Melbourne is the capital of the Southern Australian state ofsydn Victoria, and it’s jam-packed with culture. Here, there are museums, galleries, exhibits, and live music throughout the city pretty much every day of the week. There’s also a thriving café culture, and a lot of natural attractions just outside of the city – including a Penguin colony!

With everything that Melbourne has to offer, it’s hard to choose the best place to stay, and the city can sometimes be a bit pricey. Hostels are a good way to save your money so that you can spend it in the city’s excellent cafes, bars, and restaurants! And don’t think that hostels are unclean and cramped – there are some great options in Melbourne which show that’s a thing of the past!

To make things easy for you, we’ve looked into the best and most suitable hostels in Melbourne for your budget and itinerary.

And it’s good news! There’s lots to choose from – you’ll find a couple of international chains and a whole load of independent, cosy, and characterful places to stay. So, let’s see the best hostels Melbourne has to offer!

The Best Hostels in Melbourne: Round-up

Best Overall Hostel in Melbourne – Landing Pads Brunswick
Best Party Hostel in Melbourne – Base St. Kilda
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Melbourne – Victoria Hotel Backpackers
Best Hostel near South Wharf – Urban Central
Best Hostel near Melbourne Cricket Ground – Tram Stop 14 Backpackers
Best Hostel near Eureka Tower – United Backpackers
Best Hostel near Melbourne Museum – The Nunnery
Best Hostel near Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine Airport) – Habitat HQ
Best Hostel near Melbourne Central Railway Station – Europa Melbourne
Best Hostel near Flinders Street Railways Station-  Flinders Backpackers
Best Hostel near Southern Cross Station – Melbourne Central YHA
Best Hostel near Melbourne Central Bus Station – Space Hotel
Best High-end Hostel in Melbourne – Claremont Guesthouse
Best Cheap Hostel in Melbourne – Exford Hotel
Best Hostel with Private Rooms in Melbourne – City Centre Budget Hotel

Quick Summary: The Best Hostels In Melbourne

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Landing Pads Brunswick

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Base St. Kilda

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Victoria Hotel Backpackers

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Urban Central

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Tram Stop 14 Backpackers

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United Backpackers

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The Nunnery

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Habitat HQ

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Europa Melbourne

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Flinders Backpackers

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Melbourne Central YHA

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21 Best Hostels in Melbourne

#1  Landing Pads Brunswick

• Best Overall Hostel in Melbourne •

Landing Pads Brunswick

Landing Pads Brunswick is the best overall hostel in Melbourne

Why we like Landing Pads Brunswick…
This friendly and sociable hostel in the suburb of Brunswick is our favourite hostel in Melbourne, and with good reason. There are weekly events including movie nights, family dinners, and even job seekers’ tutorials. We loved the social areas, which include a lounge, a sun porch, and a covered outdoor area complete with BBQ!

Landing Pads Brunswick is perfect for…
Solo travellers or those with a working holiday visa will love Landing Pads Brunswick. It’s a home away from home, complete with linens, bathrooms, showers, and lots of spots to chill with other travellers. The sessions on finding jobs will be particularly helpful for long term travellers, so don’t miss out on staying in this great hostel!

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#2 – Base St. Kilda

• Best Party Hostel in Melbourne •

Base St. Kilda

Base St. Kilda is the best party hostel in MelbourneWhy we like Base St. Kilda…
This lively hostel has a DJ every night of the week, so you’ll certainly not be stuck for something to do in the evenings. Silent discos, foosball, and a pool table make this hostel great for hanging out and meeting new people! There are pancakes for breakfast every morning too, so if you do get a hangover you can say goodbye to it with those, or in one of the nearby cafés.

Base St. Kilda is perfect for…
If you’re looking to have a good time in Melbourne, look no further than Base St. Kilda. You’ll have a lot of fun in the hostel itself, but its location couldn’t be better. Right on the water, and close to some of the city’s finest eateries and cafés, you’ll certainly not regret book this fun and friendly hostel!

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#3 –  Victoria Hotel Backpackers

 Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Melbourne • 

Victoria Hotel Backpackers

Victoria Hotel Backpackers is the best hostel for solo travellers in Melbourne

Why we like Victoria Hotel Backpackers…
This large and friendly hostel is the perfect stop if you’re travelling on your own – there’s not just 1 common area, but 3! There’s also an outside balcony, a fully equipped kitchen, and a dining area where you can spend time with your new friends. If that’s not enough, there are also events throughout the week including a free BBQ and a trivia night!

Victoria Hotel Backpackers is perfect for…
Travelling solo can sometimes be lonely but you certainly won’t feel that way at Victoria Backpackers! If you’re on your own, you’ll soon forget that here. If you’ve just arrived in the city and need help to plan your trip, the free Wi-Fi and the friendly staff are invaluable if you’re not 100% sure of your way round.

