Things to consider before you relocate for study
Moving away from home for study can be a big move and needs careful consideration.
Before you jump into relocating for study, you should investigate all possible study options, including those closer to home.
If you definitely need to relocate to study your course of choice, considering the following:
- How much it will cost to move?
- Where will I live? Will I live on campus or somewhere else? How much will it cost?
- If you need to get a part-time job, what type of jobs are available?
- Is there public transport? How long would my commute be to study or to a part-time job?
- Do I know anyone in the new location?
Quick tips – Is relocating for study right for you?
- Talk to your family and close friends. Moving can have an impact on them, so their views are important. Discuss your plans with them before making your decision. Do some research on your chosen uni or education provider. Showing you have made an informed decision may help alleviate any concerns they might have.
- Research education providers and courses you want and where they are available. Make sure your course has links to industry and will make you competitive for jobs once you finish.
To research courses and providers, check out:
- Make a budget. Moving to a new location can be an adventure but also a challenge. Good planning will help you balance your budget so you can manage any debt. Create a rough budget of potential living costs to get an idea of how far your money will stretch.
- Check out our article ‘How to budget’.
- There are a range of tools that can help you better understand your finances and budget on ASIC's MoneySmart website.
- There is a range of government support available for students. Find out more in the Beyond school study guide.
- Build up connections in your new location. If possible, visit the place you want to move to. Visit training providers and find out what facilities, social clubs and other activities they offer. Consider linking with community groups or volunteering organisations in your new location as a way to meet new people.
- Think longer term. Once you finish studying you’ll need to find a job. Joining professional associations and networking can help you access job and other work experience opportunities.