Essentials: housing, transport, security and money

We have outlined all the practical things for you to consider beforehand so you can make plans for a smooth start. These include housing, transport, security and money.

Housing

If you are not living at home, your options include living in accommodation on campus or finding a share house in a convenient location close by. There is also the question of whether to move out of your home indefinitely or just during semesters.

Each option has its own advantages and drawbacks so you should get informed and weigh it all up well in advance – you don’t want to find your living situation doesn’t suit your needs when you’re trying to focus on a new study routine.

Transport

TAFEs and universities are generally centrally located and often public transport systems are routed around them to make them easy to access. Or you may be lucky and live close to the institution.

Most students use public transport to get to the campus because parking is limited and expensive. Fulltime students are eligible for public transport concession rates. You will need to visit your student centre to complete the necessary paperwork.

Security

Campuses are quite open – most universities are like their own small suburb with people coming and going at all hours of the day and night. If you are studying late then you may want to investigate the university shuttle bus to save you from walking in the dark or you may make an effort to walk with other students late at night.

Security officers patrol the campus and have onsite offices. There will also be a campus security hotline.

Universities and TAFEs are generally well-populated, safe places, but stay conscious about safety and don’t be afraid to seek help from security officers when required, even if it is just to ask questions. 

Finances

You might be studying at TAFE or CIT for a short period, or perhaps you are going to be at university or a private institution for a few years. Either way, it is important to consider how you will finance yourself during this time.

Costs include travel, rent, textbooks, a computer and printing, as well as the necessities such as food and clothing. If you take into account your current situation, support and responsibilities as well as predict future expenses then you can avoid nasty surprises.