If you are reading this blog, it means you are either in Carlton or are going to be in Carlton soon! Well as indicated in the title, after perusing through this blog; I am sure you will be quite well equipped to acclimatize yourselves as Carlton residents!
First of all, welcome to the quaint but most popular suburb in Melbourne. As an international student myself, it was my first introduction to the Australian culture and to Melbourne city.
Having said that, I wish I had come to know some of the perks of this suburb from the start.
As the saying goes though, ‘Better late than never’; I would like to share my experience with you after having spent considerable amount of time here!!
Theresa at Unilodge says that countless students come here every year to call ‘Carlton’ their home. Unilodge provide accommodation services to students and help them get settled in their new life. Theresa also suggests that volunteering and participating in different clubs and activities will help you to liaise with different stakeholders. It will help in increasing interaction with the broader communities.
If you are a foodie at heart and Italian is your favorite cuisine – then you are in for a treat!!
Carlton is home to Lygon street which is often rightly called the ‘Italian food capital!’ The street is lined with a series of Italian restaurants and pubs where after enjoying a scrumptious meal; you can go for a dance in the surrounding pubs! Lygon court has the main branch of Brunetti – the most popular dessert place in town! But if you’re after other cuisine you will find Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai among others on the Lygon strip.
For groceries, it has to be Woolworths which is open everyday from 7 am to 12 am. So if you are craving for a midnight snack or want to grab some early morning sandwich before your lectures – this is the place to head to!!
Another place on Lygon street, if you are craving some delectable hot chocolate – then head to Koko Black Café! Also, a branch of the Australian Post office is located on Lygon street.
On Rathdowne street, there is the famous Melbourne Museum – there is free entry to all students provided you show your student card, the Carlton Gardens and the Royal Exhibition Building which is one of the few Australian human-made world heritage sites.
In times of a medical emergency, there are the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Women’s Hospital and the Royal Dental Hospital located on Grattan street, Flemington road and Swanston street, respectively.
On 5/300 Grattan street, there is the HealthSmart Pharmacy Melbourne located at the Royal Melbourne Hospital open from Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 7 pm and on Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm catering to your health services.
There is also the Community Grocer on 510 Lygon street every Friday from 9.30 am to 12.30 am, if you want to grab some fresh produce at affordable prices. The Kathleen Syme Library located on Faraday street and the Carlton Neighborhood Learning Centre provide a safe haven and some exciting volunteering opportunities.
All in all, if you are in Melbourne, there a lot of places to visit here but Carlton is the place which will capture your hearts!!
By Rujuta Nikam.