What are the top universities in Adelaide for 2019?

If you’re after an Australian uni experience away from the hustle and expense of the megacities, Adelaide might just be the perfect place for you! The coastal capital is the cheapest major Australian city to live in for students, which means less money spent on the boring stuff like rent and groceries, and more budget for going out and having fun. And with warm summers, spacious city spaces, a thriving festival culture and gorgeous beaches at its doorstep, there’s plenty of fun to be had.

So what are the best universities in Adelaide?

Although Adelaide is a smaller city, three of its universities have been internationally ranked in the QS World University Rankings for 2019 . Here are our top five picks for students wanting to study in Adelaide.

  • University of Adelaide
  • University of South Australia
  • Flinders University
  • Torrens University Australia, Adelaide
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Australia (CMU)

1. University of Adelaide

21,000 students

The University of Adelaide brownstone facade

Ranking eight in Australia and 114th in the world according to QS, the University of Adelaide is the third oldest uni in the country and have long been leaders in education in South Australia. The beautiful main campus, made of heritage sandstone, was established in 1874 and is located in the heart of the city on Northern Terrace.

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Under 18 Student Accommodation in Australia

So, you’re an underage student wanting to exchange in Australia. You need accommodation, but it’s not as simple as that. If you want to get your student visa to be approved, you’ll have to find a certified accommodation provider.

When it comes to foreign exchange in Australia, the Department of Home Affairs requires under 18 students to have accommodation approved by their university provider. And that’s fair enough right? Safety’s always the best policy.

In light of all this business, The Student Housing Company has made safety and security our business. And this is whether the Government wants us to or not! At TSHC we believe safety and security are fundamental ingredients for your mental and physical wellbeing. We’ve gone the extra mile, beyond just a lock on the door.

So, calling all those underage students out there! Are you wanting (or needing) those good old safety-assured, nurturing community vibes? Well stop your searching. We’ll be your first and last port of call.

Government Requirements for Under 18 Accommodation

Under 18 student visa, boring stuff that has to be done
When it comes to accommodation and welfare, the Australian government has some pretty strict requirements for international students under 18 years of age. Overseas students (with a student visa) that are studying with an Australian education provider have to ensure their accommodation is government approved. So, you’re under 18 and planning on studying in Australia. What’s the next step?

If you want the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to approve your student visa application, you’ll need to find an accommodation provider that satisfies DIBP requirements. One of the main visa requirements will be that your student accommodation, support and general welfare is ensured for the duration of your stay in Australia (or at least until you turn 18).

So, time to get snappy and find a certified accommodation provider if you’re wanting that visa to go through. The first step is to make sure your accommodation and welfare arrangements are approved by the university that you’re planning to study at. Your education provider is responsible for making sure your accommodation and welfare arrangements tick all the DIBP boxes. Once that’s all been approved, your education provider will issue you a welfare letter (CAAW) form. You’re going to need proof after all.

When, and only when, your future university has given that the tick of approval, you’ll be able to submit your student visa application to the Australian Department of Immigration. When you apply for your student visa, you will have to include the following supporting documents from your education provider; 1. Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and 2. Confirmation of Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW). You can get both of these documents from your education provider.

And if you or your parents have any concerns or need any further information about accommodation and welfare arrangements, feel free to contact your education provider. Australian education providers are responsible for helping students to access high-quality education opportunities and a safe learning environment, and are always happy to discuss options with you.

TSHC is a certified Accommodation Provider

Students under 18

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How To Renew A Student Visa In Australia

Continue your studies in the land girt by sea and renew your Australian visa

You’ve been having a lovely time being an exchange student in Australia, and putting down some solid roots in your student housing location of choice. Soaking up the sun, studying hard-ish, making new friends, exploring the city centres, day tripping left right and centre, and leading a fabulous #ExchangeStudentLife in Oz.

But all good things must come to an end. And your student visa is not exempt from this life fact. You knew your visa expiry was coming, but you didn’t realise it was that soon.

Time to stop being blasé about renewing your student visa. You need to stop procrastinating. You need to get your affairs in order. And you need to renew your visa.

And you need to do it pronto. Because you’ll need to lodge your new student visa application before your current one expires. Otherwise you’ll be unceremoniously kicked out of Australia.

So then… how do you apply for a student visa extension?

Student Visa extensions are same same but different to applying for your original Student Visa. Just follow our simple Four-Step process and you’re on your way to renewing your stay.

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Where Can You Get Cheap Student Discounts in Australia?

