Top 5 to Thrive

For international students in NSW

Study NSW has developed a series of five videos to support international students with living in NSW. The series will feature current international students sharing advice on finding accommodation, support services, arriving in Australia, finding work and travelling in NSW. The videos will be shared with education providers and stakeholders to amplify across digital channels.

Top 5 things to do when you arrive in NSW

  1. Visit Service NSW for photo ID and for information on obtaining an International Driver’s Licence
  2. Open an Australian bank account
  3. Apply for a tax file number with the Australian Tax Office if you plan to work
  4. Set up your phone service with a local mobile provider
  5. Subscribe to the Study NSW newsletter for all the latest updates

Top 5 tips for travelling around New South Wales

  1. Get an Opal card, which enables travel along New South Wales’ public transport lines
  2. Download the Transport for NSW app and get familiar with the train, bus, light rail and ferry routes available
  3. Download ride share and local taxi apps
  4. Rent a bike and explore your local area
  5. Book a coach service which runs between major cities and regional areas

Top 5 tips for finding work

  1. Go to SEEK and enter #NSWJobsConnect to find positions available for international students
  2. Gain valuable experience through a volunteering placement
  3. Get involved in employability programs
  4. Make sure to attend career and job fairs
  5. Know your work rights – they are the same as Australians

Top 5 free places to get help

  1. Service NSW, for access to essential government services like photo ID
  2. Redfern Legal Centre, which provides international students with free legal advice
  3. The International Student Health Hub website, which lists available health resources across more than 50 organisations
  4. NSW Fair Trading, for consumer guidance like buying a car, and information on renting a home
  5. The Fair Work Ombudsman, for help in understanding your rights and entitlements in the workplace

Top 5 tips for finding accommodation

  1. Explore your options – homestay, student accommodation or private rental
  2. Consider neighbourhoods – consider living further from your school along public transit lines
  3. Use a recognised online search platform to review rental options
  4. Carefully read your lease or housing contract
  5. Know your rights. Australia has tenancy laws that ensure a safe and comfortable living environment