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5 Things International Students Must Know about Australia before going over!
13 June 2023
Written by Y Suites


Embracing new experiences, meeting diverse cultures, and fostering personal growth – such are the promises of international education. If you’re an international student setting your sights on Australia, prepare for a rewarding journey ahead. However, before you start packing your bags, you should know some vital points to ensure a smooth transition.

Here are five essential things to help you get started:

1. Applying for a Student Visa

The first step in your journey to Australia as an international student is to secure a student visa. Be sure to research the requirements for the student visa (subclass 500) thoroughly, as the process involves several crucial elements, such as proof of enrolment in a course of study, evidence of sufficient funds, and English language proficiency, among others. The process may be time-consuming and seem daunting, so starting early will give you ample time to compile your documents and submit your application confidently.

2. Secure your Health Insurance

Health insurance is mandatory for international students in Australia. You’ll need to purchase Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), which helps you pay for medical and hospital care during your stay. The cover includes a range of medical services, such as doctor visits, hospital treatment, ambulance cover, and prescription medications.

3. Embrace the Australian Seasons

Australia’s climate varies significantly across the country. However, the seasons are generally the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere. It is essential to pack accordingly and prepare for different weather patterns! December to February is summer, March to May is spring, August to September is Autumn and Oct to November is Winter! Be sure to check the latest and upcoming weather conditions for the state that you’ll be visiting to avoid being underdressed or overdressed!

4. Anticipate the Cost of Living

Living in Australia offers an excellent lifestyle but comes at a price. The cost of living in Australia includes housing, meals, transportation, and personal expenses. Depending on the city and lifestyle, these can add up. Doing thorough research, planning your budget, and preparing for your stay is essential.

5. Work and Budget Wisely

Many international students in Australia take on part-time work while studying to cope with the cost of living. Australia’s student visa regulations allow students to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during academic semesters, providing an excellent opportunity to earn money, gain valuable work experience, and meet new people.

However, you should not let your part-time work distract you from your studies. That’s where budgeting comes in. Track your income and expenses diligently, prioritise essential costs, and manage your finances effectively to ensure you live comfortably without straining yourself.

At Y Suites, we understand the challenges international students face when moving to a new country. We provide affordable student accommodations in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and soon, Canberra in Semester 2 of 2023, to help you manage the cost of living more effectively.

With a range of room types, including Studio Standard, Studio Premium, Studio Deluxe, Studio Twin Share, 2 Bedroom Apartments, Ensuite Standard, and Ensuite Premium, Y Suites provides a comfortable, convenient, and budget-friendly housing solution.

Moreover, our array of amenities and vibrant community atmosphere ensure your transition to Australia is as smooth as possible. Staying with Y Suites, you’ll be part of a community that’s all about sharing experiences, learning together, and creating lifelong memories.

Moving to Australia as an international student is a thrilling adventure. With meticulous preparation and a supportive community like Y Suites, you’re well on your way to embark on an enriching educational journey. Find out more about our student housing options in Australia and take advantage of our Early Bird 2023 Sem 2 Promotions to save on more rent!



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