Anyone that’s ever stayed at a hostel will tell you that the main draw of hostel life isn’t the great locations or even the affordable rates.

Rather, it’s the people.

Social at Melbourne hostel

Whether it’s the gap year travellers, the  hens/stag night partiers or the professional backpackers, you’re bound to meet a huge cast of personalities in any hostel around the world.

It might sound like the setup to a cheesy 90s sitcom, but that’s the reality of hostel life. And honestly, that’s probably the biggest selling point!

Hostels are a fantastic way to build connections with travellers, improve your overall travel experience and make lifelong friendships. Especially if you’re a solo traveller!


Chat to fellow travellers to discover hidden gems

Sure, you can read all about the sights and sounds of the city you’re staying about on TripAdvisor. But when it comes down to it, there’s no better way to build a truly exciting itinerary than by talking to someone who’s already been around.

When you stay in a hostel, you automatically have something in common with everyone else: you’re all here to see the sights and immerse yourself in the local lifestyle.

Many of your fellow travellers will have already been around for some time. Others might even have discovered some truly spectacular hidden gems you mightn’t find in your typical tourist pamphlet!

The only way to be sure is to ask.

If you’re staying in a dorm with particularly active traveller, open a conversation about the things they’ve seen or are hoping to see. Who knows, you might even discover a new group of friends to discover something new with!


You’re never truly alone when you stay at a hostel!

Staying in an unfamiliar city can be exciting, but a little nerve wracking at the same time experience. Doubly so when you travel solo!

But when you’re sharing your room with others, it doesn’t have to be.

When you stay in a hostel, you automatically have at least a handful of people you can rely on for company. If you’re the type of person who can’t stand silence and needs company, you’re already set!

Even if you’re not exactly a social butterfly, a friendly smile and “morning!” goes a long way.

After all, you’re going to be living in close quarters with these strangers for days, weeks and even months. If they stay as strangers, things are going to get awkward, to say the very least!


Your hostel can help you make friends

We get it, we really do. Approaching a total stranger and making conversation doesn’t come naturally to all of us.

At the same time, there’s only so much “alone time” you can handle before you start feeling lonely. But how do you turn that around?

Fortunately, most hostels pull out all the stops when it comes to giving you the opportunity to meet up with new people. All you need to do is look for the signs...

Sign #1: Does your Melbourne hostel have common spaces?

Yes, we know this one’s a bit obvious.

But despite that, a lot of travellers seem to forget that these areas exist, instead shutting themselves into their dorms with their laptops or phones!

Head to your hostel’s lounge, bar, our outdoor courtyard to foster up a conversation with like-minded travellers who could well become lifelong friends!

Additionally, these spaces are also a great way to pass the time when the weather puts the kibosh on your plans, unwinding after a long day on your feet, or as the start of a great night hitting the town.

Sign #2: Nothing brings people together like food

Whether it’s preparing a late-night snack or checking out what another guest has whipped up, food (and the preparation or cleaning of it) is an immediate icebreaker.

Maybe a fellow traveller is lonely and decided to put together a taste of home - why not ask about their recipe? Boom: instant topic of conversation right there!

Here’s another idea: if your hostel offers free basic food supplies (like we do), you can ask around for recipes. Who knows what culinary delights you might discover?

Sure, the kitchen or dining area mightn’t be the most glamorous place to meet new people.

But it works!

Sign #3: Does your hostel have its own bar?

While not every hostel has its own bar on-site, but if yours does, make use of it!

Bars are perhaps one of the easiest places to meet fellow travellers. A lot of the time, you won’t even need to put in any work of your own - just take a seat and someone is bound to start talking to you.

Of course, as with anything alcohol-related, your first priority should always be your own safety. Standard bar rules apply: keep your limits in mind and always watch your drink.

Looking for a Melbourne hostel with its own bar? Urban Central's very own Bar 334  offers travellers a lounge-like atmosphere - perfect for a game of pool, a couple of drinks, and to catch the latest sports games on the big screen!

Hostel in Melbourne with bar

Sign #4: Does your hostel offer organised activities and trips?

In our opinion, a good hostel doesn’t just give you a place to meet new people… the best ones also organise activities for you and your fellow travellers to enjoy.

Not only do these help you pass the time, but they offer instant common ground between you and your fellow travellers! Look out for things like:

- Walking tours of the city

Pub crawls

Quiz and trivia nights

Regional day tours

Movie nights

At Urban Central, we have a pretty sizeable 7-story building. That allows us to offer Rap Jumping (think if abseiling and rappelling had a baby!) to all the thrill-seekers staying with us.

Every hostel is unique in this regard - the only way to be sure is to check the hostel noticeboard or simply get in touch with us.


Need a hostel in Melbourne? Choose Urban Central!

Whether you’re a shrinking violet or instant best friends with everybody in the room, the people you share a room with are guaranteed to enrich your travelling experience.

That is, if your hostel gives you the opportunity to!

When it comes to picking a Melbourne hostel, you’ll want a place that offers that type of atmosphere.

If you’re looking for a social experience, you can’t go past Urban Central. Located smack bang in the middle of Melbourne’s Southbank district, we’re right in the midst of all the action.

 Explore our room types here and if you’re ready to secure your room, book online now!

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