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Living In Australia

Living in Australia

Australia is one of the safe and best countries in the world to live, study and grow. Australia is the sixth-largest nation in the world by area and the biggest island nation. Being an international student in Australia means you can rely on receiving world-class education as Australia continues to be a top study destination for international students.

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia. It has emerged as a global financial, cultural, and education hub for people from all over the world. Sydney is culturally and ethnically diverse and is home to approximately 5.1 million people and is surrounded by beautiful harbours, beaches, parks, museums.

Overseas Student Health Cover

All international students must have adequate health insurance known as Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of the visa to cover them and their family members during their stay in Australia. This is one of the student visa conditions. Department of Home Affairs requires international students to purchase OSHC before they arrive in Australia.

OSHC is provided by below registered health insurers;

Health Insurer

Insurer’s website



BUPA Australia


Medibank Private




Allianz Global Assistance (Lysaght Peoplecare)


Medical treatment in Australia is expensive and there are many unforeseen accidents or sickness, your insurance may cover most of the expenses. OSHC can assist international students to meet the costs of medical and hospital care if needed while in Australia. OSHC will also pay limited benefits for pharmaceuticals and ambulance services.

OSHC does not pay for general treatment (ancillary, or extra cover) such as dental, optical, or physiotherapy. If you or your family members would like to be covered for these treatments, you will need to buy extra covers. Please contact your OSHC provider for any additional cover.

Western Sydney College is proud to partner with BUPA as the leading health insurance provider in Australia and we can arrange OSHC on behalf of our students.

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International students are required to arrange temporary accommodation for their initial period in Australia until permanent accommodation can be established. Temporary accommodation can be a hotel, hostel, or share accommodations. Students can find temporary accommodation through:

  • https://www.gumtree.com.au/
  • https://www.airbnb.com.au
  • https://www.bedssi.com/

International students are also able to rent apartments or flats and the costs vary depending on the conditions and the location. For rental properties please visit;

If you know someone in Australia, this is a great way to settle into life here. Your friends or family can provide advice, support, and encouragement during your initial days in Australia.

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Living Expenses

International students are required to demonstrate and/or declare that they have genuine access to sufficient funds to be granted a Student visa. This includes funds to cover tuition fees, living and travel expenses. Students may have to demonstrate sufficient funds to cover these expenses for themselves and their accompanying family members while staying in Australia.

The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia.

Refer to the step by step Student Visa Subclass 500 application and Document Checklist Tool for details on how to provide the evidence required to cover the costs of your stay, including your travel, study and living expenses.

As of October 2019 the 12-month living costs are;

  • For students or guardians – AUD$21,041
  • For partners coming with you – AUD$7,362
  • For a child coming with you – AUD$3,152

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