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#4 – Urban Central

 • Best Hostel near South Wharf • 

Urban Central

Urban Central is the best hostel near South Wharf

Why we like Urban Central…
We love this hostel because there’s always something going on. Whether you want to test your brain at a trivia night, learn Latin dance, or get down to the music of a weekly live DJ, then you’ve come to the right place! It’s also located just a short walk from South Wharf, meaning it’s great if you want to sample some of the city’s nightlife.

Urban Central is perfect for…
If you want to be close to the bars and restaurants of South Wharf, then look no further than Urban Central! However, that’s not all. If you’re looking to extend your trip in not just Australia, but the continent of Oceania, the helpful staff can organise tours close to the city, but also throughout Australia, New Zealand, and even Fiji!

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#5 – Tram Stop 14 Backpackers

 • Best Hostel near Melbourne Cricket Ground • 

Tram Stop 14 Backpackers

Tram Stop 14 Backpackers is the best hostel near Melbourne Cricket Ground

Why we like Tram Stop 14 Backpackers…
The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground is only a short walk from Tram Stop 14 Backpackers, meaning it’s the perfect place to stay if you want to take in a game during your trip, or simply are just interested in seeing the stadium where the Ashes have been won and lost countless times. We love the cosy atmosphere here!

Tram Stop 14 Backpackers is perfect for…
This cosy hostel is suited more to travellers who want a quieter stay than some of the other hostels on this list. It’s a great spot for sports fans, or musicians who have a gig in the city. The simple and clean rooms are no-frills, but you’re sure to have a good night’s sleep here!

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#6 – United Backpackers

Best Hostel near Eureka Tower • 

United Backpackers

United Backpackers is the best hostel near Eureka Tower

Why we like United Backpackers…
If you want to be close to the tallest building in Melbourne, Eureka Tower is the place for you. The hostel’s basement bar is bound to be a sure-fire hit, and the daily events may have something to do with why United Backpackers is constantly featured on not only lists about the best hostels in Melbourne, but in the whole of Australia!

United Backpackers is perfect for…
You can’t really ask for a better location in Melbourne! Not only is it close to Eureka Tower and other city centre attractions, it’s right by Flinders Street Railway Station too. If you want to party, look no further than United Backpackers – it’s one of the city’s best party hostels with events every night of the week!

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#7 – The Nunnery

 Best Hostel near Melbourne Museum • 

The Nunnery

The Nunnery is the best hostel near Melbourne Museum

Why we like The Nunnery…
This unique and charming hostel is only a hop, skip, and a jump from the Melbourne Museum, making it the perfect place to stay if you’re interested in the culture and history of the city. It’s a hostel with a difference, as it’s located in a building which dates all the way back to 1888! We love the plush interior lounge which is nicer than our own living rooms!

The Nunnery is perfect for…
If you want to forget you’re in a hostel and get a little slice of luxury, the Nunnery is for you! It’s a beautiful building, both inside and out, and you’re sure to be comfortable here. As it’s in the cool suburb of Fitzroy, you’re not right in the centre of the hustle and bustle of the city, but it’s close enough to reach by a short stroll.

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#8 – Habitat HQ

 • Best Hostel near Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine Airport)  

 Habitat HQ

Habitat HQ is the best hostel near Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine Airport)

Why we like Habitat HQ…
Unfortunately, if you want to be near to Melbourne Airport, you’ll have at least an hour journey on public transport – wherever you stay. So, the next best thing is an airport transfer service, right? You’re in luck! Habitat HQ offers a very reasonable airport transfer, meaning that all the stress of getting to and from the airport is taken care of.

Habitat HQ is perfect for…
If you want to enjoy downtown Melbourne and take tours to tourist attractions like the Great Ocean Road or St Phillip’s Island penguin colony without worrying about the stress of getting to or from Melbourne Airport, then this place is perfect for you! It really offers the best of both worlds.

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#9 – Europa Melbourne

 Best Hostel near Melbourne Central Railway Station  

 Europa Melbourne

Europa Melbourne is the best hostel near Melbourne Central Railway Station

Why we like Europa Melbourne…
This no-frills hostel is perfectly situated less than 5 minutes walking from Melbourne Central Railway Station, making it the perfect place to stay if your trip to Australia extends beyond the city. It’s also close to Hardware Street, where there are a number of great cafés, and Victoria Market. The free breakfast is a great way to fuel up before a day of exploring!

Europa Melbourne is perfect for…
For the budget-conscious traveller who wants to have all the benefits of staying in the city centre, then Europa is the best place to stay. Also, being close to Melbourne’s Central Railway Station takes away the stress of having to navigate across an unknown city to catch an early morning connection!

