Melbourne is a beautiful multicultural blend of art, fashion, design and cuisine.
Of course, there is no exception with fantastic hostels in Melbourne either.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Melbourne.
We do not have a 5 Star Hostel in the city, so we’ve hand-picked the 3 top hostels in Melbourne for you instead.
What can you expect to see in this article?
- Details about the 3 top hostels
- Best hostel in Melbourne for solo travellers
- best party hostel in Melbourne
- find cheap hostels in Melbourne
- Handy map of hostel locations
- Airport travel tips
- Packing list
Don’t forget to check out all of our 5 Star Hostels in Oceania!
Here you can find the 3 best hostels in Sydney.
Quick Introduction to Melbourne Hostels
Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 14€ ($18) up to 35€ ($42). This is a rough average just to give you an idea. In this guide we will also show you how to find the cheaper places for backpackers.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Party vs Chill: Oh yes, you can party hard in Melbourne. At the same time, there is fantastic hostels to mingle and just chill. Just pick the right type of hostel you want!
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Melbourne
Let’s waste no time and introduce the top youth hostels in Melbourne. Hand-picked by us, of course!
- Space Hotel – best for solo-travellers
- United Backpackers – best for groups
- Landing Pads Brunswick – best for backpackers
1. Space Hotel (luxury, stylish budget accommodation)
Don’t let the name fool you. Space Hotel is a traveller’s HOSTEL, where luxury meets budget.
This is our #1 recommendation for you!
This chic, stylish youth hostel is in the heart of Melbourne city – a space designed for your comfort and enjoyment.
We believe it’s a perfect place for couples, female solo travellers and friends.
Choose between 4, 6 and 8-bed dorms or a private room. A flat-screen TV and iPod docking station can be found in the latter.
Plus you’re own private balcony in selected private rooms!
Each dorm bed has its very own personal light, secure locker and power point. Linen is included.
There are so many cool facilities; we had to create a list:
- Blue Moon bar and restaurant
- Games space
- Large communal kitchen
- Rooftop with Jacuzzi
- Internet cafe
- BBQ facilities
- Tea and coffee stations
Why would you want to even step outside when you have all this? Oh and again: ROOF TOP WITH JACUZZI!
The view across the city from the rooftop is spectacular.
Big windows in the rooms, kitchen and communal areas create a bright, open space.
Space Hotel is surrounded by the best shops, cafes and restaurants.
It’s just a 5 minute walk from Melbourne Central Station within the CBD area. A perfect area! Seriously, this hostel is a top choice if you are looking for a fine, safe and fun hostel. At the same time, you can sleep well at night and have some fun and mingle in the common areas.
Space Hotel is the best hostel in Melbourne for
- Female Solo travellers
2. United Backpackers (TOP location)
United Backpackers is rated one of the best hostels in Melbourne. Not just by us, but travellers too!
If you want funky decor, quirky art and tons of personality; this is the backpacker hostel for you.
This awesome hostel is recommended for adventurous types and social wanderers.
- Free Wi-Fi
- 24-hour reception
- Linen in all rooms
- Free breakfast
- Free luggage storage
Dorm beds have a personal locker, power socket and light. Doors work on a secure key card system.
Make sure to ask a friendly staff member about the free, daily tours and events!
On-site there is a super cosy communal TV lounge.
Before heading out to the surrounding CBD area, grab yourself a refreshing drink at the on-site basement bar.
United Backpackers offer the best location right opposite Flinders Street Station.
It’s a 2-minute walk to St Paul’s Cathedral and 5 minutes from Federation Square.
United Backpackers is the best hostel in Melbourne for
3. Landing Pads Brunswick (working holiday paradise)
Easy going, small and open-minded; Landing Pads Brunswick is designed especially for the independent working traveller.
- Travelling solo around Australia?
- Looking for work on a Working Holiday Visa?
- Wanting to stay long-term in Melbourne?
Great! Landing Pads Brunswick is the best hostel in Melbourne for you.
Forget big, cold hostels: this one is purposefully small and cosy to create more of a big house-share feel.
Read: overview of all 7 types of hostels
Landing Pads has been newly renovated with a brand new kitchen, bathrooms, garden heating and air-conditioning.
Along with the usual included bits and bobs such as Wi-Fi, linen and locker, you’ll have access to…
- FREE job seeker tutorials and local job contacts
- Weekly social activities
- Free big fluffy towels, two pillows and lots of storage
People tend to stay at this hostel for weeks, not days, making this a perfect place to meet new, lifelong friends.
There is no on-site bar, which means you can bring your own beers and chill with the easy-going social vibes of this hostel.
It discourages party animals and strengthens a social culture that suits everyone.
Important: Guests are required to book at least a 7 nights stay.
This is more like a big house share than a hostel. Staying longer = amazing social environment.
