The Institute of Hotel Management Australia's (IHMA) college and head office is located approximately 5 kilometers east of Melbourne's CBD. Melbourne is Victoria's capital city, is Australia's 2nd largest city and is one of the world's most liveable cities. Melbourne is situated on the southern coast of Victoria and is bordered by Port Phillip Bay to the south, the Dandenong Ranges to the East and North East and then laid open to flat plains from North to the West and is populated by more than 3 million people. Melbourne boasts a broad diversity of culture, religion and language as a result of a long standing and successful immigration programme. Melbourne is home to people from more than 100 countries.
Melbourne was named in 1835 in honour of the at that time Prime Minister of Britain, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne. Melbourne was the capital city of Australia from 1901 until 1927. Since then, Melbourne has been ranked first as the world's most liveable city by 'The Economist of The World's Most Liveable Cities', first in 2002 again in 2004 and since then Melbourne has been crowned as the most liveable time and again. Many Australians also migrate to Melbourne from other cities in Australia such as Sydney, in recognition of Melbourne's livability. The US's Utne Reader puts it thus: "Add a long tradition of civic pride, communities of new immigrants from around the world, and the best food in Australia, and you have a recipe for what many claim is the hippest city in the Southern Hemisphere" (Nov/Dec 2001).
Melbourne's motto is 'Vires acquirit eundo' or 'we gather strength as we go' and this is evident as you explore many of Melbourne's attractions such as parks, gardens, cultural exhibits, sporting and entertainment facilities and those events where the collective culture of Melbourne is exhibited. In general, you will find Melburnians mature, complex, educated, tolerant and fair the result of a unique blend of indigenous culture, immigration and education blended with a history of strength, struggle and success.
Melbourne is an educational hub and the destination of many thousands of Australian and International students. Melbourne hosts many Universities, Technical Colleges, Private Educational Institutions as well as a vast range of primary and secondary educational facilities. IHMA is a Private Educational Institution and is located in the center of Richmond, just 5 minutes to the east of Melbourne's central business district (CBD).
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Richmond is one of Melbournes' oldest suburbs and this is evident in the architectural styles throughout. Due mainly to the high density of housing, Richmond has been taken over by young people such as students, office workers, small business owners etc. Richmond is now a cosmopolitan city and hosts a very wide range of eatery, clothing and accessory factory outlets and is a destination for fashion hunters from all over the planet. Richmond is a colourful, vibrant busy place during the day and once the sun goes down, the restaurants, bars and takeaways open for a feast of sights, smells and flavours. Richmond is a young persons place to be and with its close proximity to Sth Yarra, Prahran and Melbourne Central, serves as an entertainment hub for afterhours recreation seekers.
Trams, trains, buses and taxis can take you almost anywhere in Melbourne, inexpensively.
Trams routes 48, 75, 78 and 79 all stop at the corner of Church Street and Bridge Road Richmond. IHMA is situated 50 metres from the corner of Church Street and Bridge Road at 230 Church Street Richmond.
Richmond's climate is known as temperate. Richmond has four seasons per year - Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. Summer is quite warm with temperatures reaching into the low 40s. Autumn is quite mild with increasing winds and rains leading into Winter. Winter is quite wet but relatively mild with very few very cold days. Spring increases in temperature and rain begins to abate. Temperature range for the year is about 4 Degree C on a cold winters night to about 40 Degree C on a hot Summers day.
It is advisable to bring woollen jumpers and jackets for Winter and shorts and light clothing for Summer.
Richmond is a destination and residence for thousands of students studying in Richmond and wider Melbourne. Students can expect to find accommodation within walking distance to the IHMA campus. Styles of accommodation differ from area to area and there are many levels of quality and comfort in accordance with costs and locality. Accommodation should be left until students arrive in Australia so as to enable time to view lodgings and speak with other students etc. There is ample short stay and temporary accommodation available to enable students time to select appropriate accommodation.
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The first decision to consider is deciding what type of place you want to live in and where you want to live. You can rent your own apartment, flat or house; you can share a flat or house with other people (an arrangement called "share accommodation"). When you make a decision about where to live you need to balance the cost of higher rents in the city areas with the lower rents and higher transport costs of living in the suburbs. There are some rental vacancies that you can check on the Age newspaper's domain website : http://www.domain.com.au/?mode=rent. Another useful site for renting a place of your own is to visit the Victoria Real Estate Institute website on http://www.realestateview.com.au.
Renting your own apartment, flat or house means you can choose who lives with you and may be a good choice for students who prefer their independence. It also means that you may need to buy (or rent) all your own furniture. The estate agent will ask you to sign a contract (tenancy agreement or lease) with the owner, agreeing that you will stay in the place for a minimum period of time (usually 6 or 12 months). Make certain that the accommodation is suitable for your needs and that you can afford it. Contact real estate agents close to the area in which you want to live. The average apartment, house or flat ranges from $250 - $500 per week (one bedroom) or $250 - $650 per week (two bedrooms). You will also pay a bond or security deposit equal to one month's rent. A bond is money you pay to the landlord or real estate agent in case you don't fulfill your responsibilities. The bond is refundable after you move out of the flat or house, provided you leave the property in reasonable condition and fulfill your obligations under the lease.
Sharing an apartment, flat or house. This type of rental accommodation can only be arranged after you arrive in Melbourne. In a shared apartment, flat or house each person usually has his or her own bedroom and shares the bathroom, kitchen and living areas with other people. Costs depend on the size of the residence and the number of people sharing. Your budget should allow for food, electricity and other bills, plus transport and other personal costs. Food costs can be shared, with everyone paying an agreed amount per week, or each person buying his or her own food (approximately $65 to $110 per week). In most households the cost of electricity, telephone rental and other bills are shared equally (approximately $50 per week). You will normally record and pay for your own telephone calls. Long distance and international calls are itemised on the telephone bill and the calls are listed individually with the number called and the cost of the call. The average price of a room ranges from $80 to $250 per week. You will also be asked to pay a bond or security deposit. You may also choose to live in a Hostel. Hostels usually have bathroom, living and leisure areas that are shared with other residents. Some hostels include meals in their fees, while at others you cook for yourself. You can have you own room at most hostels but this is more expensive than if you are sharing a room with another student. Prices vary from $90 to $400 per week. There may be other charges, such as a bond (security deposit) and appliance charges.
If you choose to rent or live in share accommodation or organise a share accommodation house you should be aware of your legal rights and responsibilities. You can get most of this information from a booklet called Renting: Your Rights and Responsibilities. This booklet will give you information about your rights as a tenant in rental accommodation and your responsibilities, such as household maintenance and paying your rent on time. You may also be responsible for paying for the cost of the reconnection of the utilities - to have gas, electricity, water and telephone turned on. When you leave a rental property it is your responsibility to notify the electricity, telephone water and gas companies that you have left and are no longer responsible for the bills. When you move into a place you need to make sure that you understand all of the papers that you sign. Do not sign anything unless you are fully aware of all terms and conditions, and you are sure you understand them clearly. If you would like clarification of any documents you have to sign you can visit the Institute for help.