Student life in Melbourne

Exchange semester in Victoria University, Melbourne

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All the New Things

Hey!

I have been extremely busy during my first days in Australia! This is my third day here. It was a good choice come here a little bit earlier than the school starts.

I will now tell you something about the first impressions and what it has been so far! So, the flight from Bangkok to Melbourne went well. Even though I did not sleep at all  –  I don’t know, the flight would go easier and faster if I would sleep, but somehow I’m too restless and just watch the movies and tv-series.

You may have heard stories about the Australia’s Immigration and Border Protection and/or watch the tv-show, which comes from Finnish tv-channels. There were also this time a camera crew, or there were signs that told about them, but I didn’t see them. However, everything went really well! Better than I hoped for, I was guessing that they would complain about my football shoes or something else… Because you cannot bring dirty sport equipments or anything with attached to soil. I don’t know would they just made you clean them or would they remove them, but luckily I didn’t have to find about it. The passport control didn’t have any line and I just walked through and the custom didn’t stop me!

After I got through custom, I started to look out my driver, which I ordered from the Victoria University. I searched approximately 15 minutes from the area that I was told he would be, but I could not find him anywhere. Finally, I found a guy with a similar sign, which told me that he is not the right guy, but the guy who is coming for you (and a couple other students) is right there behind you! My driver was sitting in the corner and playing with his mobile phone… He didn’t bother to show the sign or try to have any eye contact with anyone, but luckily I found him and thats for it. I waited with the driver one hour the other Asian students and than headed to my accommodation UniLodge. It took approximately one hour drive from the airport to the UniLodge.

The next thing to do was the registration, which did not go without troubles. The registration took about 20 minutes, I had to sign dozens of papers and this point I was quite tired, because I had not slept at all in the last night and the time difference did get even bigger compared to Finland. I had asked earlier in the email conversation between the UniLodge that can I pay my “pre-arrival” payments with American Express, which includes two months rent, another security deposit, community programm fee and the whole kit & caboodle. They had answered that Yes, they accept it, but there will be added 2,5%, because of the credit card payment, which was fine to me, cause bank will also take they part from the international money tranfer. However, when everything was clear, I had my room card in my hands and the papers were signed, I tried to pay my payment, the card reader didn’t accept it, and they said that: Oh yes, we don’t accept American Express.. In this point I was little upset, because I didn’t have enough money in my Finnish VISA Electron or even if I had the amount, the payment limit would have declined it. The reception crew was very friendly and told me that I can pay it later and just send the receipt to their email and it was OK that way. I got this handled later in that night, but without their co-operation I would have been in trouble…

I took my luggages with me and started to search my room. When I got to my room, nobody was there, so I started to get the WiFi working, because I had to contact with my parents concerning this payment that I could not do with the American Express, which was the original plan to handle all the payments during my stay in UniLodge.

After the stressful day I got everything handled! But this was a good reminder that arrive early enough that you can get all the basic things in order before the semester starts!

I’m staying in a shared room with 6 roommates. Rob from Netherlands, Gabe from Portugal and Guy from England. They all are really great guys! A guy from Japan is not present at the moment and the last guy nobody really knows, but he is not at present either.

Have to say that this accommodation is better than I could wish for! Here is an amazing atmosphere between the student residents! Everyone is very kind and you get instant a feeling that you are very welcome here! I absolutely think already in this point that this was the best choice to stay!

I will write more about my accommodation and the student life here soon as I can! I have been really busy to learn all the new things and get my life rolling here. I have not even realise to take any of good pictures from this place, but I added some sneak peek! I took these pictures right after I arrived.

This was just a scratch from the surface, but I hope that you get something out of this!

Cheers!

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