What should I bring?

From important documents to luggage and gadgets – here's a guide of what you should pack, including our pre-departure checklist.

Important documents

Organise ahead of time

When you go through immigration and border security at the airport, you will be asked to show your passport and other important documents. Please make sure you have the following available:

  • a valid passport (with at least six months until the expiry date)
  • your student visa (or a print out of your visa grant notification letter)
  • your Letter of Offer from Eynesbury College
  • your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) issued by Eynesbury College
  • proof of payments e.g. receipts for program fees, Overseas Student Healthcare Cover, bank statement etc
  • evidence of insurance policies e.g. travel and health insurance
  • original or certified copies of your academic transcripts (school, university) and qualifications (including evidence of your English language proficiency)
  • copy of your letter confirming accommodation arrangements and airport reception/transfer service (if applicable)
  • other identification e.g. birth certificate or driver’s licence
  • medical and optical records, doctors’ reports/certificates and/or prescriptions (if applicable)
  • a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW), if you’re under 18.

We recommend you keep all your documents together in your carry-on luggage (not in your checked suitcase) so that it’s easy to access at the customs and immigration checkpoints. We also advise you to photocopy all of your important documents and keep copies with you or online as well as leave a copy with a family member or friend back home.

It’s also important that you are aware of all the conditions on your student visa regarding working, studying and health insurance.

Learn more about student visa conditions.

Packing your luggage

Make sure you know what to bring

When packing your luggage you need to make sure to check which items you are NOT allowed to bring to Australia. Students are often surprised by how strict the Australian Border Force can be. If you’re in doubt about whether your goods are prohibited or not, declare them anyway on the Incoming Passenger Card which you will receive on the plane. Find out more on The Australian Border Force website.

To make sure you go easy through customs:

  • do not carry any fresh fruit or vegetables, plants, seeds, meat and animal or wood products
  • ensure that your footwear, sporting and recreational equipment is dry and soil free – including golf clubs, bikes and prams.

Luggage allowances flying into Australia will vary according to your carrier, flight class and country of origin. Please check with your carrier prior to departure. Economy passengers are generally permitted 1 x checked luggage (20kg) and 1 x carry-on (7kg) for international flights, and only 20kg of checked luggage on domestic flights within Australia. This significantly limits the number of things you can bring therefore; it is essential to think the packing process through very carefully. 

It is not necessary to bring heavy items such as multiple batteries, toiletries, medicines, cooking utensils and stationery. You will be able to purchase most things upon arrival in Australia, but the price may be slightly higher than in your own country.

At Eynesbury students are not required to wear a uniform and they usually dress informally. Jeans or pants with t-shirts or blouses, sneakers or “running shoes” are very common. Shorts and sandals are often worn during the summer months. It is acceptable for both men and women to wear shorts and sleeveless t-shirts. If you arrive in June or July, the coldest months of the year, you may need to bring or buy winter clothing and blankets.

For your hand luggage, we recommend you bring the following:

  • warm jacket if you arrive in winter or a thin jacket if you arrive in summer 
  • toiletries 
  • some cash in Australian dollars just in case you have any problems with your credit or debit cards on your arrival, you will be able to set up a banking account once you arrive in Australia
  • electrical adapter if the voltage in your country is different from that of Australia (240V).

Phones, laptops and tablets

Important information

If you are bringing a mobile phone from home, make sure that it’s unlocked and not restricted to your home network or country. You can then purchase an Australian SIM card to insert into your phone. SIM cards can be purchased at the airport or from a range of outlets including post offices, supermarket chains, petrol stations and mobile phone company stores.

Most mobile phone companies in Australia will allow you to purchase a pre-paid SIM card. Alternatively, you can sign up to a long-term contract and pay after each month of use.

If you are bringing a new laptop or tablet with you, we recommend that you have a receipt or other proof of purchase with you to avoid paying import duties.

If you plan to buy a laptop or tablet in Australia, find yourself a student deal. Eynesbury students may be eligible for educational discounts offered by hardware and software vendors, such as Apple or Lenovo. Please visit the vendors websites, or contact the vendor, to take advantage of these deals.

Students have access to computer and printer facilities at Eynesbury College

Find out more about pre-departure preparations

Access pre-departure resources for international students