How to Cope with Homesickness at University


Going to university is a life-changing event that can be pretty scary and see you waving goodbye to your comfort zone. Whether you’re coming from China, Brazil, Germany or rural Australia, you will experience big chances and have to settle into a new lifestyle.

Homesickness is something that affects most students. From building a support network of friends to keeping your mum on speed-dial, we’ve looked at the best ways to tackle homesickness, and found it’s all about balance:

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5 Sources of Motivation for University Students

Sometimes it’s hard to sustain motivation, even under the best of circumstances, especially when your to-read list runs to four pages, your next assignment is due tomorrow, and you’re struggling to find enough hours in the day to yourself. It can also be hard to feel motivated heading back to university at the end of February after three months of relaxing in the sun.

The good news is that motivation comes from anywhere… Yes, including your morning Insta-scroll, but only if you follow the right people and take the right advice! That’s why we’ve found the most motivational Netflix series, podcast, Instagram account, TED talk, and YouTube channel to help you get through lazy days.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This series on Netflix is a food documentary that gives you a closer look at the incredible passion that goes into people’s true callings. Jiro Ono is an 85-year-old revered chef who strives for perfection, which, in his mind, can never be achieved despite his restaurant being regarded as one of the best of its kind. If seeing the dedication and passion Jiro devotes to his craft isn’t enough to keep you motivated, the series is focused around sushi… what more could you want, eh?

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The Best Brain Foods for Students


Fuelling your body properly is one of the keys to flourishing at university – both academically and otherwise. The more nutritious your diet is, the better your brain will perform and the happier you will feel in general.

Different foods affect the brain in different ways, so it is no exaggeration to say that your diet has a huge and direct impact on your mood. In other words, eat well to feel well.

There’s absolutely no harm in a Macca’s pig-out or a Domino’s party every so often – they’re delicious, let’s face it – but don’t let them become daily rituals. The same goes for the food you cook at home: go easy on the potato, the frozen pizzas, the party pies, and all the rest of that sort of stuff. You need nutrients from fresh, unprocessed foods! Save the junk-feasting for weekends or, better still, special occasions.

With that in mind, here are some foods to fill your basket when you go food-shopping.

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Top 7 Life Hacks for the Thrifty Student

Let’s get the obvious out the way: university life is expensive. In fact, it can be very expensive. Between expensive textbooks, grocery shopping, public transport tickets and everything else, it’s no wonder uni students are notorious for being broke. Whilst all of these costs may seem overwhelming, there are always some nifty things you can do to reduce spending.

We’ve put together a list of seven money-saving tips that’ll minimise your spending and generally help you be more wise with your cash flow.

  1. Load Up on Freebies

Who doesn’t love a freebie? You may not realise that a lot of things come free with your university fees, including access to student clubs, health and wellness services, libraries and campus entertainment. Whatever it is, make sure you make the most of university freebies – this even includes scoring free sausages at the daily free BBQS on campus.

If you’re after entertainment on the cheap, there are sure to be a few free gigs near you, covering everything from live music to carnivals and festivals. Alternatively, many museums and art galleries across Australia are free to visit, so do your research thoroughly and keep your options open when planning day-off activities. Continue Reading

International Students in Australia: A Local’s Guide to Melbourne

Life as a student in Melbourne
Life as a student in Melbourne

What is life really like for international students in Melbourne? The city is famous for its culture, food and sport. However, if you’re interested in making the move to Melbourne, we understand that you want to know the real ins and outs of being a student in this city. Therefore, we’ve created an international student’s guide to living costs, work options and university life in this city. We’ve also included a heap of local knowledge, so you can get to know the real Melbourne lifestyle.

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The Best Universities in Melbourne for 2018

Melbourne is known as Australia’s culture capital, where you can smell coffee and find art in every corner of the city. The multicultural hub is well known for being the most liveable city in the world, but it is also the home to eight universities ranked in the QS World University Rankings 2018.

