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Life in Australia

The Weather

Australian seasons are the reverse of the seasons experienced in China, Europe, and North America. The summer months in Australia are from December to February, autumn is from March to May, winter is from June to August and spring is September to November. Boasting a long-term annual average high temperature of 30C and minimum low of 8C, so pack a hat and a bottle of sunscreen before you arrive!

See here for more information: Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) www.bom.gov.au.

Public Transport

Work Conditions

International students are able to work up to 40 hours per fortnight as part of their student visa. During HGT International college holidays you will be eligible to work full-time.


Student Visa and Health Cover

If you intend to study in Australia, you will require a student visa. As a student visa holder, you are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your studies. Studying in Australia require that you pay for your OSHC when you pay for your tuition fees. This will ensure that you have health cover upon arrival in Australia. In 2016, the cost for standard OSHC is approximately A$600 per year per single student and A$3,009 per year for a student with a family. The cost of OSHC will depend on the type of cover you need. For more information please visit https://www.medibank.com.au/overseas-health-insurance/oshc/.

The Average Cost of Living (Weekly Budget)

  • Accommodation: $100-$350 per week
  • Transportation: $20-$50 (i.e., public transport from $1.67 per trip 1 zone in Brisbane; from $2.3 between 0-3km in NSW.)
  • Mobile and Internet: $20-$50 per month
  • Utilities: $20-$50 per week

Food and Entertainment

  • Pizza: from $5-$28
  • Cinema Ticket: from $6.50
  • Coffee and Muffin: from $5
  • Gym Membership: from $11 per week

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