What’s it really like to live at University Square?

A Night at University Square with our Marketing Assistant, Georgie

Choosing your student accommodation can be hard and you may be wondering: What is it really like to live with The Student Housing Company? To give you a true glimpse into a day in the life of a TSHC student, we sent in our Marketing Assistant and current student, Georgie, to stay at our first Australian property, University Square, for one night with two other friends.

Check out what Georgie got up to as she documented her night staying at University Square:


I checked into the University Square and made myself at home in a one of the three-bedroom apartments! The best part about checking in is you receive a welcome card with lots of helpful info about the building and the area.

My bedroom for the night!
The entrance to University Square


As a current student at The University of Melbourne, I know how hard it can be to find a spot to study at university libraries. So, I took advantage of my stay at University Square and made sure I spent some time studying in the awesome communal study spaces.

Studying in the ground floor study areas

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A Week in Tokyo – ‘Win a Trip to Tokyo’ Recap

Travelling and seeing the world is a quintessential part of being a student. Being a part of the Global Student Accommodation (GSA) family, The Student Housing Company is a part of a network of student communities around the world, so in 2018 we wanted to give one lucky student the opportunity to experience the student life abroad.

In August we ran the ‘Win a Trip to Tokyo’ competition, which was the first of its kind within the GSA group. The competition winner would win a trip to Japan, to stay in Hakusan House in Tokyo for a week.

After a month of the competition running and over 100 entrants, we announced our winner. Carolina is an exchange student from Brazil, and a student living with us in our student accommodation in Melbourne, University Square. Here is a recap of Carolina’s week in Tokyo!

1. Visiting Shibuya

The world famous Shibuya crossing

The famous Shibuya crossing is rumoured to be the busiest intersection in the world!

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Top 5 day trips for students in Melbourne

Studying in Melbourne sure has its perks. Epic food and coffee? Check. Thrift shops galore? Check. More bars and pubs than you could probably manage to visit? Challenge accepted.

But even with so much to see and do within walking distance of your Melbourne student accommodation, sometimes it’s just nice to get out of town for a change of scenery. Bit o’ fresh air, a break from your computer screen, and a good little reset before getting back into the daily grind.

Of course, student life can be crazy busy. Between classes, assessments, revision, exams, part time work and maintaining a social life, it can seem unreasonable to drop it all to take a holiday… especially on a student budget (or lack thereof)!

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The Festive Season as an International Student

Megan is a Brand Ambassador for The Student Housing Company and a third year international student at the University of Melbourne. She is currently pursuing a degree in commerce majoring in Accounting and Finance. She is a Filipino Chinese who hails from Singapore and has lived in Hong Kong and China too. A fun and driven individual, she knows how to work hard and play harder. She #livesforthegram and is a meme lord. If you see her around campus, don’t forget to say hi!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Yes! Christmas is almost here! As an international student in Melbourne, sometimes we aren’t be able to return to our home countries because of school obligations. I remember having to spend New Years in Melbourne because of summer school. There were hardly any friends remaining in Melbourne and I didn’t know what to do. It can get kind of lonely when you’re alone in a foreign country by yourself, especially during the festive periods which were once spent with friends and family.

Or maybe you just don’t feel like heading back to your home country this holiday. Either way, you’re in luck! You may not have experienced Christmas Festive Cheer like here in Australia as an international student, so this is a great opportunity for you to expose yourself to celebrating Christmas the Aussie way! You can still have a wonderful time in Melbourne over Christmas and the New Years. Here are some activities you and your friends can enjoy over this Christmas season!

1. Christmas shopping

Bourke Street Mall at Christmas

Late on your Christmas shopping? Head down to Bourke Street to pick up some presents for friends and family. Treat yourself to a present too, while you’re at it! Nothing like a little retail therapy. Not to mention, there are always crazy sales going on along Bourke Street on Boxing day, make sure you don’t miss out on those great deals!

Also be sure to drop by Myer’s Christmas Window at Bourke Street Mall for some pictures with the Christmas decorations. Myer’s Christmas windows are a must-go if you’re in Melbourne. Every year the displays are different and they just seem to get more beautiful. For more information, you can visit their Christmas Window Website.

