Pre-Arrival

Arriving in a new country can be overwhelming at times. Here we have some helpful information to make your arrival in Australia as smooth as possible

Living Expenses

As a condition of your student visa you must have enough funds to pay all costs of studying in Australia, including tuition fees, living expenses, Overseas Health Cover, return airfares and visa fees. Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. The Australian Government recommends a single student budget of AU $21,041 per year, with an additional AU $7,362 per year for a spouse and AU $3,152 per year, per child. For further details regarding accommodation costs and other living expenses, visit www.studyinaustralia.gov.au for details. Figures correct from October 2019.

Accommodation

Sydney offers a range of short- and long-term accommodation options for every preference and budget. You are welcome to find accommodation yourself or use Waratah Institute’s recommended providers. Note that International students under 18 years of age must have appropriate accommodation and welfare arrangements in place before they can be granted a student visa.

Working in Australia

Your student visa allows you to work while you are studying up to 40 hours on a fortnight. Working while you are studying will allow you to connect with people from all over the world and get a chance to experience casual work in a completely different area to your studies. Definitely a great experience in a new country! You may need a Tax File Number (TFN) which can easily be obtained online on www.ato.gov.au. For more information on working in Australia please check www.fairwork.gov.au

Health insurance

As an international student in Australia, you and your dependents (for example, spouses and children under 18 years old) are required by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to have an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of your study in Australia. This insurance will cover for visits to the doctor, some hospital treatment, ambulance cover and limited pharmaceuticals (medicines).

Health and safety

Australia is generally a very safe place to live and study and consistently ranks among the safest countries in the world. However, it is still important to take care, be aware of the risks to your health and safety, and ways to minimise these risks. This is particularly important for when you first arrive and are adjusting to your new way of life. For further information, visit www.studyinaustralia.gov.au.

Climate

Summer (December – February)
Average temperature ranges from 18C to 29C
Autumn (March - May)
Average temperature ranges from 14C to 22C
Winter (June – August)
Average temperature ranges from 8C to 17C
Spring (September - November)
Average temperature ranges from 11C to 23C

Visas

Obtaining a student visa to Australia requires from every prospective international to fulfil with certain requirements imposed by the Department of Home Affairs. One of the main conditions of your student visa is that you must have sufficient funds to cover all your expenses whilst studying in Australia. This includes tuition fees, living expenses, Overseas Student Health Cover, return airfares and visa fees.

The Department of Homes Affairs explains in detail all the documents required, eligibility and criteria that international students must fulfil in order to have the visas approved. It is worth checking the website for more information.

Nonetheless, knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. The Australian Government recommends a single student budget of AU $20,290 per year, with an additional AU $7,100 per year for a spouse and AU $3,040 per year, per child. The student visa allows international students to work during their studies, however, we strongly recommend you have additional funds should you need.

Should you wish to know more about general living costs, we suggest you to check the Study in Australia website for details. Figures correct from 1st Feb 2018.

Health Cover

As an international student in Australia, you and your dependents (for example, spouses and children under 18 years old) are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of your study in Australia. This insurance will cover for visits to the doctor, some hospital treatment, ambulance cover and limited pharmaceuticals (medicines).

You can find more information, including a list of the providers and average costs, on the Department of Health website. Remember, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship requires overseas students to maintain OSHC for the duration of time they are in Australia. For further information please visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website. https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/student-500/length-of-stay