Your Day in Australia as an International Student | EMSA Australia

How would your day look like in Australia as an international student?

Is it fun? Different? The answer is YES!

When international students come to Australia, they are looking for unusual experiences and activities. They are looking to change their lifestyle and also get out of their comfort zone. These are some reasons why every day is different when you are an international student in Australia.

But are you wondering how it truly looks like?

This blog is inspired from an international student perspective. You will find tips and you would get an idea of how a day as an international student would look like in AUSTRALIA.

7:00 am wake up and get ready!

International student waking up from bed

Students are usually waking up around 7:00 to 7:30 AM. Take a minute to stretch, look outside the window and get motivated to start a new day.

☼ Make your bed

This leads you to get new habits. It gives you a feeling of accomplishment and creates a positive state of mind.

☼ Take a shower

Taking a shower every morning will make you feel awake and ready to start the day. There is no better sensation than feeling fresh, especially in SUMMER.

☼ Get some breakfast

This part of the day is really important if you want to be full of energy during the day. Get used to eating some food in the morning. You can either have a bowl of yogurt and clusters or a sandwich.

This is completely up to you, BUT you will see the difference.

STUDENT TIP: Save 5min of your time in the morning to meditate. Meditation brings a lot of benefits into a human’s life including mental health, stress relief, and self-awareness.

8:15 – 8:30 am head off to uni or work

Taking the train in Melbourne

Around this time you will need to go to uni or work. I mention both as many students get a part-time job while they study.

Public transportation is a good idea to get to your destination because it saves your money, your time and THE WORLD.

The system of public transport in Australia is excellent. You won’t have to worry about getting late (but always make sure of giving yourself time).

This is how you can move in these 3 different cities:

➮ Melbourne:

Trams, Trains, Buses and City Bike (Free Tram Zone in Melbourne CBD)

➮ Brisbane:

Trains, Buses, Ferries and City Bike (Free Bus Zone in Brisbane CBD and Free Ferry Zone along the river)

➮ Gold Coast:

Trains, Trams, Buses, and City Bike


Be respectful in public transportation. Be kind with older people or pregnant woman.

Use the time you have to read an article, listen to a podcast or even study.

9:00 am UNI class or work shift

International students in class

From a student perspective, I would highly recommend you take morning subjects as we tend to be more awake and information tends to get to us easier.

If you go to UNI:

Take notes on your laptop or notebook. Download apps for students and lectures.

Don’t forget to drink WATER and ASK if you have questions.

If you go to work:

Be happy! Remember smiling can make others smile back! And again, don’t forget to drink WATER!

12:00 pm lunchtime

Photo of lunch

You will be having lunch around this time. Get into the habit of cooking from the day before and taking your lunch in a container because you will be out for the WHOLE DAY. Save some money and cook at home!

COOK your favorite food and enjoy it during the day.


Cooking and home is healthier for you, especially if you just moved to Australia

Have lunch in a park, all cities in Australia have amazing spots for people, just get some sun and fresh air while you eat.

Cook the day before or leave your lunch ready for the whole week.

12:30 – 3:00 pm spacetime

Having fun in Australia

I call space-time to the time you can use to do whatever you need to do in the day and of course every person’s day looks different, but use this time to catch up with some friends, do something important you have to do, distract yourself.

STUDENT TIP: some days will be busier than others but always try to get some time for yourself.

5:00 pm get some exercise

Doing exercise

Sweat and make your heart beat faster for a bit!! Exercise is really important in general. It makes you happier, de-stress you and makes you healthier. You don’t necessarily have to go to a gym, go for a walk, run around your house, go to the closest park and get some exercise.

STUDENT TIP: Motivate at least one of your friends to join you.  In that way, you both are doing it together.

6:30 pm study what you learned the same day

Student studying

Get ready to go to bed, have some food and review what you learned that day in class. It is really important for you to study at home and there are many ways how you can do it. Find videos on YouTube, infographics, etc. If that is easier for you to learn.

Also, prepare your next day and have everything organized.

STUDENT TIP: start your assessments on time, don’t leave it until the last minute.

9:30 – 10:00 pm bedtime!

A beautiful dog at home

Go to sleep. If you are a student you should be getting at least 7h of sleep! Set your alarm and make sure you don’t waste too much time on your phone (that’s what we tend to do).

STUDENT TIP: Get 5 min to meditate before you go to sleep. 10min total in the day is ideal to start with this amazing habit that will bring so many benefits in your life.

Always remember, days are different but it is possible to organise your habits for your everyday basis. This will make it easier for you and even happier.

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