Hi, every pre-international student, I know you all feel exciting when you decide upon the journey of Australia.But before we abroad, there are couple preparations that we need to consider.
Some of you may have some doubt in your mind, such as what kinds of things that I need to bring to Australia? How can I apply for bank card? Do I need book pick-up service? No need to worry, as a current international student, I will give you some strategy tips for your preparations.
First, let me offer you a Task List before you leaving home:
1. Check your passport and make sure that the expiry date is covered all the time of semesters.
2. Get your student Visa and make sure is Higher Educational Sector(which is 573 visa).
3. Check you CoE and confirm the start dates of your unit.
4. Confirm with your bank in China about how to remit money to Australia.
5. Making brief arrangements. Such as checking flight number and booking, make an appointment for pick-up service; make sure arrange an accommodation at least first week (Ps: Homestay is a good option, it will help you reverse culture shock in the first step).
6. Better prepare an envelope or folders and put all the credentials and files that you need in the envelope, such as Passport; Visa; Offer; CoE; the receipt of tuition fee, OSHC; ID card, etc.
Tips: Remember put the envelope in place that you are easy to find (You definitely don’t want to know how awful that I need to dig into the bottom of my bag for grab this envelope when airport staff asking for check).
This Task List only gave you a brief guide how you prepared in the first step, and now I will combining with my own experience and some common problem which you need to know.
Q1: Do I need to carry some cash?
A1: Yes, carry enough cash for your arrangements when you just arrived in Australia. In my experience, probably 1500~5000AUD. Remember, if you carry more than 10,000AUD, and you need to declare for the customs when you entered Australia.
Q2: How can I apply bank account?
A2: There are lots of bank in Australia, such as CommonWealth, ANZ ,Westpac. The fees and service basically have no big difference between those banks, they all provided online banking service which is easy for you to remit money from China. Since it is no big difference, my suggestion is that after you aboard, find the bank that the nearest to your home or campus, it will be very convenient for you to perform the transaction. Remember, the bank transfer may take 2~4 days, the bill of exchange may require longer processing times, so as fast as you can to apply bank account if you desperately need to remit money.
Ps: Remember to bring your passport, student visa, and CoE to the bank, you will need.
Q3: What kind of the accommodation is better for me?
A3: Well, it depends on the individual. First, you need to think about do you want to live on or off the campus? Living in students dormitory or private accommodation? Sharing the house or living alone？
The benefit of living on campus or students dormitory is that it will save you lots of time on the way between home and school every day, which means you will have more time and focus on your academic study. Students dormitory is giving you an opportunity to meet different people, and it also provided meals. However, the disadvantage of living on campus or students dormitory is the cost of rent is high.
If you want to live in a sharing house, the rent will be cheaper(the price will be the different demand on location), but make sure you find a reliable housing agency and wildly chose your roommate.
A4: Generally it will be two free baggage for 23Kg and 7Kg carry-on baggage (please check with your airline). I know some of you may corner about too many things you need to bring and want more free baggage allowance, and there is a tip for you. Before you book your ticket, show your CoE to the airline, and you may get one more free baggage allowance.
Tips: For my experience, China Southern Airlines and Singapore Airlines provide this benefit for the international student, others please check with your airlines.
Q5: What kinds of things that I need to notice when I pack my baggage?
A5: First, Australian Customs has a series of strict rules for entry persons carrying the articles to Australian. So keep in mind, the following items should not pack with your baggage:
Wooden articles, plants; parts of plants, traditional medicines or herbs, seeds, bulbs
I know some of you really miss the Chinese food, most of the product can be found in the supermarket, so no need to take risks. If you carry those items accidentally, remember to declare for the customs. On the plane, the flight attendants will give you an incoming passage card and fill honestly.
Tips: For those first arrived Australia and not familiar with the format or content of this card, you can search the word of “incoming passage card(入境申请表)” online, it will be a full form for you to know well.
Second, make sure you pack your own bag instead of your parents, friends or others. (One of my friend was asking for checking by customs because of her mom put a fresh apple in her bag secretly, lol. Ps: Apple stand for safeness in Chinese culture.)
Q6: What kinds of things that I need to bring to Australia?
A6: Well, it really depends on different person, so I asked some of our current international students, here is their Top 5 “must carry items” that they recommended.
Now I’m sure you have a preliminary idea of how to do the preparation for your studying in Australia. If you have further question or suggestion, please contact us without hesitate. firstname.lastname@example.org