At Urban Central, our mission is to provide cheap accommodation in Melbourne, no matter the occasion. While many of our residents are travellers from all around the world, we also welcome locals.

Most of the time, they’re heading into the city for a big event, and choose to make a weekend out of it by staying a couple of nights with us, too.

 In addition to the ongoing Melbourne International Film Festival, we’re also seeing many local visitors book rooms for two more huge events: White Night 2019, and the upcoming USA vs. Aussie basketball games at Marvel Stadium.

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White Night Reimagined 2019

 White Night may still be in its early years, but it’s fast become a staple on Melbourne’s events calendar! 

 And for the first time in its history, it won’t just be running over one night, either!

 This year White Night has been reimagined, bringing spectacular light and sound shows down to the CBD over not one, not two, but three nights:

  • Thursday 22nd August - 7pm to 12am
  • Friday 23rd August - 7pm to 12am
  • Saturday 24th August - 7pm to 2am


With so many different events to see and three whole nights to do it, why not make a whole weekend of it?

 Instead of having to head back every night, why not make it into a mini-holiday and stay a night or two at our hostel?

 We offer cheap accommodation in Melbourne, allowing you to enjoy everything on offer during the new and expanded White Night!

 This year’s events will be showcased at a number of different locations throughout Melbourne, with tons on offer at each spot: 

 This year’s theme is senses. Each location will feature performances and fixtures designed around a specific theme!

 If you want to check out the full program click here. Here are a couple of highlights...


The Physical Realm

 Hosted at Birrarung Marr, the Physical Realm presents incredible acrobatic stunts and performances that will make you feel as though you have been transported to another world.

 Combining circus skills, trapeze, dance, and incredible projections, this extraordinary show is all about making your eyes widen in surprise and amazement!


The Sensory Realm

 The Sensory Realm will excite every single one of your senses: sight, smell, touch, taste and sound… all five are represented here!

 Hosted at Treasury Gardens, you will see and hear things that you keep you mesmerised.

 One of the most popular exhibits is the Pollution Pods. This olfactory experience allows you to experience different levels of air pollution, from pristine Norway to crowded New Delhi.


What’s happening in Melbourne’s art precinct?

 The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will also be hosting a number of events during White Night that you definitely don't want to miss out on.

 The famous Terracotta Warriors from the Qin Dynasty will be on display: imagine seeing in person eight soldiers as well as two full size horses!

 The NGV itself will also be playing host to one of the projections that characterise White Night, with this year’s theme being indigenous artwork.

 Just next door from the NGV, the Arts Centre is transforming into a tribute to music - one that’s sure to appeal to the music-lover inside!

 That includes SUPERDRONE, a tribute to drone music.

 From the didgeridoo to the modern forms of jazz and rock n’ roll, drone music has been influencing the music we listen to for a lot longer than you might have realised.

 If you’ve never noticed, this exhibit will open your eyes to the trippy, almost otherworldly sound of drone music.


2019 August Basketball at Marvel Stadium

 Where: Marvel Stadium

 When: Thursday 22nd August; Saturday 24th August

 Gates open: 5pm (Thursday); 11:30am (Saturday)

 Tip-off: 7:30pm (Thursday); 2pm ( Saturday)

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Only 1 week to go until Game 1 of #BoomersUSA!


There’s one more big-ticket event this August that might be more your speed if you’re a sports fan.

The Australian Boomers basketball team are facing off against the USA basketball team in a two-game showdown.

Whether you’re pulling for the Aussies, or interested in seeing the Americans demonstrate their basketball prowess, this is an event you won’t want to miss if you’re a basketball fan!

If you’re interested in attending you can get your tickets here. If you feel like making the most of your night though, you should check out the VIP Packages


Getting to Marvel Stadium from our Melbourne hostel

 Heading to the basketball this month? Getting to Marvel Stadium from Urban Central involves nothing more than a 25-minute walk or quick tram trip, thanks to our fantastic location. 



Once you step outside our hostel, turn left and walk towards Clarendon Street (a walk that literally takes seconds). Once you hit Clarendon, turn left and follow it until you reach Southern Cross Station. Cut through the station to Wurundjeri Way to reach Marvel Stadium.

Alternatively, you can catch the #96 or #12 tram from near the corner of Clarendon Street and Whiteman Street. Hop off at Southern Cross station and again cut through to the


Cheap accommodation for sports groups

 For something this high-profile, it’s no surprise that many are coming down to Melbourne from regional Victoria and interstate. After all, it’s not every day you get to see two of the world’s top basketball teams duke it out!

 At Urban Central, we offer cheap accommodation in Melbourne for all sorts of groups, including sports groups.

 We aren’t just referring to visiting sports teams, either - we also offer packages tailored for groups of supporters!

Whether it’s you and a small group of close friends, or an entire bus worth of supporters, our Melbourne hostel has plenty of room for your band of basketball lovers.

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Need cheap accommodation in Melbourne?

Book with Urban Central!

When the big events start running in Melbourne, we often see visitors coming in looking for an affordable place to stay.

And we’re glad to accommodate - literally!

We see all kinds of people come through our doors at Urban Central… and not just backpackers and budget travellers, either. We also welcome sports fans and locals who are in the city for one of its many, many events.

Our goal is to make your stay in Melbourne affordable, comfortable, and safe.

And we’re able to achieve that, thanks to our wide range of rooms, which allow us to meet the needs of any group or individual travellers:

If you’re looking for cheap accommodation in Melbourne, the search stops now!

Book your Urban Central accommodation online today.

Got questions? Get in touch here or give us a call anytime on 1800 631 288.