Connect with your community
Volunteer and meet new friends
Our international student volunteering programs give you the chance to meet new friends while helping out in your local neighbourhood. Our volunteering activities include working at local festivals, helping people learn computer skills, and talking with elderly citizens.
Homestay in Australia
You can experience a homestay with an Australian family through our partnership with the Australian Homestay Network. You’ll be close to the University, have the chance to practice your English, and get local knowledge about your new hometown.
To sign up, visit the Australian Homestay Network website.
Activities in Darebin
Our Melbourne Campus is part of the Darebin community; the Darebin Overseas Students Association (DOSA) gives you the chance to get involved in activities like the annual Festival of Light and Friendship, the Darebin Kite Festival, Carols by Candlelight, and the Civic Welcome for International Students. You’ll also be able to access the Ozone Lounge – an international student space at Northland Youth Centre on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
Opportunities for female students
If you’re a female international student, we can sponsor you to gain leadership skills through the Victorian Immigrant Women’s Refugee Coalition.
To find out how to get involved, visit the VIWRC website.
Find friends in the city
In the city centre, you can find The Couch – a space where international students go to relax, meet new friends and find out what’s on.
Find out more at The Couch website.
Get free tickets to sports matches
Want to know more about Australian sporting culture? Through GloBall, you can get free tickets to Australian Football League (AFL) and cricket matches at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
For more information visit the Globall website.