Arriving and living in Australia

Coming to Australia to study is an exciting adventure and we are here to guide you through every step. 

You will receive a high-quality education at a university that values each and every student and, in your spare time, you can start exploring your beautiful new country.

ACU Arriving and living in Australia

Discover Australia

You've seen pictures of Sydney's opera house and harbour bridge, but there are also Melbourne's laneways to explore, Queensland's Great Barrier Reef to enjoy, Ballarat's rich gold-mining history to dig into, Sydney's Blue Mountains to hike and Canberra's political intrigues to uncover.

Plan your Australian adventure

Facts and figures

Did you know Australia is a large island continent with most people living near the coast? Our population of just over 24.5 million people is diverse and we speak around 300 different languages. Canberra is the nation’s capital, Sydney our biggest city, and the climate varies dramatically from place to place.

Check Australia's weather


A home away from home

Two students walk through the courtyard of the ACU Melbourne campus

Get to know your campus

What kind campus would you like to experience? Each of our campuses has its own personality. Melbourne and North Sydney are vibrant city campuses; Ballarat and Canberra offer a more intimate university experience. Strathfield and Brisbane campuses are based in the suburbs, with space to spread out. Adelaide campus does not currently offer courses for international students.

Explore our campuses

Choose the right accommodation

Finding a suitable place to live is an important part of feeling at home in your new city. We can help you find short-term or long-term accommodation in great, central locations, that suits your needs and budget. Options include our off-campus and managed student accommodation where you'll meet students from around the world and around Australia.

Find somewhere to live
Three students walk side by side outside of the ACU Strathfield campus

The adventure begins

When you’re ready to join ACU, we can help you prepare for the move to Australia and give you an idea of what to expect when you step off the plane.

Understand banking 

Do you need help understanding the currency in Australia as well as how our banking system works? Let us guide you through the basics.

Banking in Australia

Stick to your budget

Working out a budget can be difficult as an international student. To help you manage your finances, here is a guide to living expenses. 

Plan your living costs

Keep in touch with home

Family and friends are important. To help you stay in touch with them during your studies, learn about Australia’s phone, mail and internet services.

Our communication systems

Catch public transport

Not sure how to get around your new home? Our guide to public transport in Australia will help you explore your campus and beyond. 

Explore our public transport

Work in Australia

As an international student, you can work for up to 40 hours a fortnight during semesters. It’s a great way to make friends and learn new skills.

See working while studying

Get involved  

Achieve your study goals, join a sports team, get career counselling, and meet with disability services. Find out what's possible for your campus life.

Explore campus life

Study English

When you study English at ACU, you’ll be a university student from day one. And, each day, you’ll be able to practise your new language skills.

Browse our English courses

Join a club

Get to know your fellow students by signing up to a student-run club, joining a gym or participating in one of our many on-campus activities.

View our clubs and activities

Look after your health

Feel your best while you’re in Australia. Learn about Overseas Student Health Cover and where to go for medical assistance.

Stay healthy in Australia

Research visa options

To study in Australia, you’ll need a student visa. Before you apply for your visa, we can help you understand the options available.

Read about your visa options

Stay safe on campus

Your safety is our priority when you join the ACU student community. Learn how to stay safe and secure on our campuses as well as important emergency contacts.

Emergency and safety contacts

Book an airport transfer

We can help you arrange a one-way transfer from the airport to your new home in Australia. Walk off the plane and straight into a waiting vehicle.

Arrange an airport pick-up

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Meet ACU in your country

Find out when an ACU staff member is coming to your country to meet potential students and hold information sessions.

Check the schedule

Experience university life

Prepare for your arrival at ACU by reading student stories, researching our campuses and learning how you can get involved in university life.

Life on campus

Understand student fees

Work out the cost of your course or apply for one of the many scholarships we offer international students.

Calculate your fees

Apply to study with us

Find out if you’re eligible for your chosen course at ACU and what you’ll need to get your application underway.

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