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In 2018, almost 8.5 million tourists visited Australia from overseas, with around 970 people arriving in Australia every hour.

And of that 8.5 million, just under 3 million of those visitors chose Melbourne as their destination.

What can we say? People just can’t resist our scenic spots, food, sports, events and more!

To respond to this demand, many venues have opened up in the CBD promising affordable accommodation in Melbourne.

As such, there’s a plethora of choices! Where do you start?!

Fortunately, the team at our Melbourne hostel is here to help ensure that your trip goes off without a hitch!

If you want affordable accommodation in Melbourne, we’re the place to be

We’re going to be straight with you: if the goal is to find budget accommodation in Melbourne, Urban Central can’t be beat!

Hostels are an inherently more affordable accommodation option for travellers who are on a tight budget.

We’re also situated in a prime location that’s close to all the city’s attractions as well as excellent public transport.

Not only that, but we also offer some of the best rates in the city, as well as a huge range of affordable room options that accommodate every type of traveller.

Hostel tips backpackers NEED to know before booking

1) Book your hostel well in advance

In many cases, you should look at booking it immediately after you’ve locked in your flights!

There are a couple of reasons for this.

First off, you will be able to plan better once you have an understanding of the cost of your flight and accommodation (usually the two most significant costs of your trip)

And secondly, it also allows you to get the best possible price!

Just like with airline tickets, the further in advance you book, the lower your price will be. By booking months in advance, you can find the most budget-friendly accommodation possible.

2) Book directly with your hostel if you can

While there are many booking sites out there, as a general rule, we suggest booking directly with your hostel if possible.

Most hostels (and hotels, for that matter) guarantee the cheapest price when you book direct!

3) Look for a Melbourne hostel that helps you get settled

For many backpackers, their stay in Australia is more than just a holiday.

In addition to exploring, many will also seek out backpacker jobs to support themselves and prolong their stay even further.

Of course, finding a job – even a temporary one – in an entirely new country can be difficult.

However, there’s help out there!

If you’re going to be here for the long-haul, we recommend checking out this helpful resource on our website!

4) Enjoy peace-of-mind security for your valuables

Naturally, you’ll want to ensure your valuables are protected!

Our hostel in Melbourne prioritises your safety and security. Each of our beds comes with a secure locker where you can store your belongings when you don’t need them with you.

Thanks to this, you won’t have to carry them with you all the time. You can be confident that your passport, spare cash and other important possessions are safe while you’re exploring Melbourne!

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5) Always bring a little bit of cash

While Sweden is tipped to become the world’s first ‘cashless’ country, Australia isn’t that far behind. You can confidently explore Melbourne without having to carry cash on you for the most part.

With the convenience of contactless, NFC and smartphone payment, a growing number of travellers are forgetting to bring cash with them altogether!

We urge you to bring at least some physical money with you, just in case you stumble into a hole-in-the-wall place that only deals in cold hard cash.

That way, you won’t have to worry about scrambling to find the nearest ATM.

6) Check out the hostel’s atmosphere

When it comes to hostels, there are many different types out there, each of which caters to a different type of traveller.

To ensure that your trip is a success, you’ll want to choose a hostel in Melbourne that fits your style of travel!

At Urban Central, we pride ourselves on offering a quieter alternative to most other hostels. We’re not a rowdy party hostel; instead we’re a warm, friendly, and welcoming space full of travellers from all over the world.

Our guests and employees alike are always keen to have a laugh or share a beer in our bar.

What sets us apart even more is that each of our hostel rooms, no matter the type you select, is capped at a maximum of four guests.

This move is all about maximising your comfort, and giving you the space and privacy you need.

If that sounds like your style, we encourage you to book today!

7) Location matters

Location, location, location!

Naturally, the location of your hostel plays a major role in your decision.

In particular, you might like to choose a hostel that is

  • Close to the city’s attractions

  • Near the CBD proper

  • Easily accessible by public transport

Located in Melbourne’s trendy Southbank district, we’re only a few short minutes walk away from the city’s free tram zone – just what budget-conscious travellers are looking for!

Walk a little bit further, and you’ll reach Southern Cross Station, from where you can reach just about anywhere in the metro area!

We’ve also got a tram and bus right on our doorstep, so moving all around the city (and not just the CBD) is easy and convenient from our hostel.

Book affordable accommodation in Melbourne with Urban Central

Staying in Australia doesn’t have to be expensive – find the right hostel in Melbourne, and you’ll find that it can actually be more affordable than you first thought!

If you’re on the lookout for a hostel in Melbourne, you can’t go past Urban Central.

We’re committed to making your trip to Melbourne a memorable one.

Book a room with one of Melbourne’s cleanest, friendliest, and most affordable hostels. Book online now!

Got questions? Get in touch with us by calling 1800 631 288 (free call in Australia) or filling in this form.