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Before you arrive

2015/16 Pre-departure Guide

A guide for undergraduate and postgraduate international students to help you prepare to leave home and begin your studies at Curtin.


Download guide Pre departure guide

Download our useful pre-departure guide [1.3 Mb ] to make sure your transition to study in Australia is as smooth as possible.

You can also visit Curtin International to find out what you need to organise before you arrive, such as arranging a visa, buying health insurance and planning your budget. You may also have questions about bringing your family, and finding part-time work.


Most Curtin English students choose to stay with a homestay family and learn about life in Australia when they first arrive in Perth. It’s a great way to improve your English skills and get to know Perth.

Curtin English works closely with Talkabout Tours, who provide homestays, demi-pair accommodation and airport pick-ups. Demi-pair accommodation allows you to receive free room and board, as well as a small weekly payment, in return for weekly housework and/or babysitting duties.

Other accommodation options are also available and Curtin Housing Services can help you find a place to live.

Learn about other accommodation options in Perth.

Applying for accommodation

To request accommodation or airport reception, you will need to complete the Talkabout Tours application form.