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Living in Australia
Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world. It offers a safe, friendly and multicultural environment that students can easily become comfortable with and has one of the highest standards of living in the world.
Students can make the most of their studies by experiencing the diverse cultures, food, sights and communities.
Australia offers equal opportunities for all. It is against the law to discriminate against people’s race, culture, religion or gender.
Depending on the location, lifestyle, course and institution you choose, Australia is considered one of the most affordable countries to live in. Your daily living expenses may include:
- International and domestic travel
- Incidental costs
Boarding school (AUD8,000 – 16,000 / year)
Most private high schools will provide accommodation, meals and laundry services for international students. Accommodation costs are usually not included in the tuition fee.
University dormitory (AUD150 – 250 / week)
Most universities can provide on-campus or off-campus accommodation options, and temporary quarters for students.
University dormitory usually cheaper, the cost depends on the type dormitories, students can choose a private room or shared with other students. A few dormitories provide basic amenities, catering and cleaning services. Due to the popularity, students are advised to submit applications in advance.
Homestay (AUD200 – 350 / week)
Live with a local family - This is the best way to understand the local culture, and it is a more common choice for short-term language course and younger students. Students will be placed in single or shared room, and the meals are already included in room rate.
In addition to the above accommodation options, students can consider to rent houses or apartments with other students. Generally, landlords require tenants to pay a month's rent and one month's rent to be paid additionally as a deposit; students should purchase their own furniture.
- Youth hostels and guest houses - AUD 130 - 200 / week
- Shared Housing - AUD50 - 160 / week
- Room Renting - AUD70 - 350 / week
Australia is a particularly healthy country in which to travel, study and live.Health services in Australia are high quality. Australia is comparatively safe and has a low crime rate. In most places, streets are clean, open and well-lit at night. The incidence of robbery and assault in Australia is relatively low, and Australia has strict anti-gun and anti-drug laws. As in any country, you must exercise caution and larger cities have some dangerous areas.
Insurance is required
As an international student, it is a condition of your student visa that you maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of your stay.
OSHC covers some medical services (see your policy for specific details). Your OSHC must be arranged before departure for Australia and covers you from the moment you arrive. You will need to pick up your OSHC card from your health care provider (e.g. Medibank Private, Worldcare Assist or BUPA OSHC). Ask your institution's International Student Office for assistance.
Australia’s health care system
Most large university campuses have an on-campus medical centre with quality doctors. All other campuses have at least a trained first aid officer and rooms for sick or injured students waiting for a doctor to arrive in emergencies.
There are medical centres and hospitals throughout all cities and towns, including many in suburban areas. There are 24 hour emergency centres at hospitals and in some suburbs.
Patients can request to see a male or female doctor.
It may be possible to find a doctor who speaks your native language. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection offers free interpreting services by telephone to help patients whose English skills are not strong.
Australia’s health care system is divided into ‘public’ and ‘private’. Public patients rely on the government’s national health insurance, Medicare. The public health system is high quality nationally so patients should not be concerned that services may be inferior.
Private patients pay annual fees for tailored health cover. Private hospitals run on a commercial basis.