Before You Arrive
To ensure that you arrive ready to begin your studies it is important that your pre-departure preparation is done adequately.
All overseas students must apply for a student visa before travelling to Australia. To find out more, please contact your nearest Australian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission, or visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.
Comprehensive information about visa applications, student work rights and restrictions, health requirements and much more can be found on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
OSHC is insurance to assist international students meet the costs of medical and hospital care that they may need while in Australia.
As an international student, it is a condition of your student visa that you have OSHC for the entire duration of your stay in Australia.
Exceptions to this requirement only apply where the Department of Immigration & Border Protection recognises a suitable alternative health cover arrangement. This includes Swedish and Norwegian students who have health cover with the approved home government insurer.
"Dual or Multi Family" Overseas Student Health Cover provided by Allianz Global Assistance must be arranged if you intend to travel to Australia with your family members as dependents on your student visa.
Students who do not arrive in Australia on a student visa will not be covered by OSHC until they have obtained a student visa.
Click here for more information about OSHC.
- Obtaining Your Overseas Student Health Cover
- Renewing Your Overseas Student Health Cover
- Dual or Multi Family Overseas Student Health Cover
Planning your budget
Planning your budget is an important part of your application and preparation. On top of your university fees, SSAF, OSHC and book and resource fees, you will also need to work out your living expenses.
|Estimated Weekly costs||$AU|
|Rent (Share accommodation||$85 - $215|
|Groceries & eating out||$80 - $280|
|Gas, Electricity||$35 - $140|
|Mobile phone & Internet||$25 - $55|
|Public transport / Travel||$15 - $$55|
|Miscellaneous (Clothes, toiletries, medical)||$30 - $80|
|Total Estimated Weekly Costs*||$270 - $825|
All prices are to be used as a guide and can vary based on indivudual circumstances. For more information regarding living in Australia visit the Study in Australia website
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. From 1 July 2016 the 12 month living cost is:
- You - $19,830
- Partner or spouse - $6,940
- Child - $2,970
All costs are per year in Australian dollars. To convert to your own currency, visit the XE Currency Exchange website.
The Australian Government wants overseas students in Australia to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding place to study. Australia's laws promote quality education and consumer protection for overseas students. These laws are known as the ESOS framework and they include the Education Services for Overseas (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code 2007. Click here for the Guidelines, Policies and Regulations relevant to international students studying on a student visa.
Books and Miscellaneous Study Expenses
A minimum of $A400 per trimester is required for text books. Students will also need to budget for other study associated costs such as stationery and subject handbooks.
An emergency is the actual or imminent occurrence of an event which endangers or threatens the safety or health of any person in the area; and/or destroys, or threatens to destroy or damage any property.
In any life threatening emergency call 000 (112 from Mobile) and request Police, Fire or Ambulance.
Policies and Procedures
Please check out the full list of Policies and Procedures from A - Z.