International Students

Our students come from all over the world with the dream of living, studying and working in Australia. At APEX we aim to make those dreams a reality. We provide our students with excellent education, training and student support services in a diverse and inclusive environment.

On this page you will find important information related to studying in Australia as an international student.

If you have any questions or would like more information on visa application processes, enrolment processes, or information about life in Australia as an international student please contact our team.

Speak to an APEX adviser Contact us


International Student

You are considered an international student if you are:

  • a citizen of any country except Australia or New Zealand;
  • a temporary resident of Australia;
  • studying in Australia on a student visa.

This page contains the following key information:

  • Living, working and Studying in Australia
  • Overseas (International) Student Visa Requirements and Conditions
  • How to apply to study in Australia
  • Information for international students with school aged children
  • Visas, Entry Requirements and Applications
  • Reference websites

Living In Australia

Australia is one of the most culturally and naturally diverse countries in the world – famous for its beautiful coast lines and beaches, multicultural communities, vast and rugged outback, and bustling cities.

Living, studying and working in Australia can be a very exciting, safe and rewarding experience. We encourage all our students to do additional independent research and speak to friends or family that might be in Australia before arriving prior to course commencement.

Living expenses are approximately AUD$20,000 per year which should cover living expenses including accommodation, transportation, food and entertainment.

Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. For your reference, here are some of the costs associated with living and studying in Australia (all costs are in Australian dollars).

The costs below are an approximate guide only and don’t take into account your budget and spending habits.


  • Hostels and Guesthouses – $90 to $150 per week
  • Shared Rental – $95 to $215 per week
  • On campus – $110 to $280 per week
  • Homestay – $235 to $325 per week
  • Rental – $185 to $440 per week
  • Boarding schools – $11,000 to $22,000 a yea

Other living expenses

  • Groceries and eating out – $140 to $280 per week
  • Gas, electricity – $10 to $20 per week
  • Phone and Internet – $15 to $30 per week
  • Public transport – $30 to $60 per week
  • Car (after purchase) – $150 to $260 per week
  • Entertainment – $80 to $150 per week


When choosing accommodation, the most important thing is to feel secure and happy, so you can focus on your studies and enjoy life. It is a good idea to research all your options before making a decision. The breakdown of accommodation costs is provided above.

You can rent a house or apartment from a real estate agent or a private landlord. For a listing of real estate agents visit:

You can also search for accommodation on:

You can also search for Youth Hostels Youth Hostels in Sydney and NSW offer cheap, short -term accommodation. Most have a mix of private rooms and dormitory accommodation.

For more information visit: or

Working in Australia

International students are allowed to work 40 hours per fortnight. ‘Permission to work’ is automatically included with your student visa.

Visit the Home Affairs website for information related to:

Student Visa Subclass 500

Visa Details and Conditions

Fair Work Ombudsman – Rights and Obligations

Fair Work Ombudsman – Employee Entitlements

Part-time or casual jobs are available in a wide range of industries, including:

  • Retail – supermarkets, department and clothing stores
  • Hospitality – cafes, bars and restaurants
  • Tourism – hotels and motelsSales and telemarketing
  • Administration or Clerical roles

More information is available here:

Australia’s minimum wage and basic rate of pay depends on your age, job classification and industry cover. For more information visit

You will also need to understand and comply with your tax requirements and obligations, including obtaining a Tax File Number before you begin working. More information is available at:

Studying With APEX in Australia

The APEX Australia campus is located in Parramatta – a thriving cultural hub and business district in New South Wales, Australia, about 30 minutes from the Sydney city centre.

The campus is conveniently located, and is a walkable distance to:

  • Trains and buses
  • Cafés, restaurants and shopping centre
  • Government service providers
  • Sydney’s famous Paramatta river

The city of Parramatta is often regarded as the second Central Business District of Sydney. Founded by the British in 1788, Parramatta is the oldest inland European settlement in Australia and today operates as the economic capital of Greater Western Sydney.

Parramatta is a major business and commercial centre. It is also the major transport hub for Western Sydney, servicing trains and buses, as well as having a ferry wharf and future light rail and metro services.

Home to a great diversity of cultures, Parramatta has a fine selection of restaurants and ‘eat streets’ such as Church Street and Wigram Road. The vibrant arts and cultural scene include world-class performances at Riverside and Parramasala, a colourful annual festival.

Parramatta is home to Westfield Parramatta, a major shopping centre. Westfield Parramatta is located at 159-175 Church St, Parramatta 2150.

Students are encouraged to visit the Parramatta Heritage and Visitors Information Centre. The Centre is a unique starting point for discovering more about Parramatta.

