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Life in Australia

While studying in Australia you can
 Learn English in everyday life.
 Enjoy a safe and fascinating environment.
 Benefit from a very competitive cost of living.

Way of Life
 The Australian lifestyle is very relaxed and Australians are known to be very friendly and outgoing. Some of the most popular social activities in Australia include: sport (both watching and playing), dining out and watching movies as well as outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing and going to the beach.

Australian Qualifications
 Australian qualifications are well regarded worldwide. Many international companies actively recruit from Australian educational institutions. The Australian government regulates educational providers and ensures that quality standards are met. The government also protects international students’ fees through the ESOS act (laws to guarantee quality and financial security).

Sydney

Bankstown
 Bankstown is a suburb of Sydney. It is Bankstown is about 25 minutes by direct train or driving from Sydney’s Central Business District (Sydney CBD), Sydney Airport and other key locations providing a convenient location for anyone wanting to discover Sydney.
 Bankstown is one of the busiest districts and is home to many successful companies, organizations and education institutes.
 Bankstown is serviced by many mosques with one of the largest in Australian being conveniently located in nearby Lakemba. Other places of worship are within waking distance from Banks town center.

Shopping and Eating Out.
 Sydney has abundant retail shopping areas and malls. Fruit, vegetables and fresh products are cheap and plentiful, particularly from local markets.
 Sydney and Bankstown are the most ethnically diverse communities in Australia as can be seen in its many restaurants and supermarkets, many of which are Halal.

Weather
• Sydney has a comfortable temperate climate with 4 seasons. Summer is generally hot, and winter is cool. Temperatures are mild enough to allow a year-round outdoor lifestyle
 Sydney has a pleasant climate with warm summers and cool winters. The temperature in the summer months (December, January and February) generally ranges from 19°C to 30°C with the average temperature being approximately 25°C. The temperature in the winter months (June, July and August) generally ranges from 8°C to 18°C with the average being around 13°C.

Things to do
 There are many things to do in Australia – from visiting some of the many tourist attractions or shopping at the markets, to going for a swim at the beach or dining out. Some of Sydney’s most popular attractions include Sydney Opera House, Harbor Bridge, Westfield Centre Point Tower, Sydney Aquarium, Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbor, Botanical Gardens and Bondi Beach.

Banking
 There are a large number of local and foreign banks and other financial institutions in Australia. Banks are usually open between 10:00am and 4:00pm Mondays to Thursdays, and between 10:00am and 5:00pm on Fridays. Some banks open on Saturday mornings in suburban shopping centres. You can withdraw cash at any time (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) from Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs). Most banks also provide telephone and internet banking, savings and cheque accounts, credit cards and debit cards, Foreign currency exchange and travelers cheques and other financial services such as loans, bank drafts and transfer of funds.

Safety
 Australia is much safer than many other countries. However, it is still wise to avoid dangerous situations in order to keep yourself safe. Here are some safety tips:
• Always tell someone where you are going, and when you expect to return
• Be careful when you are travelling at night on your own
• Do not leave personal belongings unattended
• Always carry a mobile phone, coins for a pay phone, or a phone card
• Follow any security guidelines provided by your college and your International Student service officer.
• Avoid giving personal information to strangers
• Lock doors and windows before you leave your house or apartment
• Be careful when using automatic teller machines (ATMs) and put your cash away quickly
 Keep valuables out of sight when travelling

Transport
 You can travel around Sydney on trains, buses and ferries. Taxis are also easy to find, although they cost more than trains, buses or ferries. You can buy tickets for most train, bus and ferry services at the railway station or ferry station. It is cheaper to pre-purchase a weekly or monthly ticket if you use public transport every day. (Please note: International students are not entitled to concession fares, so you must pay the full adult fare. The pre-paid ticket is a way of saving money).
 International students are generally not entitled to transport concessions in NSW. However, tertiary institutions are now able to offer international student discounted MyMulti passes, allowing students to save up to 35 per cent on the cost of travel on buses, trains, light rail and most ferries throughout Greater Sydney. More information about international student travel discounts is available.
 Get free printed timetables from train stations, bus depots and ferry terminals.
 To plan your trip around Sydney using bus, train or ferry, please visit:
http://www.transportnsw.info/

Telephone
 Public Payphones – Public payphones that accept coins can be found in airports, post offices, railway stations, shopping centers and in the center of the city. Local calls are untimed. They cost 50c from a payphone if you use coins. Long-distance and international calls are charged by the minute.
 Mobile Phones – Mobile phone services are available from several mobile service companies which offer a wide range of phones and payment options. Depending on the network in your home country, you may be able to connect your existing mobile phone to an Australian network by installing a new SIM card. Mobile call costs may be more expensive than fixed line calls. Many students find it easier to buy pre-paid mobile phone packages which also help to budget for telephone costs. Overseas phone cards are also available. These offer cheap call rates. You can buy overseas phone cards from most news agencies and convenience stores.

Cost of Living
 The approximate costs of everyday goods and services in Australia can be found at http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/global/live-in-australia/living-costs
 The types and approximate costs of accommodation can be found at http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/global/live-in-australia/accommodation

More information
 For more and update information about life in Australia, Please visit http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/global/live-in-australia