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Getting Around

Traveling from where you live to where you study in Geelong is easy as nowhere is far and we don’t have traffic jams. Walking or riding a bike is a great way to get around. As a student you can apply for concessions for unlimited travel on all buses and trains at the Geelong railway station. Information on Student Travel Concessions.

 

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Airport

When coming from Melbourne International Airport (Tullamarine) it is easy to reach Geelong using the Gull Airport Services as they run a regular coach service.

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Train

Geelong is a major hub for train transport with 7 passenger railway stations in the urban area. Train services between Geelong and Melbourne run on average every 10 minutes during peak times and every 20 minutes during non peak.

For timetable information contact Vline.

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Buses

There is an excellent bus service which covers all the suburbs as well as the nearby towns. For the local bus timetable contact:

Student Accommodation

There is a variety of accommodation options in Geelong depending on who you are enrolled with. Your education provider will help and advice you at to the options available which include:

  • Boarding
  • Homestay (living with local families)
  • On campus accommodation
  • Renting a shared house with other students

For Tertiary Student accommodation options click here

Money

Geelong is an affordable place to study, with lower accommodation costs than larger Australian cities. Click here for more information on living costs. With the Australian dollar trading at an almost 5 year low at 82 cents against the US$ (Jan 2015); education and living expenses are now even more affordable for overseas students and visitors.

The main banks are ANZ, NAB, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Westpac. All will be able to advice you on setting up your bank account as it is important to transfer and have access to money. This can be done before or after you arrive in Australia. To open an account you must have your Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE), Passport, Letter of Offer and other forms of identification.

The Australian Dollar is the only currency used in Australia. You can access money from Automatic Teller machine (ATMs), they generally accept international cards though may charge for you to access your home account.

For more detailed information please click here

Weather

Our weather has something for everyone and would be described as a temperate climate, with cool wet winters and warm dry summers.

In winter the mean day temperature is 10 °C but be prepared for cold mornings over the winter months with 6 °C and short days. It never gets to freezing.

In the summer the days are longer with the mean day temperature 21 °C in January, though you can expect a number of days when temperatures go over 40 °C.

You can keep yourself updated about the UV ratings by using the widget below.

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Winter

June - August

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Spring

September - November

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Summer

December - February

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Autumn

March - May

Emergency Contacts

Police Emergencies 000
Fire Emergencies 000
Ambulance Emergencies 000
Geelong Hospital Emergency Department Emergency Contacts 03 4215 0100
Geelong Hospital General Enquiries 03 4215 0100
Victorian Government Nurse on Call 1300 60 60 24

 

Health

As an international student you must take out Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your studies while in Australia. You can choose between the following insurance companies:

Medibank

BUPA

Alliance Global Assistance

NIB

If you are a citizen of the following countries, you are eligible for Medicare through the Reciprocal Health Care Agreements Program: Belgium, Finland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of Ireland, Slovenia, Sweden and United Kingdom.

For more information about how to get your Medicare card go to this website.