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5 Tips for Settling into Student Life in Australia

OSHCstudents-Embarking on an international academic journey is an exciting and enriching experience, but it often comes with unique challenges, including settling into Student Life in Australia. As an international student in Australia, you may feel homesick and face culture shock in the first month. In this guide, we will explore practical tips to help you settle quickly into Australian student life.
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Research and Prepare Before You Arrive

To avoid any enrollment complications, make sure you have all necessary documentation before arriving, including acceptance letters and visas. Get in touch with your university’s international student services and support office. You will not only get helpful support throughout the registration process, but it’s also a great chance for you to meet new people in your new academic community and form connections with other students. You can have a successful and pleasurable experience as an international student in Australia if you are organized and diligent.

Explore Your Surroundings

Australia is a vast and diverse country with a lot to offer. Take the time to explore your local area and beyond. Familiarize yourself with public transportation, nearby amenities, and popular attractions. Exploring the local culture and environment can make you feel more at home and provide a break from your academic routine.

Understand Cultural Differences

Australia is known for its cultural diversity, and understanding and respecting these differences will enhance your experience. Learn about Australian customs, values, and etiquette. Be open-minded and willing to embrace the multicultural environment. This will not only help you integrate better but also enrich your overall experience.

Connect with Other Students

Building a social network can ease the transition. Attend student clubs, events, and social gatherings to meet both local and international students. Joining clubs related to your interests or cultural background can provide a sense of community. Making friends with fellow students can help you navigate both academic and personal challenges.

Manage Your Finances Wisely

Understand your expenses, including tuition, accommodation, food, transportation, and leisure activities. Take advantage of student discounts and explore cost-effective options. Additionally, familiarize yourself with the Australian healthcare system and ensure you have the necessary health insurance coverage.
Adjusting to a new country and educational system takes time, so be patient with yourself. Seek support from campus services, such as counseling and student support, if you encounter challenges. Embracing the opportunities for personal and academic growth will contribute to a rewarding experience as an international student in Australia.
If you are international students, foreigners arriving in Australia, or Australian citizens traveling abroad looking for OSHC, OVHC, travel insurance, please contact Annalink team at email: info@oshcstudents.com and our partners for further information and assistance.
OSHCstudents Team

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Baek Ah Yeon

I trust Allianz Care since it is one of the largest insurance companies in Australia, with the medical centres where I only have to pay for what is left from insurance support. (no need to claim later). Besides, those centres are located at the centre of the city, close to schools. Very convenient, right? Credits to Allianz Care for providing reliable medical centres for health check and treatments.

Baek Ah Yeon | University of Queensland

Ariella Pei

I’ve been living with homestay family for 2 years. I’m now 19, I can move out but I don’t want to leave my host, who has become my family. It feels like I’ve met my second family. Thanks OSHCstudents for sending me to this homestay!

Ariella Pei | University of Canberra

Chatchawat Paton

I realised how important insurance was when I started living in Australia. There I switched to using Allianz Care instead of the previous service. Allianz Care is extraordinarily good in its consulting service and customer care. I’ve learned a lot about Australian health care, also I was consulted with mental issues and how to live a healthy lifestyle. I am very happy now.

Chatchawat Paton | Torrent University

Phuong Anh

Having lived in Australia for 2 years, I’ve been reliant on AHM OSHC to pay for my health care, which supports me for other expenses. Last year, I sent my claim requests for several times and always received the claims within two days. Everything is easy, fast and simple.

Phuong Anh | Victoria University

Xiaoyu Cheng

Thanks to Allianz Care, every time I claimed my medical receipts it processed much more quickly and easily than I expected. I was initially a bit concerned since Allianz Care is more expensive than other insurance companies, but now I can ensure that it is totally worth the money.

Xiaoyu Cheng | Monash University


My homestay was very comfortable and convenient. My host was really kind. He showed me where to shop, which buses to catch, where the nearest train station is, to get off at which station so that I wouldn’t be taken to another suburb. Travelling was easy since the place was close to public transports. It only took 30 minutes to get to my college, actually I could go anywhere easily!

Emma | Macquarie University

Jing Zhang

When told that I was going to live with an Italian family, I was pretty nervous and doubted whether or not they could speak English well as the local people? Yet it was no longer a problem when I saw them. They knew the problems of people who first came to Australia and always tried to help me. I learned so many things about both Australian and Italian culture and enjoyed tasty Italian meals every time. Awesome!

Jing Zhang | Griffith University

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