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Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by Joan011: 9:08pm On Jun 04
Hello to my Aussie Fam.
I want to say a big congratulations to those who have gotten visa and are already in Australia.
Please educate the newbies in the dark on what to expect when they get there......


What flight did you use and how was the experience?

Share your port of entry stories.

Where did you sleep for the first few days, how much did you pay ?

What job(s) have you gotten to sustain yourself ?

Are you on scholarship(s) if yes tell us about it

Your school experiences .

The cultural shocks you experienced while there.

So please guys let us make this thread lively and a place where we can learn stuff.

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Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by masco131(m): 10:42pm On Jun 04
Seat booked already grin
Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by Joan011: 11:18pm On Jun 04
masco131:
Seat booked already grin

cheesy
Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by edkai: 7:31am On Jun 05
Thank you so much for creating this thread. I have been wanting this. Please our brothers and sisters in Australia already we will really appreciate your advise and your shared experiences about living in Australia as a student. We are hoping to come join you guys in the hustle soon and we need every knowledge/counsel we can get. God bless y'all.

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Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by DiiVictory(m): 6:04pm On Jun 05
This is a great innovation.

Kudos to Joan.

We look forward to learning from the numerous wonderful experiences of those who have made this journey ahead of us.

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Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by Trenton: 6:16pm On Jun 06
following

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Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by masco131(m): 7:00pm On Jun 06
Cc Solitin40
Please come and share ur experience grin
Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by Amuocha: 11:38pm On Jun 06
Let me grab popcorn here too.
Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by Joan011: 10:37pm On Jun 07
Amuocha:
Let me grab popcorn here too.



Carry mine follow body.

CC WestAfrican

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Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by Joan011: 10:38pm On Jun 07
Amuocha:
Let me grab popcorn here too.



Don't forget a chilled bullet drink wink grin
Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by WestAfrican: 1:28am On Jun 09
What are youse sharing?

Joan011:




Carry mine follow body.

CC WestAfrican
Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by Joan011: 7:53am On Jun 09
WestAfrican:
What are youse sharing?

grin Popcorn.
Welcome to the house! Please share your knowledge about life in Aussie.

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Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by rottenPussy(f): 9:42am On Jun 09
Spread mat!
Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by WestAfrican: 1:14am On Jun 10
What would you like to know about Aus?
It's a beautiful country with lots of opportunities around you. You just have to identify them and cease those opportunities.

Sometimes it can be challenging for new ones but as time ticks bye, you find you feet, things starts to come together.

I will elaborate on specific inquiries.


Joan011:


grin Popcorn.

Welcome to the house! Please share your knowledge about life in Aussie.
Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by Joan011: 8:59am On Jun 11
WestAfrican:
What would you like to know about Aus?
It's a beautiful country with lots of opportunities around you. You just have to identify them and cease those opportunities.

Sometimes it can be challenging for new ones but as time ticks bye, you find you feet, things starts to come together.

I will elaborate on specific inquiries.




Anything and everything you can possibly tell us about life in Aussie

My first post(questions) here can serve as starting points
Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by WestAfrican: 4:30am On Jun 12
Joan011:
Hello to my Aussie Fam.
I want to say a big congratulations to those who have gotten visa and are already in Australia.
Please educate the newbies in the dark on what to expect when they get there......

[b]Some of the questions here are not related to me, but I can give youse some insight. [/i]
[/b]

What flight did you use and how was the experience?

Share your port of entry stories.

Where did you sleep for the first few days, how much did you pay ?

Some schools provide accommodation for student, thou it can be expensive but its usually good for a start for a few weeks if you run out of options.

Backpackers, they cost between $20-$35. Gets cheaper if you book longer, you need to ask for that in some cases

Some use shared accommodation like: https://flatmates.com.au or Gumtree. Be careful when booking this kinda accommodation. If possible report yourself to the police station so they know where you are staying. I do that when I travel to places I am new and not sure about

You can also ask friends on Nairaland who live in Aus to squat you for a while and make sure you leave according to your agreement with them
[i]


What job(s) have you gotten to sustain yourself ?

Its usually hard to find a White-collar job on student visa.

There are plenty of blue-collar jobs or menial jobs out there. You just need to humble yourself and strive to find your way up.
[/i]


Are you on scholarship(s) if yes tell us about it

Your school experiences .

They basically make you teach yourself. Meaning you have to research and research all the time

Your lecturers are they as a guide.

You can take some study leaves if you feel stressed

Lots of group assignment / projects which in turn means lots of brain storming.
[i]



The cultural shocks you experienced while there.

