The SITUATE Studios are modern and private studios positioned on the RMIT City Campus within the inner city of Melbourne. There are two studios in the studio complex. Studio facilities include 24-hour access, a large shared kitchen, and two private bathrooms. The SITUATE Studios are located at 459-463 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3001 (RMIT Building 39). Residents are able to access the studios 24 hours a day, however, residents are not permitted to utilise the studios as overnight accommodation during their residency.
Please refer to the RMIT Campus map for the location of the SITUATE Studios in Building 39.
During your residency you will be registered as a non-salaried employee, and provided with an RMIT staff number. This gives you access to the RMIT network, RMIT workstations, and other RMIT facilities. Prior to your arrival, please ensure you have provided us with your full name, address, phone number, and date of birth so we can process your staff number. Upon arrival we will provide you with your RMIT staff number and password, as well as an RMIT access pass. This access pass allows you to access the SITUATE Studios, specific gallery spaces, and other areas based on your residency duration and requirements.
If your mobile phone is unlocked to be used with Australian mobile networks (most European phones will, however often Canadian/US phones often will not) we recommend you purchase an Australian SIM card from an Australian mobile provider so you are contactable during your stay. This also ensures you can access the internet (good for directions) and also avoid any mobile roaming rates. Australian SIM cards can be purchased overseas, from the Melbourne Airport, or alternatively, we can show you where to buy one in Melbourne and assist you with the process of setting up your phone network. There are three major mobile phone network operators in Australia, plus lots of virtual network operators so there is plenty of choice and enough competition to keep prices reasonable.
Melbourne is served by two main airports - Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine Airport) and Avalon Airport. Melbourne Airport, also referred to as Tullamarine Airport, is situated to the northwest of the city and is the main international and domestic airport. Melbourne Airport is the city’s primary airport, 22km north-west of the city centre in the industrial suburb or Tullarmarine. Some domestic flights from low-cost carriers also use Avalon Airport, located to the southwest of the city centre on the road to Geelong. As an SITUATE Resident, you will most likely be arriving into Melbourne Airport (Tullarmarine).
Regarding immigration, make sure that you have confirmed your visa requirements and entrance eligibility from the Immigration website. For most artists and curators, a tourist visa is sufficient. Remember that you will need to provide officers at the airport with your Melbourne accommodation details and proof of a return ticket. Also as a note: Australian Customs regulations are very strict -- especially with regards to food items, wooden products, and animal products. If you have any questions you can reference the Australian customs website. In general we recommend that its best to declare anything you are unsure about. Australians Customs Officers are very helpful and generally understanding.
Where possible, we hope to be able to personally collect you from the airport, and will advise on this prior to your arrival. Once you’ve booked your flight, please send us the flight number, arrival time, and departure city to ensure we have the correct details.
If they require a point of contact at RMIT, you are welcome to use Andy or myself. Our details are as follows:
Coordinator, RMIT Intersect
GPO box 2476
Melbourne, Victoria, 3001
Mobile Telephone: +61 406616324
Office Telephone: (03) 99254971
Otherwise, the fastest way to the city centre is with a taxi, or Skybus shuttle bus. There is a large taxi rank situated outside the airport, taxis between Melbourne Airport to CBD usually cost between $55 and $70. The Skybus runs a fast and frequent shuttle bus service to Southern Cross Station, with ticket booths and stops outside Terminal 1 and 3 at Melbourne Airport. A one-way ticket costs $19.50, without discounts for groups, children and seniors. The Skybus takes about 30-50 depending on the traffic, leaving every 10minutes during the day. Tickets can be purchased online, although bookings aren’t generally necessary—except for hotel pickups, which should be arranged at least three hours ahead.
Melbourne’s city centre is laid out in an orderly grid system making it easy to navigate. Melbourne’s public transport network is extensive, with inner city services generally frequent and easy to use. It is quite easy to get around Melbourne without a car, with most popular attractions easily reached by tram, train, or even by foot.
The closest current train station to the SITUATE Studios is Melbourne Central Station. The closest tram stop is located directly out front of the studios on the corner of Franklin St & Swanston St.
Public Transport Victoria (PTV) services - including trams, trains, and buses - use the Myki reusable travel card ticketing system. When you arrive we will provide you with a Myki card pre-loaded with funds to help you get around. Myki cards can be topped up at most tram and train stops, and at most convenience stores. Notes on using your Myki: When catching a train or a bus service you are required to 'touch on' (when you get on board) and 'touch off' (when you get off board). When catching a tram, you only need to 'touch on'. Metropolitan Myki charges are capped at a fixed day rate (regional VLine train services incur different/additional fees.)
The Melbourne CBD includes the ‘Free Tram Zone’. Travelling within this zone is free of charge and if travelling within this zone you do not need to 'touch on' your Myki. Most of the major attractions in the city fall within the Free Tram Zone. The Free Tram Zone starts and ends a block (two minute walk) south of the SITUATE Studios at La Trobe St at Melbourne Central Station.
In addition to trams, trains, and buses - Melbourne has an excellent network of bike paths and generally flat terrain, making pedal-power a great way to take in the city. Bike paths are 'shared footways' under the law, although the majority of users in most places are cyclists.
Melbourne is Australia's second largest city and the capital of the south-eastern state of Victoria. Located on the large natural bay of Port Philip, the Yarra River cuts through the bottom of the CBD - you will hear Melburnians talk about 'Northside' and 'Southside', referring to this river divide. Close to 5 million people live in Melbourne. But despite Melbourne being a busy city, Melburnians are pretty friendly and will happily stop to help with directions. Known as Australia’s sporting and culture capital Melbourne boasts plenty of galleries, theatres, large parks and gardens, a vibrant music and nightlife, and a strong food, wine and coffee culture.
