You will probably notice
some lifestyle differences between Australia and your home country. Here are
some insights into Australian culture:
- Australians are quite casual
and informal. For example, most Australian students refer to their
lecturers and tutors by their first names.
- Australians expect everyone to
be treated equally. It is customary to thank shop assistants and other
service staff when they assist you.
- It is important to be on time
in Australia — it is polite to call if you are going to be late for an
- Smoking is not permitted in
restaurants, bars, nightclubs and many other public covered areas, such as
- Littering is prohibited, as is
drinking alcohol in a public place.
Most Australians will be
happy to help you if you’re unsure of something.
Your living costs will vary
according to factors such as your lifestyle and location. To give you an idea
of what you might expect to spend on living expenses each week, the Australian
Government has provided a guide:
- Groceries and eating out:
AUD$80 to $280 per week
- Gas and electricity: AUD$35 to
$140 per week
- Phone and internet: AUD$20 to
$55 per week
- Public transport: AUD$15 to $55
- Car (after purchase): AUD$150
to $260 per week
- Entertainment: AUD$80 to $150
Typically the capital
cities have the highest living costs, with the biggest cities — Sydney and
Melbourne — usually being at the upper end of the spectrum and smaller cities such
as Adelaide and Hobart being the cheapest.
Cost estimates were
sourced from the Australian Government’s
Study in Australia website in 2016.
Australia is a diverse and
multicultural country. It is extremely welcoming towards international students
and migrants, and celebrates the various cultures from which they come. With
that said, as with many other countries around the world, Australia is not free
from crime. There are certain methods that you can use to avoid being placed in
vulnerable situations — tactics that can not only be used in Australia, but
also around the world:
- Know the emergency number for
the emergency services (ambulance, fire brigade and police) in Australia:
- Know the emergency and
non-emergency numbers for the campus security office.
- Know where the emergency phones
are located on campus.
- Attend any seminars on crime
prevention that your institution offers.
- Use campus patrol or evening
escort programs that accompany students from one campus location to
- Always let someone know where
you are going and when you plan to return. Walk with a friend when
- Stay in well-lit areas at night
and avoid shortcuts through secluded areas, such as alleys or parks.
- If you like jogging or walking
for exercise try to do it during the day.
- If you wear headphones while
walking or jogging, keep the volume low so that you remain aware of your
- Always keep your doors locked
in the car and at home, and place valuables under the seat or in the boot
of your car.
- If you take public transport at
night, try to sit close to the driver or in the first carriage of the
The Australian Government
has established a student hotline for international students who are concerned
about their welfare: 1300 363 079. If immediate emergency assistance is
required, the best thing to do is call the Australian emergency telephone