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Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Introducing your “How to Get from Eh to Oz!” predeparture guide

Getting ready to study in Australia is probably the most stressful for most students. But it doesn’t have to be!

By using a combination of past student surveys and our own expertise, we have come up with an informative guide to get you ready for your big move!

How to Get from Eh to Oz Prep Guide

How to Get from Eh to Oz! Prep Guide

This predeparture guide will involve a series of videos, emails, webinars, and blogs to keep you on track during the weeks leading up to your arrival in Australia.

The webinars will feature detailed info and specific guidance (like university-specific accommodation), so you can tune in and ask questions in a live setting. Bonus? Videos and webinars will be made available as a playlist, so you can refer to them at any time!

What will you learn about?

  • Student Visa – Review the student visa process and what you can expect.
  • Accommodation – The latest information on accommodation options in Australia. Learn exactly where OzTREKK students have stayed.
  • Money – Review cost of living in Australia, banking, loans, transferring money, etc.
  • Travel – Get you prepared to pack, fly, land, and more!

Our First From Eh to Oz Webinar
The “From Eh to Oz 101” webinar will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. This webinar will cover everything you may encounter while getting ready to go to Australia. Get your questions answered!

Facebook Group
We have created a private Facebook group for OzTREKK students with CoEs and offers. Feel free to post questions—OzTREKK staff will be able to help. There might even be a contest or two!

Contact List
Connect with fellow students, classmates, and potential roommates! If you’re interested in connecting with others, add your name and info to this list!

Predeparture Meet & Greets
We hold super-amazing meet-ups in Toronto, Vancouver and Alberta (locations TBD) in early November that you must attend (okay, not mandatory, but it should be 😉). This is a great opportunity to meet future roommates, OzTREKK staff, and have any last-minute questions answered.

OzTREKK Boarding Pass
Your predeparture one-stop shop! The OzTREKK Boarding Pass is a great resource to get you ready to go to Australia. We encourage you to browse this site thoroughly. This is where you’ll find detailed predep info about student visas, accommodation, airport arrival, cost of living, travel options, and much more—including student reviews about where they live!

Check-in Survey
We’ll check in with you to gauge how you are feeling. If you are feeling prepared and ready, awesome! If you are feeling overwhelmed and confused, that’s okay too, and we will help you accordingly!

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So stay tuned… and don’t forget, we are always just an email or phone call away! Have questions? Give us a call at 1-866-698-7355 or email info@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Bond University is getting ready to welcome you!

Heading to Bond Law School this January?

Bond University is getting ready to welcome you!

Heading to Bond Law School? Don’t miss Bond Orientation Jan. 11 – 13, 2017

Australia is the perfect country to combine travel and study for students of all ages. World-class cities, warm climate, multi-cultural society, friendly faces—all great reasons so many Canadians choose to study in Australia!

But perhaps most important, the education system in Australia is truly world standard. Australian universities are recognised internationally and their university qualifications are accepted by employers and other institutions all over the world. So it’s no surprise that education is one of Australia’s biggest export industries with international students making up more than 20% of Australian university enrolments.

Getting Started at Bond University

Enrolment at Bond University is a 3-step process, and they’ve developed some how-to guides to help you complete this process for the first time. Begin by planning your subjects, then enrol via eStudent and finally register in classes!

As a new student, you can enrol once you have accepted your offer and organised payment of your tuition fees. Your password can now be activated for on-campus computer access. This access gives you the right to use your Bond University email as well as on-campus computer facilities including

  • the wireless network;
  • iLearn; and
  • Library resources!

Create your student computer account to get started on campus.

Bond Orientation

Orientation is the perfect time to make new friends, find your way around campus and complete your enrolment at Bond University.

Orientation features an exciting program of social activities where you can relax and meet people, and there are lots of information booths to help you get ready for university life.

For the semester 1, 207 intake, Bond Orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, January 11 and concluding on Friday, January 13, 2017. The orientation program kicks off with an Orientation Expo on the Wednesday and includes a series of general student information sessions, faculty-specific introductions, and social activities to ensure all students are welcomed and settled in to the university in preparation for the start of semester on Monday, January 16, 2017.

