Students arriving for the first time in Australia usually arrive alone in a new city and have little idea of how to get around in their new country of residence. At other times, they are so shy that we just don’t ask and at other times we just don’t know where to start.
In this post I will give you some tips, of those that are not too many, to be able to survive as an international student in Australia and make your stay unforgettable.
Try to live near the area of your school or university of study
Remember, your school or university of study is the place where you will have to move every day. So only when you live near the institution will you avoid being in a hurry all the time. There is always congestion in the mornings (regardless of the city), so you should avoid being late when you are on your way to classes.
Take out the Australian identification document
Your passport and Australian student visa are proof of your identity. In order to prevent unexpected things from happening, it is recommended that you take it with you. If you do not want to carry the original passport or DNI in your pocket, I recommend purchasing a ” Proof of Age Crad ” which is basically an identification card that can be purchased for only $ 10 AUD at Australia Post Offices, VicRoads or Pharmacies/Chemists.
Keep emergency number in mind
The emergency number in Australia is 000 (triple zero), which is direct to communicate with the police. This call is free no matter where it is made from. When you study and live in Australia, you should keep this number in your mind and ask for help as long as accident happens.
Know the business hours of banks
Australian banks are open from 9:30 to 4:00 in the afternoon, Monday to Thursday. On Fridays they are open until 5:00 pm. It is worth mentioning that some banks are also open on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. If you need to handle related business, remember to go to the bank during business hours.
Use debit in Australia
You don’t like to carry cash? Then you can use your debit card in Australia. Why? First of all, it is more comfortable – you have control of your finances. And most importantly, it is a matter of security. If you get lost, you can ask for the mobile or internet app. In addition, many banks have the use of acquiring money through this same application without having to have the card with you.
Most of the suburbs have a public library
Public library is one of the best places to study in Australia. On weekends or holidays, you can bring your books or laptop to the public library for a day. The environment of these libraries is relatively comfortable and quiet, which helps to improve your learning efficiency. If you want to borrow books at no cost, you can request a membership of the nearest library.
Above are 6 useful tips for international students in Australia. If you are now studying in Australia, you are strongly recommended to keep them in your mind and they will help you in some cases. Supposed that you plan to study in Australia but have not started the journey yet, you can also know about the tips and make full preparation for your abroad study.