Equality for all.

They eat / drink all the time

Men cook the barbie/ BBQ

Some women work while their husbands stay at home

They try to shorten every word.

They complain alot.

I can go on and on and on
[i][/i]

So please guys let us make this thread lively and a place where we can learn stuff.

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Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by edkai: 11:36am On Jun 12
WestAfrican:
What would you like to know about Aus?
It's a beautiful country with lots of opportunities around you. You just have to identify them and cease those opportunities.

Sometimes it can be challenging for new ones but as time ticks bye, you find you feet, things starts to come together.

I will elaborate on specific inquiries.


Thanks so much for your response. It is highly appreciated. I have some specific questions to ask:

1. How much would you advise one to come with to Australia in order to cater for expenses for the first few months before getting a job. (Note the person intends to lead a very humble life style in terms of spending)

2. What is the probability of getting a job within the first month of arriving in Australia (Blue collar jobs) and what type of blue collar jobs pay best

3. What are the things one needs to know and do in order to quickly secure a job?

4. Is there anything pertinent you think one should do here in Nigeria before coming to Australia as a student in order to get off to a not to difficult start on arrival?(E.g like learning a skill, learning to drive e.t.c)

I look forward to you responses. Thanks a bunch...

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Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by Spygadgets19: 12:37pm On Jun 12
WestAfrican:
What would you like to know about Aus?
It's a beautiful country with lots of opportunities around you. You just have to identify them and cease those opportunities.

Sometimes it can be challenging for new ones but as time ticks bye, you find you feet, things starts to come together.

I will elaborate on specific inquiries.


what are the price ranges of accommodation in Australia?

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Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by WestAfrican: 12:38am On Jun 13
Spygadgets19:
what are the price ranges of accommodation in Australia?

There are a few criterias that influence rents; location, how new the property is, how many rooms in the house etc.
i.e. A one room studio apartment in the heart of Sydney may cost you $400-$600 a week while same studio in inner suburbs of Sydney would only cost $200-$300 even cheaper when you go Central Coast or Wollongong way.

This URL will be useful for you.

https://www.domain.com.au/

Choose a location you wish to stay to find out the estimated rent for that area.
Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by WestAfrican: 1:01am On Jun 13
edkai:
Thanks so much for your response. It is highly appreciated. I have some specific questions to ask:

1. How much would you advise one to come with to Australia in order to cater for expenses for the first few months before getting a job. (Note the person intends to lead a very humble life style in terms of spending)

Its always good to have a fee that will cover at least your first and second semester / trimester, that way you don't have to worry much on paying your tuition fees and school chasing you with DEBT COLLECTORS.

You also want to have enough money for accommodation and feeding for at least 3-4months.
Check the cost of rentals here: https://www.domain.com.au/

Depending on where you decide to live you may need to have a car for easy transportation. You may be able to manage with train, bus, taxi services when you live in bigger cities like Sydney and Melboure, Brisbane. Some jobs too require you to have your personal car


2. What is the probability of getting a job within the first month of arriving in Australia (Blue collar jobs) and what type of blue collar jobs pay best
Australia believe in certificates. You need to have a certificate before you can serve BEER in a bar, you need one to become a Truck, bus driver, etc

For construction jobs, you need a white-card or blue-card depending on what they call it in the state you will be going to. Those certificate could span between 2days to 6months. I will advise you get a white card for a quick job as there are plenty of construction happening in Sydney and Melbourne i know well about. Register yourself with Work Agencies around your city and you will be called for jobs


3. What are the things one needs to know and do in order to quickly secure a job?

You need your own car,
You need to do a certificate while you are in Aus
You need to register yourself with as many work agencies as possible
Its advisable to get have a skill from Nigeria before arriving here i.e Tiling and Painting/interior decoration, Mechanic / Panel beating


4. Is there anything pertinent you think one should do here in Nigeria before coming to Australia as a student in order to get off to a not to difficult start on arrival?(E.g like learning a skill, learning to drive e.t.c)

Tiling
Painting/interior decoration,
Mechanic / Panel beating
Carpentry
Air Condition repairs

Funny enough, the aforementioned skills can land you PR in Aus

Have a read on more other skills from immigration website

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skill-occupation-list




I look forward to you responses. Thanks a bunch...
Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by Spygadgets19: 5:51pm On Jun 13
WestAfrican:


There are a few criterias that influence rents; location, how new the property is, how many rooms in the house etc.
i.e. A one room studio apartment in the heart of Sydney may cost you $400-$600 a week while same studio in inner suburbs of Sydney would only cost $200-$300 even cheaper when you go Central Coast or Wollongong way.

