So you’ve got your university place all confirmed – now what?!

So you’ve finished the application process, decided which offer to go for, done your acceptance and are just waiting to get an Australian Confirmation of Enrolment or New Zealand Fees Receipt from your chosen university – now what?! Just a few last (important) things to organise, and you’ll be ready to get on that plane and start your overseas study adventure!  

Here is a quick checklist of the things you need to arrange or think about now. As ever, if you have any questions, about any of the information here, don’t hesitate to contact Study Options. 

Sort out a clear accommodation plan

Depending on what type of accommodation you want, you don’t necessarily need to have something formally booked before you leave the UK, but you do need to have a clear plan of what sort of accommodation you are going to get, and how and when you are going to get it. It’s really important to be prepared. Please read our information about student accommodation here and tell Study Options if you need any help. 

Please note – if you are a new undergraduate (Bachelors) student, we do STRONGLY recommend that you have your accommodation planned, booked and confirmed before you leave home! Please contact Study Options if you need any help with organising accommodation. 

Organise your insurance (this is a mandatory visa requirement for both countries)

  • If you are going to Australia you will need to arrange Overseas Student Health Cover. You must have a valid OSHC policy in place before you can apply for your student visa for Australia. We would recommend you check a price comparison site to make sure a policy is good value for money. Go to OHSC Australia to compare different options. You can then buy a policy through the site, or alternatively go with the quote given by the university on your offer letter.
  • If you are going to New Zealand, the student health and travel insurance policies offered by the New Zealand universities are usually the best value option so, unless you have a specific concern or requirement, we’d recommend you go with the policy included on your offer letter.

Apply for your student visa

Open a bank account in Australia or New Zealand before you leave the UK

This will save you a lot of hassle and some unpleasantly chunky bank charges when you first arrive! 


To open an Australian bank account, please click here and go to the yellow button at the top right of the page.
For more information about Commonwealth Bank, please click here.

New Zealand

To open a New Zealand bank account, please click here.

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