New South Wales is a southeastern Australian state, distinguished by its coastal cities and national parks. Sydney, its capital, is home to iconic structures such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

NSW is home to world-class universities, vocational institutions and research organisations which deliver cutting edge, industry-relevant education that launches domestic and international students into careers of choice.

Its education system offers a wide range of courses and degrees and enjoys a strong global reputation for internationally respected qualifications, high quality research and teaching, cultural diversity and a safe study environment.

For more information visit: www.studyinaustralia.gov.au

Wollongong

Wollongong, informally referred to as “The Gong”, is a city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, just a 90 minutes drive from Sydney.

Wollongong is the third-largest city in NSW, a bustling hub of technology, art, food and entertainment. Surrounded by the beautiful beaches of the South Coast and packed with students from the large university, it’s a town that buzzes with energy.

Population

The current metro area population of Wollongong in 2021 is 307,000, a 0.66% increase from 2020.

Weather

Wollongong has an oceanic climate but with humid subtropical influences.

During the month of March, April, May, September, October and November you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures that fall between 20°C (68°F) and 25°C (77°F).The warmest month is January with an average maximum temperature of 26°C (78°F).

Education and living costs

Wollongong attracts people from all over Australia and the world to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle. Here you can live stress-free and focus on your studies. At every turn there will be new opportunities: to follow your passions, make discoveries and figure out what you stand for.

Public transport

Getting around Wollongong is safe, cheap and easy. Whether you’re travelling to uni, in to town, or heading home, there are many transport options to choose from.

  • Bus: Wollongong has several city centre bus zones to accommodate people travelling from suburbs all over. These bus zones are colour-coded (blue, green, red, and orange) depending on where you’re located, making it easy to get where you need to go.

    There’s also a free shuttle bus (the Gong Shuttle) that can take you around the CBD, operating every 10 minutes between 7am and 6pm and every 20 minutes from 6pm to 10pm.

  • Train: CityRail offers regular timetabled services via the South Coast Line if you’re looking to take a trip to the outer suburbs or Sydney.
  • Taxi: Wollongong Radio Cabs services the Wollongong city centre and Illawarra.
  • Eat and drink

    You’ll find a dedicated ‘eat street’ right in the centre of Wollongong on Keira Street between Crown and Smith. Rookie Eatery serves contemporary cuisine from an historic house, Babyface Kitchen brings a Japanese flair to Australian ingredients and His Boy Elroy is famous for burgers.

    The small bar movement is a big deal in Wollongong. Popular watering holes include the rooftop Humber, cosy The Little Prince, chic The Throsby and Howlin’ Wolf, a dedicated whisky bar. Or enjoy a cool drink at the Mount Kembla Village Hotel, a timber pub established in 1898, and visit the cellar door of Five Barrel Brewing.

    For more information visit: www.visitnsw.com

Wollongong enjoys a very reasonable cost of living, which means you can focus your efforts on your study, not your finances.

The following is a rough guide to living costs for international students living in Wollongong. Of course, these will vary depending on your preferred standard of living and where you choose to live.

Average student budget

  • Rent: AUD$190 per week
  • Groceries: AUD$80 per week
  • Utility bills: AUD$30 per week
  • Public trasnport: AUD$31 per week
  • Entertainment: AUD$105 per week

Many students find casual work in bars, cafes, retail shops and other roles which help pay their way while studying at uni.

The ability to find part time job in Wollongong dependent on your skills and how proactive you are. Don’t worry if you don’t have past experience, show enthusiasm, that’ll carry you a long way.

Following are some of the opportunities which you can explore :

  • Career desk at Wollongong as other recommended
  • Talk to the professors, they might have a need for Teaching Assistants
  • Do some voluntary work for a professor or nearby companies
  • Look for startups, they may need your support. Help them and that will give you some experience
  • One idea would be to look for work opportunity in Sydney, on the days you are not at University or over the weekend

If you are in a highly skilled occupation and are seeking an opportunity to migrate to Australia to live and advance your career, you may wish to seek NSW nomination for the Skilled Nominated (Provisional) visa (subclass 190) or the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).

Through regional migration, skilled workers enjoy the many work opportunities, lifestyle benefits and services available in the regions of NSW.

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

The visa subclass 190 is a permanent visa for points tested skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory government agency. NSW Treasury nominates eligible highly skilled workers to drive economic growth in NSW.

To effectively manage the ongoing high demand for NSW nomination, and to ensure that NSW nominees are aligned to the skills needs of the state’s economy, NSW uses a selection-based invitation process.

Candidates cannot directly apply for NSW nomination and should consider being invited to apply for NSW nomination as a limited possibility. Candidates are strongly encouraged to actively consider all migration pathways and visa options.

