Before you arrive in Australia

Packed suitcase before arriving in Australia

What to pack when studying abroad in Australia? 

You will need to bring the following documents with you:

  • Valid passport with student visa
  • Your letter of offer from CSU Study Centre
  • Copy of your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment form
  • Copy of your Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) form if under 18 yrs old
  • At least 3 copies of your academic results that have been certified as true copies by the Principal of your school, a Justice of the Peace or by your agent
  • Certified true copy of your birth certificate, passport and visa
  • Your home address in English


It can be challenging when wondering what to pack when studying abroad in Australia, thanks to the changing seasons. Summers in Australia can get quite warm with temperatures reaching the high 30°C during the day. Cool light clothes such as t-shirts, shirts, blouses and jeans, casual slacks or skirts are quite common among students. You should also wear a hat and long sleeved shirts for protection from sunburn.

During winter, temperatures can drop to below 10°C so sweatshirts, jumpers, coat or other warm clothing is recommended.

Australians generally have a casual and relaxed approach to dressing. On campus, most students will be found dressed informally.

Personal items

You may also like to bring items such as toiletries, bath towels, bed linen, blankets for the winter months, bilingual dictionary, alarm clock, radio/cassette player, camera, your home country driver's licence and your international driver's licence.

You can bring items such as laptops, iPads and other electronic equipments duty-tax free into Australia provided Customs is satisfied these items are intended to be taken out of Australia on your departure.

Cooking utensils and other household items can be purchased at reasonable cost from department stores or second-hand shops after your arrival in Australia.

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Banks in Australia

It is important for anyone living overseas to use a bank as a secure and convenient institution for their financial matters. Before you spend time deciding which bank to use, you should first make sure you can provide information that banks will generally need from you: opening deposit (banks differ in their minimum amount), identification (passport or driver's license), and contact information (address and phone).

When selecting your bank, consider the fees they charge, the scope of their locations (especially for ATMs), and user options such as internet banking, mobile phone banking apps. Below is a list of banks to choose from. 

The 'Big Four' banks in Australia: 

Other Banks in Australia: