If signing up to your own internet contract is completely out of the question due to budget limitations, have no fear. There’s always the cost-effective solutions offered by My Port , or alternatively there are plenty of free WiFi hotspots that are sprinkled all over Melbourne. There are so many available, you can get your internet fix almost anywhere! Here are the most well-known, easily accessible WiFi hotspots in Melbourne for all your web-browsing, Snapchat sending, Facebook stalking and Instagram uploading needs.
1. The State Library of Victoria
Located on Swanston Street, this beautiful building is home to not only a marvellous collection of books and tomes, it is also home to many requiring its free wireless internet service. The library is often the first choice for many thanks to its fast internet, so be sure to get there early if necessary. It is a building full of students, academics and general members of the public looking for a nice quiet place to relax and read. With many comfortable reading spots and the Arts Reading Room to immerse yourself in other media, this is a very popular choice.
2. Federation Square
A remarkable cultural hub of Melbourne, Federation Square is the ideal place to sit back, relax and take in the many sights. Treat yourself to a delicious meal or simply find a nice place in the shade to start surfing the web. The best thing about WiFi in Federation Square is it doesn’t cost anything, it doesn’t even require a purchase! Simply log on and away you go.
3. Royal Domain Café
Easily spotted at 360 St Kilda Road, if you love coffee and internet the Royal Domain Café is the ultimate hotspot. Enjoy delicious Italian coffee whilst researching your next paper on your laptop. This is a quiet café which makes it a great place to do some thinking or get that bit of extra work done and dusted.
4. North Melbourne Library
On 66 Errol Street you will find a beautifully designed building that now houses the North Melbourne Public Library. As one of the longest established libraries in Victoria, this is one of the most beautiful and progressive neighbourhood libraries. Not only can you find the right book, CD or DVD you need, you can also access free broadband internet and WiFi, which helps support the needs of the local community.
5. Starbucks, of course!
When you think of free WiFi, Starbucks has to come to mind. The great thing about Starbucks in Melbourne is that they are absolutely everywhere, which makes finding free WiFi a lot easier. Pop in, grab a quick coffee and update your Facebook status, that’s the beauty of Starbucks!
While free internet is always a plus, be careful not to log into any personal websites that may hold sensitive information such as bank account details. Not all internet connections are secure so it’s important to be proactive about protecting your personal data from potential identity thieves. A good way of determining the security of the location’s internet connection is whether it requires a password to log in. Even so, if it’s open to the public, it’s probably best to err on the side of caution.