Living & Studying in Sydney, New South Wales
Australia has a lot to offer international students. It is a big country with lots of space. Our cities are easy to navigate, and safe to live in, with some of the most diverse populations in the world.
You have access to world class education, and state of the art facilities. Our economy is strong and employment is high.
Our lifestyle is envied by many, with superb beaches and nature, as well as top class restaurants, bars and cafés to enjoy.
We like our sport, but we also like to relax and take it easy. You don’t have to travel far to get away from the city, or you can travel far and experience a completely different climate and surroundings, all within the same country.
Sydney is notable for its beaches and twin landmarks – the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. The metropolitan area is surrounded by national parks, and the harbour features many bays and inlets filled with pleasure boats and yachts. Summer day temperatures range from 18˚C to 32˚C. Winter, between June and August, has a day temperature range from 8˚C to 18˚C. Rainfall is usually spread evenly through the year.
Your studies will take place at the Northern Sydney Institute, located in North Ryde, a leafy suburb 17 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district. It is situated within walking distance of ‘Top Ryde City’, Sydney’s newest shopping experience, a shopper’s oasis.
Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm, Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm Friday. Some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.
Travellers' cheques are widely accepted, as are major credit cards VISA, Mastercard and (to a lesser extent) AMEX and Diners Card. Most banks will change foreign currency to Australian dollars.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship requires holders of a student visa to purchase and maintain OSHC for the entire length of their student visa. OSHC usually pays 85 percent of the fee for each consultation with a medical practitioner (including specialists), or X-rays and pathology services.
In general in Australia the cost of living is relatively reasonable depending on the accommodation you require and the lifestyle you may be accustomed to. As a student you will need at least AUD$25,000 to cover basic expenses in each year of study. You should also have a minimum of AUD$2,500 in addition to the monthly average to cover establishment expenses such as rental bond payment and basic furniture items. Recreation and entertainment are matters of personal taste: the amount spent depends on your interests, budget and where you live.These figures do not include the costs of large non-essential items such as household equipment or a car.
The above costs have been sourced from TAFE NSi .
There are many accommodation options including International Student Residences, private rental, homestay and/or share accommodation. Read more information regarding accommodation.
Under current visa regulations, students residing temporarily in Australia under a student visa are permitted to work up to 40 hours per fortnight. For information please visit: Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship website .
An excellent train, bus and ferry service covers all points of the greater metropolitan area of Sydney.
To help you feel welcome Le Cordon Bleu offers new students a range of activities, including:
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