After arriving in Australia

Students get excited about getting their visas that open their doors to come to Australia, their dreamland. However, arriving in Australia after all the tedious process of visa lodgement and university enrolment is just the beginning. Even if students have relatives or friends here in Australia, it can be a bit daunting at the beginning and then things get better as they get familiar with the new culture and environment. If a student is on his or her own with no friend or relative to guide on their new journey, they can have a tough time settling.

The things that can be hard to cope with are:

  1. Law in this country
  2. Accommodation and housemates
  3. Means of public transportation, cost and their schedules
  4. Ways to find jobs
  5. Ways to get help if necessary
  6. Things that are relevant to university
  7. Various insurances such as health cover and car insurance

First things first:

  • Accommodation: It is better to have your relative or yourself find accommodation even before you arrive in Australia. There are affordable student accommodations and cheaper hotels where you can stay until you get a good apartment. Remember, never be lazy to research and plan the things you might need when you are travelling. Google is the best and most common way to research almost anything. Even the university that you are enrolled in might also help you to find accommodation. Some of these are listed below, but you always have more choices.
SnoDescription and URLCity
1Unigarden is a student accommodation located in Canberra.Canberra
2Sydney Student Living is a student apartment building near Burwood and Strathfield in Sydney.Sydney
3UniLodge is a student apartment that has multiple apartments all over Australia including Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Darwin.Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Darwin, Adelaide, Brisbane
  • Bank Account: You cannot keep a large sum of money with you in cash or a travel money card. The best way to secure your money and even get a bit of interest is to keep them in a bank account. Every city in Australia has various bank branches where you can open a student account, which any of these banks do not charge extra fees for.

Here are the links for these banks in Australia:

  1. Westpac Group
  2. Commonwealth Bank
  3. ANZ Bank
  4. St. George Bank
  5. National Australia Bank
  • Tax File Number: To get paid while you are working, you must have a Tax File Number, which is why you need to apply for a TFN even before applying for a job. A Tax File Number or TFN, in short, is a unique number given to any person who can work legally in Australia. However, having TFN neither guarantees a job nor allows you to work full time unless authorised by your visa explicitly. To apply for TFN, please visit the ATO webpage.
  • You need a job to survive in Australia, as living expenses in Australia is very high. You are allowed to work only 40 hours per fortnight, normally. However, on semester breaks, you can work unlimited hours. You can find jobs in various ways, one of which is getting a job that is referred by your friend. Besides, you can also find and apply for jobs using the job portals. Some of the very popular job portals:
  1. Seek
  2. Indeed
  3. Gumtree
  • Public Transportation: Most of the Australian cities have really good transportation services. Some of the cities like Brisbane and Canberra offer discounts for international students on transport fares. There are card systems (Opal Card, Go Card, MyWay Card, etc.) in some of these cities that can be bought, used and recharged using various kiosks and websites. Commons means of public transport in Australia are buses, Light rails, trains and ferries. You can get one of these public means of transport to get to your job or university.
  • Mobile SIM Card and Mobile Phone: Mobile phone these days is an absolute necessity, especially when you are on your own in a foreign land. It not only helps you in odd situations, but it also is a way to communicate with your employer, friends and relatives. There are various telecom companies in Australia, some of which are listed as:
  1. Vodafone
  2. Amaysim
  3. Boost
  4. Lebara
  5. Optus

Emergency Services

Sometimes in life, there might be unwanted circumstances that we are not prepared for. It is always a good idea to safeguard ourselves against all odds before unpleasant things happen.  However, even if we take great care in our work and the things we do, accidents do happen. To minimize the risks, students should:

  1. Be informed of the odds that might affect them
  2. Be insured
  3. Keep emergency numbers

This website and various other government websites are there to guide you on how to avoid unnecessary hassles and problems. As per insurance is concerned, most probably you are already insured as it is your obligation to get health cover according to your visa rules. Last but not the least, regarding emergency numbers, you should store emergency numbers on your mobile. One of the emergency numbers should be the mobile number of your closest friend or relative whom you can call in case of an emergency. Triple Zero (000) is the next number you can dial in case of serious injury. Please visit the site for further information.

We hope this might help you on your journey. Please feel free to contact us if you need any suggestions. Remember, this website is for you and this service is for free.

NOTE: We do not provide professional guidance or consultation services, but we can surely guide you to the right authorities or agencies that provide these services and we are not biased or paid to do so.

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