Planning your arrival

Once you've been accepted into one of our Melbourne degrees, you'll want to start planning your move to a new city and university. This includes things like confirming your visa, finding a place to live, budgeting for living, organising an airport pickup, and packing all the essentials.

To help you plan, here are some of the things you’ll want to do before you leave:

Organise your health care cover and visa

Overseas Student Health Cover

You need to arrange your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) before you can receive your student visa.

It could be the University of Melbourne preferred provider (Bupa) or your own choice of provider.

Find out more about getting OSHC

Student visa

Once you've been accepted into a Melbourne degree, organised your OSHC, and received your CoE, you can apply for your student visa.

To find out about student visa requirements in Australia, visit Department of Home Affairs – Studying in Australia

Are you Under 18?

If you're under 18 you'll also need to make appropriate accommodation and welfare arrangements as a condition of your visa – before you arrive in Australia.

See Under 18 international students

Find accommodation

There are many options available to international students, including living in a Residential College, student apartment, private rental, hostel, share-house, homestay or temporary accommodation.

Melbourne Accommodation Program

If you're a first year undergraduate moving to Melbourne, you may be eligible for our Melbourne Accommodation Program. This offers guaranteed beds to eligible students in student apartments for the first year of their studies.

See Melbourne Accommodation Program

Temporary accommodation

If you'd prefer to wait until you arrive in Melbourne to secure your long-term housing, you'll need to arrange temporary accommodation before departing your home country.

There are range of hotels and hostels you can choose from that offer temporary accommodation close to our Parkville campus.

Find temporary accommodation

Longer-term accommodation

To help you find more permanent accommodation, it's a good idea to do your research first on the different student accommodation options. Your options include:

Find accommodation

Go to our Pre-Departure Briefing

Each semester Pre-Departure Briefings are held in a number of countries and online. Commencing international students and their families are invited to attend these briefings, which are designed to give you important information on preparing for your move and transitioning to life as a Melbourne student.

Book an airport pick up

You need to book your airport pickup three business days before you arrive.

If you're commencing your first semester at Melbourne, you can book a free pickup from Tullamarine airport for when you arrive.

This is a 24 hour service run by TOGOTO from Tullamarine airport to the CBD (Central Business District), Parkville and surrounding areas. It does not run from Avalon airport.

You may have to pay additional costs if you need to travel further.

How to book

You can book airport pick up online. You need to do this three days before you arrive.

Book airport pick now

Fees may apply if you're travelling to further areas, have additional passengers, or request airport pickup but don’t use it on arrival. If you're coming with two people or more, it may also be cheaper to take a taxi from the airport (about A$55).

Budget for living in Australia

This is vital to ensure you can afford to live as a student in Melbourne, as well as be able to travel and have fun outside of class.

To find out what you need to budget for, see Your living costs

Pack for every season!

In Victoria we have four seasons, so make sure you bring clothing for every kind of weather. Refer to the Bureau of Meteorology to see what kind of weather to expect when you arrive.

Some student accommodation will already be furnished, so you won't need to bring much. Some may require you to bring linen, so ensure you check this before you book.

If you need to furnish your room in a share house or private rental, you can organise this when you arrive. You can find helpful resources on what to do in out accommodation area.

Support and advice

If you need help transitioning to life at Melbourne, get in touch with our student support team at Stop 1. They can offer advice on course planning, tuition fees, student loans, finding student accommodation and more.

Contact Stop 1