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Campus Life

Balance your study and social life. Studying and living overseas generally happens only once in a life time. Learn how to achieve your academic goals and enjoy your experience in Melbourne at the same time.

Developing Independent Living Skills

Manage your time effectively. Plan ahead what you have to do and what you want to do in a week or a month.

Do not be afraid to ask questions. Discuss your concerns within your peer support network. Keep records of your expenses to manage your budget. Think about your future. Work out what you want to achieve (both professionally and personally), and how you are going to achieve this. Consider developing additional skills that you do not have or want to further develop (i.e. joining a cooking class, a time management workshop etc.). Be familiar with as many support services and facilities as possible. Come and talk to us, you do not need to come with a problem. We are happy to simply listen to your experience or share our experience with you.

Social Activities

Use www.thatsmelbourne.com.au and follow the links to find out what events including sports are on in Melbourne. You can purchase tickets to events through Ticket Master www.ticketmaster.com.au

Social Life

Many international events are held in Melbourne and Victoria including comedy festivals, Antipodes (Greek) Festival, Indian Festivals, Chinese Festivals the Australian Tennis Open, World Series Cricket, Melbourne Fashion Festival, and the Formula 1 Grand Prix. There are many more such events.

Transport

There are many options to travel in Melbourne

Melbourne has an extensive public transport system and Swanston Institute is ideally located. The campus is close to major bus and tram routes. Before you use any public transport, whether it is a train, tram or bus, you are required to purchase a Myki (stored value travel card). These can be purchased at all train stations and at some newsagents. Please be aware that on trams, you are only able to use coins to purchase your ticket as the machines do not accept notes. Similarly, often buses are unable to cater to large notes such as $20 or $50 notes. It is recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance. There are many types of tickets available including weekly, monthly and 10 ticket packs.

Living in Melbourne

Melbourne is the capital of the State of Victoria and Australia’s second largest city. It is famous for its parks and gardens, historic buildings, theatres, galleries, restaurants, multicultural precincts, festivals and internationally recognized sporting events.

Adapt to Campus & City

  • Plan to arrive early before the Orientation and Enrolment period. This will allow you to explore the campus location and new city or town.
  • Choose a good housing option that suits your budget, needs and lifestyle.
  • Consider physical aspects like location and travel time to your campus and household amenities.

Campus with -Melbourne

Melbourne has maintained significant population and employment growth. There have been substantial international students making a vital contribution to our education system, community, economy, and our city. The massive renovation projects throughout the city has made one of the best transport system with free tram zone up to SouthbankPort MelbourneMelbourne Docklands and South Wharf.  Melbourne is often referred to as Australia’s garden city, and the state of Victoria was once known as the garden state

Climate

Melbourne has a temperate oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification Cfb), bordering on a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa), with warm to hot summers and mild winters.  Melbourne is well known for its changeable weather conditions, mainly due to it being located on the boundary of hot inland areas and the cool southern ocean. This temperature differential is most pronounced in the spring and summer months and can cause strong cold fronts to form.

Arts & Culture

Melbourne’s hub of historic theatres hosting world-class stage and musical productions. Head to the Southbank precinct – where the The Arts Centre, MTC, Malthouse, Recital Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria form Melbourne’s beating cultural heart. At Federation Square, where art meets architecture, watch inspiring audio-visual shows at ACMI, see the Aboriginal art collection at the Ian Potter Centre NGV, or catch a recital at The Edge theatre. 

Work and Study

If you decide to work in Australia, you will need to get yourself an Australian Tax File Number (TFN). 

Some common jobs for international students in Australia include:

  • University or school tutor
  • Food delivery
  • Retail sales assistant
  • Waiter or bartender
  • Nanny
  • Cleaner
  • Call centre staff
  • Internships

Health & Wellness

As an international student in Australia, you are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of your study in Australia. But there are also other types of insurance which you may find useful.

It can be difficult moving away from family and friends, finding employment or housing, coping with homesickness, or navigating Australia’s healthcare system. COVID-19 has added to these challenges.  It is OK to seek help and support – many people do – including international students. It will not affect your enrolment or your visa.

Money & Budgeting

Keep track of your spending is to set a budget each week or month. Make a list of all your known expenses — rent, utilities, public transport, and groceries — as well as your income or savings. You will then be able to allocate money towards entertainment, travel and outings based on how much you have left to spend. 

Keep an eye out for supermarket specials Planning your grocery . Stock up on non-perishable food items or household supplies if you notice they’re on sale or try to incorporate some supermarket specials into your weekly meals. Use your student card and brainstorm ways to earn some extra money there are plenty of little things you can do to earn money.

Our goals is to:

Provide accessible training for all students, allow learners to choose their learning pathway and method of assessment to prove competence, make training enjoyable and to ensure we encourage a continued search for knowledge and learning.

Shravan RashaliCEO | Director