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What to do in your first week in Australia?

OSHCstudents – Moving to Australia to start a new life can be exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time! You might be feeling lost and confused as to what to do and what not to do when you first move to Australia. Here are some suggestions about what you need to do in your first week as an international student.

Open a Local Bank Account

If you haven’t done so yet, consider opening an Australian bank account to handle your finances conveniently during your stay. Moving to Australia as a university student means you will need to budget your money wisely.

Make new friends.

Join clubs, attend meetups, participate in community events, and societies that interest you, and don’t be afraid to talk to people, which can help you build a network of friends and acquaintances.

Explore the city

Before your classes begin, it’s a great idea to familiarize yourself with your new city. This will help you feel more comfortable and less overwhelmed with the changes of living and studying in a new place. Start by going to the town center, pick up a map, and take a walk around. This is your chance to learn about the city’s layout. Look for places where you can eat affordably, areas with good shops, and nice parks.

Learn about local culture

After you’re comfortable with finding your way around and have figured out your transportation options. It’s a good time to dive into what makes your city unique. You can go visit a museum that focuses on the history of your city. It’s a great way to learn about the city’s origins, how it developed, and what it is like today. Understanding your city’s history can help you feel more connected to it.

Familiarize your institution

Learning about your new university is similar. Grab a map and spend some time walking around the campus. Take note of important landmarks and the buildings where you’ll be spending a lot of your time. This will help you find your way around, especially if you get lost. Look out for the popular café (every campus has one) and places where you can find delicious food. If you bike to university, remember to check where the bike racks are located.

Enjoy Australia–Your new home!

Last but not least, relax and enjoy your new home! Explore and have fun exploring the place you are going to call home for the next few years. Once you’ve moved to Australia, strap on your walking shoes and go tour your city. Find hidden lanes and cozy cafes and make your experience one to remember!
If you are international student, a foreigner arriving in Australia, or Australian citizen 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.

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