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Australia’s second biggest city is located on the edge of Port Phillip bay with its centre on the Yarra river estuary, and as a result Melbourne has a much colder, wetter climate than the majority of Australia. The gold rush of the mid 1800s saw Melbourne become a large city famed for its wealth, while these days it is more famous for its art and artists and is known as the ‘cultural capital of Australia. Melbourne was ranked by the Economist as the world’s most liveable city in 2012 and one of the top global University Cities and Innovation Cities in 2006 and 2007, respectively.
Whether you prefer the hustle and bustle of the city or a quiet walk along a beach, Melbourne has something for everyone. But no matter where you choose to live, you will be served by an extensive public transport system which is covered by train, bus, taxi and the world’s largest tram network. For professionals, the best room shares can be found in the Eastern Suburbs such as: Manningham, Boroondara, Knox,and Whitehorse. While students are most likely to find a cheaper shared accommodation in areas to the west and north of the city. Student Share accommodation in Carlton is a popular choice since it is right next to the university itself.