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Pre-departure Information

Booking your flight

You will need to make your own travel arrangements to Australia. Please try to arrive at least two weeks before the start of orientation to allow enough time for settling-in, adjusting to the climate, overcoming jet-lag and finding permanent accommodation.

You should fly into Sydney International Airport, as it is the closest and most convenient. Visit the Sydney Airport website for more information. Sydney Airport is located approximately 16 kms from Sydney's Central Business District and city centre.

The NSW International Student Airport Welcome Desk is now open 7 days to greet students arriving at Sydney International Airport. The welcome desk is staffed by local and international student volunteers who can offer you advice about getting around including maps and information about accommodation and transport. For more information, please visit the Study Sydney website.

Quarantine and customs

Students are often surprised by how strict Australian Customs Services and quarantine can be. If you're in doubt about whether your goods are prohibited or not, declare it anyway on the Incoming Passenger Card which you will receive on the plane. Students have received on the spot fines for not declaring items. Visit the Australian Government's Biosecurity website for more information.

  • Read 'What can't I take into Australia'
  • Let your family and friends know 'What can't be mailed to Australia'

Baggage allowances flying into Australia will vary according to your carrier, flight class and country of origin. Please check with your carrier prior to departure. Economy passengers are generally permitted more for international flights, as compared to domestic flights within Australia. This will significantly limit the amount of things you can bring, especially if you will fly within Australia to get to your final destination. Therefore, it is essential to think the packing process through very carefully. You will be able to purchase most things upon arrival in Australia but the price may be higher than in your own country.

Checklist of documents

You should prepare a folder of documents to bring with you to Australia, including:

  • Valid passport with Student Visa
  • Offer of a place / admission letter from CQUniversity
  • Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) issued by CQUniversity
  • Receipts of payments (e.g. tuition fees, OSHC, bank statements etc.)
  • Insurance policies
  • Original or certified copies of your academic transcripts and qualifications
  • Other personal identification documents, e.g. birth certificate, ID card, driver's licence
  • Medical records and/or prescriptions
  • CAAW if you are under 18 years of age
  • Address details of your intended accommodation and any key contact people (e.g. relatives, friends, university contact details)

If you are travelling with your family you will need to include their documents as well. Keep all documents in your carry-on luggage. In case you lose the originals, make copies that can be left behind with family and sent to you.

Seasonal considerations and clothing

Summer in Australia is from December to February, autumn from March to May, winter from June to August, and spring from September to November. For most of the country the hottest months are January and February. If you arrive in June or July, the coldest months of the year, you may need to bring or buy winter clothing. On most campuses, students usually dress informally. Jeans or trousers with t-shirts or blouses, sneakers or running shoe are almost standard dress. Shorts are often worn during the summer months and sandals are the most common footwear. It is acceptable for both men and women to wear shorts and sleeveless t-shirts. This is common during the hotter months. A sports coat or suit and tie for men and appropriate dress for women is necessary for some functions such as formal dinners, a graduation ceremony, student dances or balls. For festive occasions, you may want to bring traditional dress and accessories.

Getting from the airport

Trains
Trains are available from the airport and offer transport to a range of areas in and around Sydney. The International Terminal train station is located at the northern end of the terminal and is accessible from the arrivals level. For more information visit the Sydney's Airport Train website. 

Public Buses
Sydney Buses has a timetabled service, route 400, between Bondi Junction and Burwood with stops at both International (T1) and Domestic (T3) Terminals. Clearly marked bus stops are located on the arrivals level outside each of these terminals. General information about fares, timetables and connections to other parts of Sydney is available on the State Transit bus services website. 

Taxis
Taxis can be easily accessed at taxi ranks in front of the airport terminals. Fares (costs) will vary depending on the distance and route travelled, time of day and route.

Airport Pick-up Service
If you would like assistance in arranging airport pick-up, email Student Services at studentservices@syd.cqu.edu.au at least one week before your arrival and staff will be able to assist you in arranging this service. This will come at a cost, which will depend on the travel being arranged.

You can also get advice on transport options from the NSW International Student Airport Welcome Desk. The welcome desk is located at Arrivals Hall A, Terminal 1. From now up until 12 March 2016 the desk is open from 7-11 am and from 6-9 pm, 7 days a week. For more information on the Desk and how to find it, please visit the Study Sydney website.

How much money to bring

You will need to make sure you have enough funds to support you when you first arrive. It is recommended that you have approximately AU$1500 to AU$2000 available for the first two to three weeks to pay for short term accommodation and transport. You should bring most of this money as either Travellers Cheques or on an international credit card. Travellers cheques can be cashed at any bank or currency exchange in Australia. Please note that it is not safe to bring large sums of money with you! Lost credit cards or traveller's cheques can be replaced, but very few travel insurance companies will replace lost or stolen cash. Do not ask someone you have just met to handle your cash for you or to take your cash to make payments for you. Not even someone who may indicate they are studying at the same education institution.