Let’s be honest, Australia can be a bit expensive and the “poor Uni student” struggle is real. That’s why we’re here to give you the ultimate student discount guide to Oz. Welcome to the land of thrifty student life hacks. Time to get your uni discount (A.K.A scrooge) on. Stop your bank account leaking! Welcome to thrifty Student 101.

Now, time for the hard-hitting questions: ‘What do we students care about most in the world?’ AND ‘Where do we want our hard(ly) earned student discount?’

Please. Like that requires any brain picking. Let’s address the obvious.

TECH DISCOUNTS FOR STUDENTS

Bring on the Apple student discounts, right? After all, we are generation TECH. Just give us something bright, shiny, with 5G, and preferably minimal eyestrain.

That’s right folks, I’m talking about all the good things in life like JB Hi Fi, Spotify, anything Apple related, Microsoft, Dell or HP (if that’s your jam…), Laptops, iPhones, Androids (for the tech savvy). Give us the gadgets! Cheaply.

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Becoming a Foreign Exchange Student in Australia

So, you’ve decided to study abroad in Australia. What’s next? Now, you’ve got to find the right University, the right foreign exchange program, the right city, the right area, the right student accommodation, the right student visa, the right…what else?

It all seems a little daunting doesn’t it? Well, have no fear because we’re here to make your job a whole lot easier. Check out where and how to find the best foreign exchange programs in Australia. Not to mention plenty of helpful tips regarding exchange student requirements, costs and student living in the Great Big Land of Oz.

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Best Area/Uni’s for Foreign Exchange

When it comes to foreign exchange in Australia, the first steps really are figuring out the best places to live for international students a.k.a the ideal study abroad location for you. Not to mention selecting the best university to study at in Australia. Here are a few of our fave picks:

Sydney

Enjoying the Sydney harbour scenery in style

When you think of Australia, Sydney really is the iconic city that comes to mind. Sydney is a harbor city, home to the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, and is flanked by an amazingly aesthetically pleasing, coastline. Being a student in Sydney comes with all the benefits of city living while still being just a ferry or bus ride away from beautiful beaches.

It’s also worth noting that Sydney is considered one of the world’s most culturally diverse and friendly cities, so it’s heaven and a haven for international students wanting to study in Australia. In light of this, it’s no wonder that Sydney has one of the biggest populations of international students in Australia.

Sydney is also home to some of the most prestigious universities in the country, so you can get a degree with pedigree. These unis include, but are not limited to, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University and University of Wollongong.

Melbourne

Melbourne’s iconic tram network

Melbourne is lesser known than Sydney city but don’t let that fool you. What it lacks in major iconic buildings, Melbourne more than makes up for in its vibrant cityscape. After all, Melbourne is renowned as the culture capital of Australia, and clinched numero uno on the Economist’s most livable city list for not one, not two, but seven years in a row! If Sydney’s a bubbling glass of champagne, then Melbourne is the full-bodied glass of quality red wine.

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The student guide to scholarships in Australia

When you consider the warm climate, pristine beaches, laid-back lifestyle and epic quality of life, it’s no wonder Australia is such a popular destination for students. In fact, the island continent is attracting more and more international students each year, with a whopping 542,000 enrolling in 2018!

But studying in Australia can seem like an unobtainable dream if you consider the cost of flights, tuition fees, student accommodation, and living expenses. Pretty daunting, right? Luckily, there are a number of amazing scholarships out there for international students that you might be eligible for and which can make a huge difference to your situation.

These scholarships can help cover your tuition, health cover, airfares and even living expenses, easing the financial burden and letting you focus on your studies instead. Plus, winning a scholarship can look great on your uni transcript when looking into career options.

Before looking at some of the top scholarships in Australia for international students, here are a few important points to consider when trying to receive study sponsorship.

Sydney is just one of the amazing cities you can choose from if you’re studying in Australia!

Tips for international students wanting to apply for Australian scholarships

Get involved within your local community. Although some international scholarships are based on academic performance, there are scholarships out there given to students who demonstrate active participation within their community. That can include local clubs, sports teams, volunteer work and any other activities that demonstrate leadership and engagement. Be sure to include these in your cover letter, as they’re often taken into account – even with academic or financial need scholarships.

Ask for help if you need it. Your scholarship application is extremely important, and any spelling mistakes, errors or unclear presentation of your ideas could mean the difference between success and rejection. If English isn’t your first language or you’re unsure about what you’ve written, we strongly recommend asking a trusted teacher, friend or parent who is fluent in English to proof read your application and offer suggestions before you submit it.

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