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#10 – Flinders Backpackers

 • Best Hostel near Flinders Street Railway Station • 

Flinders Backpackers

Flinders Backpackers is the best hostel near Flinders Street Railway Station

Why we like Flinders Backpackers…
As you may have guessed from the name, Flinders Backpackers is right on the doorstep of Flinders Street Railway Station, making it the perfect place to stay if you’re catching a train from there, or arriving late at night. Unlimited pancakes for breakfast always get a thumbs up, as does the free pool table!

Flinders Backpackers is perfect for…
Flinders Backpackers is not only close to the railway station, but also to the cool and funky shopping and café district. If you don’t feel like chilling in the hostel, there’s always somewhere close by that you can spend some time relaxing! There are also weekly events, so for the social traveller – it’s perfect!

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#11 – Melbourne Central YHA

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Melbourne Central YHA

Melbourne Central YHA is the best hostel near Southern Cross Station

Why we like Melbourne Central YHA…
Melbourne Central YHA is on the doorstep of Southern Cross Station, making it the perfect place to stay if you need to be close to your train connection. It’s also within walking distance of many tourist attractions such as the Yarra River, Eureka Skydeck, Federation Square, and much more. Of course, you’ll be able to see all of these while enjoying a BBQ on the roof terrace!

Melbourne Central YHA is perfect for…
No matter when you arrive at Melbourne Central YHA, you’re guaranteed a friendly welcome thanks to the 24-hour reception. Therefore, if you’ve spent the night on a train or bus, you don’t have to worry about not being allowed straight in! It’s also perfect if you want to be right amongst all the city centre action!

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#12 – Space Hotel

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Space Hotel

Space Hotel is the best hostel near Melbourne Central Bus Station

Why we like Space Hotel…
Space hostel offers luxury for budget travellers, slap bang in the middle of Melbourne CBD and Lygon Street – also known as Melbourne’s famous bar and restaurant district. The lounge and cinema are undoubtedly great, but the highlight is the rooftop pool, which offers a fabulous view of the city!

Space Hotel is perfect for…
Travellers who want to be right in the centre but don’t want to compromise on quality and luxury will be delighted with Space Hostel. The range of communal spaces means it’s a great place to meet other travellers, so if you don’t mind splashing a little more cash, you certainly won’t regret doing it here

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#13 – Claremont Guesthouse

 • Best High-end Hostel in Melbourne • 

Claremont Guesthouse

Claremont Guesthouse is the best high-end hostel in Melbourne

Why we like Claremont Guesthouse…
This classic and charming guest house is a great place to stay. Don’t just take our word for it – Hostelworld guests voted it as one of the top 10 hostels in Australia! Enjoy the spacious common areas and the extensive book exchange. Oh, and did we mention there’s a free and tasty continental breakfast?

Claremont Guesthouse is perfect for…
If you want the benefits of the sociability of a hostel, but also a feeling of homeliness, then Claremont Guesthouse is perfect for you. There’s a range of rooms – from dorms to privates for up to 4 people, so there’s bound to be something that will suit you. It’s also just a 100m walk to Chapel Street, one of the best places to see in South Yarra!

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#14 – Exford Hotel

 • Best Cheap Hostel in Melbourne • 

Exford Hotel

Exford Hotel is the best cheap hostel in Melbourne

Why we like Exford Hotel…
This charming hostel, set in a historical building, is perfect if you’re travelling on a budget – you’ll find that you’ll pay less here for a private room than a dorm in some other Melbourne hostels, but without compromising on quality. The location’s not bad either – it’s right in the centre of Chinatown! We really enjoyed having a beer and a pizza in the elegant lounge bar.

Exford Hotel is perfect for…
There’s nowhere better for budget travellers in Melbourne than the Exford Hotel (well, there is, but after reading the reviews you might change your mind). And there’s no compromise on quality – there’s free tea and coffee, and digital colour TVs in private rooms! There’s also a rooftop garden for days when you want to rest and relax in the sun.

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#15 – City Centre Budget Hotel

 • Best Hostel with Private Rooms in Melbourne • 

City Centre Budget Hotel

City Centre Budget Hotel is the best hostel with private rooms in Melbourne

Why we like City Centre Budget Hotel…
This friendly and family run hostel has a range of private rooms, including comfortable single, double, and triple rooms which are good quality, clean, and set in a relaxed atmosphere. It’s true to its name too – the prices are reasonable and won’t break the bank, unlike staying in a fancy hotel! We love its proximity to central Melbourne attractions and the sunny and relaxing roof terrace!

City Centre Budget Hotel is perfect for…
Long-term travellers who are tired of sharing their rooms with strangers, or couples who want a bit of time to themselves will love City Centre Budget Hostel. The big and fluffy duvets, new beds, and warm towels will make you feel like the hostel is a home away from home! Although the private rooms are excellent, there are no en-suite options.

