Let’s talk about things you are gonna wanna do before bidding your goodbye.
- FIND A PLACE TO LIVE
Living in Australia can get expensive when it comes to paying your rent every week. It can cost up to $260 a week, for a shared room, which could be great if you find a good room-mate and can adjust easily. The nearer you get to the city, the university or bus/train stations your rent gets higher and higher. You can always ask you university(if you have one) to help you out for accomodation, but they are usually shared rooms and high prices.
To get a good deal, start exploring way before you actually need one. There are going to be a huge number of results available, try to find the one near to your place of work , an appropriate distance from your public transport stations (if you need one) , and the one that fits your financial constraints.
2. MAKE USE OF THE TIME
There is a lot of things to do before packing your bags. Most importantly, if you are going to have to find work in Australia, do a course, get a certificate, gain experience and volunteer that would help you get a job.
Start applying for jobs online way before you land, because it takes a really really long time to even get short-listed. There are so many sites available online, draft in a super classy resume and a cover letter, and keep posting it in every open job, you think you can do.
3. TAKE CARE OF THE DRIVING LICENCE
Every country has different rules when it comes to approving your driving licence.
Australia has different rules for everyone of its six states. One should definitely look out for the rules and find out how to get a licence. There are a lot of public transport available, yet it gets a little inconvenient, especially at odd hours.
4. MAKE GOOGLE MAPS YOUR BEST FRIEND
In a new country, new city you surely are going to find yourself lost. imagine surrounded by weird, unknown street names, tall, sky-kissing buildings, people walking past you with their earphones blasting songs, while you are standing there trying to find your way.
Start exploring the place on GOOGLE EARTH , zoom in on streets where you will be spending most of your time. Explore the area, find a place that you would love to go regularly, a club you would like to join, a volunteering group that helps you mingle. After all, you have to get out of your apartment and look at the new world around you in reality and not on a lighted screen.
Once you get there, you are going to be surrounded by weird, unknown street names, tall, sky-kissing buildings, people walking past you with their earphones blasting songs.
But guess what?
You got options!
- ASK someone. Yes, I know you can be hesitant, but they are just human beings: Homo Sapiens. Ask them, all they are going to do is answer you!
- GOOGLE MAPS ! your smart phone is so much more than a screen to update your status. Just search your query, and make your parents believe that the internet is not just evil. From the nearest cafe to a beach far far away, you will get all the information you need, the opening hours, the public transport, the taxis, EVERY-THING.
Keep going … I will see you sooon !