Moving to Australia could be one of the best things that ever happens to you.
In our first Facebook Live session of 2018, Devarshi and Jocelyn of Melbourne Vibe tell us 6 things they believe international students should know before moving to Australia.
1. The Weather
The popular images of Australia are of its phenomenal beaches, surfing, and sun. But there are places in Australia where it snows! You’ll be in for a rude surprise if you don’t do your research.
Dev tells us,‘If I came to Tasmania, I would … hate the cold.’
It’s all about your individual preference, though. If you’re looking for perpetual Summer, then Queensland may be your Australian state of choice. However, if you love a bit of everything, you’ll find Tasmania’s snow-capped mountains in Winter and vibrant Summers breath-taking. Maybe, you’d like to read 8 reasons to study in Tasmania.
2. Things that can kill you
Sharks, spiders, snakes… be aware!
Well, not entirely. In the city, you’re very unlikely to see a snake – Dev suggests that the concern about snakes in Australia is overrated. In fact, you may never see a shark, spider, or snake at all.
3. The Australian language
Australians like to put ‘O’ at the end of words, to shorten it. Words like ‘avocado’, ‘afternoon’, or ‘ambulance’ become ‘avo’, ‘arvo’, or ‘ambo’.
It’s a distinct accent that takes time to acclimatise to. But it’s a fun challenge to get used to.
Dev suggests asking locals to explain what they mean, if he doesn’t understand an accent or word. The great news is that explaining our language eccentricities is great fun!
In fact, laughing about different ways to pronounce words like ‘car’ or ‘rural’ can build connection and can be a great start to building a new friendship. So, don’t be afraid to laugh.
4. Cost of living
Bananas may be 15 times more expensive in Australia than they are in India, but you’ll find that your part-time earnings in Australia are generous.
Websites like seek.com and gumtree.com can help you find a great part-time job. Generally, you’ll need to wait until you get to Australia to apply and then interview. The good news is that for some jobs, like those in hospitality, you would hear back from them quickly.
Our advice is to work on your resume now and prepare. If you want to know more about how to work in Australia check out this post clicking here.
Also, consider that the cost of living in smaller cities is lower than in Melbourne or Sydney. Finding accommodation, jobs, and making local friends is also easier in smaller cities, too.
5. Daylight Savings
At two points throughout the year, you’ll experience daylight savings, in Australia.
Once, we move the clock forward an hour, and once we move it backward.
By doing this, we get more time in our day with the sun.
6. Public transport
Most Australian states have buses or some form of public transport that are often faster and cheaper than driving.
If you’re used to public transport systems that use a cash-based system, you should know that Melbourne and Sydney have one easy and cheap pre-paid card. Called ‘Myki’ and ‘Opal’ cards, they’ll allow you to use trains, trams, buses, and ferries.
In short, you’ll find that public transport in Australia is straightforward and easily accessible.
If you are considering to get a car, you can read Our Guide to Getting a Driver’s License for International Students
In addition to the 6 Things You Should Know Before Moving to Australia, here are 4 Ways To Choose The Best Country To Study In
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