Need to Know

Cycling and the Law: Bike Laws Across Australia

With the number of cyclists in Australia increasing, and the steps taken by major cities around the country to become more bicycle-friendly, it’s fair to say that Australians are a bike-loving country. Whether it’s a… Read more

Top Events to Meet New Students

You’ve just arrived in the city you will call home for a while and hopefully are starting to develop a basic understanding of the city. Now is the time to add some new friends from… Read more

Top Tips For Making Local Friends

Making new friends may seem daunting, but when you’re living and studying abroad it’s absolutely necessary. As an international student it’s comparatively easy to make friends with other international students: you’re all in the same… Read more

Stay Cool During an Australian Heatwave

No matter where you live in Australia you’re likely to get some hot weather during summer—and we mean hot. Temperatures during Aussie summers can reach 40°C (104°F) and over, and stay there for days at… Read more

Who Are These People in The Streets?

You’ll see them in every crowded shopping centre, in the pedestrian shopping malls of big cities, sporting bright t-shirts, clipboards, and friendly smiles. They’ll spot you from across the walkway, and with your growing sense… Read more

What to Buy to Get Started in Australia

Setting up your new life can appear daunting, but we’ve compiled a list of some of the essential items that you need to get started. Some for school, some for the little corner that you… Read more

Your First Few Weeks in Australia

The first few days in your new home will go by in a blur. Getting off the plane, getting to your new accommodation, unpacking, buying essentials—suddenly, you’ll realise you’ve been living in Australia for a… Read more

Staying Sun Safe This Summer

Australia is one of the sunniest countries in the world, and we love to take advantage of that, especially coming into summer when the sun, the beach, and barbecues all go hand-in-hand. But as you… Read more

Swimming Safety

While studying in Aus, you’re probably having a few daydreams about heading to the beach, or perhaps to your local creek or swimming pool? No one blames you! A day spent at one of Australia’s… Read more

Staying Safe Online: The Essentials

Earlier this year, we brought you Outsmarting the Scammers; The Ultimate Guide for International Students, in response to the frequent targeting and vulnerability of international students to scams. These issues extend online as well. Some… Read more

A Guide to Australian Etiquette

Ever wondered what is and isn’t good etiquette in Australia? Well, fear not, you have a little leeway here in the land of Oz. At least, we don’t have many rigid and unbreakable rules of… Read more

Resources for LGBTI International Students

A survey from the Pew Research Center found that the average age that lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual individuals come out, is 20 years old – an age when many are still studying. LGBTI students… Read more

What Does The Overseas Students Ombudsman Do?

This article has been supplied by the Overseas Students Ombudsman.  For more information please visit their website.  An Ombudsman is a person who helps people who have problems with Australian businesses and government agencies. There… Read more

Staying Safe – The Essentials

While Australia is generally a safe place, there are some simple, but important things all international students should do to look out for themselves during their stay . Here are the essential things that you… Read more

Australian Basics

Time Zones Three different time zones stretch across this vast country. Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST (UTC +10)) covers New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (QLD), Victoria (VIC), the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Tasmania (TAS)…. Read more