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.

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$21,041 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

6 weeks before arrival


One option for banking within Australia is the Commonwealth Bank.

Most banks allow you to apply for an account before leaving your home country. Many also offer special accounts for students, with low or no transaction fees and special benefits.

There are many ways to send money to Australia, such as a Western Union Transfer or direct bank transfer. Anyone can transfer money from their overseas bank to your new Australian bank account if they have your BSB number, account number and swift code. This information is available from your new bank.

TFN (Tax File Number)

Click here for more information from the ATO (Australian Tax Office).

Airport pick up

Click here for more information from the Murdoch Guild.


Click here for more information from MIT.

Health and Wellbeing

Click here for more information from MIT.

Visa Information

Click here for more information from MIT.

Under 18

Click here for more information from MIT.

Australian Etiquette, Equity and Values

Click here for more information from MIT.


3 weeks before arrival

Required Documents

When preparing to leave your home country, make sure to arrange and pack your:

  • passport (valid for full length of intended stay in Australia)
  • birth certificate (or copy)
  • letter of offer from MIT
  • MIT Confirmation of Enrolment document
  • original documents of any qualifications you may have obtained
  • resumes/curriculum vitae
  • travel insurance policy
  • drivers license
  • references from previous landlords (if you are planning to rent off-campus accommodation)

You will need to have copies of the above documents which have been translated into English.

Public Transport

Click here for videos from Transport Perth.

Beach Safety

Click here for more information from MIT.

Fire Safety

Click here for more information from MIT.

Safety in Australia

Click here for more information from MIT.


Click here for more information from Legal Aid.

International Students

Click here for more information if you are an International Student

Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment

Click here for more information


1 week before arrival


Click here for more information from MIT.

Making New Friends

Click here for more information from MIT.

Visa Information

Click here for more information from MIT.

Emergency Contacts

Click here for more information from MIT.

Final Preparations

Before you travel to Perth you should make sure the below tasks have been completed as applicable.

  • Confirm baggage allowance and weights with airline before travel
  • Make copies of your documents to keep in a safe place

As you are packing, you may wish to include the following in your hand luggage:

  • Enough currency for taxis, buses, phone calls etc. in the event of an emergency
  • Accommodation address
  • Spare spectacles/contact lenses
  • Power adaptor – electricity in Perth is 240v 50 cycles AC (adaptors are readily available in Perth)
  • Bilingual dictionary (specialist dictionaries for your area of study will be helpful)
  • Laptop computer (if you have one)
  • Phone number in Perth of friend, family member, or MIT to call in case of emergency


Volunteering can offer you more than just the satisfaction of lending a helping hand to local organisations. Volunteering is actually a fantastic way to grow and build your employability skills while you are studying. The career benefits of volunteering include:

  • meeting new people (networking)
  • demonstrating community engagement (it looks great on your CV)
  • developing new skills (such as leadership and time management)
  • increasing your employability

Click here for more information from Volunteering WA

Fair Work

Click here for more information from the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Customs and Quarantine

Click here for more information from the Australian Government.

International Students

Click here for more information if you are an International Student

Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment

Click here for more information