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Get your 2020 study year off to a flying start.

December 17, 2019

2020 came around quicker than we would have cared to imagine and it’s the Chinese Year of the Rat. As the first of the zodiac animals, the Rat ushers in a cycle of renewal.

Here’s how to renew your study in 2020 and guarantee a more successful year.

Choose your accommodation wisely

There are lots of options available for student housing, including renting privately, sharing a house or apartment, or housing on campus. So, how do you pick the right accommodation as an international student? Things to take into consideration include your budget, what the commute will be like and your basic needs. Booking short-term accommodation might be a good place to start, so you have more time to look around and get an idea of where to live. Speak with your education agent for some extra advice.

Get your money sorted

Paying bills in another country may be challenging. Exchange rates fluctuate and some banks can charge you a lot of money to transfer funds. Prices may also be different to what you’re used to, with Australian major capital cities typically having high cost of living. Researching the most cost-efficient way to make money transfers will ensure you get the most out of your funds. Cohort Go provides you a way to transfer money internationally with much more competitive exchange rates and no fees. Whether you’re looking to pay insurance expenses, tuition bills or living expenses, we’ve got you covered.

Figure out your transport

Before you board the plane and set off, it is a good idea to book an airport transfer.  You might be coming from far away with a many bags and want to get to your accommodation quickly and easily. Depending on where you’re living, you may need to travel some distance from the airport to your university. Major Australian cities have extensive public transport systems with travel smartcards that have replaced paper tickets. There are different systems in each city, for example Opal in Sydney, Myki in Melbourne and GoCard in Brisbane.

Inner city driving can be difficult because of traffic and lack of parking, but there are car-share apps available and most cities encourage cycling with dedicated cycle lanes on major roads. 

Look for a part-time job

Most countries allow international students to work part-time while studying. Australia, New Zealand and Canada have similar policies but you will need to check the details of the specific country you go to as conditions may vary. 

Be sure to check the tax requirements of the country, too. For example, in Australia, you’ll need a Tax File Number before you start work. Your university may also have a careers office that can help you with your job search. 

Get the latest study apps

Don’t just study harder, study smarter. These study apps will help you make the most of your time, create good study habits and set yourself up for success. 

According to Chinese culture, rats are clever, quick thinkers, successful and content with living a peaceful life. We hope these tips will make your Year of the Rat the best year yet.



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