Visit the Parramatta Information Centre 346A Church Street, Parramatta New South Wales 2150 For advice and free information brochures on Parramatta and regional areas:

  • Centre’s staff can offer suggestions on how best to explore Parramatta’s heritage attractions
  • Assistance with information about accommodation, meetings and conference venues, restaurants, entertainment and shopping, walks and tours.

Information Resources

Study in Australia and Study in Sydney are Australian government websites for international students. We have provided links to relevant pages on the website so you can be better prepared to study and live in Australia.


Why study in Australia?

These links contain general information on the benefits of studying in Australia.

  1. Why Australia?
  2. Education Standards in Australia
Reference Websites

International Students With School-Aged Children

If you are a current or intending international student, please be advised that Australian laws mandates your obligations to ensure that any school-aged dependents (in the state of New South Wales compulsory school age is when the child is of or above six (6) years and below the school leaving age which is seventeen (17) years of age. Ref: NSW EDUCATION ACT 1990 – SECT 21B) accompanying you must be enrolled into a school.

Please visit for more information on bringing children to Australia.

Education System

School education (primary and secondary) is compulsory between the ages of six and sixteen (Year 1 to Year 9 or 10). School education is 13 years and divided into:

  • Primary school – Runs for seven or eight years, starting at Kindergarten/Preparatory through to Year 6 or 7.
  • Secondary school – Runs for three or four years, from Years 7 to 10 or 8 to 10.
  • Senior secondary school – Runs for two years, Years 11 and 12.

Your options for the schooling of your school-aged dependents in the state NSW are:

School fees will be payable before your child commences studying. The fee will vary between $8,500 – $10,500 per year depending on the school year (or grade) of your child. Please visit for more information.

Visas, Entry Requirements And Applications

General Information

  • Overseas student visa holders must maintain their course progress as required by the APEX Course Progress Policy.
  • APEX expects all its students to attend all of the scheduled classes to progress well in their courses.
  • Students are notified by the SSO or Course Coordinator if their progress falls below required level.
  • Students must notify APEX if they change their contact details (residential address, email address and phone number). They must also notify of their Emergency contacts details.

Overseas Student Visa Requirements

Overseas students need to hold a Subclass 500 Student Visa to study in Australia. This is valid for up to 5 years based on your educational enrolment. For further information, please go to Australian government Department of Home Affairs (DHA) website at

While in Australia, students also need to be enrolled in a course of study in Australia, have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), or fall in one of the exemption categories, and hold an eligible substantive visa.

Useful information for overseas students include:

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

If you are a student from overseas on a temporary student visa it is a condition of your visa to maintain adequate health insurance for the duration of your stay in Australia. You need to purchase Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and keep your policy up to date whilst you are in Australia and holding a student visa.

OSHC assists international students to meet the costs of medical and hospital care they may need while in Australia. OSHC also includes ambulance cover and limited pharmaceuticals.

As holding OSHC is a visa requirement, take care to maintain your cover at all times. If you do fall behind in payments (in arrears) or renewing your cover, you will be able to continue your cover but you may not be able to claim for services you received while you were in arrears.

If your visa status or Medicare eligibility changes at any time, inform your insurer as soon as possible to find out whether your level of cover is still suitable. When your student visa expires, then you are no longer eligible to hold OSHC. You can then swap over to a residents’ cover or to an Overseas Visitors Health Cover plan.

Financial Requirements

The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia.

From October 2019 the 12- month living costs are:

  • You (Student) – AUD$21,041
  • For partners coming with you – AUD$7,362
  • For a child coming with you – AUD$3,15

For further information regarding living costs in Australia, please visit

For more information about visas and how to apply see

Pre-Departure Checklist

Before boarding your flight to Australia, you need to make sure you have prepared the following:

  • Passport – Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months before you arrive in Australia
  • Student Visa documentation – Take this with you to the airport
  • Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) – Take a print out of your CoE to the aiport
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Details of emergency contacts, your embassy, APEX Australia Higher Education and accomodation in Australia.
  • Australian currency

Frequently asked questions

APEX Australia will provide students with free access to WiFi for learning purposes across the campus.

All students are expected to bring their laptops to classes to access learning materials provided through Moodle and to complete their assessments.

APEX Australia has a computer lab and learning areas for students equipped with computers, tablets and WiFi for students to access learning resources and complete assessments.

Students can also access APEX Australia Library resources including book catalogues, journal databases, financial data and articles on their own laptops or in the computer lab via the website.

Talk to us about your
future at APEX Australia

Or you can also contact us here