Landing Pads is located in the suburb of Brunswick, only 20-minutes from Melbourne CBD.
There is a handy supermarket just 200m from the hostel.
Heaps of cheap but amazing cafes and restaurants can be found along Sydney Road. It is one of the perks of staying just outside the city centre!
Landing Pads is a top pick hostel in Melbourne for:
- Social butterflies
- Solo, independent travellers
Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld
Best Hostels in Melbourne for Solo Travellers?
So you’re travelling alone and want to meet new people? As stated above, we think Space Hotel is a top choice for both female and male solo travellers!
Yet, there is a few more options we would like to mention.
The Nunnery is a unique hostel in Melbourne for solo travellers.
This stunning old Nunnery was built in 1888 and the vintage charm still remains throughout.
There is a different themed event every day including movie night, sausage sizzle and a pub crawl.
Dorm rooms include a social space, and out in the courtyard, you’ll find large seating areas designed especially to encourage guest interaction.
Let us also mention Flinders Backpackers – another recommended hostel in Melbourne for solo travellers.
Here it’s impossible not to meet new friends in the optional 18 bed dorm!
Make use of the huge communal area, large shared kitchen, pool table and weekly FREE events.
Read: guide and 18 tips to build lifetime friendships in hostels
Party hostel Melbourne?
You wanna party? Okay okay…
First, we give you here is a list of the crazy party hostels in Melbourne you might want to join:
…and then we tell you our bet recommendation for PARTYING: BASE St. KILDA!
Base Backpackers St.Kilda is the #1 entertainment and events based hostel in town!
There is a onsite bar, which already gives you a hint, right!?
Here is whatelse you should be expecting:
- FREE pancakes
- FREE Wifi
- FREE activities and
- nightly events in their world famous Red Eye Bar!
- Foam parties, silent discos comedy nights – YOU NAME IT, they’re all happening at Base St.Kilda.
No kidding! This is the place to party hard, have some fun etc. This hostel is popular for US-citizens, Germans, British and more western backpackers.
Read: How to have sex in hostels? 4 dos and donts
Here is a video of the best party hostel in Melbourne.
Any Discounts or Promo Codes?
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts or promo codes for hostels in Melbourne. Our 15€ discount code already expired, now, that is really a pity. We are working on a new coupon code for our users and new promo code SPACE Hotel and all the other cool places to stay.
Subscribe to our newsletter. Here we share our newest promo codes for hostels and hotels in Melbourne first.
You can always get the 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
What about cheapest hostels in Barcelona?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
If you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places for Backpackers in Melbourne.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Melbourne
- Order the listing by price
Hostelworld usually offers the best rates as well as deals.
Map of 3 Best Hostels in Melbourne (locations plus sights)
We’ve created a handy map to help make your planning even easier.
Find locations of all the 3 cool Hostels in Melbourne, plus some of the top sights to visit in and around the city.
- Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre
- Eureka Tower
- Arcades and Laneways
- Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building
- Shrine of Remembrance
- Queen Victoria Market
- Federation Square
- City Circle Tram Tour
- Captain Cook’s Cottage, Fitzroy Gardens
- Yarra River Cruise
- National Gallery of Victoria
- Flinders Street
- Southbank and Arts Centre Melbourne
- Melbourne Cricket Ground and the National Sports Museum
The best way to see Melbourne is, of course, to Hop-On-Hop-Off!
Fancy heading out of the city to explore?
We highly recommend taking a Great Ocean Road Day Tour from Melbourne.
Are the 3 Best Hostels near Melbourne Airport?
Melbourne is a big city and consequently, there aren’t any hostels near Melbourne airport.
This is because the airport sits 23km (30-minutes) from the city center.
Good to know: there is a 24 hour shuttle bus to and from the airport.
The shuttle will drop you at Southern Cross Station.
From here the tram and train is easily accessible to the city and our listed 3 best hostels in Melbourne. Use the map above to get a better understanding for the city. We included the airport in the map too, you can see it in the Northern part of the city.
Flights to Melbourne?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Oceania including Melbourne, Sydney and more. This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Oceania and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Over to you
By now we have given you three awesome places to stay on a budget in Melbourne. And we have given you a solid introduction to sights and what to explore.
Do you have any questions? Anything not clear?
Please please bother us with your question(s) and leave a comment below.
We want to make this guide to hostels in Melbourne, Australia as useful and detailed as possible. Your question(s) actually help us to improve and helps you to get your travels sorted out.
Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
Enjoy this fine hostel selection and all 5 Star Hostels.
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How to book the 3 Best Hostels in Melbourne?
We fully recommend every single hostel in this list as a top hostel choice for Melbourne!
For every hostel introduced, we gave you the best ways to book them online. Please scroll back up to the hostel you are interested in to find the direct links.
Here you can find
Hostel Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries