Before You Arrive

Pre-departure Guide

Before your arrive there’s some important information you should know. Download our pre-departure guide for a comprehensive guide to what you need to get started on your journey to success. 

Pre-departure Checklist

Leaving for a new country doesn’t have to be difficult, if you know what to expect. We’ve created the following checklist to make your departure easy. Make sure you tick off each point before you leave for Australia.

Passport & Visa: Have you got a valid passport? Your passport must be valid for 6 months from the day you arrive in Australia. You must also have all of your up-to-date visa documentation with you when you arrive.
Student Documents: Bring your student information pack and electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) from MIT.
Health Cover & Insurance: Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is a requirement for entry in to Australia. You should also consider travel insurance for things not covered by the OSHC.
Packing and Airport Customs: Ensure you are aware of what items you cannot bring into Australia and make sure you do not pack them in either your hand-held or your check-in luggage. For added safety ensure you have packed your own bags and that they are kept with you at all times.
Airport Transfer: Regardless of whether you arrange to be picked up from the airport or use public transport make sure that you have all of the information about your accommodation prepared.

Free airport pick-up service

The Murdoch Student Guild offers an airport pick-up service for new international students. This service runs all year round and transports new students arriving from another country safely to their accommodation in Perth. This service is free of charge.


How Much Money Should You Bring?

Did you know that Migration regulations require you to demonstrate that you can cover the cost of living and studying in Australia? Australian guidelines state that you must have access to AUD$19,830 a year in order to meet your living expenses as a student.

This rule exists to ensure that you will be able to apply yourself to your studies and have a safe and enjoyable experience in Australia. You will be asked to provide bank statements and other forms of documentation as proof. If you’re bringing a partner or dependents, you’ll need to provide evidence of additional funds.

Visit Study Australia for more information about living costs as a student.

See Living Costs in Australia (external site) 

Weekly Expenses

As an approximate guide, you can expect to budget for around AUD$350 per week ‘living expenses’ in Perth. This can include such items as rent or board, food, public transport, utilities (electricity, gas and water) and some spending money.

This figure does not include tuition fees, the cost of running a vehicle, textbook and printing or photocopying costs. This also doesn’t include health insurance, airfares or holiday travel costs and additional costs associated with a more expensive lifestyle.


Setting up in a new place does cost money, so you should make sure you have easy access to at least AUD $2500 to pay for expenses needed to get established. These expenses can include paying a bond on accommodation and buying necessary items such as bedding. Please refer to the ‘Study in Australia’ website for additional information.
The figures above are indicative only and costs such as rent can vary significantly depending on where you live. You should be prepared in case your living costs are greater than the indicated figures.

Cost of Living

We would recommend that you undertake your own research into the costs of living in Australia, so that you have a good understanding of what to expect. We want your time at MIT to be stress free and productive. If you do have money issues after you arrive, please talk to our Student Support Officer about your options.

The figures below are indicative only and are all in AUD.


Bus (one way trip)$0.90 - 2.00
Taxi (standard fare)$1.72/km + flagfall
Train min $2.10
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gasAU$1.24
Cold medicine for 6 days$12.00
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)$5.10
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)$6.00
4 rolls of toilet paper$2.95
Tube of toothpaste$3.80
Short visit to private Doctor $66.00
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)$19
Bread for 2 people for 1 day$2.50
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk$1.30
Box of Cereal$4.00
Jar of Instant Coffee$5.00
2 liters of Coca-Cola$3.37
1 bottle of red table wine$19
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese$8.00
12 eggs, large$5.98
Basic lunchtime menu $16
Combo meal in fast food restaurant$10
2 tickets to the movies$36
Gym Membership (1 month)$60
Basic dinner out for two$50
1 Cappuccino$4.60
1 Beer$9
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)$0.38
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)$44

Bank Account

If you’re staying for longer than six months you may wish to open a bank account. If possible, try to set up your bank account before you arrive as rules, regulations and policies between banks vary. You may be required to bring a wide variety of personal documentation with you. If you decide to set up a bank account after you have arrived, remember that it can take a long time so make sure you are able to access your money at all times.