Life in Australia

Student Life in Australia, what to expect on your everyday routine
Living in Australia is an experience like no other, from a new environment, a new continent, to meeting new people and friends and experiencing a journey that you never thought you would, so here is what you can mostly expect on your everyday journey doing everyday things:

Student life in Australia will be invigorating, to say the least. If you are planning to study in big cities like Melbourne, Sydney or Adelaide, life can be thrilling (and expensive too!)

Living in Australia is still much cheaper, Compared with many European, American and other developed nations. Health, education, food and accommodation are still very economical compared to many western countries.

Today, Australia is the third most popular study destination in the English-speaking world. In the last 20 years, the number of annual foreign enrolments has almost doubled and the figures for the last three years show that the rate of annual foreign enrolments has increased by 20 per cent a year.

More than 60 per cent of foreign students are enrolled in the Australian vocational education system every year. These foreign students, mostly from Asia, Africa, South America and Eastern Europe, come to Australia to improve their English language skills, to get an occupational or professional qualification

Beautiful beaches, population free environments, amazing landscapes, mountains, deserts and a unique wild life have made Australia a dream place to live for countless people from around the globe.

Once you reach Australia, you would need a lot of information and help about day-to-day life. Here is some helpful information to make your life easier.

Transport (Buses, Trains and ferries )
Within the cities you will find excellent local bus, train and ferry networks, with user-friendly timetables to find the right number bus or what time your train departs and arrives depending on where you want to go. You can buy cheap weekly or monthly passes – please note that according to government regulations, international students are not eligible to apply for student travel concession cards.
It is easy to get around and there are many offices where you can ask for timetables and how to get to different parts of the city. Australian people are very friendly and will usually help you if you look lost and don’t know where you are going. Phone 131500 for timetable information, or go to the website: www.131500.com.au

Taxis
Taxis are frequent in cities – just look for a taxi that has its light on and flag it down by waving your hand. Taxis can be expensive however, so it is often worth while to ask the taxi driver approximately how much your journey will cost.

Banking
Banking services in Australia are extremely competitive with over 20 local banking groups plus numerous international ones.

Major Banks are: ANZ, CBA,NBA and Westpack. Some banks are open on Saturday.

Working Hours
Normal working hours are 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday. The working hours will vary depending on the industry, for example; in the hospitality industries the operating hours can be divided in to different shifts, morning, afternoon and evenings.

Jobs
For many one of the priorities on arrival in Australia is finding a job, either part-time or full-time, depending on the type of visa you hold. For some of you this might be casual work, such as working in a cafe or restaurant as a waiter/waitress, for others you may have skills in an office and want to utilize these in Australia.

Holders of student visas are entitle work maximum of 20 hours per week. There is always a good chance of picking up work in the hospitality sectors.

Tips for Finding Work
There are many ways of finding work when you come to Australia. Have a look at the various methods described below.

Newspapers
Look for the adverts under part-time, casual employment in the news papers. This is where you are likely to find the kind of work you are looking for whilst studying in Australia.

Major Newspaper: The Australians (Australia Wide) NSW: Sydney Morning Herald , The Daily telegraph QLD: Courier Mail NT :The Northern Territory News WA: WAToday SA: The Adelaide Advetiser Capital Territory: The Canberra Times VIC: The age

Resumes – Write your resume, and always look for ways to improve your resume. There are some different basic formats for resumes, but there are as many “ways” to write a resume, Always state the truth in your resume and state the willingness to learn and improve your skills.

Making friends network- Go to local events that are free of cost. Check out volunteering Go out and talk to people, say hello, and let them know by the way you are looking for a job, and give them copy of your business card, so they can get back to you. Get to know the people that live near you, the local stores (if there is such a thing where you live).

Fax/E-Mail – Send faxes and e-mails everywhere to people and places that have jobs and places that don’t have jobs you ever know who will have a job in the future. It doesn’t cost money or in the cases of faxes not very much money, and it is a good way to let places know that you are looking for a job.

Off the Street:
This is one of the most convenient option to search job. Many students get same day offer while approaching for job to the industries as a trial. You can find a job yourself! Particularly if you are looking for work in the hospitality industry, sometimes the best way is the direct approach. Employers like to be able to see that you can sell yourself, and what better way to show this than to walk in directly off the street and ask for work. You can do this even if the restaurant is not advertising for positions – sometimes you will get lucky and the manager might be about to advertise, but if he/she likes the look of you they might even hire you immediately. Otherwise they might take your details and consider you when the next vacancy comes up. Don’t be afraid to approach managers – they often prefer to hire casual staff in this fashion because it saves them money and time advertising for the position.

