for all new international students

Category: welfare


Many international students will feel this at some point. You’re not the only one. The feeling of isolation is a part of culture shock which many people feel at some stage.
Some symptoms you might feel:
*You might be a bit homesick for your own food/comforts etc.
*Failing classes
*Weight gain due to all the unhealthy food and no exercise.

* Crying for no reason

But there are ways around it such as:

* Talking to someone whether it will be your family/ friends back home.

* Make some new friends here. Some of them should be from outside of your course.

* Join a few clubs at RMIT. RMIT student union has quite a few clubs that might interest you. Check out: And if there isn’t one, why don’t you start one? You only need ten interested students to start one.

There are also a few sporting clubs for you to join as well.

* Exercise. Get out of the house and go walking if you live near a park. Or walk to uni if you live close to it.

* Try new foods. You never know what you might like and your tastebuds will adjust very soon. Have a look at some of the Melbourne blogs for inspiration as to where you can go and what to try.

* Explore Melbourne and the rest of Australia.  Sport and rec have many trips on offer as well as student union and they often subsardise trips for students.

* Is English your second language? If so try and make some local friends and practise your English. RMIT has English conversation classes every week during the semester to help students who are having trouble with English. It’s free and its better than failing! Trust me.

* Volunteer at local charities or Student Union. You can make plenty of friends and learn new skills along the way.

* Learn how to cook.

* If you have a TV at home, watch free to air TV. There are 16 free to air TV channels which has a whole range of Australian, Americian and English TV programs. And of course if you miss your homecountry SBS has a lot of foreign films for you to watch.

* Do your research about Melbourne and RMIT. Read lots of blogs and join RMIT MATE as a mentee.

A helpful note to the parents:

I know you like to put a lot of pressure on your kids but try not to. It does add to their sense of isolation. Too much pressure might result in them failing courses. Let them talk freely about how they feel and be there for them.

Let them settle in the first year and then put lots of pressure on them afterwards.


cheap ways to heat a house 
There are some really cheap ways to keep your house warm in winter without breaking your budget. It is almost the start of winter and already people are spending a lot of money on heating. Heating costs are rising. To avoid these costs read this article.

you will be hit hard when you come here

wholesale supermarket in the city

UGG wholesale supermarket is in the city on Abeckett street near RMIT. This wholefood warehouse stocks a lot of italian brands for cheap prices. Cans are as little as $0.79. You can buy some things as a carton for $14-$20. These include sauces, cans of tuna, oil etc. They also have asian goods as well. You can buy big jars of sauces for $16-$20 ( I mean really huge) and you can buy a box of 100 sauce sachets for as little as $4-$5. They don’t have a deli or fresh fruit and vegetables here, but you can buy milk and other pantry goods here

coffee prices to go up

Don’t work here

another website for saving money
This is a Sydney based blog, that does give some tips on living cheaply as a student

cheap eats site for all students
This is a US based site, but they do have some cheap, under $3 recipes that you can try.

a welfare group that supports international students

Hi guys,
I found another group of people that supports International students whilst you are studying in Melbourne. They are the Australian Federation of International Students. They can give you solutions to problems that you may have as a student.

article in today’s Age about international student issues

 Hey this is an article found in today’s Age paper online that all new students need to be aware of
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