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Arriving in a new country can be overwhelming at times. Here we have some helpful information to make your arrival in Australia as smooth as possible

Living Expenses

As a condition of your student visa you must have enough funds to pay all costs of studying in Australia, including tuition fees, living expenses, Overseas Health Cover, return airfares and visa fees.

Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. The Australian Government recommends a single student budget of AU $21,041 per year, with an additional AU $7,362 per year for a spouse and AU $3,152 per year, per child. For further details regarding accommodation costs and other living expenses, visit for details. Figures correct from October 2019.


Sydney offers a range of short- and long-term accommodation options for every preference and budget. You are welcome to find accommodation yourself or use Waratah Institute’s recommended providers. Note that International students under 18 years of age must have appropriate accommodation and welfare arrangements in place before they can be granted a student visa.

Health & Safety

Australia is generally a very safe place to live and study and consistently ranks among the safest countries in the world. However, it is still important to take care, be aware of the risks to your health and safety, and ways to minimise these risks. This is particularly important for when you first arrive and are adjusting to your new way of life. 

Working in Australia

Your student visa allows you to work while you are studying up to 40 hours on a fortnight.  Definitely a great experience in a new country! You may need a Tax File Number (TFN) which can easily be obtained online on For more information on working in Australia please check


Obtaining a student visa to Australia requires from every prospective international to fulfil with certain requirements imposed by the Department of Home Affairs. One of the main conditions of your student visa is that you must have sufficient funds to cover all your expenses whilst studying in Australia. This includes tuition fees, living expenses, Overseas Student Health Cover, return airfares and visa fees.

The Department of Homes Affairs explains in detail all the documents required, eligibility and criteria that international students must fulfil in order to have the visas approved. It is worth checking the website for more information.

Health Cover

As an international student in Australia, you and your dependents are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of your study in Australia. This insurance will cover for visits to the doctor, some hospital treatment, ambulance cover and limited pharmaceuticals (medicines).

You can find more information on the Department of Health website. Remember, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship requires overseas students to maintain OSHC for the duration of time they are in Australia.


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