Can I work while on a student visa?
Most student visas are issued with permission to work. If, for any reason, your student visa is issued without the right to work, you will need to apply for a permission-to-work student visa after commencing classes.
How many hours a week can I work?
Holders of a student visa can work up to 40 hours per fortnight while their University program is in-session, and full-time during University vacations. In general, students should not expect to cover tuition fees or living expenses from casual work.
Whilst Research Higher Degree applicants are entitled to work unlimited hours they must maintain full-time enrolment in their studies and meet the requirements of their program.
What type of work am I likely to find?
Students can apply for part-time work in a range of areas. However, sometimes it can be difficult to find work in areas of interest. Students can get support from career advisers in finding employment through help with resume and interview skills as may be needed.
Some of the universities and colleges have internship programs which provide an employment opportunity. In some cases, research higher degree students may possibly find employment as research or tutorial assistants.
Most institutions provide a range of accommodation options for students. These range from on-campus to off-campus with homestay options or student share. The rent will vary depending on the location and the type of room or the options included.
Universities, colleges and schools are located within areas with well developed infrastructure and social networks. These provide an opportunity where students can freely socialise and develop a network of friends by extension social capital. some of these include;
- Clubs, Music, sports
- beautiful beaches, Dolphin watching
- Historical sites among others.
There is good weather all year round. It is important that students take care of themselves at all times.
Transport to and from the colleges is fantastic. buses, trains and ferries are the main mode of transport. You can also walk or cycle to and from class depending on how far you live.