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Other Best Hostels in Melbourne

#16 – Home at the Mansion

Home at the Mansion

Home at the Mansion

Why we like home at the Mansion…
This quirky hostel is completely unique, as it’s located inside a castle! It’s full of character, and the onsite Victoria’s Secret Bar (please don’t go in just your underwear), is a great place to meet fellow travellers! If you can tear yourself away from this unusual and fun hostel, it’s really close to city centre attractions, and the free city circle tram line is just minutes away.

Home at the Mansion is perfect for…
If the first thing you look for in your accommodation is a bit of quirkiness, then Home at the Mansion might just be what you’re looking for. As well as the whole business of it being in a castle, you’ll be able to enjoy stained glass windows and flamingo statues! The staff are considered some of the friendliest in Melbourne, and the hostel has won Hoscars in the past!

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#17 – Landing Pads Richmond

Landing Pads Richmond

Landing Pads Richmond

Why we like Landing Pads Richmond…
The sister hostel of our number 1 choice, Landing Pads Brunswick, you know that you’re in for a great time if you stay in their Richmond property! They also offer events such as weekly drinks, movie nights, and family dinners. You’re close to Bridge Road too, with plenty of supermarkets for buying food to cook in the hostels generously-sized kitchen.

Landing Pads Richmond is perfect for…
Long term travellers and those with a working visa will find that Landing Pads Richmond is one of the top places in Melbourne for them. They can help you find work, and there’s also fast Wi-Fi so you can job search on your phone or laptop too. There are also lots of other home comforts in the common areas and kitchens.

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#18 – Collingwood Accommodation Melbourne

Collingwood Accommodation Melbourne

Collingwood Accommodation Melbourne

Why we like Collingwood Accommodation Melbourne…
This laid-back and easy-going hostel is close Collingwood, undoubtedly one of the top spots in Melbourne for a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. It’s definitely not a party hostel, but travellers often spend weeks there rather than nights, making it a fantastic place to make friends, especially if you’re travelling solo!

Collingwood Accommodation Melbourne is perfect for…
If you want to get out into Melbourne, rather than party inside your hostel, then Collingwood Accommodation is a great option. Brunswick street is within walking distance, where you’ll find a number of bars, live music events, and a great atmosphere! If you want to venture further afield into the city centre, it’s just a short tram ride away.

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#19 – Hub Hostel

Hub Hostel

Hub Hostel

Why we like Hub Hostel…
This safe, comfortable, and bright hostel is a great option for travellers who want to be a little away from the madness of the city centre but can visit if they have the option. We love Hub Hostel’s high ceilings and light interior, and we had an incredible night’s sleep in the luxury, king size bunk beds!

Hub Hostel is perfect for…
If you want to get to know the suburb of North Melbourne, then look no further than Hub Hostel. It’s 2.5km away from the city centre, meaning that you’ll have the best of both world’s – enjoying the charm of a suburb while city trams can cart you into Melbourne, practically from your doorstep!

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#20 – Richmond Hill Hotel 

Richmond Hill Hotel

Richmond Hill Hotel

Why we like Richmond Hill Hotel…
There are a number of options for private rooms at Richmond Hill Hotel, including singles, doubles, and deluxe private rooms, which is just one of the reasons that we love it! It’s right in the middle of the suburb of Richmond, meaning you’ll have a good night’s sleep away from the loud noise and lights of the city centre. There’s also a tasty free breakfast!

Richmond Hill Hotel is perfect for…
Long term travellers or couples will be pleased that there’s a big choice of private rooms, meaning that they can trade sleeping in a crowded dorm for a night! Also, if you’re travelling in Melbourne with your own transport, paying for parking is one thing you won’t have to worry about, as the hotel offers it free of charge.

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Conclusion

So, there we have it. We’ve had a detailed look at the best hostels that Melbourne has to offer and we’re pretty sure there’s something on our list that will suit your budget, personality, and travelling plans while you’re in Melbourne.

We wouldn’t want you to miss out on visiting one of Australia’s most exciting and cosmopolitan cities, after all!

Hostels are a great way to travel and can save you a whole load of cash, especially in a city like Melbourne where costs can quickly stack up. We hope with the savings you make, you’ll be able to fully enjoy all the cool tourist attractions in Melbourne, and maybe even venture further afield in Australia!

Whichever hostel you pick, we hope you have a fantastic stay and don’t forget to check out our number one choice, Landing Pads Brunswick!

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Clair Ricketts

Clair is a travel addict and a staff writer for One Weird Globe! A Nomad since birth, Clair has lived all over the world, calling home wherever she is in the moment. Having traveled half the world, Clair is working on a memoir about her experiences in hopes to inspire others to travel and experience this amazing planet!