Although Melbourne is known as the world’s most liveable city, international students new to the city might find the city unfamiliar and disconcerting at first, especially if they don’t know where to go to buy their essentials.
For students who are only just beginning their overseas studies journey, here are some stores that all international students need to know about.
This popular store can be found all around Melbourne but considering most international students live in the city, students should consider popping by the Target store located on Bourke St to get their essential supplies
Target is your one-stop-shop for everything. Furniture, clothes, pens, games and books. You can get just about everything here. This will definitely help you get settled in for the next few months that you’ll be staying in Melbourne
Most Asian countries are more or less already familiar with Daiso but did you know that Australia has a few Daiso stores as well?
Like most of the Daiso stores that you may already be familiar with, Melbourne’s Daiso stores sell Asian snacks, drinks, kitchen utensils and other homewares like trash cans, dustpans and more. They also sometimes sell school supplies such as notebooks and pens.
Daiso also tends to stock some pretty cute items as well that make for nice furnishing additions to your home
Need to stock up on uni supplies? Officeworks has everything you need and more.
Sure, Target might sell pens and books but to get true quality school supplies you wanna head down to Officeworks.
Additionally, you can buy laptops and desks here too in case your laptop breaks down or you need a working station at home.
You can even print and photocopy at Officeworks too.
If you’ve caught a cold or need something to take care of that nagging sore throat, My Chemist would be the place to get your fix.
Like any pharmacy/drug store, My Chemist stocks all kinds of over-the-counter medicine and supplements and they are Australia Number 1 online pharmacy.
Prescription medicine can be picked up here too and shop assistants can help at any given time.
Supermarkets and Farmers Market
Large supermarket chains such as Woolworths, Coles and IGA are staples in the Australian market and the majority of people will buy some, or all, of their groceries (from fresh food, snacks to other essential) here.
Large chains have the benefits of long opening hours, supermarkets are open seven days a week, with the majority of Woolworths and Coles stores open until at least 9 pm on weeknights and some IGA stores open until midnight.
Also, stores such as Aldi and Costco are renowned for their cheap bulk-buy specials. Shopping here is a great way to save some dollars if you have a few friends you can split the goods with, or for stocking up on non-perishable goods that will last a long time in the pantry
If you think it’s going to be difficult to find Asian supermarkets around Melbourne, think again!
While Woolies does stock Asian goods, you won’t find a bigger selection of Asian grocer goods than at Hometown Asian Supermarket. Students can expect to find items that will no doubt remind them of home. Most of the products sold at Hometown Asian supermarket mainly consist directly imported Japan, Malaysia groceries & Asian Cooking ingredients
Even if you hate cooking or tired of shopping at a supermarket, there's nothing like a trip to the local farmer's market to make you marvel at the great produce that is grown around Victoria. They're also a great place to pick up tasty local honey, preserves, chutneys, spice mixes and fresh baked goods while supporting farmers at the same time.
Good thing Melbourne's got a lot of farmers' markets running all year, and here are some of the best:
· Boroondara Farmers' Market
· Carlton Farmers' Market
· Collingwood Children's Farm Farmers' Market
· Abbotsford Convent Farmers Market
· Gasworks Farmers' Market