Online Jobs: There are also many online job advertisements. Major are www.seek.com.au , www.parttimesjobs.com.au , www.mycareer.com.au , www.careerone.com.au ,

Recruitment Agencies:
This can be a great way to find work, especially if you come to Australia with previous office experience. You will need a resume and smart clothes for the interview. Just google search for your area to find these agency.

Accommodation
Australia is a wonderful place to live. The standard of accommodation is high because the law requires landlords and real estate agents to ensure that residences are safe and secure, and that tenants have proper access to water and electricity. The majority of Australians live 50km from the coast, many in houses, flats and units that have a garden, as well as parks and shopping centers close by, and near to local transportation. There are many different types of accommodation available for you if you are on a budget; the main ones being 1.Home stay 2. Backpacker Hostel 3.Rented House and Rooms 4.University Halls of Resident 5.University Apartments.

Home Stay: Many well established family from Asia choose Home stay option. A Home stay is where you the international student would stay with a local family during the course of your studies. This is an excellent opportunity to improve your English skills if required, get to see life in an Australian family and learn more about the Australian way of life and culture. You will be welcomed as a member of the family and do things the whole family does, often including your own washing and cleaning! You can choose to have all your meals with the family or opt to buy your own food, in which the price would be different. The average price per week varies depending on which part of Australia you are in, but in Sydney for example the price might be as follows : 1. Full-board (breakfast and dinner provided Monday to Friday, all meals at the weekend) from $250 to $300 per week. 2. Part-board (you are responsible for your own meals) from $120 to $140 per week. If do wrong things with landlord during your stay then landlord will directly complain with providers so you need to find out what to do or not to do with Homesay.

Backpacker Hostels
This option is temporary but very experimental sometime to learn about other mates who travel budget.Most backpackers choose to stay in a backpacker hostel, usually located in the centre of cities all over Australia. Usually you will stay in a 6 to 10 bed dormitory, sharing with both males and females. Bathroom and kitchen facilities are also shared. The prices tend to range from $22 per night in the large cities and $18 to $20 on both the East and West Coast. The standard of backpackers varies from place to place (even street to street!) but nowadays they are becoming pretty sophisticated and cater for all backpackers’ needs, with internet cafes, travel and job centers, and a high standard of cleanliness and security throughout. Some of the larger hostels offer special deals to travelers and backpackers who intend to stay longer in a city whilst looking for work and ultimately share accommodation, such as 5 nights for the price of 4 and so on.But most of the backpackers require credit card for booking these day. Try www.hostelworld.com

Rented Houses and Share Rooms in Houses
Share Houses become popular these day but you need to be careful who are going to stay with. Probably the most popular option for backpackers and students alike, if you are staying in one place for some time, is to rent a house or room in a house. This offers you freedom to come and go as you please, cook your own meals and live as you want to without having to abide by anybody else’s rules. One of the best ways to save money is to rent a house with other friends who are also students or backpackers, which is called a share house. You can then share the bills and cleaning costs with your house-mates and if necessary put money together to buy furniture. There are many ways of finding share accommodation, from national newspapers to notice boards in backpackers and international colleges around Australia. You can rent houses, apartments or townhouses and rooms from a real estate agent or private owners, many of whom advertise in the national newspapers. Usually you will need to sign a lease or at least pay a bond of between approximately $100 to $500, as well as the first 4 weeks’ rent. A bond covers any breakages or damage to property and will be returned to you when you vacate the property, providing it has remained in good condition. These properties might be furnished or unfurnished.

The internet is a great source for finding shared accommodation. Check out the following websites: www.ozflatmates.com , www.domain.com.au and more

KNOW HOW Renting: Be prepared to allow for a bond and first 4 weeks’ rent in your budget 1. Location – is it within walking distance to local transportation and shops (unless of course you have a car), and is it a safe area? Is the price within your weekly budget? 2. Be careful who you share with! Make sure you get on well and if studying in the evenings is what you want to do rather than listen to loud music until 3am, talk to your potential house-mates before signing a lease and/or paying a bond! 4.If you rent from Real State then Make sure you have good relation in terms of timely rent paid out. They keep rental history and you need to give reference to future landlord or real State if you want to move.

