Received your Confirmation of Enrolment from Swinburne and organised your student visa? You can start to prepare for travel to Melbourne.
Arriving earlier than two weeks before your classes start?
If you plan to arrive more than two weeks prior to your course start date, be sure to notify your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) provider to arrange extra cover. Otherwise, you may not be covered for the full duration of your time in Australia.
Accessing medical and hospital treatment in Australia without OSHC can be very expensive and could leave you and your family in a difficult financial situation.
Learn about the different types of accommodation on Swinburne's Hawthorn campus, including private and shared accommodation options.
Student accommodation and hostels
Learn about student residences closest to campus.
Live with a local family in a friendly home environment.
Compare your accommodation options
Weigh up which accommodation is best for you with our comparison of costs and facilities.
Arriving in Melbourne
Explore the options to get to your accommodation in Melbourne from the airport, including our airport transfer service.
International student stories
Discover how students from all over the world are enjoying life at Swinburne while successfully building a career in Australia and their home countries.
Support for international students
Living and studying away from your home country can be challenging. Find out how our international support team can assist international students.
Quarantine, customs and goods to declare
All international passengers will need to pass Australian customs before entering the country. Australia has strict border controls in place, which means you may not be able to bring certain items into the country.
If you are carrying any restricted or quarantine items, including food, plant material, animal products, medication, wooden items or currency (of A$10,000 or foreign equivalent), you must declare them. On-the-spot fines and heavy penalties can apply if you fail to declare any quarantine items.
9. Plan your orientation activities
Orientation is held at our Hawthorn campus before classes starting to help prepare you for life and study at Swinburne. You can join lots of fun activities, get useful information and meet other new students – domestic and international. Add key orientation activities to your diary, so you don’t miss out!