Your guide to all the important things you must do before you leave, plus some tips to help you when you first arrive in Sydney.

1. Pre-departure checklist

It’s almost time to depart! Here’s what you should do before leaving home.
  • Arrange Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
You need to arrange OSHC before you apply for your student visa.
  • Apply for your visa
Your Student Visa Application must be submitted no later than six (6) weeks prior to class commencement.
  • Organise accommodation
UTS Insearch students have the flexibility of choosing a range of accommodation options that suit their needs.
  • Evaluate your living costs
Use our living costs page to roughly estimate the cost of living in Sydney.
  • Plan your travel
Confirm your flight itinerary and arrival with UTS Insearch.

2. What to pack in your bags

There are a few essential items you should bring with you to Australia. Take a look at the full list of items to pack.

3. Arrival Checklist

Welcome to Sydney! Here’s a list our tips and resources to help you settle into your new home in your first week:
  • Your first week in Sydney
Here is a checklist get you set up for life in Sydney.
  • Staying safe
Practical information to help you stay safe in your new city.
  • Getting around
Take a look at your transport options.
  • Things to see and do
Check out a list of sights and activities.
  • Ways to make friends
One of the best ways to meet new people is getting involved in groups and activities.
  • Working while studying
Find out more about how you can work while studying in Australia.

4. Contacts details for assistance

Student Centre

Ground Floor
187 Thomas Street
Haymarket NSW 2000
Monday to Friday (9am-5pm)
Except Public Holidays
+61 2 9218 8666
Emergency Contacts
UTS Insearch Campus Security Enquiries: 02 9218 7090
UTS Security (Emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week):1800 249 559
UTS Health & Counselling: 02 9514 1177
Police/Ambulance/Fire:000 (Triple zero)
Police (General):131444
UTS Insearch Accommodation: 0419 224 861
Student Welfare: 0411 306 495
UTS Sexual Assault Support Line:1800 531 626
Alcohol & Drug Counselling:1800 250 015
NSW Mental Health Line:1800 011 511