Sydney Students: Your top 7 questions answered!

Lexis Sydney students: this handy printable guide answers your top 7 questions about student orientation and setting your life up in Sydney.

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1. What should I expect on my first day?

Orientation Day is usually on a Monday (unless there’s a public holiday!), in which case it will be a Tuesday.

All students (including evening students) arrive at 8.30am. Remember to bring your passport and visa with you.

You will be given some forms to complete, then tested and interviewed in order to know which class is best for you. After this, you will receive your course books. It usually takes the whole morning to complete orientation.

After lunch, day students will begin their classes. Evening students will be allowed to go home and usually return to the school at 5.15pm. Their classes begin at 5:30pm.

For those who wish to come, one of our teachers will take a group of students on a walking tour of Manly at 1.15pm. It’s a great way to get to know the area and to ask more questions!

2. As an international student, how do I apply for an Australian Tax File Number?

International students can apply for an Australian Tax File Number (TFN) after they have arrived in Australia. Applications are free and can be completed online at the Australian Tax Office website.

3. How do I find accommodation?

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For rental accommodation try these websites:

Suburbs close to Lexis Manly include Balgowlah, Brookvale, Dee Why, Fairlight, Manly Vale, and Seaforth. Cremorne and Neutral Bay are worth considering too, as the 144 bus route provides direct access to Manly.

Private ads can sometimes be found on Facebook groups.

For youth hostel accommodation try:

4. Where can I open a bank account?

Lexis Sydney students will find the following major banks close by on The Corso:

As an international student you must be 18 years or older to open an account in Australia. Most banks will allow you to open a bank account online but to withdraw funds you will have to verify your identity in person. To do this, visit the bank with ID such as your passport, proof of residence, birth certificate and driver’s licence.

Which bank is best?

The bank that’s best for you will depend on what you need (and sometimes, which country you are from).

Here’s a few questions to ask:

  • Do you provide a student account?
  • What account keeping fees do you charge and how often do I pay them?
  • Is there a limit on the number of free transactions I’m allowed for ATMs, EFTPOS, counter deposits, phone, and internet?
  • What is the foreign exchange fee for the currency of my country?
  • Can I make international transfers to and from the bank in my home country? What fees are involved? How long will the transfer take?

5. I want to work in Australia. Where should I go for help?

Many international students choose to study English in Sydney because of the work opportunities available.

Every Tuesday, Lexis Sydney students can attend a one-hour job search workshop. Students learn how to create and write a resume, where to look for job ads and can practice their interview skills with a teacher.

Job ads in and near Manly are also posted to the Lexis Sydney blog, together with tips and useful information. Visit the blog each week or scan the QR codes that are pinned to class-room notice boards.

Below are two websites that will help with job search:

6. How do I get to and from campus?

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Lexis Sydney is a 15-minute ferry ride from Sydney city. Most people who work or study here prefer to use public transport or to ride bicycles.

The Trip Planner tool on the NSW Department of Transport website is handy to know about. It will show you which service to use, how long the journey will take and the cost of the fare.

Important: You will need an Opal card to travel on public transport in Sydney. You can find out about Opal cards here.

To buy a second-hand bike, try Facebook groups like this and websites such as:

7. Help! I lost my wallet on either the bus, ferry, tram, or train. What should I do?

This is what one of our students did to recover a wallet that she left on a bus. It was extra concerning for her because her flight to return to Japan was the next day!

  1. She completed an online lost property report here.
  2. Then she telephoned 131500 (the number to use for all lost property reports on NSW Public Transport).
  3. Next, she waited for another bus on the same route and told the driver what had happened. He radioed the depot and within a few hours her wallet was found. True story!

How to use this guide

Students coming to Lexis Sydney can download this guide as a handy reference.

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And remember, if you need help or have questions, the friendly team at Lexis Sydney will be happy to assist!

Not yet enrolled and want to know more about Lexis Sydney?

Situated in Manly on the traditional lands of the Guringai people, Lexis Sydney overlooks the world famous surf breaks of Manly Beach.

The school provides quality education experiences in Elementary English, IELTS Preparation, Cambridge FCE and Cambridge CAE

Open 13 hours a day Monday – Friday, Lexis Sydney offers day and evening classes. The average class size is 12-15 and the school can accommodate approximately 330 students.

Manly is a vibrant holiday destination, a short 15 minute ferry ride across the iconic harbour from Sydney City. It also provides easy access to Sydney’s spectacular Northern Beaches, the historic Hawkesbury River, as well as the beautiful Garigal and Kur-in-gai Chase National Parks. Activities in these locations include kayaking, hang-gliding, river boat tours, picnicking and walking areas, tours of Aboriginal cultural sites and some popular horse riding and mountain bike trails.

Contact us to enquire about booking a course at Lexis Sydney.

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