Chelsea in the City: What it’s like living in the CBD

As some of you may know, last year I moved out of home and slowly transitioned to city-living! I thought I would explain what city life is like, and why I could never leave it behind…

Waking up each morning is quite a beautiful experience in the city. I am privy to the Melbourne sunrise, so as I open my blinds each morning, the pretty pink sky has me motivated for the day ahead.

I then walk my way to the tram stop and head for class as I am currently studying at the University of Melbourne in Parkville. Walking through the city in the mornings is probably my favourite part of the day, especially in the colder months. Think crisp, fresh air, that has not yet been polluted by the daily traffic. I also love passing everyone on their way to work, and seeing what people are wearing, and how they start their day; mostly with a coffee in hand from my observations.

There is also something so special about walking through the city at night. I love the rush of people passing by, and the sound of buskers playing along Swanston Street. There is also the Friday afternoon buzz, where you can feel everyone’s excitement for the weekend ahead.


Another aspect of living inner city is the convenience of having EVERYTHING at your doorstep. There are supermarkets everywhere, and public transport within arm’s length. Not to mention the sheer ease to find a decent coffee, and some take out when needed!


With as many as 142,705 people living in the city I call home, there is bound to be diversity. This diversity is found through the people you meet, places you visit and cultures you encounter. Melbourne is known as a cultural melting pot, and from living here, I have realised how true this is. It is what I continue to love most about city-living.

While moving out of home was initially daunting, it was a decision that I am so proud of. Living inner city has been an amazing experience that I am so grateful for. I have become quite the explorer, and I would not have it any other way!

I am going to share more about my move into the city in a series called Chelsea in the City. This is the first part, so hang in for my next post where I will evaluate the pros and cons of moving out and living independently. I also plan on sharing interior styling tips, and overall hacks that I have learnt from my experience.

Until next time,

Chelsea Elizabeth xx

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