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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Top 5 day trips for students in Melbourne

Time to roll the window down, put your feet on the dash and explore!

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.

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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.

1. Student Visa (subclass 500)

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Student Visa Rules in Australia (Conditions May Apply)

Know your student visa rules!

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.

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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?

How Many Hours Can A Student Work?

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Australian Student Visa Checklist

The world was born into chaos, and then there was order. The student visa process is kind of like this… kind of… sort of… not really… bear with us, this has a point!

Your student visa application isn’t exactly biblical, but the same rule applies that it will be a bit of a chaotic process. That is, until you intervene, and create order.

And nothing says order quite like a Student Visa Checklist!

But don’t worry – we’re here to give you some much-needed structure and visa information, as well as some top-notch student accommodation. Avoid falling into visa application disarray and dismay, and read on to learn more!

The student visa (subclass500) will allow you to stay and study in Australia. And in order to be eligible you’ve got to tick off the Australian student visa requirements: Enrolment, Genuine Temporary Entrant, English language Skills, Financial Capacity, Health Examinations & Insurance, Character Assessment, and so on and so forth.

Not only do you need to tick off these requirements, but you need to make sure you attach all the required documentary evidence. So which documents will you need to apply for your visa? Time to check-in with the checklist.

Student Visa Requirement Checklist

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The student guide to travel in Australia

Whether you’re an international student here for the Aussie uni experience or a local student wanting to explore more of the country, making time for a trip around Australia is a solid must. With its pristine coastline, red deserts, tropical rainforests, buzzing cities, multicolour reefs and unique wildlife, the island continent is as wild as it is beautiful and has so much to offer.

But the thing about Australia is it’s big. Like, seriously big. Roughly the size of mainland USA, in fact, and generally much more vast than the average traveller realises. And with so many millions of square kilometres to potentially cover, figuring out the best way to go about it without rendering yourself entirely broke can seem pretty daunting.

Don’t worry though. There are plenty of different ways to travel cheap in Australia, whether you’re wanting an organised tour or a do-it-yourself kinda trip by bus, van, train or plane.

A few points you might want to consider before thinking about travel options are:

  • How much time do you want to spend on the road?
  • What are your must sees?
  • Coast vs outback?
  • Adventure vs relaxation?
  • Cities vs nature?

Once you’ve got a rough idea of your travel priorities, here are some ways you can go about putting together your ultimate Australia trip.

  • Organised tours in Australia
  • Flights in Australia
  • Travel in Australia by bus
  • Travel in Australia by train
  • Travel Australia in a van or car
  • Where to sleep on the road: camping vs accommodation
  • Top money-saving tips for traveling Australia on a budget

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