Once you arrive in Perth, the first few things you'll want to do are:
This will let you get around on public transport easily with an automatic 10% discount. Not sure where to purchase one? Find a list of locations here. Remember to activate your student discount as well, which entitles you to even more discounted fares.
You will need an Australian bank account to start earning money from your Australian employer. Ensure that you bring photo identification, proof of Australian address, and proof of enrolment. After signing up, you will be provided with access to a day-to-day account and an online savings account and receive a debit card (often via mail).
Confused about the following terms? Let us explain:
ATMs (Automated Teller Machines): ATMs are electronic devices where you can do banking tasks like withdrawing cash, checking balances, and depositing money without going to a bank branch.
Contactless payments: Contactless payments allow you to make transactions without swiping or inserting a card. You can use a contactless-enabled card or a mobile device with NFC technology to pay by simply holding it near a payment terminal.
PayID: PayID is a system that links your bank account to a unique identifier like your mobile number or email address. It replaces the need to share your account details when making or receiving payments, making transactions easier and more secure.
- Set up your Internet and phone plan
Prepaid SIM cards: Option for smartphone Internet access, with a set amount of data and credit that can be recharged as needed. Easy and flexible, Prepaid offers no contracts and allows you to recharge with data, text, and local and international calls.
Broadband plans: High-speed Internet for your home, offered by ISPs with different speeds, data allowances, and prices.
Mobile data plans: Internet access on your smartphone or device, with specific data allowances for browsing and streaming.
Plans offer better value but come with a contract. Most providers offer month-to-month options with the ability to include a new phone as part of the plan. Consider factors like data limits, speed, coverage, and pricing when choosing a plan. When heading to a phone shop like Vodafone, Optus or Telstra, be sure to ask about any offers or student discounts! You’ll need to bring an Australian bank statement or rental agreement, your student visa details and proof of identity (e.g. your passport).
To help get you connected straight away, you will receive a FREE Optus mobile SIM Card (with free data and calls) at the StudyPerth Airport Welcome Service. Once you've used up that data, you could top it up or set up something else more long-term, e.g. a phone plan.