Before you arrive in Australia


Here you will find information to help you plan for your journey and arrival to Australia.

As a new CSU Study Centre 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.

What you will need before you travel to Australia

  • Confirm your offer. Check your fees and pay them to accept your offer and receive a Confirmation of Enrolment form.
  • Arrange your visa. Visit the student visa information page to find out how to apply.
  • Arrange your accommodation. Choose from homestay or private rented accommodation. You will need to bring a copy of your Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) form if you are under 18. Find out more about your accommodation options.
  • Book your flights to Australia. Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney all have major international airports and have public transport links to the CBD. Find out more about arriving in Australia on the city arrivals pages.
  • Organise your insurance. All international students should have personal insurance throughout their studies in the UK. Get insured with Study Group.

What to pack when studying abroad in Australia?

You will need to bring the following documents with you:

  • Valid passport with your 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 you are under 18 years old
  • At least 3 certified copies of your academic results
  • A certified copy of your birth certificate, passport and visa
  • Your home address written in English

Other items you will need:


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 a coats, sweaters and other warmer 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 (pictured above) 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 whilst 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.