So... which are the best hostels in Melbourne? Obviously 'best' is subjective because it totally depends what you're looking for in a hostel. Do you want to party or just chill? Do you want to spend loads of time on the internet or would you prefer to explore the town?

There are numerous things backpackers prioritise when choosing a place to stay. I've been a solo traveller, travelled as part of a couple, been a 'bit' of a party animal and spent time needing a quiet space to work as a digital nomad. With these types of backpacker in mind my recommendations for the best Melbourne hostels have been categorised below.

Best Hostels in Melbourne

Best Melbourne Hostels for Solo Travellers

Solo travelling can be a bit daunting but as soon as you start to meet other backpackers it gets a lot easier. When you're new to backpacking, and travelling alone, it's a good idea to look for hostels which have great communal areas and which encourage socialising.

United Backpackers Melbourne

Clean, friendly and fun, United Backpackers is fantastic for solo travellers. The bar onsite is pumping every night with everything from bingo nights to Live DJ's playing. They also have daily walking tours of Melbourne which is a great way to meet other people. As well as Lost and Found Bar there's a TV Room, an underground "Chill Lounge" which is open 24 hours as well as the usual communal areas like the kitchen and dining area.

  • Dorms & Privates
  • Wifi
  • Lost & Found Bar

Distance from town Southern Cross Station - 350m / Flinders St Station - 1km

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Chill Lounge United Backpackers

Best Melbourne Hostels for Solo Travellers

Base St Kilda

If you fancy staying in the beautiful Melbourne suburb of St Kilda then Base St Kilda is perfect for solo travellers. It also holds walking tours, this time around St Kilda and visiting the famous Brighton Beach Boxes. Red Eye Bar has loads of stuff going on as well as fantastic meal and drink specials. Base St Kilda also has great communal areas, perfect for making new friends.

  • Dorms & Privates
  • Wifi (Free in common areas)
  • Red Eye Bar

Distance from beach 200m!

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Red Eye Bar at Base St Kilda

Best Melbourne Hostels for Solo Travellers

Best Hostels in Melbourne for Couples

It's all well and good staying in dorms to save a bit of cash, but every now and then couples need a bit of time to themselves to do what couples like to do in private! Fortunately the majority of hostels now provide private rooms alongside the standard shared dorm rooms! 

Nomads Melbourne

Nomads Melbourne has a great variety of private rooms available, some which will also make you feel like you're staying in a hotel. But you actually get the best of both worlds, the communal areas which makes staying in hostels so great and the privacy of a hotel standard private room with an ensuite bathroom to have some time to yourselves.

  • Dorms & Privates
  • Wifi 
  • Industry Bar & Lounge (great outdoor area too!)

Distance from town Southern Cross Station - 1.3km / Flinders St Station - 1.4km

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Private Ensuite Room at Nomads Melbourne

Best Melbourne Hostels for Couples

Best Cheap Hostels in Melbourne

The word cheap sometimes has negative connotations, but really I'm just talking about good value for money. These Melbourne hostels are still of a great standard, they're just a little bit cheaper than most. And those few dollars you save can make a hell of a difference to a backpacker.

All Nations Hostel

Not only is All Nations located very centrally, very close to Southern Cross Station, it has a great bar with nightly activities. Even though it's one of the cheapest hostels to stay at in Melbourne there are loads of freebies included; free walking tours of Melbourne, free pasta and rice and a free pancake breakfast every morning!

  • Dorms & Privates
  • Wifi
  • UBar

Distance from town Southern Cross Station - 300m / Flinders St Staion - 1km

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TV Lounge at All Nations Hostel

Cheap Hostels in Melbourne

Nomads St Kilda Beach

Nomads St Kilda Beach has a lot of history, it's one of the longest serving hostels in Melbourne (under various names) but still has lots of modern facilities including their amazing pod style beds. There's also a fantastic rooftop space which is great for BBQ's, beer pong contests or just sunbathing! Included in the price is 24 hour free wifi in the common areas and free food on their 'family nights'. So cheap with lots of extras included.

