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The world's most liveable city

With friendly people, a great lifestyle and endless business opportunities, you’ll quickly fall in love with Melbourne.

There are many reasons why Melbourne has been consistently rated one of the world's most liveable cities.

In the 2023 Global Liveability Index by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Melbourne is ranked as the 3rd most liveable city in the world and the most liveable city in Australia.

The EIU assessed 173 cities based on 5 major categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Melbourne achieved a perfect score of 100/100 for education, healthcare and infrastructure, along with impressive ratings for culture and environment (95.8/100) and stability (95/100).

Yet, it is not just our exceptional lifestyle that sets Melbourne apart; it’s also the genuine warmth of our local residents. This is precisely why the company William Russell crowned Melbourne as the world's friendliest city in 2022.

Here are a few of Melbourne’s highlights.

Botanical Gardens Melbourne park lake and bench

Affordable lifestyle

Melbourne is more affordable than many other cities like Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney.

Visit our Money & tax section to compare the cost of living in Melbourne to other countries with detailed costs on clothing, education, transport, food, entertainment and more.

World class education

From kindergarten through to university, Melbourne is home to some of the region’s best educational institutions.

In the latest QS Best Student Cities 2024, Melbourne ranked 4th in the world. The ranking considers the best places to live and study  based on a range of factors including affordability, desirability, and the opinions of current students.

We have 10 world-class universities in our state and Melbourne has the only two Australian universities in the World's 50 top-ranking.

Melbourne was given a perfect score for education from the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Survey 2021.

Visit our Education & childcare section to find out more about our world class education.

World leading healthcare

Melburnians have a life expectancy that is amongst the highest in the world, buoyed by Australia’s world-renowned healthcare system, which includes high quality public and private hospitals, as well as community health services, ambulance and dental services.

Two of Melbourne's hospitals, The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Alfred Health were included in Newsweek's top 50 hospitals in the world.

Visit our Health & wellbeing section to learn more about our world leading healthcare.

Homes to suit all tastes

No matter what your taste or budget is, Melbourne has the perfect home for you. 

If you love city living, why not live in one of our many inner city apartments? If you prefer more space and a quieter lifestyle, there are great suburbs within an easy commute of the city.  The choice is yours.

Visit our Housing and property section to find out more about renting and buying a home in Melbourne.  

Great weather

Melbourne’s unique climate has something for everyone – summers that are warm, autumns that are moderate, winters that are cool, and springs that are sunny and bright.

When you’re enjoying Melbourne’s great outdoors, you’ll also notice our clean air quality. We don’t suffer from high levels of air pollution that are common to other major cities around the world.

Visit our Environment and weather section to learn more about Melbourne’s unique climate.

Discover more

Of course, there’s so much more that life in Melbourne has to offer you and your family.

Continue exploring this website to learn more.




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