Bourke Street is only a short tram ride from The Student Housing Company’s student accommodation in Melbourne, University Square – check it out over the holidays for 2019 accommodation!

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The Top 5 Australian Student Visas

If you’re an international student planning on studying a course (four or more months) in Australia, you’ll need a student visa ASAP!

But applying is not that simple! When it comes to student visas there are a few different options you can apply for:

1. Student Visa (subclass 500)
2. Student Guardian Visa (subclass 590)
3. Training Visa (subclass 407)
4. Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485)
5. Visiting and Studying (subclass 600, 601, 651)

So how do you decide which student visa is right for you?

Time to suss out the best visa option suited to your study visions and ambitions in Australia.

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Student Visa Rules in Australia (Conditions May Apply)

You’ve ticked off the main part: Your student visa’s been approved. Happy days! Now it’s just a matter of keeping it. If you want to ensure your student visa remains valid, you’ve got to play the game. You’ve got to follow all the student visa rules.

When it comes to studying abroad in Australia, your student visa comes with plenty of nitty gritty details and fine print. Conditions, the Government calls them.

Conditions apply to all visa holders and all visas for that matter. It’s just a fact of living the visa life.

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Student Car Share at The Boulevard, Perth

Cheaper than ride sharing. More convenient than buses. And cheaper than taxis. Sounds pretty good to us!

Student Car Share provides students in Perth with affordable and convenient short-term car rentals. So we’re excited to announce that The Boulevard will have 2 car bays dedicated to Student Car Share in 2019. To make things even easier, students living at The Boulevard will not have to pay the annual membership fee of $35.

How much does it cost?

The cost of rental depends on how long you want to rent the car for.

$6.55 per hour, plus $0.35 per kilometre. Or students can pay $74 per day, including 150km.

What cars are available?

Two brand new Hyundai Accent cars will be available at The Boulevard.

How can I use these cars?

Arrange your booking with the app and simply use your membership card to unlock the car. The keys are inside and away you go!

The cars include fuel cards so students do not need to pay for fuel, just keep the cars topped up above ¼ full!

Simply drop the car back at the same pick-up station at The Boulevard at your requested end time.

For more information head to the Student Car Share website.

Looking for student accommodation in Perth? Find out about The Boulevard – our brand new student accommodation opening in the centre of Perth!

Working On An Australian Student Visa

Being an international student is a costly affair. You have to pay your way through the visa application fees, plane tickets, tertiary fees, health cover, and general living expenses like food, fire, shelter, funky clothing, and even funkier shiny gadgets.

Sure, you’ll have a little help from relatives during your student exchange, but there’s always a time to pitch in and help. Plus, part-time work while studying is a great way to build confidence, meet new people, and get a bit of extra cashflow for boozy nights with your new uni crew (assuming you enjoy killing brain cells).

Mid flicking through job ideas, the thought suddenly occurs to you… are international students even allowed to work?

For those of you confused and/or concerned, the answer dear, aspiring, student worker is: Yes You Can.

But, before you jump up and down with excitement you must know: part-time work while studying comes with conditions. The Australian government is a big fan of conditions. And it has plenty when it comes to student visas in Australia.

So, let’s start off our discussion. What are the working conditions for student visa holders in Australia?

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Top jobs for students in Melbourne

Voted the world’s most liveable city seven years in a row, Melbourne is a thriving, buzzing city that offers an incredible quality of life for students who choose to live there. The streets are lined with graffiti murals and art installations, cafe terraces, hole-in-the-wall bars and buskers, offering a world-renowned, multicultural dining scene as eclectic as it is delicious.

The city is also known as the live music capital of Australia and is home to some of our top universities, so it’s little wonder that Melbourne has become a hub for students.

With so much culture and activity to get around, picking up a casual job in Melbourne as a student is a great way to earn some extra income and really get immersed in the city life. Plus, it’s actually also just an awesome way to meet new people, socialise and even practice your English if you’re an international student.

We know that studying can be pretty hectic though, so it’s really important to find work that’s flexible with your uni timetable and exam periods. So what do you need to do to get part time student work in Melbourne? Here are some important points to know first up so you’re prepared to apply for jobs.

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