Before you embark on your journey there are many important things to consider, from obtaining a visa and packing the right essentials to being set up once you land. By taking the time to prepare and gather information before you leave, you will be setting yourself up for a successful and stress-free experience in your new home.
Before your departure
Make sure you have secured and saved all your documents before you travel. This includes documentation like:
- Your student visa
- Valid passport
- Confirmation of enrolment and proof of payment
- Medical records
- Travel insurance
- Home country identification or international driver’s license
It is recommended to have a printed and electronic copy of all your documents, just to be safe if anything goes amiss.
Next, look into accommodation and transportation options in your chosen city as you will want to have this all prepared when you land. You can choose from student accommodation options like a hotel or hostel to a private rental, share house or even a homestay.
Research different locations to figure out where the best option to stay is for you. Take a look at suburbs near your university and work or where you will have easy access to public transport.
Research your study destination
Once you’ve got all your documents and accommodation sorted, it’s time to research and familiarise yourself with your study destination – Australia!
Get to know the culture, customs and laws so that you can help avoid culture shock and misunderstandings. Learn about the cost of living and your working rights so you know what to prepare for when you arrive.
Take a look at upcoming activities and events in your city so that you have some plans during your first few weeks and can learn more about the culture and meet new people. Joining online groups and checking out what’s on offer at your university is also a great way to meet other people.
Check the weather and season of your city to see whether you’ll need winter or summer clothing for your first few months. Australia is known for its warm climate but temperatures can also drop in the winter months from June to August.
What to pack for your arrival
Make sure you have all your documents packed, in addition to your insurance and overseas student health cover. It is important to have travel insurance as this can help cover any unexpected medical expenses, trip cancellations and other unforeseen events.
Convert some currency! You should have some Australian currency with you, in addition to preparing a travel money card and mobile sim.
Get your electronics in order by having suitable power adapters and converters so you can charge your electronics once you land. Also, pack any prescribed medications and copies of your prescriptions just in case you need to refill them while you’re away.
Get to know your university
Take the time to learn about your university and campus life. This will be a great place to meet new people and learn more about the Australian culture. Check out if there are any upcoming campus events you can attend or groups you can join to make your adjustment easier.
You will also want to attend any Orientation sessions held by your University.
This is also a great time to familiarise yourself with the campus facilities and online platforms, like Blackboard. Attend any virtual events and training so you know what to expect when it comes to your course requirements. By acquainting yourself with these services you’ll kickstart your study journey with all the right knowledge.
Set yourself up for success by implementing your own pre-departure checklist.