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Arriving in Australia 

Here you will find information to help you plan for your journey and arrival to Australia. As a new Charles Sturt University Study Centres student, you may have questions about starting your new life in Australia. You can contact our friendly student advisers who can talk through your queries.

How to prepare to study abroad

We understand there is lots to think about before you travel to Australia and begin your studies with us. To help make it easier, make sure you read our new student information below for helpful guides and checklists. 

New student checklist 

1. Confirm your offer

Check your undergraduate fees or postgraduate fees and pay them to accept your offer and receive a Confirmation of Enrolment form.

2. Arrange your visa

Visit the student visa information page to find out how to apply for your visa.

3. Arrange your accommodation

Choose from homestay or private rented accommodation. Find out more about your options for Brisbane accommodation, Melbourne accommodation and Sydney accommodation. You can book directly with the provider or request through your agent. 

4. Book your flights to Australia

Our city locations all have major international airports and have public transport links to the CBD. Find out more about arriving in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney

5. Organise your insurance

All international students should have personal insurance throughout their studies in Australia. Find out more about insurance packages

What to pack

  • Essential documents 

    You will need to bring the following documents with you:

    • Valid passport with your student visa.
    • Your letter of offer from Charles Sturt University Study Centre.
    • Copy of your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment form.
    • At least three certified copies of your academic results.*
    • A certified copy of your birth certificate, passport and visa.*
    • Your home address written in English.

    *What is a certified copy?

    A certified copy is a copy of a document that has been endorsed by an official figure, confirming that they have seen the original document and that the photocopy is a true copy of the original.

    The photocopy must bear the stamp and signature of your Principal, a Justice of the Peace or your agent. In stamping and signing the photocopy they’re confirming that they have seen and verify that this is a true copy of the original document.

  • Personal items

    Clothes

    Students and Australians alike tend to dress more casually, opting for jeans and t-shirts over more formal clothes.

    Generally, Australia is warm during the summer months (December to February) and can get up to 30°C or warmer during the day depending on your location. Normally people t-shirts or shirts in cooler fabrics with shorts, pants or skirts during this time. It’s really important to wear a hat and sunscreen when spending a lot of time outside to protect from sunburn.

    During the winter (June to August), it can get a lot colder in some parts of Australia, down to as low as 10°C. It’s a good idea to bring coats, sweaters and other warm clothing for the winter months.

    Electronic items

    You can bring items such as laptop computers, tablets and mobile phones into Australia without paying a customs charge as long as you intend to take them with you when you leave. It’s a good idea to bring an adapter for Australian plug sockets for your electrical appliances.

    Driving licence

    It’s a good idea to bring your driver’s licence from your home country and your international driving licence to use as identification and so that you can drive a car while you’re in Australia.

    Other personal items

    You may want to bring items from home, such as toiletries, bath towels, bed linen, blankets, an alarm clock or a camera. You can purchase household items like cooking utensils from homeware stores or second hand ‘op shops’ in Australia.

  • Items you can't bring into Australia 

    For an up to date list of items you are not allowed to bring into Australia, visit the Australian Government website.

Mounika from India

Even though you are nervous, even though you are scared of moving to a big country, that's alright. After a while, it's your place, its your home. You get to explore it a lot. You get to experience a lot of things that you can't experience in your country and it’s the best thing in your life that you've done.

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