Preparing to move

We can help you make the big task of moving countries so much easier.

Our Life at UNSW site has some great tips. We have summarised some key information for you below.


You need to make sure you have enough money for your tuition fees and living expenses. You will need at least A$23,000 a year for living expenses as an international student. In addition, we recommend that you have at least A$3,000 when you arrive to cover the initial costs of books, rental bond, furniture and utilities. These estimates don’t include large household items such as a refrigerator or car. Find out more at UNSW’s Cost of Living site for students.


If you haven’t confirmed your university accommodation before you arrive, we recommend you allow three to four weeks before classes begin to look for private housing, settle in and attend orientation sessions. Be sure to book short-term accommodation first, then look for long-term options in person. Short-term accommodation can include private hotels, motels, hostels, lodges or furnished apartments ranging from A$45 to A$300 per day. 


After you have been offered a place at UNSW and received your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE), you can apply for a visa. Most international students require a visa to study in Australia. Find out more at our Visas page.


What to bring
  • Passport with your student visa
  • Letter of offer and electronic confirmation of enrolment (eCoE) sent via email
  • Receipts of payments (tuition fees, health cover, etc.)
  • Letter of scholarship award (if applicable)
  • Original/certified copies of your academic transcripts
  • Supporting documentation if you want to receive credit for studies you have completed
  • For all electrical goods you will need Australian power adaptors
  • Warm clothing: Sydney's winters can be cold

Before you leave, please give your friends and relatives the telephone number of Student Development International (+61 2 9385 6369) in case of any emergencies.

What not to bring

Australia has strict quarantine regulations prohibiting travellers from bringing most plant or animal products – and unprocessed food products – into the country. Find out more at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

It’s important to let your family and friends know at home about Australia’s biosecurity laws and ask them not to send prohibited goods to you in the mail.


Arrival and orientation

We will arrange for you to be picked up from the airport, to attend new arrival workshops and to go on campus tours so you will quickly feel oriented, safe and connected. At our Welcome Centre, you’ll find everything you need to help you settle in. 

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