Student Health Cover Options

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Contributed article for The Student Housing Company.

 

When you’re a student you don’t always have a lot of spare money, so if you’re looking for health insurance you want to try to make sure you are getting bang for your buck.

There are a lot of policies available in the Australian market today, so where do you start?

There are health insurance products suited to students who are residents in Australia, as well as overseas students, along with a range of coverage from basic hospital through to comprehensive policies including extras.

Here’s our round up of what to consider when comparing policies.

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Top jobs for students in Adelaide

The capital of South Australia and Australia’s most affordable city, Adelaide is the perfect place for students wanting an authentic Aussie lifestyle without the extra expense. Away from the frantic pace of the megacities, Adelaide is bordered by 5,000km of coast, with vineyards, lush hills, sheep stations, mountains and deserts all within easy reach. It has a thriving festival culture, more restaurants per capita of any city and the biggest fresh produce market in the Southern Hemisphere, so don’t make the mistake of thinking that there is nothing going on!

With so much to see and do, getting a casual job in Adelaide is the way to go for students wanting a little extra income and financial freedom. As well as sponsoring your fun and quality of life, working part time is actually a great way to make friends, engage with the local community and even work on your English if you’re an international student.

Make friends on the job!

Of course, studying can be a really busy time trying to juggle classes, revision, exams and a social life, so it’s important to find a job that’s flexible enough to fit around your uni timetable. So how do you find part time student work in Adelaide? Here are some pointers to get you started and prepared to job hunt.

What you’ll need to apply for work in Adelaide

An Australian Tax File Number (TFN). You can apply for one of these through the Australia Taxation Office and it basically helps keep your tax in check and make sure you’re not losing too much of your income.

An Australian bank account. This is pretty straightforward for most Aussies, but as an international student you’ll need to open what’s called a transaction account. Many employers will only hire you if you have one as it’s much easier to pay you that way. Any bank you choose to go with should be able to help you with that really easily.

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Refer a Friend Exclusive Offer – University Square, Melbourne

We still have a few studios available at University Square for Semester 1, 2019. So we are offering an exclusive deal to anyone who recommends their friend to book a studio at University Square in Melbourne.

If your friend books, both of you get to choose one of these gifts:

  • A Google Home
  • Wireless headphones
  • A Fitbit

It’s that easy! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask our friend University Square team at universitysquare@thestudenthousingcompany.com.au or call them on +61 (0)3 9918 3910.

T&C’s: Prize redeemable on commencement of tenancy agreement. Prize void if agreement is cancelled. Limit 1 prize per person. Offer is exclusively valid only if one student in the referral places a booking of a Studio at University Square for 2019. Applicants cannot refer themselves. Applicant must provide referrer’s name during the booking process.

Study abroad in Australia

G’day mate! So you wanna study in the land down under? Bloody beaut’ decision. Studying abroad is one of the most rewarding things you can do as part of your university life. Not only do you get to expand your knowledge by accessing some of the world’s leading institutions, but you’ll grow as a person, too – experiencing new cultures (including some weird and wonderful new English expressions), broadening your mind and otherwise just having a ton of fun!

Plus, Australia really has it all. Not only is the climate great and the laidback quality of life pretty awesome, Australia is actually also home to some of the world’s top universities . Whether you’re keen to take selfies with kangaroos, give surfing a crack, or spend your well-deserved study breaks down at the beach, you’re bound to come home with sand in your suitcase, some new additions to your vocabulary, and a bucketload of stories.

So what do you need to do to study abroad in Australia? We’ve put together a few bits and pieces to help you get started.

Picking a place in Oz, too many options

Finding study abroad programs in Australia

The first step is deciding where to study abroad in Australia, and finding the right program for you. Here are some useful pointers:

Check in with your current school or university
Drop into your campus’ study abroad office or do a bit of digging on their website. Let them know you’re looking to study abroad in Australia. There’ll often be partnerships or specific programs your school or uni can recommend, and you can ask for assistance with the application process. It can be a great place to start if you’re looking for a bit of guidance or support!

Look into scholarships
Studying abroad can be really expensive. Like, really expensive. And it’s a great idea to research what scholarships for international students in Australia are out there. Having a browse can give you an overview of what sponsorships you might be eligible for, which Australian universities offer scholarships for the courses you want to study, and whether your home country has specific scholarship partnerships with any institutions.

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