Questions?

Questions? Every question has an answer… if you know who to ask!

We are a young group of well-travelled people and all members of our team have experienced many similar situations whilst travelling, we know how it feels to be in a foreign country and understand the doubts and challenges that may arise. We are ready and able to help with whatever you need!

We have created a profile in Ask.fm, where you can ask any questions you may have and we will endeavour to get back to you within 24 hours. Don’t be shy, just ask! The odds are that we have been in the same situation ourselves before, or we have helped someone else to find the same answers you’re looking for.

We have made a detailed list of some of the most common questions that our students ask us.

+ How much does the AUssieYouTOO.com service cost?

Our services are completely free!! We work as representatives of all the best Australian Schools, Colleges and Universities and they are the ones who pay us for assisting students.

+ What do I need to get the student visa?

– Enrol in an approved course full time and with a minimum duration of three months.
– Purchase a compulsory health insurance for international students (about $ 35 a month)

+ Will I find a Job in Australia?

Australia offers many job opportunities, especially in the big cities such as Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

The student visa allows you to legally work up to 20 hours per week during study periods and 40 hours per week during vacations. It’s a good alternative to cover the expenses of everyday life while studying.

+ Do I need to get vaccinated for the trip?

Generally speaking, you will not require vaccinations before travelling to Australia. This is only a concern if you have recently travelled to an area where there is a known epidemic/ particular virus, prior to arriving in Australia. However some nationalities, especially people traveling from South America, are required to get the yellow fever vaccination.

Any additional questions in regards to this matter we recommend that you arrange an appointment with your local travel doctor, to receive up do date information relating to your country, particularly those students arriving to Australia from tropical countries.

+ What is the best season to travel to Australia?

Australia is a huge country and the climate varies depending on the area you are visiting and the time of the year. It is the only nation to occupy an entire continent and you will find a variety of landscapes; from rainforests to deserts, snowy mountains, islands and beaches.

The myth of the Australian perfect weather is false. A lot of people say that it doesn’t rain or get cold but this is not true. From November to February is the Aussie summer, but during these months we also have the Wet Season so it tends to be rainy but very warm. Everything depends on where you are and when.

The following are some facts about weather in Australia:

– City with the craziest weather: Melbourne as it is known to have 4 seasons in one day. It also has the coldest winter in comparison to other large cities such as Sydney, Brisbane or Perth.

– City with the most rain: Sydney.
The rain can last several days and, despite it doesn’t feel like it, this city beats Melbourne in the total of annual milliliters of rainfall.

– Windiest city: Perth and Hobart receive constant winds from the Indian Ocean.

– Driest city: Adelaide and Brisbane.

– Highest levels of humidity: Cairns, because it is in the tropics.

– The Cyclones are common 
between the months of December and May in the north, east and west of Australia, causing floods and damaging winds.

+ Do I need to open a bank account?

In Australia everything is a lot simpler than it seems. All you need to have is your passport, mobile number and to have a local address where the bank can send receipts and the physical card with your PIN number. In a week or so will get everything you need sent to your home.

+ What about my mobile phone?

The most popular companies in Australia are Optus, Vodafone and Telstra. Vodafone tends to have less coverage, Telstra is the most expensive one and almost everyone uses Optus. However if you are planning on traveling through the desert, the only company network that works everywhere is in fact Telstra (Best coverage).

There are many shops to get prepaid cards (which cost between $39 and $49 AUD depending on the mobile phone you have). If you are bringing your own Smartphone we recommend that you release it before traveling to Australia.

+ How useful is to get a bicycle?

In Australia, a bicycle is one best alternatives to move around. Due to its popularity you will find a wide range of models, both used and new. The price will vary depending on whether it is a ” supercool ” used model (between $150 and $200AUD) or a normal bike that has had several owners (approximately $70AUD) PS: They are also the perfect to go surfing and if you get a road bike it will be much easier to ride up the hills.

+ What is the cost of living in Australia?

We understand that the cost of living in Australia is one of the most frequently asked questions by travelers and students. Therefore, here are some approximate prices on everyday things. Keep in mind that these may vary depending on the area or city where you are going and that prices are in AUD.

• Coffee in a bar: $ 4
• Croissant: $ 5
• Full breakfast (American style): $ 20
• Menu at McDonald’s: $ 6.95
• Personal Pizza (if you pick it up): $ 5.95 – $ 7
• Gourmet pizza (restaurant): $ 18 – $ 25
• Steak with vegetables (restaurant): $ 35 – $ 40
• Glass of wine in a restaurant or bar: $ 8
• Beer in a club or pub: $ 6 – $ 8
• Cigarettes Package: $ 24
• Backpacker accommodation per night: Low Season: $ 25- $ 30 / night. High Season: $ 35 – $ 40 / night
• Room in shared house with 3 or more: $ 180 – $ 300
• Prepaid Card for an Australian mobile – Optus: $ 2
• Used surfboards: $ 200 – $ 500
• Cereals: $4
• Sliced white bread: $ 1 – $33
• Tomato sauce for pasta (680g): $ 1.89
• 2 kangaroo steaks: $6
• 1 kg Onions: $3
• Individual Can of tuna: $ 1.5
• 500ml Vinegar: $ 4.59
• 1 kg of apples: $ 3.96
• 1 kg of carrots: $ 3.14
• 1 kg Nectarines: $5/ kg
• Orange Juice: $ 4
• Can of Corn 420g: $ 1.64
• 2L of milk: $ 2.09
• 2 steaks (200g each) beef: $ 9
• 1 dozen Eggs: $ 5
• Second hand bike: $ 60 – $ 200
• 1998 Car: $ 2000 to $ 3500
• Van for travelers: from $ 3,500 to $ 5,000
• Gasoline: $1.40 / L
• Movie and popcorn: $ 20
• Kebab: $ 10
• Sushi roll: $ 3
• Drink in a pub or club: $ 9

The prices may seem expensive but you must keep in mind that wages in Australia are higher than in most countries around the world. For example, the minimum wage is set by the government at AUD $ 16.97 per hour this means that for 38 hours (full time) people earn AUD $ 645.05 per week or AUD $ 2,795.21 per month. Workers in the private sector usually get paid every Thursday and state employees every fortnight.

+ Can I work in Australia with the student visa?

The student visa in Australia allows international students to work 20 hours per week during study periods and 40 hours per week during vacations.

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