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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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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Australia’s Top Universities Most Famous Alumni

Want to study at the same university as some of Australia’s most famous and influential people? Australia is lucky to be home to many world-renowned universities. With these great universities come great students, who have gone on to achieve great things! International students love studying at Australian universities for not only the great outdoors and cultural diversity, but also for the great opportunities your university can give you. Whether you want to go to university to be the founder of a major corporation or to star on the big screen like Hugh Jackman, we’ve listed our favourite celebrity alumni from Australia’s top universities!

University of Western Australia, Perth

Jo Horgan – Mecca Cosmetica

Jo Horgan is the founder of Mecca Cosmetica. A trending makeup and beauty heaven that first opened in Melbourne. The single cosmetic store has now grown to over 80 stores across Australia and New Zealand. Jo first started studying at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth! Her Bachelor of Arts was the foundation for starting her career in the beauty industry. Mecca is also consistently ranked within the top 5 best places to work in Australia. This makes it a super desirable place for uni students to work when they aren’t studying. Want more information about student jobs? We’ve done all the research for you, so don’t forget to check out our blog!

Become the leader of a leading national retail store

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Perth’s Top 5 Beaches

The beaches of Perth are usually the first thing on every new student’s list – and why wouldn’t they be? Perth has some of the clearest water and whitest sand in the world. It’s the perfect place to chill out and have fun, or a good place to study for the day if you’re in need of some sun! If this sounds like something you’re into, read on for our picks of the best beaches in Perth.

City Beach

Some of the clearest water in the world at City Beach

There’s plenty of parking at City Beach, so it’s the perfect place to drive to during a break in classes – with plenty of restaurants too, it’s the ideal place to head to for a picturesque lunch during some free time. There’s an expanse of grass and trees, as well as long stretches of sand. It’s quite a popular beach, so there’s always people to meet and places to be!

How do I get there?

City Beach is the closest beach to our brand new student accommodation in Perth, The Boulevard, a quick 20 minute drive or 40 minute bus ride away on the 81 bus.

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How Safe is Perth for Students?

So, you may be wondering, how safe is it for students to live in Perth? Perth is home to a large number of international students and many believe Perth is one of the safest cities in the world because of its friendly people and great sense of community! Moving to a foreign country can be scary at first and we know that looking for safe and secure student accommodation in Perth is a priority. So we’ve outlined all the details such as who to contact and safety features to help you feel safe in Perth!

Who to contact if you need help?

In an emergency situation, the number to call is 000. This number will give you access to fire fighters, ambulances and police. For non-emergency police assistance please call 131 444.

Police in Perth are very friendly! Don’t be afraid to speak to them if you need help.

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Top Day Trip Destinations for Students in Perth!

What sets Perth apart from any city? It’s close proximity to amazing destinations to tour. From it’s beautiful coastline at Rottnest Island to the Pinnacle Desert. We’ve listed the best places that students like to visit with friends, that are cheap and easy enough to see in a weekend or study break.

Explore the Margaret River Region

The Southwest of Western Australia is one of the country’s most beautiful regions. Margaret River is a perfect place to start and has so much to do. It’s only 3 hours south of Perth and is students favourite place to go if they want a short, cheap getaway over the study break or weekend. Sights students like to check out include the many beaches, caves and forests. Check out their website for a full list of Margaret River attractions.

How to Get There?

The best option is to rent a car so, you have complete freedom of what you can visit. However, some attractions offer private tours which take you there directly. For list of tours check out their website for more information.

If heights do not scare you, check out The Valley of The Giants Tree Top walk!
If heights do not scare you, check out The Valley of The Giants Tree Top walk!

Cool off at Injidup Natural Spa

Location: End of Wyadup Road, Yallingup

One of Western Australia’s best kept secrets, Injidup Natural Spa is a rock pool with crystal clear blue water. It’s not just any rock pool, the rocks shelter the pool from large waves, creating spa like bubbles. Best place to come if you need to de-stress from your exams or just want a relaxing weekend with friends. You can come for a day, or stay a few nights and explore the area. Indjidup Spa was not even known to most locals until it was made famous due to its picturesque image on Instagram. There’s no natural path, so you’ll have to climb some rocks to get there, but trust us, it’s well worth it.

Day trip to Injidup
Day trip to Injidup

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The Best Places for Shopping in Perth

New to Perth and want to know the best shopping centres around? We’ve got all your shopping needs covered while living in Perth!

Shops with Something for Everyone – Perth CBD

Perth CBD has a variety of stores on offer, so you’re guaranteed to find what you are looking for. With stores to suit every age, style and budget, you can spend the day exploring Perth City’s many unique arcades and strip malls. There’s Hay Street Mall, London Court and Forrest Chase just to name a few.

Perth CBD shopping
Shopping for everyone! Get amongst the London Court Arcade in Perth’s CBD.

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My Experience as an International Student in Melbourne

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!

TSHC Brand Ambassador, Megan
TSHC Brand Ambassador, Megan

My first days

I moved to Melbourne from Singapore in mid 2016 and it was my first time in Australia, so it was pretty mind-blowing for me being introduced to a new culture on top of navigating my way through independent student life.

Moving to a new country is no easy feat, especially when you are an international student. For the majority of international students, it is our first time leaving the nest. We no longer are able to turn to the comforts of our home and family like we used to, so I understand that for many of you, starting a new chapter in a different country can be daunting. However, do not fret! Here are some tips to get you through adjusting to your new life in Melbourne:

Tip 1: Finding your new nest

For all you students planning to study in Melbourne, accommodation will be the most important order of business. When finding your new nest, there are many factors to consider such as location, community and amenities, amongst other things.

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

Perth is a great place to live, work, and study – but like anywhere, there are certain things you should know before jumping straight in! Here’s our guide for international students to live like a local does in Perth.

London Court in the heart of the Perth CBD

Cost of living in Perth for international students

We all know how important money is and it can be difficult to estimate your living costs in a foreign city, but thankfully the Australian government has calculated some average living costs for international students in Australia. Of course, these costs will fluctuate from person to person, but it’s a good starting point to estimate your specific cost of living in Perth:
• Accommodation (housing and apartment rentals) – $165 to $440 per week
• Groceries and eating out – $80 to $280 per week
• Public transport – $15 to $55 per week
• Phone and internet – $15 to $55 per week
• Entertainment – $80 to $150 per week
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