Preparing for College

We know that moving to a new country is exciting but can be challenging. That is why we have created our Welcome Guide to assist students in preparing to start at the College. We hope the checklists and information about the College and the city of Adelaide, is helpful in getting you ready to start this exciting new chapter of your life.

What’s in the guide:

  • Tips for preparing for your arrival in Adelaide
  • 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, please take the time to read through our 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)

Scheme, 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 is one of Australia’s most affordable capital cities. Adelaide is up to 14% more affordable to live in than other major Australian cities, and has the lowest average rent in the country. Knowing the average living costs, is an important part of your financial preparation. The following tables are a quick guide to show what students can expect to pay while living in Adelaide. All prices are in Australian dollars:

Basic Weekly Expenses

Rent$100 - 250
Food (eating at home)$80 - $100
Bills (gas, electricity, etc)$20 - $30
Transport (student rates)$15 - $20
Other (entertainment, clothes, etc)$35+
Telephone/postage$20 - $30
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For more information about living costs such as groceries, please visit the Study In Australia website.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 27 Jan 2021