Yoshihiro Nakamura

Diego

COLUMBIA

"Holmesglen gave me the opportunity to learn about the real Australian work environment, but also I enjoyed studying in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere."

Erica Hsieh

TAIWAN

"Melbourne is a fantastic place to live in. The people are all friendly and caring, and the multicultural aspect makes it a very diverse place to live and study in. I feel that every day in Melbourne is different, and some of my new friends that I’ve met here are truly fantastic."

Gail kampengele

Kelly

UNITED KINGDOM

"I would recommend anyone thinking of studying abroad to think of Australia and Holmesglen. Let’s face it, who doesn’t want Christmas in the sun!"

Renato Chagas Prieto

Oscar

PERU

"I really enjoyed my time at Holmesglen. Firstly, because of the people I met, from all over the world and between some of us we developed a truthful lasting friendship."

Efrain Froilan Carasas Castillo

Vanesiah

INDONESIA

"The lecturers at Holmesglen are wonderful. They are friendly, approachable, supportive and willing to help. It’s such a great experience to be taught by people who are at the forefront of their filed."

General Information

Telecommunications

Australia has a modern telephone system. Public telephones where you can call overseas are available at all Post Offices and shopping centres.

Credit card telephones take most major credit cards and can be found at international and domestic airports, central city locations, hotels, large Post Offices and most railway stations. Phone cards are pre-paid for use in public payphones and can be bought at a large number of retail outlets in denominations of $5, $10, $20 and $50.

Mobile phones are very popular in Australia; however, the cost of calls from these phones is expensive. Keep your mobile phone for emergency use only. Never allow your SIM card to be used by others. To apply for a mobile phone you will require three forms of identification: your passport, your bank details, and a letter from your institution advising that you are a current student. Ask the staff at the International Office to prepare you an enrolment letter for mobile phone application.

Electricity

Domestic electricity in Australia is 240/250 Volts (AC 50 Hz). The Australian three pin outlet is different from most countries so you will need an adapter plug. Adapters and plugs are easy to buy and readily available at large department stores.

Water

The water in Melbourne is probably the cleanest in Australia. It is safe to drink water from the tap - there is no need to boil water or buy bottled water.

Information on how to be safe whilst enjoying water based activities on Australian beaches, rivers and pools can be found at www.watersafety.vic.gov.au

Water restrictions apply in Victoria, for further information visit www.melbournewater.com.au 

Food

Australia is a multicultural society, so it is very easy to buy foods from different countries. Enjoy the many cuisines Melbourne has to offer. Or cook for your friends at home.

Suburbs close to Holmesglen’s campuses where students can shop for multicultural food include Box Hill, Clayton and Springvale - a short bus ride away. You should have no trouble finding your favourite fruit and vegetables, and more, at supermarkets or produce markets. Meat is cheap and plentiful.

Holmesglen has many cafeterias which serve snacks, hot meals and drinks.

Restaurants may be ‘fully licensed’ to sell alcohol or may be ‘BYO’ (Bring Your Own drinks/alcohol to the restaurant). Most restaurants open six or seven days a week often closing on Mondays or Tuesdays.

It is not compulsory to tip at a restaurant. If you feel that the service and food has been very good, you may leave a tip - it will be appreciated.

   

Shopping

Australia’s major cities and suburbs have excellent shopping facilities.

Shopping hours are usually 9.00 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Wednesday, and 9.00 am to 9.00 pm on Thursday and Friday. Larger shopping centres are also open from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Some supermarkets are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Chadstone Shopping Centre, a modern, indoor shopping centre, is five minutes by bus from the main campus. Chadstone has everything from food, clothes, restaurants, a cinema complex and other entertainment venues to doctors, dentists and gymnasiums. The Centre is open seven days a week. 

More information can be found on their website www.chadstoneshopping.com.au 

The Glen Shopping Centre, in Glen Waverley, is more relaxed than Chadstone Shopping Centre. It has all that a shopper needs under one roof or in the neighbouring shopping street where a number of Asian grocery stores can be found. Waverley campus is located nearby.

More information can be found on their website www.centrotheglen.com.au 

Southland Shopping Centre is near the Moorabbin campus. Big and modern, it has all the major retail stores like Coles, Kmart, Safeway and a Village cinema complex. It is a 10-minute bus trip from the campus.

More information can be found on their website www.westfield.com.au/southland  

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