Preparing for College

We know that moving to a new country is exciting but can be challenging. That is why we have created our Adelaide and Melbourne Welcome Guides to assist students in preparing to start at the College. We hope the checklists and information about the College and cities help prepare you to start this exciting new chapter of your life.

What’s in the guide:

  • Tips for preparing for your arrival in Adelaide and Melbourne
  • Local information
  • How to adjust to a new culture
  • Accommodation
  • Laws and customs
  • Health and safety information
  • Useful contacts

To be best prepared before you leave, download our Adelaide or Melbourne Welcome Guide.

Bring your own device

The College requires all students to have their own digital device in order to be able to undertake blended learning activities both inside and outside the classroom.

Technical requirements

Processor (CPU): Intel Core i5 or higher

Operating system: Windows 10 (Professional version preferred) or later (64 bit) SP1

Screen size: 12 inch or greater

Screen resolution: 1280 x 720 or better

Hard drive: 256GB or greater

Memory: 8GB or greater

Network adaptor: 802.11ac 2.4/5 GHz wireless adaptor or better

Health Insurance

Student Visa holders

The Australian government requires all students on Student Visas to join the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

The scheme is a health insurance plan for overseas students in Australia.

This insurance covers:

  • Visits to a doctor (approximately 85% of the scheduled fee)
  • The total cost of hospital treatment provided that the treatment is in a public hospital and is provided by a hospital doctor
  • Emergency ambulance transport

This insurance does not cover:

  • Dental costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Optical glasses, contact lenses
  • Medical expenses for any pre-existing medical condition before you came to Australia, during the first 18 months of membership
  • Treatment covered by provisions for compensation and damages or accidents

Please note that you are covered from your very first day of study. Prior cover can be otherwise arranged should you plan on coming to Australia a few weeks before your course starts.


Cost of Living

Adelaide average weekly cost of living

Accommodation (based on shared or single occupancy)$260
Average weekly total$516
Total cost per year$26,906
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Melbourne average weekly cost of living

Accommodation (based on shared or single occupancy)$388
Average weekly total$657
Total cost per year$34,258
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For more information about living costs such as groceries, please visit the Study In Australia website.

Note: All costs above are in AUD and are provided as a guide only based on These are subject to change.

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Last updated: Thursday, 23 Feb 2023