  • Dorms & Privates
  • Wifi
  • Bar (opening soon)

Distance from beach 1km

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Rooftop at Nomads St Kilda

Cheap Melbourne Hostels

Best Party Hostels in Melbourne

Sometimes we just want to go out every night and have a load of fun with other backpackers. The city of Melbourne has some great nightlife which should definitely be experienced, but if you fancy a few drinks before going into town or just can't be bothered to venture into town one night then it's time to visit the bar at your hostel.

Backpacker bars are slightly different to your usual bar as they're geared up to help you meet other travellers through silly games, competitions or pumping nights with a DJ or live band. They often give you the opportunity to win some travel prizes or bar tabs as well, which is always welcome.

Base St Kilda

Red Eye Bar always has loads going on. From Boozy Bingo, Live DJ's, ladies nights, beer pong competitions... the list goes on. They also have some great meal and drink deals too. On Monday night why not try your chance at winning a $1000 cash jackpot?! Yes, really!

    • Dorms & Privates
    • Wifi (Free in common areas)
    • Red Eye Bar - Party Central!

    Distance from beach 200m!

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    Boozy Bingo at Red Eye Bar

    Best Party Hostels in Melbourne

    Nomads Melbourne

    Industry Bar at Nomads Melbourne welcomes everyone inside, or outside in their pretty sweet beer garden area. This place is perfect for pre-drinks and you can either join in with their beer pong, killer pool comps, ladies night or trivia night or chill out with a few mates having a slightly quieter beer in the garden. The Saturday night disco will have everyone dancing!

    • Dorms & Privates
    • Wifi 
    • Industry Bar & Lounge (great outdoor area too!)

    Distance from town Southern Cross Station - 1.3km / Flinders St Station - 1.4km

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    Outdoor Industry Bar Seating

    Party Hostels in Melbourne

    Best Hostels in Melbourne for Digital Nomads

    Are you a vlogger or blogger? If so then you'll need to stay somewhere with good internet access and probably somewhere that doesn't have a heap of distractions. These Melbourne hostels are great for those of us who are Digital Nomads.

    United Backpackers

    With loads of communal areas you're bound to find somewhere to quietly work and they have free wifi available in all the common areas too. You can pay to have internet access in your room as well.

    • Dorms & Privates
    • Wifi
    • Lost & Found Bar

    Distance from town Southern Cross Station - 350m / Flinders St Station - 1km

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    United Backpackers Communal Areas

    Best Melbourne hostels for Digital Noamds

    Barkly Backpackers

    There are pros and cons to staying here if you're a digital nomad. They have computers you can use if your laptop dies and unlimited free wifi, but they don't have a huge amount of communal space as it's a very small hostel. So you may have to work with your headphones on in your dorm room (there are no private rooms).

    • Dorms
    • Wifi
    • No Bar

    Distance from town Southern Cross Station - 6km / Flinders St Station - 5.5km

    Best Melbourne Hostels for 'older' backpackers

    As we get a little older, no matter how much we want to party every night, our bodies might not agree with us. Sometimes you just want a bit of peace and quiet rather than a night of Wet T Shirt contests and Jager trains.

    Melbourne Metro YHA

    No bar and out of the central city means that Melbourne Metro YHA is perfect for older backpackers wanting a good nights sleep with fewer backpackers crawling into their room a bit tipsy late at night.

    • Dorms & Privates
    • Wifi
    • No Bar

    Distance from town Southern Cross Station - 2.1km / Flinders St Station - 2.7km

    City Centre Budget Hotel

    Not a hostel as such but a small family run hotel which is great for those on a budget who want to get away from young backpackers for a little while but still have some backpacker facilities such as laundry facilities and a shared kitchen.

    • Privates / Singles
    • Wifi
    • No Bar

    Distance from town Southern Cross Station - 1.8km / Flinders St Station - 1km

    The conclusion.... There's a hostel for every type of traveller in Melbourne!

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