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Information for new students
Before you arrive
Australian Awards Scholarships (AAS) awardees are encouraged to contact the AusAID post in their home country for information about their application, offer, pre-departure briefing and travel arrangements.
Temporary – University arrangedThe University can arrange temporary housing for commencing AAS scholars for up to 7 days at Trinity College or Queen's College located at the University's Parkville campus. If there is no availability, you may be placed at another housing provider.
You are responsible for all housing cost, however you can benefit from special rates for AAS scholars. If you wish to extend your stay beyond 7 days, you can arrange this directly with the College or housing provider.
Trinity College and Queen's College
- Single room: $75 per night
- Twin room: $105 per night
Other housing providers
- Single room: $70–$100 per night
- Twin/double room: $90–$120 per night
- Family room: $130–$170 per night
The University can only make changes to pre-arranged housing if you inform us at least 72 hours before your scheduled arrival.
Temporary – Self arranged
If you wish to arrange your own temporary housing, please refer to the University's Student Housing website for information about housing providers within 10km from the University's Parkville campus.
When choosing long-term housing, it is important to consider a range of factors, including your budget, location, transportation costs and the type of housing arrangement you would like to live in.
Go to the Student Housing website for more information on tenancy advice, suburbs in Melbourne, housing options and costs, and the Housing Online Noticeboard.
Arranging airport transfer
The University offers a free airport transfer service to commencing AAS scholars from Melbourne Airport to Melbourne's Central Business District (CBD) and surrounding areas. This service is operated by TOGOTO. Airport transfer to areas outside the University area will incur an additional fee that is payable in cash to the driver.
If you wish to use this service, you must inform the AusAID office in your home country by the closing date specified by AusAID. AusAID will advise the University of your flight details.
When airport transfer has been booked the University's Arrival Services will send you a confirmation and further information by email.
If are joined by members of your family, you must notify Arrival Services in advance. A fee of $40 applies to additional passengers, which is payable in cash to the driver of the pickup service upon arrival at your destination.
TOGOTO allows up to 40kg of luggage, however oversized items (such as bicycles or large musical instruments) cannot be accepted.
What can I bring to Australia?
Australia has strict quarantine laws to protect its valuable agriculture industries and unique environment.
Before you travel find out what you can't take into Australia:
Other items you must declare, include currency amount over AUD $10000 in Australian currency or foreign equivalent and medicines. If you are using prescribed medication, contact the nearest Australian diplomatic mission to confirm that the medicines and the amount are permitted. You should also bring a letter from your doctor with details and purpose of the medication.
It is prohibited to carry illicit drugs.
Introductory Academic Program (IAP)
New AAS scholars must enrol and participate in the Introductory Academic Program (IAP) subject before the semester begins. The IAP will introduce you to the demands of the Australian academic environment and includes general information sessions. The program focuses on developing academic skills needed to make a smooth transition to study in Australia. You will also have time to look for accommodation.
The IAP covers the following areas:
- Orientation and adjustment
- Finding accommodation
- Health and wellbeing
- Finance and budgeting
- Bringing your family to Australia
- Argumentation and critical thinking
- Thesis writing and working with supervisors
- Basic research skills, seminar presentation and academic writing
- Computer literacy