The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements that prospective students and their family must meet in order to receive a student visa. You need to have enough money that is genuinely available to you to pay for your course fees, travel and living costs for you and your accompanying family members while you are in Australia. These are outlined on the Department of Home Affairs website http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Stud/More/Student-Visa-Living-Costs-and-Evidence-of-Funds
As a guide, from 1 February 2018, the 12 month living cost is:
If your student visa was granted after 26 April 2008, you and your dependant family members will automatically have received Permission to Work with your visa. If you have been granted Permission to Work, there are restrictions on the number of hours you can work. For more information visit the Department of Home Affairs website at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/500-?modal=/trav/stud/more/work-conditions-for-student-visa-holders
Melbourne offers a high standard of accommodation to suit a range of budgets and needs. PSC will gladly assist students to find suitable accommodation. The college is located in an area which offers an enormous range of apartment style living - much of which is rental accommodation. While we cannot enter into agreements with real estate agents or householders on your behalf, we can certainly help you to sort out your options and get established. Further informatiuon can be found on https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/english/live-in-australia/living-costs, as a general guide.
Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and the capital of the southern state of Victoria. It features amongst the world's most liveable cities for its safe environment and welldeveloped infrastructure. It is an easy city to explore on foot or bicycle and has an accessible public transport system. A large number of international students live in Melbourne, which has close to 4 million residents from over 140 nations and about 150 different languages are spoken in Victoria. Find more information about Victoria's cities, events, travel destinations and studying in Australia at www.visitvictoria.com or www.studymelbourne.com.au
Melbourne has a worldwide reputation as an exciting centre for the arts and photographic education. There is always something to do or see – which makes for many photo opportunities. Festival goers, sports fans, foodies, lovers of fashion, theatregoers, art lovers (photographers!) will enjoy the wide variety of restaurants, cafes, laneways and great shops. PSC's great location provides the opportunity to balance study with easy access to a vibrant arts and recreation precinct.
See the PSC blog for regular updates www.psc.edu.au/blog on what's happening in the photographic community and visit www.thatsmelbourne.com.au for details of upcoming events
Melbourne has an extensive public transport system of trams, trains and bus services. From Melbourne's central railway station - the Flinders Street Railway Station - it is only a 5 minute walk to PSC. There are also many cycling paths and dedicated road lanes, making cycling another popular means of transport for a number of our students.