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Students from around the world come to study at the Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT) because of our reputation for producing job-ready, successful graduates.

With two campuses in Sydney and Brisbane (and a sister institution in Melbourne), you can take the next step in your career. Study nutrition, naturopathy or massage in Australia while enjoying some of our most popular attractions.

Living in Australia

Australia is a friendly, multicultural country – in fact, it’s the second most liveable country in the world.* Our economy is strong and the political environment is stable, making it a safe place to live.

The climate is pleasant all year round – so you can enjoy our beautiful natural attractions, including beaches, bush, rainforests and the huge red desert.

Student visas

For information on student visas, please visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection at www.immi.gov.au.

Apply now

International students are welcome to apply online.

Find out more about studying at SSNT on the Think Education International Website.

Protecting your rights

To protect your rights, the Australian Department of Education regulates education for international students using the ESOS framework. This framework makes sure providers meet their obligations and offer you a quality education. It also makes sure you comply with your visa conditions and satisfy your course requirements.
* United Nations’ 2015 Human Development Index (HDI)

 

Student accommodation

There are many options for student accommodation in Australia which range from living with a family in homestay accommodation to student residences, shared apartments, or living in your own apartment.

Australian Homestay Network (AHN)

Think: is proud to associate with AHN for the provision services for its students at all campus locations. AHN is Australia’s leading homestay organisation and has set new standards in delivering successful homestay accommodation for international students in Australia.

International Students arriving in Australia for the first time are recommended to stay with an AHN trained host prior to seeking longer term accommodation. AHN offers the perfect short term and temporary accommodation choice and their program helps students with getting safely settled for their time in Australia.

Homestay is a cultural exchange between a local individual or family (called a Host) and a visiting international student. The student lives as a guest in the home. In traditional homestay, students can expect to be provided with their own room, food and space to study. The homestay hosts will assist students to become familiar with the local area and customs in a relaxed and friendly household setting. Students are encouraged to share information about their home country and culture with their AHN homestay host. After the first 4 week minimum stay period there are also numerous continuing AHN Homestay options to suit the various students’ needs.

For bookings contact the Australian Homestay Network on www.homestaynetwork.org.

 

Apartment Living

Many students share apartments or live on their own. It is recommended that students arrive in Australia early in order to visit apartments and meet potential flatmates before making a commitment. You may like to book into a hostel for your first few days or a 4 week homestay and then look for share accommodation with others.

Accommodation Websites

Whether you want to share an apartment or book into a hostel for the first few days, the following websites may help to find a nice place and give you an idea of prices:

 

 

Name Address Phone/Fax no Website
Yarra House NMIT – Fairfield Campus Ph.92698990 www.yarrahouse.com.au
infor@yarrahouse.com.au
College Square 570 Lygon St Carlton Ph.93493600 www.collegesquare.ymca.asn.au
Fax.93492455
UniLodge @ Melbourne 740 Swanston St Carlton Ph.92241500 www.unilodge.com.au/Unilodge_Melbourne/
College House 570 Swanston St Carlton Ph.93492087 www.unilodge.com.au/Melbourne/College_House/
Fax.03492089
The Hub 70 Nicholson St Fitzroy Ph.94194839 N/A
Fax.94191695
The Nunnery 116 Nicholson St Fitzroy Ph.94198637 www.nunnery.com.au/
Freecall. 1800032635
Fax.94177736
For flat-sharing N/A N/A www.flatmatefinders.com.au/
Domain N/A N/A www.domain.com.au/

 

 

Look on noticeboards at SSNT, Melbourne University and RMIT. Accommodation notices are also displayed at Readings Bookstore in Lygon Street and Friends of the Earth in Smith Street.

 

 

Living in Australia

Living in Australia is affordable. We recommend that you set aside AUD$350-$400 per week for living expenses.

 

Your living costs in Australia will vary depending on where you’re living and your lifestyle. If you cook your own food at home its far cheaper than eating takeaway or eating out in restaurants. There are many ways to make the most of your budget and save money.

 

Here is an estimate of costs for some everyday expenses.

 

Cost of Living

Train/Tram/Bus Ticket Up to $12 a day (depending on how far you live from campus)
Movie Ticket $15 (Student Price – It can be cheaper on Tuesday nights)
Cup of Coffee $3
Pre-paid Overseas phone card $10-$20 per week
Take away food $10 – $20

 

For more information on living cost requirements by the Australian Government, please refer to: http://www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/

 

School-aged Dependents

If you have a school-aged dependent you will be required to pay full fees if enrolled in either a government or non-government school.

International students under 18 years’ old studying in Australia must live with a homestay, parent or relative.

For students living in homestay, Think: is proud to associate with AHN for the provision of homestay services for its students at all campus locations. We work with an organisation named ISA for guardian and welfare services for students in homestay. To find out more about AHN and ISA’s services please visit the websites at www.homestaynetwork.org and www.studentguardians.com.