Victoria's climate is varied - from the hot and dry regions of the northwest, to the alpine snowfields in the northeast. Melbourne has a reputation for its changeable weather, often referred to as having ‘four seasons in one day'. Generally the city enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers; mild, temperate springs and autumns; and cool winters. Temperatures average 25°C in summer and 14°C in winter. Rainfall is highest from May to October. That all said, in Summer Melbourne has a handful of sweltering days above 40°C, in Autumn and Spring the weather might change dramatically, and in Winter the mercury will hover just above zero. So be sure to pack everything!
Melbourne has a number of visitor information desks within the city. Including: Melbourne Visitor Booth (located in the Bourke Street Mall between Swanston St and Elizabeth St) & The Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square (opposite Flinders Street Station). Along with face-to-face visitor information on Melbourne and Victoria, the centres offer free brochures and maps, guides on events and what's on, public transport information, and more.
Useful Phone Numbers:
Emergency (Police/Fire/Ambulance): 000
RMIT Intersect Office: (03) 9925 4971
RMIT Security: (03) 9925 3895
RMIT Service & Support (RMIT IT queries): (03) 9925 8888
RMIT Connect (RMIT general information): (03) 9925 5000
Useful (Melbourne-specific) Apps:
Nearest 24/7 convenience store: 7-Eleven Convenience Store. (You can top up / purchase Myki here.)
Closest public transport: The closest current train station to the SITUATE Studios is Melbourne Central Station. The closest tram stop is located directly out front of the studios on the corner of Franklin St & Swanston St.
Nearest medical centre: QV Medical Centre (03) 9662 2256
An online directory of galleries and exhibitions in Melbourne and throughout Australia.
A comprehensive list of exhibitions and openings in both Melbourne and beyond with online articles and editorials. We will also give you a hard copy of Art Guide.
A website that promotes some of Melbourne’s more emerging art spaces and artists.
Melbourne’s culinary scene is enormous; you can pretty much find every cuisine possible in the CBD and beyond. While a great way to seek out interesting places to eat is on foot, there are a few online resources that might assist you to find particular restaurants and cuisines.
A website and App that lets you search for restaurants based on cuisine, location and popularity etc.
Broadsheet is an online magazine featuring cafes, bars, restaurants, shops, and events.
The Urban List Melbourne
The leading go-to guide for everything worth tasting, trying, booking and buying in Melbourne.
What's On Melbourne
The City of Melbourne runs a fantastic website called ‘What’s On Melbourne’ which will provide you with information on Melbourne’s festivals, shops, theatres, shows and all other cultural events.
Melbourne Walking Tours
Melbourne is a fantastic city to walk around in, as it's fairly flat and has many secret laneways and alleyways to discover. The City of Melbourne provides some wonderful suggested walking tours through Arcades and lanes, parks, gardens and historic suburbs.
Queen Victoria Markets
There is an abundance of fresh produce in the city of Melbourne. Not too far from you is the Queen Victoria Markets – which has a wonderful selection of fresh produce, which is often better value from the supermarkets. The market is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays until 2pm.
State Library Victoria
One block from the SITUATE studios the State Library Victoria is Australia's oldest public library and one of the first free public libraries in the world.
National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
Located across two buildings - NGV International (St Kilda Rd) and NGV Australia (Federation Square) - the NGV is Australia's most visited gallery. The NGV presents a diverse program of culture, incorporating local and international artists, contemporary art, historic exhibitions, design, fashion, sound, dance and architecture.
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is Australia's national museum of film, video games, digital culture and art – situated at Federation Square, Melbourne.
Arts Centre Melbourne
The Arts Centre Melbourne is a performing arts centre consisting of concert halls and theatres located in Southbank (next door to the NGV.)
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) is a dynamic contemporary art space located in Melbourne's Arts Precinct in Southbank.
Some residents try to do some travel outside of Melbourne in order to see what the rest of Australia has to offer. Here are some popular trips that some residents have included into their residency.
Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania
MONA is an art museum located on the Berriedale Peninsula in Hobart, Tasmania. It is the largest privately funded museum in Australia, and presents antiquities, modern and contemporary art from David Walsh’s collection. Hobart is an 45 minute flight from Melbourne. Airlines such as Jetstar and Tiger Air often have cheap flights to and from Hobart. While you can do MONA in a day trip, it’s also nice to stay a night in Hobart.
Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Queensland
The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is an art museum located in the South Bank precinct of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The gallery is part of the Queensland Cultural Centre. Brisbane is approximately a two hour flight from Melbourne. Airlines such as Jetstar and Tiger Air can often have cheap flights to and from Brisbane.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, New South Wales
The Museum of Contemporary Art (abbreviated MCA) in Sydney, Australia is an Australian museum solely dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting and collecting contemporary art, both from across Australia and around the world. It is housed in the Art Deco-style former Maritime Services Board Building on the western edge of Circular Quay. This area was the traditional lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales
The Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), located in The Domain in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, is the most important public gallery in Sydney and one of the largest in Australia. The Gallery's first public exhibition opened in 1874. Admission is free to the general exhibition space, which displays Australian (from settlement to contemporary), European and Asian art. A dedicated Asian Gallery was opened in 2003.
The National Gallery of Australia (NGA), located in Canberra, is Australia's national cultural institution for the visual arts. The gallery is located within the Parliamentary Triangle in Canberra, on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin. Neighbouring buildings to the NGA include the National Portrait Gallery, National Library of Australia, National Film & Sound Archive, and Paliament House.
Great Ocean Road, Victoria
The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243 kilometres (151 mi) stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the road is the world's largest war memorial. Winding through varying terrain along the coast and providing access to several prominent landmarks, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations, the road is an important tourist attraction in the region.