At some point during your studies you might have to make a trip out to this all important station, whether it would be going to the airport or to a country town. Or going shopping at DFO or Harbour town in Docklands. You most probably likely going to need to use the station when you have your exams at Melbourne Sports and Aquatics centre to enter and exit trains there. And of course there is the Graduation ceremony at Ethihad stadium.
Southern Cross station is one of the larger city loop stations. It not only houses metropolitan trains, trains and buses from the country start and end there. Vline is the company that runs Victoria’s country trains. And of course Skybus departs here in the coach terminal. There are two sides to the station; a country side and the city side. The city side where all the metropolitan trains depart is closest to Etihad stadium.
At Southern Cross station you can buy tickets for the country trains and buses as well as the city trains.
Also Southern Cross station has a great many food outlets, as well as a newsagency and some shops. Here you can find Red rooster, Coffee HQ, Sugar station as well as a whole heap of other outlets. And Gloria Jeans and more cafes such as the City Blue Fish and Choix (you can read all about them in :www.newintstudents.blogpsot.com)is just across the road from the station. Hungry jacks is right outside the coach terminal.
Need help? There is a travellers aid at the Collins st end of the station.
There are a few atms here as well, but they are all spread out all over the station. Some of them are on the metro side of the station.
On weekday afternoons you can collect a free MX paper to read on your way home from two of the MX boxes. One of them is at the Bourke st end of the station and the other is at the Collins st end of the station.
The other day there was a cheap cosmetics stall at the station just a few metres from the newsagency. Here they sell some makeup and beauty products at really good prices. I bought a couple for my friend from that stall. All the makeup there is under $20.
DFO is at the Bourke st end of the station
Occasionally they do have some sort of freebies every now and then.