Pre-Departure Kit for International Students

If you’re reading this it means you plan to study in Australia. You’re in for a treat! Australia is a beautiful country for studying, but it can be difficult to settle in if you don’t know much about the place. This pre-departure kit is designed to help you better understand the states, cities, culture and lifestyle.

It will also help you take care of the serious stuff, such as getting a bank account, finding a part-time job, finding accommodation and more. We know it’s daunting to move overseas to study, but it’s also exciting! Check out our city guides to gain the local knowledge you need to approach your study experience with confidence.

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Where can I find accommodation?

You can stay in a private rental property (either alone or with housemates), in a homestay with a family, in managed student accommodation or a residential college. Each option has their own unique benefits and drawbacks.

Use our Accommodation Finder Service to be connected to best practice student accommodation providers in Australia

Accommodation Options in Australia

What All International Students Need to Know Before Renting

How to be a Great Housemate

Must Ask Questions When Looking For Accommodation

How do I set up a bank account?

Part of this process can be done online before you arrive, with the final identification checks done in person when you arrive. If you wait until you arrive to open an account, simply head into a bank in Australia and let them know you’re an international student and would like to open an account.

Setting up a Bank Account

How to Transfer Money Overseas

The Ultimate Guide to Save Money

Cost of Living Calculator

How do I get connected in Australia?

How to connect with your friends and family, both locally and internationally. Learn how to get started by purchasing a SIM, or a phone plan, and evaluating your other communication options.

Setting Up Your New Phone in Australia

Questions To Ask Before You Sign A Phone Contract

Staying Connected With Family and Friends

How can I find a job?

Whether you need a job to support you while you study, or you’re looking for work when you graduate, finding a job is not easy. Discover ways to increase your chances of finding work, and why you need to understand your work rights in Australia.

7-Step Guide to Get a Job in Australia

Short Courses To Help You Get a Job

Employment: Secret Advantages Of International Students 

Top 5 Mistakes Students Make on Resumes

What else do I need to know about employment?

While on a student visa you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight during the semester and unlimited hours during semester break.

Starting a New Job – Important Things You Should Know

What is a Tax File Number and How Do I Apply?

What International Students Need to Know About How to do a Tax Return in Australia

Take Your Super Home With You

Busting Myths About Australian Workplaces and How to Avoid Workplace Exploitation

What should I know about Australian culture?

Australia is a diverse and accepting country that has evolved from Indigenous and British roots to now represent people from a range of cultures.

Essential Aussie Slang for International Students

A Beginner’s Guide to Aussie Humour

A Brief Guide to the History of Australia

Australian Indigenous Cultures

Is There Only One Australian Accent?

Drinking Culture in Australia

How can I make friends with locals?

With so many different social and cultural norms, it can be a bit overwhelming and confusing to make friends in a new country. Learn how to break down barriers and build a diverse friendship group.

Conversation Starters With Locals

Top Tips For Making Local Friends

A Guide to Australian Etiquette

Dating in Australia

Why International Students Should Play Sport

LGBTQI International Students

The Australian Festivals Guide

What is the study environment like?

Understanding the structure and demands of studying in Australia is crucial to success.

6 Things About Australian Learning Culture You Need To Know

How To Make the Most Out of O-Week

Your First Day of University

Top Tips for Australian Style Essay Writing

Scholarships For International Students

How do I get around my new city?

Whether you are walking, riding a bike, catching public transport or driving a car, you need to know what is the best way to get from A to B.

Getting Around Your City

Public Transport Options in Your City

Guide to Public Transport Etiquette

How to Buy a Bike

Bike Riding in Australia

How do I Buy a Car?

How can I stay safe in Australia?

Australia is generally a very safe country, however being aware of some risks is always handy.

Outsmarting the Scammers: the Ultimate Guide for International Students

Staying Safe Online: The Essentials

Dealing With Sexual Harassment

Aussie Beaches – A Guide for New Arrivals

Stay Cool During an Australian Heatwave

How do I maintain my health?

If you’re going to enjoy the best of Australia, you need to be fit and healthy! Remember, in a non-emergency situation you should attend a health clinic and not a hospital.

Frequently Asked Questions – International Student Healthcare

How to Relieve Stress Without Spending a Cent

Eight Clever Ways to Beat the Flu

Resources for LGBTI International Students

Taking Care Of Your Mental Health

Tips For Curing Homesickness

Where can I learn more about my new home?

Delve into the unique opportunities available across each Australian location.









Once you’ve arrived in Australia, sign up for our two-week Welcome to Australia course.