๐ŸŒ† 5 Essential Things to Do As Soon as You Arrive in Melbourne ๐ŸŒ†

by Emily Fujii Kyriakidou, University of Melbourne, Australia

Capturing the Pulse of Melbourne

Hello future scholars in Melbourne!ย ๐ŸŽ“ย 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:

1๏ธโƒฃ Create and Pick Up Your Student Card ๐ŸŽŸ

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 ๐Ÿ›. Don’t delayโ€”head to your university and secure this invaluable card.

2๏ธโƒฃ Secure a Myki Card at 7-Eleven ๐Ÿš‰

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. ๐ŸšŒ๐Ÿš‹ Remember, students get a 50% fare reductionโ€”just inform the cashier!

๐Ÿšจ 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.

3๏ธโƒฃ Choose the Right SIM Card ๐Ÿ“ฑ

Maintaining connectivity is crucial. Explore your options with carriers like Vodafone, Optus, Boost, and Telstra. ๐Ÿ—ผ๐Ÿ“ถ After comparing prices and plans, choose one that aligns with your needs. I found Vodafone to be extremely convenient.

4๏ธโƒฃ Kmart for Essentials ๐Ÿ›’

Kmart is the budget-friendly choice for homeware, clothing, or stationery. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ–Š It’s your go-to destination for affordable items, without compromising too much on quality.

5๏ธโƒฃ Decipher Your Grocery Game Plan ๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿž

When it comes to groceries, Aldi offers the most economical options. For higher quality, Woolworths and Coles have you covered. ๐Ÿฅ•๐ŸŽ For fresh produce, donโ€™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. ๐ŸŒโœจ

Happy adventuring! ๐ŸŒŸ

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