We take the needs of our students seriously. Through our student concierge, every student is treated like a VIP. They are provided with a 360˚ support network to ensure their time with us is enjoyable and productive. Your welcome by our concierge team includes a video message from one of our co-founders, as well as a range of personalised information and support materials.
We don’t want life’s challenges to get in the way of your academic success. Our Student Concierge is designed to enrich your experience of studying at Laneway and for our international students, living in Australia. Our concierge is there to help you with any problems or difficulties, especially as many of our students study so far from their families.
We’ve got your back with:
- Designated team members that speak a variety of languages
- Language and academic support
- 1-on-1 mentoring
- On-arrival welcome and orientation programs
- Health & Wellbeing Counsellor
- Student accommodation services
- Employment services
The cost of living
LIVING COST IN AUSTRALIA
Living in a beautiful city like Sydney or Canberra doesn’t have to cost the world. In fact, Australia is very cost-effective when compared to other Western countries such as Canada, the UK, or USA. As a general guide, on average you will need between AUD$17,472 and AUD$25,896 for living expenses for one year. This covers accommodation, food, transport, and clothing. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection require that prospective international students must demonstrate access to a minimum of AUD$20,290 per year to fund their living costs in Australia.
WORKING WHILE YOU STUDY
A part-time job is not just a great way to earn yourself some extra Australian dollars, it’s also perfect for making new Australian friends, gaining insight into Australian work life and practicing your English. Student visas allow you to work for up to 40 hours every two weeks while your course is in session, and unrestricted hours during any scheduled course break.
- Coffee $4
- Lunch $8 – $12
- Accommodation $150 – $250 per week
- Transport $60 per week
- Gym Membership $20 per week
- Phone $60 per month
- Movie tickets $18
- Concert tickets $60 – $200
For more information about studying and living in Australia, go to
Culture and customs
Australia is a fairly multicultural country and over 25% of the population was born in a different country. Australia’s land size is approximately the same size as the continental United States. The current population is around 22 million with most people living in the capital cities along the East Coast. While Australia’s official language is English, over 200 languages are spoken. Australians are generally fairly easygoing and informal. At the same time, we value hard work, fairness, teamwork, and supporting others. We believe everyone should have equal rights and equal opportunities. Australian residents have a range of religions, views, and backgrounds. While people may not agree with you, people are generally respectful and tolerant of the choices and views of others. Australians also enjoy a good laugh and love to make fun of things including themselves.
Australians enjoy the benefits of the multicultural society through food, music, and the arts. People also enjoy being outdoors and will spend time with friends at a barbecue, going for a walk, or going to the beach. Many Australians love their sport and popular sports include cricket, rugby, football (soccer), swimming, tennis, golf, cycling, and horse racing.
Learning the Australian way
In Australia, and particularly at Laneway, there is a focus on the practical application of what you have learned. After successful completion of our courses, we hope that you will be ready to apply your skills and knowledge in the workforce.
In all of our classes there will of course be reading and memorisation required, but the important thing is being able to use and apply the knowledge. In our vocational courses, there is a focus on learning and demonstrating specific tasks and techniques similar to those required in the industry. Higher education courses have more focus on theory. You will be expected to analyse what you are learning through written assignments and participation in class discussions.
Your classroom colleagues, like the workforce, will have a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and views. At Laneway, many classes also have an emphasis on group work.. This helps to stimulate a real-world work environment where you will regularly need to be able to work with colleagues and clients to agree on solutions for a final product or service.
We know that there are many different styles of learning. We are happy to help you to understand what is expected of you in order to be successful in your course and provide any support you may require along the way.
AUSTRALIAN HOMESTAY NETWORK (AHN)
Laneway 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 at www.homestaynetwork.org or ask a member of the Laneway Concierge Team for details.
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.
PERMANENT AND TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION
For details on possible places to look for permanent and temporary accommodation, please speak with a member of the Laneway Concierge Team.
Overseas Student Health Cover
Laneway has partnered with BUPA to provide value and quality health cover services to our international students. All international students in Australia on student visas must have health insurance from an Australian Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) provider.* OSHC is a great way for you and your family to know that you will have health insurance if and when you need it.
For more information, see www.laneway.edu.au, ask your Laneway Course and Careers Advisor, or your education agent.
* Norwegian, Swedish, and Belgian students do not need OSHC.