Sydney is a beautiful city to live, study and work in. It’s a popular place for students both local and international to come, take advantage of the incredible facilities in this city, and gain an incredible education.
But it’s also a busy and big city with a high-cost of living.
If you’re planning to study in Sydney, there’s a big chance that you’re already overwhelmed by all of the things you need to do to prepare. Or, maybe, you haven’t yet considered any preparation at all.
Regardless of where you’re at in your preparation journey, we’re here to help. We’ve found the most important things to check off your list, notably the ones you won’t be thinking about, so at least some of your preparation for student life is covered.
And, that way, you can set yourself up for the best student experience possible, without having to worry about small details popping up in future.
Know your budget
Student life can be expensive, especially when you’re in a completely new location. You’ll have a number of expenses to consider, such as groceries, transport, books and rent, and it can really stack up. Especially if you’re going to a big city like Sydney with a high cost of living.
To prepare for student life in Sydney, be sure to create a personal budget to help you navigate each month and ensure there’s enough to cover your expenses.
Don’t forget to also consider nights out and special occasions. Student life means student life – even if you don’t have much income, just add 20 or even 5 dollars to your monthly or weekly budget so you can actually experience everything being a student entails. That way, even if you only get out for some fun once a month, you’ll have some money ready.
Part-time jobs are available on and off campus to help you find financial security through your studies, and this is still an option for international students thanks to visa regulations. But classes and study will always be top priority, so even if you plan to work, you’ll need to factor this consideration in.
It’s a good idea to also check out any support options for financial aid, student discounts across the city, and look into what student loans are available should an emergency arise.
By figuring out your budget and gaining insight into all the financial services available to support you, you’ll be able to remove financial worries from your list of concerns through university.
Know what to bring
Moving to a new place can be both an exciting and also highly-stressful time. If you’re preparing for student life, you’re probably already thinking about what you should be bringing. Yes, we definitely recommend bringing socks, shoes, clothing, a toothbrush, and all the essentials to everyday living.
(We really don’t want you leaving behind the phone charger either!)
It can be smart to make a checklist of all these items, and cross them off as you go – maybe even with details on where you’ve packed, so, if you’re moving over a few days, you know where things are… but that sounds like a lot more schoolwork, doesn’t it? But even just a basic list of everything you need will help you stay organised.
But it’s more than just the essentials you need to factor in. Things like Australian adaptors and converters, if you’re moving overseas, foods from home, and even a first aid kit are super important to your future comfort and living, but aren’t always front of mind.
We’ve developed this basic checklist of all the important items that you need to know, but may not be thinking about just yet to keep you in control!
Work on your study skills
One of the most important things to consider when preparing for student life in Sydney is studying. University is definitely very different from high school when it comes to demand. Your professors will expect you to know how to study, so you can do the work required and manage to turn all tasks in on time.
Poor study skills will make it more difficult to get good grades. Actually dedicate time to the skill of studying and prepare to reach out to professors for assistance in any courses you’re struggling in.
There are plenty of resources to help you be successful, both in and outside of campus, you just need to take advantage of them. The web has a number of free and simple guides on how to study, like these 10 Study Techniques from the University of St. Augustine – all you have to do is look!
It’s preferred by students for the following reasons:
- Sydney Student Living provides comfortable and convenient accommodation for local and international students
- Not only do we provide comfortable spaces to study and live in, but our locations have also been specially selected to enhance student life
- At Sydney Student Living, you can rely on us for friendly service, modern amenities and a safe and quiet environment.
“Fantastic place! The whole building is newly renovated and the rooms are large and quite cosy. Lots of amenities! They even have a pool!!! The staff is very friendly too.”
“One of the better Student Accommodation facilities in Sydney, I’ve stayed in some horrible ones in the middle of town. Staff were super friendly”
But whatever you choose? Make sure it’s the right one for you. Though Sydney Student Living does have two different locations that’ll cater to your varying needs… but that’s up to you!
If you’re planning to study in Sydney, it’s important to get your preparations in order. With these little tips and tricks, we hope you’ll be able to take a few worries off your list so you can focus more on enjoying student life and, of course, studying.
If you’re considering taking advantage of the amazing experience and lifestyle of Sydney Student Living, contact us today to learn more about how we can help make your student experience as beneficial as possible.