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Living in Australia
Students arriving in Australia for the first time often experience some degree of ‘cultural shock’, particularly in
Our advice in the early months of your stay is to give yourself time to adjust to these differences,
Our professional student officers will help you arrange everything you need prior to arrival, and in the
Here is some information you might like to know about Australia before you arrive to the land ‘down under’.
Homestay is a great way to practice spoken English and learn about the Australia culture and customs.
You get to live with an Australian Host family in a fully furnished room that can be single or shared with
The cost is usually AUS $155-$200 per week and generally includes 2 meals p er day (breakfast & dinner),
For students attending University or Secondary study, a more popular type of accommodation is
For AUS $155-$250 per week, you will get all the facilities and services you need such as meals,
Standard of Living and Shopping
The life style in Australia is considered to be safe and friendly with a high degree of social life.
The climate ranges from tropical to temperate. It is coldest in the highlands of the southeast and Tasmania, the only places where snow falls regularly. January and February are generally the hottest months. The wettest months are March to May and the coldest month is July. In Sydney you will probably find that the weather is crazy! It can be hot one day, hotter the next & virtually pouring down rain the next!
Most cities of Australia are 2-3 hours ahead of Asia. 9-10 hours ahead of Europe and 16-20 hours ahead of USA.
Australia has an extensive and modem public transport system which includes trains, buses, trams/light rail train, ferries, monorails, taxis and water taxis. Unfortunately, overseas students are not entitled to travel concession cards. You will be fined up to A$100 if you are caught. You can buy the TravelTen or Weekly Pass to save money on traveling on buses, trains and ferries. You will need a red, blue, yellow or brown pass depending how far you need to travel overseas or to other States in Australia.
Australia has a high standard of health and hygiene, and it is unlikely that you will encounter any health hazards. Overseas students
OSHC premium for students; 1-3 months A$74, 3-6 months A$148, 6-9 months A$ 212,9-12 months A$295.
Once you commence your course in Australia, you will be given an application form and your ABOC & AA numbers. Please fill in the form and take your passport to the Medicare Private office. A membership card will be sent to you within four to six weeks. When visiting a doctor, payment for services is made at the time of consultation and then claimed back from the OSHC scheme at a Medibank office by filling in a Claim Form and showing the doctor's receipt.
There are many banks to choose from and all are registered under Australian Government regulations.The four main Australian Banks are National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, ANZ Bank and St. George Bank. Banks are generally open 9.30am - 4pm Mon. - Thurs, to 5pm on Friday. General office hours are 9am-5pm weekdays. Post offices are open the same hours.
There is not cost to apply for TFN and you will receive your TFN approximately within four weeks after you lodge in an application.
Electricity is 230 to 250 volts/50 cycles. AC plugs are three pin and transformers and adapters are easily obtainable.
There is complete religious freedom in Australia and all faiths and denominations are represented. So enjoy the land of Religious