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 campus (Seventeen Mile Rocks), 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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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 Enrolment (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 travelling 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.
Parramatta is the second largest CBD in Sydney Australia and offers many rental accomodation options to suit your needs and budget. For more information on rental property around Parramatta, go to www.domain.com.au or www.realestate.com.au
Homestay is an affordable accomodation alternative for international and interstate students. Students can live with a family close to the Parramatta campus. For more information please see Sydney Homestay Agency www.homestaysydney.com or Sydney Homestay 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 Parramatta campus include:
- Mantra Parramatta
- Clarion Hotel on the Park, Parramatta
- Parkroyal Parramatta
- Fiori Apartments, Parramatta
- Merition Serviced Apartments, Parramatta
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 Sydney 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.
- Brisbane is the multi-cultural capital city of Queensland and has a population of 1.5 million.
- The greater Brisbane region includes the beautiful Moreton Bay , as well as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts , which are famous for great surfing, swimming, boating and fishing.
- The subtropical weather in Brisbane adds to its relaxed lifestyle, with temperatures ranging from 18-29°C in summer and 9-22°C in winter.
- There are over 1000 national forests and parks scattered around Brisbane for biking, bush walking or hiking.
- Brisbane is divided into a northern and a southern part by the Brisbane River .
- Brisbane public transport includes bus, train or ferry transport for easy travel around Brisbane and exploring all its wonderful attractions.
- Visit www.ourbrisbane.com for information about Brisbane and its range of recreational activities and events.
In Brisbane, Homestay Accommodation can be arranged through www.christianhomestay.com. Accommodation is also available in surrounding suburbs around the Brisbane campus. For more information on rental property around Seventeen Mile Rocks, Brisbane Australia go to www.domain.com.au. The average price for 2 bedroom rental properties can range from around $300-$400/week.
Make sure you notify AC of any changes to your residential address.
AC is happy to arrange pick up to first time arrival international students, during office hours. Please notify AC College Relations of your flight number and arrival time two weeks prior to your arrival and accommodation arrangements. An AC representative will meet you upon arrival and drive you to the college or to your accommodation.
Students may wish to find their own transport from the airport, with buses, trains and taxis available at both Sydney and Brisbane International Airport.
For more information, visit our Study in Australia page.