Life in Australia

Living in a new country and adapting to a new culture are experiences that you must be very excited about.

Don’t worry – Scots is always here to help you overcome those challenges to get you involved in the Australian lifestyle.

Check out the Insider Guides on living in Australia.



We have students from over 50 nations with various social and religious backgrounds, and we are waiting for you to become a part of our community. Our student population is the centre of everything we do at SCOTS. Therefore, we take pride in delivering the best experiences to you.

  • Food and shops
    You can get everything you need right close to Scots English College (Scots), from grabbing a cup of take-away coffee in the morning to a late-night supper.
  • IT access on campus.
    SCOTS’ campus equipped with modern computers, high speed WiFi, and smartboards in each one of its spacious classrooms – top-notch technology.
  • Events and Activities
    There are loads of events which are held right in Scots campus to ignite your enthusiasm. Scots will let you know what activities are on campus.
  • Student Support
    You will certainly feel like home during your study here. Our Student Support Team will give you the best advice on both academic and student life aspects. For any details of our student support and how to book an appointment with our advisors, please email us at Contact Us.


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Part–time job opportunities

Studying and living in a foreign country is absolutely challenging to any student not only culturally but also financially. That is why many overseas students coming to Australia to pursue their academic and career dreams decide to take part-time jobs to cover basic living expenses and of course gain work experience.

Students on a study visa are able to work a maximum of 40 hours every two weeks during study. Students though may work more hours during their scheduled breaks and holidays. But remember to always check the conditions and requirements of your student visa before accepting work.

When living and working part-time in Australia, you are entitled the minimum wage and basic rights as full-time employees: check this out at https://www.fairwork.gov.au/pay/minimum-wages


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As the largest city in Australia, Sydney is often referred as the educational and multicultural hub. According to a Mercer 2015 Quality of Living Survey, Sydney has been ranked as one of the most worth-living city in Australia, the only Australian cite among the top 10 most livable ones in the world. Sydney is home to 37 beaches spreading over a large area, historic landmarks, award-winning recreational centers and various cultures.

In Sydney, you are not only provided with the best public facilities, but also a lively social life with sightseeing, shopping, joining entertainment activities and enjoying a diverse spread of food culture here. There is an abundance of breathtaking landscapes in Sydney that you should explore and enjoy, namely The Sydney Habour, Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Darling Habour, Sydney Habour Bridge, Sydney Tower, Sydney Aquarium, Queen Victoria Building, Luna Park Sydney, and much more.

There is nothing more wonderful than hanging out with your friends in Sydney to enjoy cuisines in restaurants and supermarkets made up from many nationalities. Many kinds of food are available for you to choose, from Japanese, Korean to Vietnamese to Spanish and Moroccan. Moreover, Sydney is home to stylish fashion from luxurious brands to the mass-produced. Hardly can a person resist a day full of shopping centres and when coming to Sydney. Some famous centres for shopping and recreation that can be named here are Westfield Sydney Central Plaza, Queen Victoria Building, The Strand Arcade, Mid-City Shopping Centre, The Rocks Foodies Market.

Useful Links

Before kicking off your study at Scots, let’s have a glance at the following useful webpages that may be useful for you during your study at Scots in Sydney.

Overview of Sydney
 http://www.sydney.com/  Rich information of things to do in Sydney along with official guides of destinations, events and latest deals in Sydney
 http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/ Official information of Sydney City
 http://www.sydneyairport.com.au/ Information of Sydney Airport
 https://www.dss.gov.au Official guides to start a new life in Australia by the Australian Government
 https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au Official webpage of Australian Education by the Australian Government
 http://www.transportnsw.info/ Transport information of Train, Bus, Ferry, Light Rail
https://transportnsw.info/travel-info/ways-to-get-around/bus#/ Bus service information
 http://www.sydneytrains.info/ Sydney Train information
 http://www.metrolightrail.com.au/ Sydney Light Rail : Metro Transport
 http://www.transportnsw.info/  Information of Sydney Ferry
 https://www.opal.com.au/ Information of Opal card used for public transport
 http://ptv.vic.gov.au/ Useful information of Melbourne trains, trams, buses and the ‘Myki card’
Visa and Immigration 
 http://www.border.gov.au/ Official website and available information of Department of Immigration and Border Protection
 https://www.ato.gov.au/ Official webpage of Australian Taxation Office
 http://www.seek.com.au/ The biggest Job Search site in Australia
 http://www.gumtree.com.au/ One of the best Job search or Accommodation
 http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/ NSW Roads and Maritime Services (Driver’s Licence)
 http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ Lonely Planet Sydney Guide
 http://wikitravel.org/en/Sydney Wiki travel guide in Sydney
 http://wikitravel.org/en/Melbourne Wiki travel guide in Melbourne
 http://www.bom.gov.au/ Updated information of weather forecast in Australia

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The Overseas Students Ombudsman

The Overseas Students Ombudsman investigates complaints about problems that intending, current or former overseas students have with private schools, colleges and universities (education providers) in Australia.
For more information, please see the video at https://www.ombudsman.gov.au/about/overseas-students. Young business people discussing a strategy and working together in office

Academic Support

On your first day, you will do a placement test. Your test result helps us make sure that your first class is the correct English level for you. Your teacher is always there to help you. Your teacher will give you feedback each week after you do your weekly test. If there is a topic that you need to improve, your teacher will give you some extra work to do. We regularly ask you for your feedback on our teachers and courses and this helps us to make things better. We have a self-study library where you can do extra work or you can use one of our computer labs to do extra work online. The Director of Studies is always there to listen if you have a concern or worry.

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Personal Support

When you come to a new country, everything is different; the weather, the food, the language. It can be difficult for many students. At Scots English College, we are here to help you. Our staff are friendly and here to listen to you. Our staff can help you with:

  • Finding homestay and other forms of accommodation
  • Airport pick-up when you arrive in Sydney
  • Welfare counselling
  • Academic counselling
  • A 24-hour emergency contact

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Social Activities

When you are learning a language, it is very important for you to mix with other people. This helps you to build your confidence. As part of your English learning, you will have:

  • Optional weekly ‘outdoor and explore’ activities on Fridays
  • Regular monthly excursions to a range of popular locations in the Sydney area
  • Optional evening social activities including movie night, food night and games night.


SOETI Tuition Fee Relief (Under COVID-19)

We understand this is a difficult period and although we are confident that SOETI (SCOTS ONLINE ELICOS TEACHING INITIATIVE) will provide you with a personalized learning environment and boost your course progress, additionally, you will receive the equivalent of 10 hours/Week (total 30hours/Week) of assessable online learning through our Virtual Learning Platform from the 30th of March 2020. This offer is exclusive to SCOTS students (new and existing) under the SOETI program.

Please click Financial Notice for more information.



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