You will need to make your own travel arrangements to Australia. Please try to arrive at least 1-2 weeks before the start of International Student Orientation to allow enough time for settling-in, adjusting to the climate and overcoming jet-lag.
For students studying at the Sydney campus (Parramatta), you should fly into Sydney International Airport. Visit www.sydneyairport.com.au for more details about the airport and the process.
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For students studying at the Brisbane north campus (Bowen Hills), you should fly into Brisbane International Airport. Visit www.airport-brisbane.com for more details about the airport and the process.
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For students studying at the Brisbane south campus (Woolloongabba), you should fly into Brisbane International Airport. Visit www.airport-brisbane.com for more details about the airport and the process.
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For students studying at the Perth campus (Joondalup), you should fly into Perth International Airport. Visit perthairport.com for more details about the airport and the process.
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You should prepare a folder of official documents to bring with you to Australia, including:
- Valid passport with Student Visa
- Offer of a place / admission letter from AC
- Confirmation of Enrollment (eCoE) issued by AC
- Receipts of payments (e.g. tuition fees, OSHC, bank statements etc.)
- Insurance policies
- Original or certified copies of your academic transcripts and qualifications
- Other personal identification documents, e.g. birth certificate, ID card, driver’s licence
- Medical records and/or prescriptions
- CAAW if you are under 18 years of age
If you are traveling with your family you will need to include their documents as well. Keep all documents in your carry-on luggage. In case you lose the originals, make copies that can be left behind with family and sent to you.
What to Bring
Students are often surprised by how strict Australian Customs Services and quarantine can be. If you’re in doubt about whether your goods are prohibited or not, declare it anyway on the Incoming Passenger Card which you will receive on the plane. Students have received on the spot fines for not declaring items. Visit the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) homepage www.aqis.gov.au
- Read “What can’t I take to Australia?”
- And also let your family and friends know “What can’t be mailed to Australia?”
Baggage allowances flying into Australia will vary according to your carrier, flight class and country of origin. Please check with your carrier prior to departure. Economy passengers are generally permitted 1 x checked luggage (35kg) and 1 x carry-on (7kg) for international flights, but only 20kg of checked luggage on domestic flights within Australia. This will significantly limit the amount of things you can bring, especially if you will fly within Australia to get to your final destination. Therefore, it is essential to think the packing process through very carefully. You will be able to purchase most things upon arrival in Australia but the price may be higher than in your own country.
Home-stay is an affordable accommodation alternative for international and interstate students. Students can live with a family close to campus. For more information please see Sydney Home-stay Agency www.homestaysydney.com or Sydney Home-stay Directory www.sydneyhomestay.org.
As part of your study visa requirements, please make sure you notify AC of your residential address as well as any change in address you may make during the duration of your study.
Hotels, Motels and Backpackers
Generally, the price you pay for accommodation will determine its quality. However, it can be expensive to stay in a good quality motel or hotel for a long period of time.
With regular rates starting from approximately $100 per night, hotels and apartments near AC.
Backpacker hostels are relatively inexpensive but you may need to bring your own pillow and sleeping bag if you choose this option. There are several YHA Hostels around campus which cost as little as $30 per night. A good hostel directory to look at is www.hostelworld.com.
Staying With Friends or Family
If you know someone in Australia, this is a great way to settle-in to life here. Your friends or family can provide advice, support and encouragement in your first days in Australia. However, if you are under the age of 18 you must obtain approval from your education provider first.
Make sure you notify AC of any changes to your residential address.
For more information, visit our Study in Australia page.