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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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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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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Where are the best restaurants in Perth?

Australia is a very multicultural country, with people from all across the globe! In Perth, we are lucky to have so many cool and trendy restaurants that have proven to be a hit amongst university students! Whether you are after French, Asian, food trucks or Italian, we’ll show you the best places to go that suit all budgets and occasions!

 

Best Asian Food

Lucky Chans Noodle Bar

311 William St, Northbridge

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If you’re looking for a nice local meal with friends, Lucky Chans is your best bet. Asian Fusion food with lots of amazing flavours. They also do bubble tea cocktails which are a popular choice amongst students and you can’t find them anywhere else!  Bao sliders, a more western take on the traditional Asian staple, are proving to be very popular amongst students. Lucky Chans have some of the best in Perth and you should definitely try them out! Check out their menu to see what else they have to offer. They are also only a 10-minute walk from The Boulevard, making it super convenient to access!

Boom Boom Fried Chicken Bao
Boom Boom Fried Chicken Bao

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What Are Perth’s Top Festivals for Uni Students?

Perth may be the furthest away from all the other capital cities of Australia but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on! We’ve listed the best events and festivals suited for university students. We’ve got the Perth Fringe Festival, Perth Comedy Festival, and Falls Festival, among many others! Whether you want to watch a runway fashion show, or a comedy show, you won’t be disappointed.

Perth Fringe Festival

18th January – 17th February 2019

The annual Fringe World Festival is one of Perth’s biggest events and dubbed the 3rd largest in the world. One of the best things about it is that it’s located in the heart of Northbridge, only minutes away from The Boulevard. In 2018, the festival featured 730 events throughout 155 venues all over Perth. At Fringe, expect to see a wide variety of acts including circus, cabaret, comedy, music, and theatre just to name a few! International students, this is not one you want to miss as people travel far and wide to attend. It’s best to book your shows in advanced online as they get pretty busy!

Fringe Sign in the Perth Cultural Centre
The iconic Fringe Sign in the Perth Cultural Centre, minutes from The Boulevard!

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What’s on in Perth: The 10 Best Things To Do

The warm, coastal city of Perth is one of Australia’s best kept secrets! With climate comparable to California, world class restaurants, countless Instagram-able locations and professional sporting events for every sport imaginable, there’s something for everyone in the city of sun.

Cottesloe beach things to do perth
Cottesloe Beach, Perth

1.Head to one of Perth’s sublime beaches

It wouldn’t be a list of things to do in Perth without mentioning the beach. Boasting some of the whitest sands and clearest water in the world, there’s a place for you whether you’re looking to surf, soak up some sun, or have your own secluded bay. Check out Scarborough or Trigg beach if you’re into surfing, with Cottesloe beach great for lazing about on the shore and enjoying the good life.

optus stadium what's on perth
Optus Stadium, Perth

2. Catch a game of sport in a world class stadium

Like the rest of Australia, Perthites are obsessed about sport. If you’re new to Australia, why not head to the newly constructed Optus Stadium and catch a game of Australian rules football. It’s a unique and fast paced sport unlike anything else in the world! The best description would be a mix between basketball and rugby – but you’ve got to check it out for yourself!

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Top 10 Things To Do In Perth

Explore Kings Park, Fremantle , Rottnest Island and much more on this list of the top 10 experiences in Perth.

Australia’s only capital city on the Indian Ocean oozes confidence. Explore Perth’s hip wine bars and sunny beaches, spectacular green parks and glittering skyscrapers, funky neighbourhoods and beautiful colonial architecture. Be enthralled by a city on the move that has passion for the past and energy for the future.

Enjoy Spectacular Views in Kings Park

Wander one of the biggest city parks in the world, Kings Park and the Perth Botanic Garden. Take in gorgeous views of the Swan and Canning Rivers, the city skyline and Darling Ranges as you walk bushland trails, admire manicured gardens and stop at one of the various cafés in the area.

Jus Burgers, Northbridge, Perth, WA

Explore Perth’s Diverse Precincts

Turn down Hay Street and find funky Wolf Lane for eclectic collections of cafés, bars and boutiques. Chill out in Subiaco, meet office workers in Perth’s city bars, hit up vintage and antique shops along Leederville’s Oxford Street and head to Northbridge for designer fashion, hip cafes and cutting-edge restaurants.

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32 Important Life Hacks For Students In Melbourne

It’s probably going to rain. A lot. But it’s OK! We’re about to give you the ultimate list of life hacks for your time in Melbourne.

Food

1. Footscray Market is a huge indoor arcade in the west of the city, where you can pick up fresh, good quality fruit, veg, seafood and meat at seriously low prices.

2. Minh Phat Asian Supermarket, between the CBD and East Melbourne, is the best place to pick up Asian food and ingredients in the whole city.

3. Go shopping 20 minutes before the market closes, when vendors will be offloading everything for rock-bottom prices. $1 fruit bowl anyone?

4. Head to Elizabeth Street in the CBD to find a flurry of fantastic restaurants, selling everything from Thai food to Bubble Tea.

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