by Emily Fujii Kyriakidou, University of Melbourne, Australia
Hello future scholars in Melbourne! 🎓 This city is a treasure trove of cultural richness and educational prowess. Before diving into all it offers, here are five essential tasks to get you started:
1️⃣ Create and Pick Up Your Student Card 🎟
Your student card is an indispensable asset here. Not only does it open doors to student discounts, but it also grants free access to certain museums 🏛. Don’t delay—head to your university and secure this invaluable card.
2️⃣ Secure a Myki Card at 7-Eleven 🚉
Melbourne’s public transport is your gateway to the city. Pick up a Myki card from the nearest 7-Eleven. This card facilitates travel on trams, trains, and buses. 🚌🚋 Remember, students get a 50% fare reduction—just inform the cashier!
🚨 Bonus Tip: Some parts of the city have a “Free Tram Zone.” Be sure to tap your Myki card if traveling outside this zone to avoid fines.
3️⃣ Choose the Right SIM Card 📱
Maintaining connectivity is crucial. Explore your options with carriers like Vodafone, Optus, Boost, and Telstra. 🗼📶 After comparing prices and plans, choose one that aligns with your needs. I found Vodafone to be extremely convenient.
4️⃣ Kmart for Essentials 🛒
Kmart is the budget-friendly choice for homeware, clothing, or stationery. 🏠🖊 It’s your go-to destination for affordable items, without compromising too much on quality.
5️⃣ Decipher Your Grocery Game Plan 🥑🍞
When it comes to groceries, Aldi offers the most economical options. For higher quality, Woolworths and Coles have you covered. 🥕🍎 For fresh produce, don’t overlook the Queen Victoria Market, especially on Sundays when discounts are aplenty.
And that wraps it up! Tick off these essentials, and you’ll be free to explore the richness Melbourne has to offer. 🌏✨
Happy adventuring! 🌟