What is life like in RMIT and in Melbourne, Australia?
So, in 2015 I will be traveling to Melbourne, Australia for six months (July-December) on a study abroad program. I have been dreaming of going to Australia since I was 5 years old. I will be staying at RMIT in Melbourne, and I was wondering if anyone knew anything about the school/the area. How is Port Phillip Bay, is the water dirty? What are some things that I could do there? How is the city? I will be going to the Great Barrier Reef once during the trip, but are there any other things to see? I just want to get the fullest experience out of Australia for the time I have there. Any information helps, thanks!
- ?Lv 57 years agoFavorite Answer
RMIT is an excellent university and I would say it's probably the most popular university in Melbourne among young people. I went there for a few years and had a great time. The facilities are world class, the lecturers are helpful and industry professionals, and the location is back smack in the centre of the city so it's close to everything such as cafes, restaurants, shopping districts and right opposite the State Library.
Outside of studying there is a lot you can do. Shopping is a big past time for many Melburnians, otherwise feel free to stroll through the city streets and laneways to discover bars, cafes, restaurants and art galleries. Or you might like to visit the Queen Victoria Markets. You can partake in the typical touristy activities such as a visit to the Eureka Skydeck which overlooks the city, or catch a ferry from the city over to Williamstown (maritime suburb) and explore there.
You've also got the Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Aquarium, watch a game of AFL (Aussie Rules Football) at the MCG, and so much more.
Port Phillip Bay isn't always dirty. It's only ever dirty after we have heavy rainfall which doesn't happen often between July-December. St.Kilda is the most accessible beach to the city and is the most touristy (as well as Brighton), but the best and cleanest beaches are in the southern suburbs around Chelsea, Carrum, Mordialloc, Sandringham, Seaford. Those are about half an hour train ride from the city but the water will be clear and the sand is white. If you want to travel further, though, you can find the Mornington Peninsula and the Great Ocean Road both have spectacular beaches.
If you google "what's on in Melbourne" then that will give you plenty of ideas.
Take a look at these sites for ideas:
- OzNanaLv 77 years ago
I hope you know that the Great Barrier Reef is a very long way from Melbourne! You will have to fly up to Cairns in order to be able to get there. Your other respondent has given you a good range of activities in Melbourne. There are also excellent art galleries, theatres etc. Young people like night clubs, and there are plenty of those.
There's also a nice beach at Williamstown, if you can get someone to take you there in a car. It's a little awkward to access by public transport though.
- Anonymous7 years ago
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