Last-minute help

Don’t forget: you can access a wealth of pre-departure tips on the OzTREKK Boarding Pass. We created this site to provide detailed pre-departure information to help you obtain your student visa, research your accommodation options, book airport arrival reception, and much more!

We hope you find the info useful, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you don’t find an answer to a question you may have—we’re here to help!

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Can’t remember your log-in info? Contact your Admissions Officer and he or she will be happy to email it to you! Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia: Email info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Tips to help with your accommodation search

Former OzTREKK students are da bomb. They are always willing to help out future students interested in studying in Australia. Of course, finding accommodation is always at the forefront of everyone’s mind, keenly perched there and peering acutely like an excitable budgie.

You will be travelling around to the other side of the planet, after all, so we know that finding accommodation is a big deal. We’ve complied a quick checklist to help you out!

Tips to help with your accommodation search

Doing your accomm research can get you some sweet digs!

Staying on campus?

Visit your uni’s accommodation website and read… and read so more. Get a feel for what the residence or college is about. Most have international houses for out-of-towners like you! Some also have “Party Central.” Wuh wuh. Don’t choose that one. You’re there to be brilliant, not to be bombed.

Connect

Connect with your future classmates and current students in the program as early as possible in advance to find potential roommates and discuss your options together, as this will give you more confidence with your living arrangements. Join student groups, and be sure to ask your admissions officer for more tips about how to meet fellow OzTREKKers!

Pick a location (or three)

Google maps, baby. Make sure you know which campus you will be attending before you start your search. Check out former OzTREKK students’ reviews about where they live on the “Accommodation” tab on the OzTREKK Boarding Pass. Here you’ll find dozens of reports from actual students studying in Australia. You’ll also find out which suburbs are closest to your uni and you’ll get a general idea of how much moola you’ll need.

Start searching

Look on domain.com.au or realestate.com.au for ideas; however, these websites take their information from the actual real estate websites. Sometimes they don’t get updated as quickly as you would hope and a house might be gone. It is good to go to the real estate websites and see what they have.

Arrive a bit early

We always recommend this one! Former OzTREKK students—especially those in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane—advise students to arrive in Australia a minimum of two weeks early. Living off campus can offer more flexibility and value for your money! You can easily book temporary accommodation while in Canada, as many universities offer temporary accommodation on their campuses. This way you can spend a couple of weeks getting acquainted with your university, your city and its transit system before you decide on living quarters.

See it in person

Good. You’ve arrived early. Now go for a walkabout! Wander around the closest suburbs and go in personally to see if you can talk to someone about available rental properties. When viewing a property, take notes (and photos!) of any damage/weirdness you see before you sign a lease.

Be organized!

Landlords will ask for references. Ask your previous landlords for reference letters. Photocopy them. Even more important to them is your actual rental lease agreement. Make sure to get paper copies as well as scanned versions. A lot of the real estate agencies let you apply online, which is quite easy.

Money. Have some.

Before you leave for Australia, order some Aussie money from your bank. You’ll need it for taxi fares, food, and a bond, and “just in case.” All landlords will ask if you have a job or how you are going to finance your apartment. If you are going to work, that’s great and you can say where you are working. If you are in the “all study, no work” boat, get a letter showing how you have access to your funds. If you have a loan from your bank, ask your bank representative to say that you have a line of credit for your studies that can cover your tuition and your living situation.

Get ready to hit the ground running!

Be prepared to see a lot of places and keep your mind open to what area you want to live in. There are a lot of cool areas neighbouring the universities and you just need to find the right fit. Most open houses happen on Saturday and most people will have their applications ready to hand in after seeing the place! Come prepared with all your documents in hand or ready to send in on the internet when you get home.

Don’t get discouraged

Great news: not one OzTREKK student has wandered around homeless. You may have to apply to as many houses as possible. Most other people took about two to three weeks to get confirmation. It just depends on the area, how many people you are looking to live with, etc.

And obviously…

If you’re completely freaking, ask us for help. Ask your university for help. That’s why we are here!

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If you’re an OzTREKK student getting ready to head to Australia, keep in mind that you have the OzTREKK Boarding Pass at your fingertips. This handy site also provides detailed pre-departure information to help you obtain your student visa, research your accommodation options, book airport arrival reception, and much more!

We hope you find the info useful, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you don’t find an answer to a question you may have!

