home, they can also direct you at local groceries or restaurants that serve those, which can be a great help if you're feeling lonely abroad.