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Pre Arrival and Visa Information

Prior to visiting Australia, you must ensure you hold a valid Australian visa. Student visas are temporary visas that allow people to come to Australia for a specified period to study at an Australian educational institution. You may also study for a limited time on a Visitor or Working Holiday Visa.

For more information about types of visa and eligibility requirements go to

We can also direct you to our representative education agent who can assist you with the process of your visa application.

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Cost of living in Melbourne

Melbourne is a large city and you will need to make sure you have enough funds to support yourself when you first arrive – around AUD$1,800 to AUD$2,000 per month is recommended to pay for transport, food and initial accommodation depending on your lifestyle.

Daily train/tram/bus ticket
Monthly Ticket (Zone 1 and 2)
$8.00 - $15.00
Share accommodation
$160 - $250 per week
Local telephone calls

*All costs are indicative only and are in Australian dollars (AUD).

Settling into a new environment requires adequate information and knowledge. We understand you might have a lot of questions to ask, for instance, questions about the city and its weather, its transport, life in Melbourne, etc.

The International Student Pre-Arrival Information Handbook will help you to prepare for your overseas studies and help you settle into your new environment.