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Can’t remember your log-in info? Contact your Admissions Officer and he or she will be happy to email it to you!

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

University of Sydney students give accommodation tips

Are you heading to the University of Sydney? As most of you know, Sydney is a very large city, but sometimes finding accommodation can be tricky. OzTREKK recommends that you arrive in Australia a minimum of two weeks prior to your program start date, if you plan on finding off-campus accommodation when you arrive in your city; however, for cities like Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, finding off-campus accommodation can take a little longer, so it’s recommended that you arrive earlier in order to find a great place to live. Don’t forget: you’re in a large city with large universities, so there will be some competition for housing, especially during January, since the Sydney medical program begins so early in February. Also, a lot of your planning begins here in Canada! If you begin your accommodation search here by organizing your reference letters, mapping, etc., you are ahead of the game!

OzTREKK always enjoys hearing from former OzTREKK students, and we try to pass on tips and tricks that our students share with us. Part of why we love what we do is because we enjoy helping others—and planning a move around the globe is a big deal!

OzTREKK Boarding Pass

Don’t forget about on-campus accommodation

Plan well, do your research, and arrive early, and follow the advice of an OzTREKK University of Sydney Medical School students, Chelsea Billinkoff, Adrienne Campbell, and Glendon Inkster, who are currently rooming together in the Sydney suburb, the Glebe. Busy Sydney medical students Chelsea, Adrienne and Glendon need easy access to Sydney’s public transportation system, as they are at the main campus most days, but once a week, they head to the clinical hospital on the other side of the city. Knowing the city layout and its bus schedules prior to hunting for an apartment can be handy! Find out more tips from the Sydney Medical School trio:

Tips to Help with Your Accommodation Search

Start searching

Look on domain.com.au or realestate.com.au for ideas; however, these websites take their information from the actual real estate websites. Sometimes they don’t get updated as quickly as you would hope and a house might be gone. It is good to go to the real estate websites and see what they have.

See it in person

Even better, if you have figured out an area, wander around there and go in personally to see if you can talk to someone about available rental properties. My roommate and I ended up getting our house as we met with an agent; he just had confirmation that they would be the agency for this house and told us about it before it went up for grabs. I think it also helped as he got to meet us in person and see that we were sane, reliable medical students.

Be organized!

They will ask for references. Ask your previous landlords or even the company for reference letters. Even more important to them is your actual rental lease agreement. I would suggest getting paper copies as well as scanned versions. A lot of the real estate agencies let you apply online, which is quite easy.

Money. Have some.

All of them will ask if you have a job or how you are going to finance your apartment. If you are going to work, that is great and you can say where you are working. If you are in the “all study, no work” boat, get a letter showing how you have access to your funds. If you have a loan from your bank, ask your bank representative to say that you have a line of credit for your studies that can cover your tuition and your living situation.

Get ready to hit the ground running!

We joked that we were on “The Amazing Race: House-hunting Edition.” Be prepared to see a lot of places and keep your mind open to what area you want to live in. There are a lot of cool areas neighbouring the university and you just need to find the right fit. Most open houses happen on Saturday and most people will have their applications ready to hand in after seeing the place! Come prepared with all your documents in hand or ready to send in on the internet when you get home.

We ended up walking from house to house (which ended up with us having a few blisters), but was also a great way for us to get to know the city in our first couple of days.

From our first day searching to the day we got confirmation that we had a house, it took one week. This seemed to be quite quick compared to other people. Don’t get discouraged; you literally just need to apply to as many houses as possible and then you will get one. Most other people took about two to three weeks to get confirmation. It just depends on the area, how many people you are looking to live with, etc.

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If you’re an OzTREKK student getting ready to head to Australia, keep in mind that you have the OzTREKK Boarding Pass at your fingertips. This handy site also provides detailed pre-departure information to help you obtain your student visa, research your accommodation options, book airport arrival reception, reserve a spot at an OzTREKK pre-departure seminar in Canada, and more!

We hope you find the info useful, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you don’t find an answer to a question you may have!

Log in to the OzTREKK Boarding Pass now!

Can’t remember your log-in info? Contact your Admissions Officer and he or she will be happy to email it to you! Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia and about Australian universities! Email info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.