This URL will be useful for you.

https://www.domain.com.au/

Choose a location you wish to stay to find out the estimated rent for that area.

Thanks A lot

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Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by Solitin40: 4:01am On Jun 15
masco131:
Cc Solitin40
Please come and share ur experience grin
Done with my exams now so I’m free I will surely update the house this coming week get ready
Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by masco131(m): 4:21am On Jun 15
Solitin40:

Done with my exams now so I’m free I will surely update the house this coming week get ready
We will be waiting boss wink
Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by Divine200: 5:46am On Jun 15
I would like to do my phd program in Australia. How easy is it to get admission?
What is the cost of tuition fee?

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Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by masco131(m): 11:27am On Jun 15
Divine200:
I would like to do my phd program in Australia. How easy is it to get admission?
What is the cost of tuition fee?
Your questions are best asked on the general Australia student visa trend
https://www.nairaland.com/3786389/general-australian-student-visa-enquiries/370#3786389.11859

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Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by Joan011: 12:47pm On Jun 15
Solitin40:

Done with my exams now so I’m free I will surely update the house this coming week get ready


Ready whenever you are.
Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by edkai: 4:46pm On Jun 15
[quote author=WestAfrican post=79277946][/quote]Thanks bro. I really appreciate your response to each question.
Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by edkai: 8:26pm On Jun 15
Questions keep popping into my head as the date of my arrival in Australia gets closer. I'm feeling unprepared in terms of being armed with enough information.

I checked the accommodation link that WestAfrican sent. I kept on seeing the term "Bond". I wonder what that means.

Also, for someone who is going to be schooling in Wollongong but intends to stay and work in Sydney, which part of Sydney should such a person rent an apartment so as to ensure more proximity to Wollongong.

Again based on experience, what kind of accommodation would you advise those of us who are coming over to arrange for as students and what type should we avoid? We need your opinions on this our senior brothers and sisters.

Are there any other inherent procedural challenges with securing accommodation that we need to be aware of especially as new comers and how do we overcome them if any?
Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by Solitin40: 12:23pm
edkai:
Questions keep popping into my head as the date of my arrival in Australia gets closer. I'm feeling unprepared in terms of being armed with enough information.

I checked the accommodation link that WestAfrican sent. I kept on seeing the term "Bond". I wonder what that means.

Also, for someone who is going to be schooling in Wollongong but intends to stay and work in Sydney, which part of Sydney should such a person rent an apartment so as to ensure more proximity to Wollongong.

Again based on experience, what kind of accommodation would you advise those of us who are coming over to arrange for as students and what type should we avoid? We need your opinions on this our senior brothers and sisters.

Are there any other inherent procedural challenges with securing accommodation that we need to be aware of especially as new comers and how do we overcome them if any?

A rental bond is a security deposit paid at the start of the tenancy.

If the property manager/owner takes a bond, they must give the tenant a receipt and lodge it with the RTA within 10 days. It is an offence not to do so.

A rental bond is lodged with the RTA online, or by post, using a Bond lodgement (Form 2).

The bond is paid back to the tenant when the property is vacated, provided no money is owed for rent, damages or other costs.
Re: Nigerian Students In Australia: Survival Tips!! by Solitin40: 12:24pm
Solitin40:

A rental bond is a security deposit paid at the start of the tenancy.

If the property manager/owner takes a bond, they must give the tenant a receipt and lodge it with the RTA within 10 days. It is an offence not to do so.

A rental bond is lodged with the RTA online, or by post, using a Bond lodgement (Form 2).

The bond is paid back to the tenant when the property is vacated, provided no money is owed for rent, damages or other costs.

How much bond can be taken?

For general tenancies the law says if the rent is $700 or less per week, the maximum bond amount is 4 weeks rent. If the weekly rent is higher than $700, the amount of bond should be negotiated between the property manager/owner and tenant. The law gives no maximum amount where the weekly rent is higher than $700.

For moveable dwelling tenancies, the maximum bond is the same as 2 weeks rent, or if the electricity is connected to the premises in the owner’s name, 3 weeks rent.

The maximum amounts stated in the Act apply to all bonds, no matter what they are called (e.g. pet bond) or how many bonds are taken.

There are different rules where accommodation is provided by an employer. Check with the RTA for more information.

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