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Bundoora suburb in Melbourne – University, shopping, public transport, properties, living and more

Updated on September 11, 2011
A mural at Bundoora Square in Bundoora, Melbourne
A mural at Bundoora Square in Bundoora, Melbourne

Bundoora is a suburb in North Melbourne. Read on if you are planning to move to this suburb, buy a property in Bundoora, study in any of the schools or universities in Bundoora, or are simply looking for a best suburb of Melbourne to stay in. Right from public transport to shopping to universities to property in Bundoora - Here is a local resident's bird's eye view on the things you should know if you are planning to stay or live in Bundoora.

Bundoora Public Transport – How to reach Bundoora

I can imagine that the first thing that many home buyers, residents and students look for in a suburb is public transport. Not that Melbourne has a bad public transport system. For those of you who don't know, Melbourne has the largest tram network in the World. Having said that, here are a few things about public transport in Bundoora.

The best way to travel in Bundoora is by Tram 86. The Tram goes all the way from Docklands in Melbourne CBD to its last stop on Plenty Road near the RMIT campus in Bundoora. The route of Tram 86 cuts through the heart of Bundoora and makes almost every part of Bundoora accessible to the commuter on Public Transport. Tram 86 in Bundoora runs every 5-10 minutes depending on what time of the day. From personal experience, Tram 86's frequency is the best in Melbourne.

Bundoora is also well connected by buses. To travel in public transport in Bundoora you can take the busses 560, 570, 571 and 564 to name a few. If you wish to travel from Melbourne CBD to Bundoora, which is the route that many students often take to reach La Trobe or RMIT University, you can take the 340 bus to La Trobe University or the 350 bus to La Trobe University.

Bundoora does not have its own train station however Greensborough Station is only a 10 minute drive from Plenty Road. You can even take a bus to the station.

Bundoora Square as seen form the traffic lights on Plenty Road in Bundoora, Melbourne
Bundoora Square as seen form the traffic lights on Plenty Road in Bundoora, Melbourne

Shopping in Bundoora, Melbourne

Okay, so you are wondering if you will have convenience in terms of shopping for groceries, items of daily needs, clothing and other little knick knacks, are you? Don't be worried about shopping in Bundoora because Bundoora Square in the heart of Bundoora is a shopping centre which has Coles supermarket, Safeway Liquor, Safeway market, Nandos, Coffee places, food joints, an Australia Post outlet and much more. To live near Bundoora Square is a great idea.

A new entrant since the last couple of year is University Hill in Bundoora. It is very near to the RMIT campus in Bundoora. University Hill is a comprehensive shopping centre which will serve the needs of a mom on the hunt for groceries to a young lady out to shop for the latest in fashion. University Hill has major shopping complex called the Brand Junction in Bundoora. I will not go into the intricacies of Brand Junction, but believe me, it will suffice all your shopping needs from fashion to electronics to groceries.

Buy a property in Bundoora

Bundoora as a suburb did not have many apartments until recently. Bundoora may not have the most swanky and most expensive houses in Melbourne, but it is surely home to houses that spark the fancies of many property buyers in Melbourne. Typically, Bundoora is marred with large houses with a minimum of 2-3 bedrooms. However, due to the booming educational industry in Australia and the presence of La Trobe University and RMIT University in Bundoora, there have been many apartments coming up in Bundoora. This is definitely good news for people looking for studio apartments in Bundoora.

Nature in Bundoora – Not your average suburb in Melbourne

Bundoora is home to Bundoora Park, a natural reserve which is open to the public. You can take friends or family to spend a day at the Bundoora Park. It has a kids area and many other interesting reserves. Bundoora Park in Bundoora has a great warm buzz on a weekend, especially in summer. It's as if the entire suburb has come down for a picnic. The Bundoora Park is a great place for a picnic right at your doorstep on a sunny day on a weekend.

Coopers Farm at Bundoora Square - Your kids will love it

Education and places to study in Bundoora

As you have read above, Bundoora is home to some of the best universities in Australia. Bundoora is an education hub with La Trobe University and RMIT University both having campuses in this suburb. Bundoora is also home to the Bundoora Secondary College, Parade College and Loyola College. So as you can see, Bundoora as a suburb definitely ticks all boxes when it comes to thinking about your child's education. Or your very own!

Safety in Bundoora

Bundoora is generally considered to be a safe suburb. Unlike certain western suburbs of Melbourne, Bundoora is not known to have apparent anti-social elements. Of course, like any other place in the world, there are going to be idiots out there who may give you a hard time, but overall, Bundoora is considered to be a safe and friendly suburb.

Bundoora to Melbourne CBD – For the daily commuters on public transport

I am not going to be like a dodgy car salesperson and tell you only the good things about Bundoora as a suburb to live in. You should also know that a Tram ride from Bundoora to Melbourne CBD is a gruelling 1 hour's ride. That's mainly because Tram 86 slows down after reaching Clifton Hill. The ride from Clifton Hill to Melbourne CBD on Tram 86 is painfully slow, especially on Smiths Street. This point can be a downer for people who need to commute to the city on a daily basis. However, let me point out to you that taking the Tram 86 from Bundoora to Melbourne CBD and back is much better than living in one of the outer suburbs of Melbourne where you be doing an hour's train ride every day. Tram 86 has a good frequency and you will not need to change trams, busses, or trains to reach Bundoora.

Tram 86 ride through Bundoora

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    • princesswithapen profile image

      princesswithapen 6 years ago


      Although I don't have an exact number for you, here are some of the prominent universities in Melbourne.

      University of Melbourne (considered to be one of the best in Australia)

      Monash University


      La Trobe University

      Victoria University

      Deakin University

      Swinburne University of Technology

      Australian Catholic University

      Something that might interest you, Fora, is the University of Melbourne's (first in the above list) Victorian College of Arts which is quite renowned.

      Melbourne is definitely the favorite hub for students in Australia. I'm not surprised, really. There's a lot to do and Melbourne is a beautiful city. Although in recent years the population growth is going through the roof.


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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      Hi AuraGem

      A minimal public transport connection in Melbourne? Please elaborate because I didn't quite understand what you are trying to get across.

      I look forward to discussing it because it seems like you've raised an interesting point.


    • FloraBreenRobison profile image

      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      How many universities are there in or near Melbourne?

    • AuraGem profile image

      AuraGem 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      An interesting profile of a Melbourne suburb! I wonder if so many of this suburb's advantages correlate with a minimal public transport connection with Melbourne? I live in the southern regions of the Mornington Peninsula and I have wondered if the same could be true here!