Pre-Departure Check List

Traveling Arrangement

  1. Add all your travel arrangements?
  2. Packed your most important documents in your hand luggage?
  3. Booked your Airport Pick-up and Accommodation?
  4. Checked Customs and Quarantine regulations?
  5. Organised to have at least A$1,500 available to you on arrival in Sydney? (Approximately A$500 in cash and A$1,000 in Travellers' cheques or available through credit/debit card)
  6. Had medical/optical/dental checkups?
  7. Written down the contact details of your country's consulate in Sydney?
  8. Got locks for your luggage?

Do's and Don'ts on What to Bring

Most items you will need are available in Australia, though the cost of some may be higher than in your home country. Here is some advice on what international students may want to bring with them, and also what is not necessary.

Remember you are only allowed 20-30kgs of luggage on the flight to Australia. (Top)

Student Orientation

Orientation is conducted on the first day of commencement. Its purpose is to fully inform new students of most aspects of life at the College and to provide an introduction to studying, Sydney’s costs of living, transportation, facilities, banking and accommodation, culturally appropriate and age sensitive. In addition College staff will be introduced, a tour of the College and the local area will take place and an opportunity to ask questions will be given. (Top)

DO Bring

  1. Clothing

  2. Electrical goods
    computers, hair dryers, stereos and rice-cookers are items some international students choose to bring with them. However, bear in mind that these items may attract customs duty GST. If in doubt, refer to the section on Customs Regulations above.

  3. Adaptor plugs
    Australia has 240 volt, AC 50 Hz cycle electricity.

  4. Optical Spares
    If you wear glasses or contact lenses you should bring spares.

  5. Other personal items
    you may find it useful to bring things like a small sewing kit, battery operated alarm clock, umbrella, dictionary, and prescriptions for medicines, sports gear, toiletries and other favourite personal items.

  6. Document folder including:

6.1. Valid passport and student visa (including photocopies)

6.2. Copy of your confirmation of enrolment form, your letter of offer and other material sent to you

6.3. Receipts of payment for all fees
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6.4. Certified copies of personal papers, including academic transcripts, educational or work qualifications you
may already have completed

6.5. Identification papers such as birth certificate, proof of citizenship, international driver's license

6.6. Credit cards

6.7. Your medical records, immunisation records and school records of all accompanying family members

6.8. Marriage certificate if your spouse is coming with you

6.9. Receipts of goods you may bring with you to Australia to assist with assessing customs duty and/or GST

6.10. If you intend to drive in New South Wales you must bring your current driver's license with you. If possible,
have the license updated to cover the duration of your studies. (Top)

DON'T Bring the following


Australia has strict quarantine regulations that limit what you can bring into the country, and you really don't
need to, because Sydney is a multicultural, cosmopolitan city where you can get foods from most countries.

Winter clothes

It is advisable to buy your winter clothing in Australia, as it will be more suitable to the local
climate. (Top)

When you arrive in Australia

1. Contact your parents/relatives to let them know you have arrived safely
2. Find long-term accommodation
3. Collect your OSHC or Health Cover membership card
4. Attend orientation
5. Collect your student card
6. Open a bank account (Top)

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