For more information visit: https://www.business.nsw.gov.au

Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)

You must meet the all criteria in one of the following three streams to be eligible for NSW nomination:

1. Living and working in regional NSW;

2. recently completed study in regional NSW; or

3. living and working outside of regional NSW.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria in one of these three streams may be refused unless otherwise agreed with NSW Treasury.

Click here to see the nomination criteria.

To discover whether you are eligible for a Skilled visa to live and work in Wollongong (NSW), we invite you to take VisAustralia’s Migration Assessment Tool or to book a consultation with one of our expert migration lawyers.

Newcastle

Situated on the east coast of NSW, Newcastle is surrounded by golden sand beaches, a breathtaking coastline and a beautiful working harbour. The cafes, restaurants and bars, unique architecture and rich history stretch from the city to the suburbs.

Newcastle is the epicentre of the Hunter Region, offering a cosmopolitan experience and major events, and is less than an hours drive from wine tasting in the Hunter Valley and whale watching in Port Stephens.

Population

Newcastle’s 2020 population is estimated at 450,360.

Weather

Newcastle has a humid subtropical climate that is typical of the Australian east coast. Summers are mostly warm and humid with periods of very dry and hot weather reaching 40 °C (104 °F) and winters are generally mild with drier conditions than summer on average.

Education and living costs

Nestled on the beautiful, sun-drenched eastern coastline of New South Wales, just over two hours north of Sydney, Newcastle is a vibrant city bursting with things to do, places to stay and fun to be had.

Newcastle is an outdoor, action-packed city – and whether you’re visiting alone or with friends or family, from near or far, there’s plenty to do in the fresh air. From walking along the spectacular coastline walk Bathers Way to cycling our harbourside destination Honeysuckle, surfing the waves, cruising the harbour or simply enjoying one of our many beaches, there’s an abundance of outdoor activities to enjoy.

For more information visit: www.visitnewcastle.com.au

Eat and drink

Food and drink lovers are in for a treat. There’s a delicious range of waterside bars, cafes and restaurants on the harbour foreshore promenade. Have lunch by the ocean at the chic Merewether Surfhouse. You’ll find restaurants all over the city, with one street alone (Darby Street) home to over 25 cafes and restaurants. Or pick up fresh local produce at the weekly Newcastle City Farmers Market on Sundays.

Newcastle is more affordable when compared with most Australian capital cities across categorised including groceries, leisure activities and accommodation.

For accommodation, Newcastle is:

  • 60% cheaper than Sydney
  • 22% cheaper than Melbourne
  • 6% cheaper than Brisbane.
  • Average student budget

    • Accomodation: AUD$100 – $440 per week
    • Internet: AUD$5 – $10 per week
    • Phone: AUD$5 – $10 per week
    • Utilities: AUD$10 – $20 per week
    • Food: AUD$140 – $200 per week
    • Transport: AUD$30 – $60 per week

As an international student holding a student visa, the Australian Government allows you to work part-time for a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight (two weeks) while your course is in session and unlimited hours during semester breaks and vacation periods.

Be sure to research all the details relating to your permission to work while on a student visa.

Part-Time employment

Finding part-time work depends on a number of things, including your English language ability and your own motivation to actively search for work. Remember to bring relevant documents with you to Australia that you may need to apply for part-time work, such as reference letters from previous employers.

To be eligible to work in Australia you will need to apply for a Tax File Number.

Finding work

There are many places where you can look for part-time work in Sydney including:

If you are in a highly skilled occupation and are seeking an opportunity to migrate to Australia to live and advance your career, you may wish to seek NSW nomination for the Skilled Nominated (Provisional) visa (subclass 190) or the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).

Through regional migration, skilled workers enjoy the many work opportunities, lifestyle benefits and services available in the regions of NSW.

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

The visa subclass 190 is a permanent visa for points tested skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory government agency. NSW Treasury nominates eligible highly skilled workers to drive economic growth in NSW.

To effectively manage the ongoing high demand for NSW nomination, and to ensure that NSW nominees are aligned to the skills needs of the state’s economy, NSW uses a selection-based invitation process.

Candidates cannot directly apply for NSW nomination and should consider being invited to apply for NSW nomination as a limited possibility. Candidates are strongly encouraged to actively consider all migration pathways and visa options.

For more information visit: https://www.business.nsw.gov.au

Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)

You must meet the all criteria in one of the following three streams to be eligible for NSW nomination:

1. Living and working in regional NSW;

2. recently completed study in regional NSW; or

3. living and working outside of regional NSW.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria in one of these three streams may be refused unless otherwise agreed with NSW Treasury.

Click here to see the nomination criteria.

To discover whether you are eligible for a Skilled visa to live and work in Newcastle (NSW), we invite you to take VisAustralia’s Migration Assessment Tool or to book a consultation with one of our expert migration lawyers.

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