Moving to Melbourne to study at Victoria University (VU) can be easy and enjoyable if you are organised.
We have lots of experience helping students to settle in. Check our advice and support services for information and contacts.
To get you started, here are some suggestions on how to prepare for studying at VU.
VU can help with a smooth transition into university life in Melbourne
The biggest decision before you move to Melbourne will be choosing where to live. Melbourne is a big city with many suburbs to choose from as your new neighbourhood.
Where you live influences important factors such as:
- travel times to university and work
- cost of accommodation
- proximity to your friends and the community.
If you’re looking at private accommodation you should arrive in Melbourne one month before university starts. We recommend booking temporary accommodation before you arrive.
Our student housing service can help you with information and advice on accommodation options, budgeting, and tenancy rights and obligations at any stage of your stay.
International student checklists
Being organised and prepared before you leave home will make your arrival so much easier.
Follow our pre-departure checklist to make sure you've filled in all the application paperwork in time to study with us.
- Follow the process for accepting your offer, making sure you've supplied all the paperwork.
- Make the initial fee deposit payment (as indicated on your letter of offer).
- Organise health insurance, to meet visa requirements.
- Apply for your student visa.
- Book your flight, leaving enough time before your start-study date to:
- recover from jetlag
- adjust to your new environment
- find accommodation
- attend your international orientation session.
- Request airport reception, a free service from VU when you complete our airport reception form 10 days before you arrive in Melbourne.
- Consider quarantine regulations when packing.
- Register for your international orientation session.
- Read the MyVU international student guide.
Use our packing checklist to make sure you have all the documents you'll need for an easy transition into Melbourne university life.
Melbourne experiences both cold and very hot weather, so pack clothing for both extremes.
Essential items and documents to bring with you:
- passport (make sure it is valid)
- student visa and entry permit (if you have an e-visa, you’ll need to bring a hard copy with confirmation of your visa expiry date)
- your International Student Written Agreement
- a copy of your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE)
- receipt of your tuition fees payment
- certified copies of:
- academic qualifications
- English proficiency
- academic history (if applying for course credit - recognition of prior learning/advanced standing)
- evidence of sufficient funds to support yourself during your study (bank statement or scholarship offer)
- other official documentation, such as:
- driver’s licence (with translation if required)
- national ID card
- certified copy of your (and, if applicable, your children’s) birth certificate (with translation if required)
- marriage certificate if applicable (with translation if required)
- written references in English from a:
- previous employer (if you’re planning to work in Australia)
- previous landlord (if you’re planning to rent in Australia)
- doctor (for medical prescriptions)
- contact phone numbers for:
Download these useful apps to help your transition to studying in Melbourne.
- Google Translate allows you to quickly translate more than 50 languages. You can use a voice input function or type in words and phrases.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) gives you access to your member services. Use your VU student email to log into the app and into the members section of the website.
- myVEVO gives you access to your student visa conditions, study and work rights.
- Public Transport Victoria (PTV) shows real-time timetables for trams, trains and buses in Melbourne
- RentRight is a free smartphone app with useful tools and information on your renting rights and responsibilities
- Unlock Melbourne is a Victorian Government app for international students arriving in Melbourne.
Download smartphone apps to help your transition to Melbourne university life