I came to Australia as a student in February 2003 and hoped that there is some site or some help given first hand by someone already living here. Here is a guide if you are planning to come to Australia to study. The guide is helpful if you are coming to Australia in general and Melbourne in particular.
Please note that this is just a guide and hopefully will help you the first few days you land here.
Things to do before you leave:
As a student, your budget may be tight and you probably are planning to work part time in Australia. So, please remember to do these things before you leave for Australia.
1. Pack warm clothing as it is winter here now. It is not too cold as in freezing or snowing but cold enough to make you sick as it gets windy during winter. Layers of clothing are recommended.
2. Get a driver's license. If you plan to drive, you can use your country's driver's license while you are on a student visa, if it is in English. You can get different types of part time jobs if you can drive. Also, some jobs require you to work night shifts.
3. Check with your education agency if they can introduce you to someone who is leaving at the same time with you. Get to know that person before you leave, you can live together when you come here.
4. Check your university site for recommended books. Buy them before you come here as you will save. Also, read through the course requirements to make sure you have enrolled for the right course. You may need to change some subjects after you start, so make the right decision.
5. Most universities provide free transport from the airport for first timers. Check with your agency or email the university in advance of your travel plans. You may save on the taxi fare.
6. If you can afford it, get a lap top. Will help you in working on your assignments from home.
These are the few tips I have for now. Will update after any questions posed. Will also give more pointers on what to do after landing in Australia. All the best.
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