The city itself is ranked the best student city in Australia by QS due to its extremely high student mix and desirability. Clearly the city has a lot to offer students, so we’ve created a list of universities in Melbourne to help you get to know these institutions better.

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Where’s the best place to live in Australia? Student life and living in Australia

Student life in Australia
Student life in Australia

Australia is now the third most popular destination for international students worldwide. Sure, we may have beautiful beaches and landscapes, however what is it that really makes living in Australia so great for students and where is the best place to live in Australia? We at the Student Housing Company have decided to explain what really makes studying down under so special. In such a large country, it can be hard to know where is the best place to live in Australia, so we’ll also take you through some of Australia’s major cities and tell you what it’s actually like being a student there.

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A Guide to the IELTS Australia and How to Ace Your Exam

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the most commonly used English language test for higher education in the world, so if you’re thinking of coming to study in Australia, you’ve probably heard of it before. As mentioned in our blog about the Australian visa process, you will need to prove your English language proficiency to be approved for an Australian visa and the IELTS Australia is the most common way students around the world fulfil this requirement. Exams often seem like a daunting task, but there are plenty of ways you can work on your English skills and ace the exam! We’ll run you through the structure of the exam, how to register and pay for the IELTS Australia fee and also explain the IELTS results. We’ve included a few tips and tricks along the way too, so here’s your helpful guide to the IELTS for Australia.

The Exam

First of all, let’s outline exactly which exam you will need to take. There are two versions of the exam – the IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. If you are a student applying for undergraduate or postgraduate studies in Australia, the IELTS Academic test is the exam you need to take.

The IELTS test has four components – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The Listening, Reading and Writing tests always take place together on the same day and there are no breaks between the sections. However, the Speaking testing may occur on a different day and can be scheduled a week before or after the day of the other tests.

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Australia’s Best Universities for 2018

The University of Sydney, Australia
The University of Sydney, Australia

Australia continues to prove itself as a leading country for tertiary education as our universities are consistently ranked amongst the world’s best universities. This year seven Australian universities were listed in the 2018 QS World Top 100 Universities.

The combination of our high standard universities with the laid-back Australian lifestyle means our student life is pretty great too. We at The Student Housing Company have done our research and talked to students from across the country to create a run-down of the top ten universities in Australia below.
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In a nutshell: Australian Student Visa Process Step by Step

Australia Student Visa Process – Studying Abroad

Applying for an Australian Student Visa is not the most exhilarating thing to look forward to before your study abroad trip. At TSHC, we‘ve created an informative and reader friendly compilation of tips and notes to simplify this process for you.

In order to be eligible, you must be pursuing a registered full time course with one of the educational institutes in Australia. It is important to fulfill the conditions of a student visa application to avoid delays in processing times.

It used to be really time consuming and complicated with an array of options but there has been a reduction of student visa subclasses from 8 to 2, Student Visa (subclass 500) and Student Guardian Visa (subclass 590).

The Student Visa process at a glance

Let’s see what the whole fuss is really about with a process outline:

Step 1: Get a confirmed place in an Australian University. (Confirmation of enrollment or Letter of offer will do.)

Step 2: Understand and comply to all the requirements, documents included. (You wouldn’t believe how much time just getting this done saves in the visa process)

Step 3: Create an online ImmiAccount. (With the introduction of Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) all student visa applications are processed online).

Step 4: Complete an Australian Student Visa application form online from your ImmiAccount.

Step 5: Upload scanned copies of required documents. (Check this tool by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to get a checklist of the documents.)

Step 6: Pay the application fees. This is usually $420 in most cases but the cost depends on your home country. (Check here for more information on how to pay).

Step 7: Apply!

Step 8: Now, you can sit back and relax, unless they ask for some additional information to provide after your application.

Step 9: Wait until your visa is confirmed. It’s generally advised to hold off buying your flight ticket until your visa comes through.

Overall, it isn’t too laborious. Let’s look at the process in detail so you will not miss out on any of the processes.

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