Things to do for first time international students in Australia

Things to do for first time international students in Australia posted on AEST May 5, 2020, 10:03 pm

AEST May 5, 2020, 10:03 pm

Deciding to move to another city for higher studies is a tough choice and moving to another country for the same is a tougher one. Congrats for making the tougher decision, choosing Australia, and making it to your dream Australian university. For a first time international student, while researching applying and getting through the applications process is a challenging journey itself, settling down and adapting to the Australian culture is an addition to the challenging journey. Preparing and initiating for a few activities can make your settling down process an easier one. Our article provides insights into the to-do activities prior to and after coming here.

Things to do prior to leaving India

1. Pack in a few essentials:

the current health crisis scenario international travel would entail following the government directive of staying in at accommodation and not moving around for a few specified days. To sail through the post-travel compulsory stay-indoor-period, it is advised that the students bring in essentials such as groceries, snacks and ready to eat. It would also help students get through the initial months without much financial burden.

2. Join student groups on various social media channels

Students can join various forums on Facebook such as Indians In Sydney and Indian Students In Australia on LinkedIn for networking purposes. Networking through various forums would be beneficial on the personal as well as professional front.

3. Open a Bank account online

Students can scout for the various banks’ accounts and fill up the online account opening form. This would make it easier post-arrival in Australia as they would have to only submit the docs. Some of the popular bank accounts for students are

Carry a forex card loaded with AUD If you wish to opt for opening a bank account after arrival.

4. Scouting for initial accommodation

Arranging of initial accommodation near to the place of study prior to arrival would be a good option before moving to a permanent one. The post-travel compulsory “staying indoors” period should be kept in mind while considering the dates for the initial accommodation. Scouting for a shared accommodation would save up on initial costs.

Things to do after arriving an Australia in the first month

1. Enroll with the International Student Welcome Desk Team and The  International Student Welfare Services Hub

While in quarantine students should register with the International Students Welcome Desk Team and The International Student Welfare Service Hub. The members at the international student welcome desk would clear the settling in doubts of the students. Students could contact the International Students Welfare Hub to avail support and help in emergencies and during unprecedented times. The students could also enroll themselves as members of the Council of International Students Australia and the Australian Federation of International Students for support services.

2. Move into your temporary accommodation

Post the quarantine period the students can move into their temporary accommodation and search for a permanent one within your desired budget and location.

3. Get access to health coverage

As students don’t have access to Medicare they need to get Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) which would cover things like trips to the doctor, some hospital treatment, some medicines and ambulance cover. By availing OSHC students could approach bulk-billing OSHC doctors (with no gap payment) available in major cities like Sydney. Some of government appro OSHC are

4. Avail A New Mobile Connection

To start with students can buy a lower cost SIM that easily fits the phone. Opt for connections that offer short term contracts that can be topped up easily when the credit is over. To avoid big bills opt-in prepaid international calling cards. You can compare the various connections and their plans here.

5. Open The Bank Account

If You have filled the online account opening form you can walk into the branch to submit your documents along wilt the account opening form. If you haven’t filled the online form you can fill the offline account opening form and submit the documents such as the copy of your electronic enrolment confirmation, letter of offer, and passport.

6. Apply For Tax File Number

The taxfile number is similar to the PAN number in India. It is required if you are planning to work while you are studying. This needs to be applied as soon as you can. TFN number is to be provided to the employers, to receive salaries. The TFN is used to deduct tax from your salary and pay net salary (after tax deduction) into your bank account. At the end of the financial year (June), you are allowed to claim tax back depending on the number of allowable deductions. You could apply for TFN via Australian Taxation Office website here.

7. Get Travel Cards

Purchase rechargeable student travel cards to avail student discounts on travel fares. Travel cards for students are distinguished by different colors.

8. Initiate job hunting

To meet your expenses it is important that you take up a job either part-time or casual. You can initiate your job hunt by putting up your resumes in local job sites like SEEK, Indeed, Gumtree, Jora and LinkedIn. Initiate your job searches to areas beyond your field of area of study like retail. Opening up to jobs from others helps you build up references for your future jobs.

9. Finding Schools And Child Care

If you have come to Australia on a student visa with your family, you would have to find child care or schools in your designated area. Unlike PR holders and Citizens the schooling/childcare comes with a cost. Depending on whether it is public or private and region the costs would vary.

10. Attend welcome events for students if the respective cities are holding it.

If you have any comments or feedback, let us know through the comments below. Australia is a great place to learn, study, and work with its varied cultures. Make a great start to your student life with these initiatives.

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