As part of our commitment to our students, CIC helps make the process of moving to Australia as comfortable as possible.
To make the moving process as stress-free as possible, we encourage students to come prepared with relevant information needed for living in Australia. Important things to consider and plan before you arrive should include:
• Your departure
• Arrival in Australia
• Remaining visa compliant while in Australia
• Accessing support services
• Working while you study
• Living costs and accommodation
• Health and safety
We provide some information on these important topics below, but we encourage you to do further research, so you feel fully prepared before you move.
Some useful links are:
Whether you are planning to study in Melbourne or Perth, it is essential to decide what type of accommodation you prefer before you move. You can find out more about living in these cities:
Short term accommodation
After you arrive in Australia, you need a place to stay. Arranging short-term accommodation, at least for the first month, should give you enough time to settle in. Costs will vary depending on your budget and what accommodation you want. Utilities are usually included in most of these temporary arrangements.
Some suggested websites are:
You may prefer to stay at a private rental property. Consider the following when making your selection:
• Get access to a private rental database
• Understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant
• Find affordable and safe accommodation close to campus
• Estimate the costs for food, rent, utilities and maintenance
Homestay provides a cultural exchange between you and a local family or individual (called a host). You live as a guest in the host’s home and, unlike a private rental, you do not need to pay a bond, find furniture, sign a lease or search for a property.
Living in a supportive environment, you are provided with a clean, furnished room which includes items like a bed, desk and wardrobe, access to bathroom and laundry facilities, and meal services. Utilities are also included.
Hosts offer ongoing support and can show you around the local areas, including nearby facilities such as banks, post offices, shops and public transport.
CIC’s preferred homestay network provider is Australian Homestay Network. Find out more at www.homestaynetwork.org
Cost of living
It is important to be aware of the cost of living (accommodation, food, travel, etc.) before moving to Australia. To be granted a student visa, international students are required to demonstrate that they have access to funds that will cover the cost of their living expenses during their time in Australia.
Several websites offer cost estimates for students’ living expenses in Australia, but the actual cost will vary depending on your preferences. We recommend researching the cost of living before you move.
Living costs for dependents in Australia
Most student visas allow for students to bring their eligible family members to Australia. Students will be required to prove that they have sufficient funds to not only cover their own cost of living, but also the cost of living of any of the dependents they wish to come to Australia with them.
Find out more here.
Note: if you are planning to bring school-aged dependants with you, please see Australia’s schooling obligations and options.
For your guidance, please visit our Policy Library which has all you need to know about your rights, responsibilities and support you are entitled to as an international student in Australia.