Packing essentials

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After tireless research and countless interviews we’ve compiled nine essential items to pack when coming to study in Australia. Don’t stress if you forget anything as there are a variety of shops located within close proximity to all campuses.  Check these items off your list and if you think of something we missed, please comment it below – we’d love to hear from you.

A sense of adventure

You’re a foreign student in a whole new country; it’s time to step outside your comfort zone and add another chapter to your life. Take advantage of this new adventure and explore Queensland, immerse yourself into Australian culture and enjoy the perks of uni life.

An open mind

Remember to pack an open mind. Australia may be very culturally different to your country of origin, however that’s what makes it all the more interesting and enjoyable. This is a great opportunity to connect with and meet people from all over the globe and to learn about new cultural practices.

A piece of home

Prone to being homesick? Bring your favourite memories along; a photo of your family or your favourite toy that you slept with when you were a child to help with the transition. Also, make sure to check out Jennifer’s tips on dealing with homesickness.


Queensland’s climate is warm almost all year round with the temperature ranging from 20 to 30 degrees in summer and a little chillier in winter with a low of 10 degrees and a high of 21 degrees on average. Because Queensland is hot most of the year,  you will only need to pack one or two jackets and your favourite sweater. The dress code on campus is casual. I would suggest investing in a pair of  havaianas; as they are the universal footwear worn by students across universities in Australia.

Toiletry and medical essentials

Just pack the essentials that you need to get you through transit and the first couple of days. All the rest you can buy at local stores and on campus.


Make sure you have some Aussie cash on you to help get you through the first week of settling in.

Sun protection

The Australian sun is very hot, so bring your favourite hat and don’t forget to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide.  SPF 50+ can be found in most supermarkets, corner stores and pharmacists in Australia, so don’t stress if you forget or run out.


Don’t forget those iPhone, Samsung, camera and laptop chargers! Also remember to buy a few adapters so you can use all your electronics in Australia. On arrival you can buy a sim card or phone card for you mobile phone so you can use it in Australia and call home.

A friendly attitude and smile

Lastly don’t forget to pack a happy and  friendly  ‘go getter’ attitude and to show off those pearly whites every now and again. We can guarantee if you go with the flow and enjoy the ride you’ll fit in to the Australian climate and culture in no time!

Happy packing and good luck!

 – Sapph


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  • Joanne Timothy
    February 10, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    I’m really interested in your school and, would like to further my studies in Business Management in Accounting

    • Bronwyn Ware
      February 11, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Hi Joanne, thanks for leaving us a comment! You can browse your study options using the degree finder on our website >