International Student Services

Orientation Sessions

As many students find life in Australia quite different from life in their home country, orientation activities are provided to help students become familiar with Australian culture and customs and to introduce students to the Institute and its services. All students will be provided with an orientation information pack. This information pack details many aspects of living and studying in Melbourne and introduces students to life in Australia. In the week preceding their course, students will be provided with an orientation program which will further develop on the material supplied in the information pack. Orientation sessions also include enrollment, a campus familiarisation tour, studying at Holmesglen, living in Australia, an excursion and opportunities for meeting other students.

Overseas Student Health Cover                     

International students are required to contribute to the ​Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This cover must be paid before a visa is issued. Holmesglen requires that students purchase OSHC for the full duration of the studies at Holmesglen (Program Length Cover). This protects you from rate rises in OSHC and gives you the security of continuous cover. Please contact the International Centre at Holmesglen for more information. OSHC will cover most medical expenses whilst the student is in Australia. By signing Holmesglen's application form, students agree to be subject to the terms and conditions of an OSHC provider and their policies. Holmesglen's preferred provider is OSHC Worldcare. 

Medical Services

Doctors are available on the Chadstone and Moorabbin campuses. Consultations with the Institute doctors can be made on appointment. There is no charge for this service. Medical Centres are located in the vicinity of the Waverley and Moorabbin campuses.

Cost of Living

Melbourne is a reasonably priced city providing good quality affordable living and abundant accommodation. Students will need approximately A$20,000 per year (excluding tuition) to cover living expenses including accommodation, food, transport, entertainment, clothing and books. Accommodation costs range from $150 - $210 per week for a flat or apartment to $335 per week for homestay with meals. Food costs about $80 - $120 per week and transport can cost $16 - $42 per week.

Counselling Services

Counsellors are employed to assist international students with personal and study problems and to provide educational and vocational counselling. Students receive full assistance to achieve their study goals in Australia including transfers from Holmesglen to university. A welfare officer is employed to assist students with further accommodation requirements, renewing visas and to introduce them to a range of sporting, religious and other activities in Melbourne. Full information about the services for international students can be obtained from staff at the International Centre on all campuses.

English Language Assistance

The Institute provides a complete language support service to international students with extra tutorial assistance throughout the year.

Recreational Activities

Fitness First, the leading health club operator in Australia, operates a modern fitness centre on the Chadstone campus. The fitness centre includes cardio theatres, a general training room, a weights area, a bicycle training area, sauna, solariums and a Pilates and aerobics room. Students studying at the Waverley campus can join Fitness First in Glen Waverley. At the Moorabbin campus, Holmesglen Fitness offers a fully-equipped weight and fitness training room with an extensive range of cardiovascular equipment, free weights and pinloaded machines. The Recreation Officer organises a broad range of activities which enable international students to meet local students in a relaxed and friendly environment. Student excursions are organised at subsidised prices to places of interest in Victoria over the weekends and interstate over the longer semester break holidays.


The Institute is open all weekend which affords students the opportunity to study additional subjects or repeat subjects at the weekend. International students who have paid a full fee are allowed to enrol in additional subjects in their course at the weekend at no extra cost. This may enable them to fast-track some diploma programs.


Flexible Learning Centres

Students studying English language programs at the Institute have access to modern and well-equipped Flexible Learning Centres. A wide range of software, audio-visual and printed materials is available for practice and study in these Flexible Learning Centres. Specialist teachers are available in the Centre to devise and support individualised language learning programs for students.

Learning Commons

Holmesglen provides a modern Learning Commons on each campus. Each Learning Commons provides students with libraries, conference rooms and classrooms and a central pit containing more than 200 computers. The library contains a wide range of books, journals, DVDs, videos, and audio-cassettes. The computers enable students to increase their knowledge of the latest technology through access to the Internet, a range of electronic databases and CD-ROMs, application software, and multimedia learning packages. The Learning Commons is open seven days a week. Helpful staff members are available to assist students to use the library and to find specific information. Computers, video players and discussion rooms may be booked in advance and printing and photocopying facilities are also available. Designated silent study areas are provided. Wi-Fi access is available in some locations on all Holmesglen campuses.

Additionally, Holmesglen students may use university libraries to borrow books through the CAVAL system of inter-library loans. Information about this system may be obtained during orientation. Holmesglen provides access to computer rooms during the day, after hours, at weekends and during the holidays.


Cafeterias are situated on all campuses and there are a number of Asian restaurants and fast-food restaurants nearby.

Prayer Room

Holmesglen provides prayer rooms on its Chadstone and Moorabbin campuses for students.

Education and Childcare

Students who are coming to Australia with family members need to be aware of the costs associated with education and childcare in Melbourne. Students are advised to research the resources available prior to arrival in Australia. The following websites offer detailed information:

​Live in Victoria - this website provides information on the services offered in Victoria and gives explanation and further details on child care, primary school and secondary school. 

​Find a School - provides a listing of all schools both government and non-government in Victoria.

On arrival students may also wish to visit our Student Services Department at Holmesglen for further assistance.

Student Banking

The Australian banking system is one of the worlds most advanced systems. It has a long history of stable and safe banks. Moving to Australia is a big step for anyone to take and to have your banking run smoothly can make all the difference. Commonwealth Bank of Australia can give you a head start. We can help you set up your bank account even before you arrive in Australia. The Commonwealth Bank is one of the nation's most trusted financial institutions and has the largest branch and ATM network in Australia.

For more information or for a list of our toll free numbers please visit ​Commonwealth Bank or call Commonwealth Bank on +61 3 9886 9407.