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Essential Items for Students Arriving in Australia for Higher Education

OSHCstudents – When coming to Australia to pursue higher education, there are several essential items that students should consider bringing to ensure comfort, convenience, and success in their academic journey. Here’s a list of must-have items for international students.
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Valid Passport and Visa Documents

Ensure you have a valid passport with an appropriate visa for studying in Australia. Keep these documents in a secure and easily accessible location.

Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE) and Acceptance Letter

Carry printed copies of your Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE) and acceptance letter from your educational institution. These documents may be required for administrative purposes upon arrival.

Financial Documentation

Bring proof of sufficient funds to cover living expenses and tuition fees in Australia. This may include bank statements, scholarship documents, or financial support letters.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Ensure you have arranged Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) as it is a mandatory requirement for international students studying in Australia.

Clothing for Different Seasons

Australia experiences diverse climates, so pack clothing suitable for both warm and cool weather. Include items like lightweight clothing for summer, a waterproof jacket for rainy days, and warm layers for colder months.

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

Pack essential toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and any specialized personal care products you may need.

Medications and Prescriptions

Bring an adequate supply of any prescription medications you regularly take, along with a copy of your prescription and a doctor’s note explaining their necessity.

Adaptor and Power Converter

Australia uses Type I electrical outlets, so bring a suitable power adaptor and converter if your electronic devices have different plug types or voltage requirements.

Laptop or Tablet

A reliable laptop or tablet is essential for academic purposes, including attending lectures, completing assignments, and conducting research.

Study Supplies

Stock up on stationery items such as notebooks, pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes, and a planner or calendar to stay organized.

Backpack or Bag

Invest in a sturdy backpack or bag to carry your study materials, laptop, water bottle, and other essentials while navigating campus or exploring the city.

Reusable Water Bottle

Stay hydrated throughout the day by carrying a reusable water bottle. Many public places in Australia offer water refill stations.

Travel Card or Public Transport Pass

Depending on your location, consider obtaining a travel card or public transport pass to easily access buses, trains, trams, or ferries for commuting.

International Driver’s License (if applicable)

If you plan to drive in Australia, obtain an international driver’s license or arrange for a local driver’s license upon arrival.

Important Contacts and Emergency Numbers

Keep a list of important contacts, including your educational institution, embassy or consulate, local emergency services, and trusted friends or family members 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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