University Halls of Residence
University halls of residence are run by the universities and are only available for full-time students. They are only a short distance from the university (often only a short walk), they offer student services and give you a chance to live with other students, many of whom are also from other countries. You do have your own bedroom, but often you have to share bathroom facilities, recreation areas, laundry and kitchen. Halls of residence are either full board – three meals a day in shared dining area, or room only – shared kitchen facilities for you to cook your own meals .You must formally apply in advance to the institution, and you will usually be asked to pay a fee in advance. Halls of residence will often require an interview as part of the application process. On-campus accommodation is very popular and you will need to apply well in advance to ensure that you do not miss out.

University Apartments
University Apartments are usually for postgraduate students, visiting faculty and married students only. They are usually self-contained and fully furnished.

Cost of Living: A single student need aprox A$8000- 18000/year to live Comfortabley in Sydney.This includ rent,food ,local transport,telephone,school stationary,eletricity bill,clothing and entertainment.A weekly grocery billis about AUD 80 per week per person..

At a minimum student will need to budget for tuition fees, living expenses, return airfares, and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

The following list of common costs may give you an idea of how these compare with costs for similar items in your country. All prices are in Australian dollars: Apartments / Flats: 1 bedroom $180 – $300 per week , Apartments / Flats: 2 bedrooms $200 – $500 , Room in share house $80 – $150 , House: 2/3 bedroom $250 – $550, Movies: $14, Eating Out: $40+, Take away food: $10 – $20, A cup of coffee / tea: $2.50, Fast food (McDonalds, Burger King, KFC): $5 – $10

Click on the following link to compare the average cost of living in your country with the cost of living in Sydney:
http://moneymanager.com.au/tools/calculators/costofliving.html

Live Cheaply
If you know the some tips how to live cheap and best then you love to enjoy the things beautifully. Life doesn’t have to be boring just because you are on a budget! Australia is a great place to live on a budget because of the wonderful scenery and beaches it offers, all free of charge! Australia affords a lower cost of living than many other Western countries whilst maintaining a great quality of life.
There are many things to do that don’t cost too much money, for example:

Local Market: Most of the Suburb has at least one supermarket like Coles. Check out your local fruit and vegetables market which also sells meat and fish and dairy produce. You can get fabulous deals, especially if you go close to the end of the day (usually between 5 and 6pm) when market sellers are trying to get rid of their fresh produce at cheap prices. Places like Paddy’s markets in Sydney, located in the Chinatown district, are invaluable for students and backpackers alike. These markets are normally open on weekends and Thursdays and Friday. Or check out the classified ads in your local newspaper to find the market closest to you.

Second Hand Shop: These are shops where you can buy second-hand clothes, furniture, books and many other useful “bits and pieces”. Examples are St Vincent de Pauls and other charity shops – people donate the items you buy there and the money goes to charity, so it’s all for a good cause. Useful tip – go to the op shops in affluent areas. One of the popular second hand stores is The Salvation Army in Australia Central gateway for Salvation Army sites in the various states of Australia. Moving House?? Budget not enough?You may check second hand sofas,beds,kitchen untensils with them too.

www.salvos.org.au , Stores – www.salvos.org.au/contact/stores/

Cinema Cheap Nights: Tuesday night is cheap night at the cinema. This is the best night to go and check out the latest movie, as tickets are almost half price! Get there early to ensure the best seats! Sometime opposite page of your shopping bills offer special on cinema.Many people are missing out this so check out all the time what if offer advertisement backside of your shopping bills.

Meal deals and happy Hours: Many restaurants in cities have special meal deals around lunch-time and bars have happy hour, usually between 5pm and 6pm or 6pm and 7pm which means you can buy cheap drinks. Check out your local area and you will soon find these great bargains!

Student Card: Use your student card if you have one, for cheap entry into museums, cinemas, theatres as well as on-campus services. Victorian Government has recently announced Cultural Card.

Cheap books: Visit your local Co Op bookstore for second-hand books

Free Magazines and Newspapers : Check out the free magazines that are distributed throughout cities –you will be handed these in subways and on the street, and find them in cafes, shops and bars everywhere you go. These are a great source of information about what’s going on in the city, casual jobs, where to go at night and cheap places to eat and drink, and much more. Finally don’t forget to check out the beautiful scenery and beaches that Australia has to offer, all for free!

Some handy website links to help you find groups in your areas:

Australian Capital Territory www.communitiesonline.org.au
New South Wales www.communilink.org.au
Victoria www.multicultural.vic.gov.au
Western Australia www.multicultural.online.wa.gov.au
Tasmania www.tas.gov.au/tasmaniaonline
Queensland www.multicultural.qld.gov.au
South Australia www.multicultural.sa.gov.au
Northern Territory www.nt.gov.au/dcm/multicultural
Links provided by the Australian government