Before you arrive

Before you leave home

Studying abroad is incredibly exciting, but we understand you may feel nervous about leaving home for the first time. To help you prepare for this exciting new stage of your life, we have put together the following guide.

Student visas

You need a current student visa before you can study at Taylors College. It can take up to six months to get a student visa from some countries. To apply for a student visa you will first need to apply to study the High School Program. A detailed guide to obtaining a student visa is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.


It is important you remember to bring the following documents with you.

  • Valid passport with student visa.
  • Your letter of offer from Taylors College.
  • Copy of your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment form.
  • Copy of your Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) form if under 18 years old.
  • At least three copies of your academic results, which have been certified as true copies by the Principal of your school, or by your agent.
  • Certified true copy of your birth certificate, passport and visa.
  • Your home address written in English.
  • Your home country driver's licence and your international driver's licence.

Certified copy

As many of these documents are valuable you may not want to bring the originals. In this case, we recommend you bring 'certified true copies'. This is a photocopy of the original document that has been stamped and signed by your Principal, a Justice of the Peace, or your agent. They are verifying they have seen the original document and that the photocopy is a ‘certified true copy’.

Personal items

Sydney has a variety of shops so you'll be able to buy everything you need to live comfortable. Many of the personal items you wish to bring with you such as clothes, books and accessories can go in your suitcase. Check with your airline to find the size of luggage you are permitted to bring. Only bring as much as you can carry!

We also recommend bringing study supplies like pens and paper as these may be less expensive in your country. You may also want to bring a mobile phone and charger. Electronic items such as desktop/laptop computers are duty-tax free in Australia, provided Customs is satisfied the items will be taken out of Australia when you leave. Adapters may be required as Australia uses 240 watts for electrical appliances.

Cooking utensils and other household items can be bought, for a reasonable price, from department stores or second-hand shops after you arrive in Australia.

Australians generally have a casual and relaxed approach to dressing. On campus, most students will be dressed informally in jeans, casual trousers or skirts. In summer (December to February) Australia can get very hot, with temperatures reaching 30°C or higher. Pack cool, light clothes, as well as a hat and long sleeved shirts, for protection against sunburn. During winter (June to August) temperatures drop to below 10°C so make sure you bring warm clothing, too. You’ll also need a waterproof, warm coat.

Getting to Taylors College

If you are arriving in Sydney by plane at Sydney International Airport, and have arranged with us for someone to pick you up, please first clear Customs and Immigration. After Customs, enter the arrival hall and proceed to the information desk. The person meeting you will be carrying a Taylors College High School Program sign, with your name on it. If you are unable to find them, DO NOT leave the airport.

We've compiled some information for those not traveling by plane as well.

From Town Hall Station you can catch bus number 20 or 343. Bus number 20 leaves from Park Street (near Pitt Street) and takes about 20 minutes. Bus number 343 leaves from Castlereagh Street (near Bathurst Street) and takes about 22 minutes. Get off bus number 343 on Elizabeth Street, near Bourke Street.

From Central Station walk to the bus stop on Elizabeth Street (near Kippax Street in Surry Hills) and take bus number 343. The trip takes about 13 minutes.

From Bondi Junction Station you can catch bus number 355. Get off on Phillip Street and walk south to Bourke Street. The trip takes about 30 minutes.

For maps and travel information go to the Transport for NSW website. For detailed bus route maps go to the Sydney Buses website and select a route number from the dropdown menu.

The trip will take about 10 minutes from the city centre. Head in the direction of Cleveland Street, Surry Hills. Turn right onto Bourke Street from Cleveland Street and continue along past McEvoy Street. Taylors College is on the right at the intersection of Powell and Bourke Streets.

From Central Station take a South Line train and get off at Green Square Station. It is only one stop from Central Station. Walk along Bourke Street for five minutes, heading towards the city, and you will arrive at the Taylors College. We are opposite the Millers Storage building on the left hand side of Bourke Street.


You must arrive in Australia at least three to four days before your classes start, so you can attend the Taylors College High School Program orientation program.

Your orientation day is extremely important, as it is the first exciting step of your high school education with us. It is also an opportunity to make new friends and find your way around the campus. It is essential all students attend orientation.

Ten things to do before travelling

Before setting out on your exciting adventure to study abroad, here are ten things you can do to prepare:

  1. Apply for a visa.
  2. Book your flights.
  3. Book your accommodation.
  4. Arrange insurance.
  5. Organise immunisations.
  6. Make three certified copies of your academic results.
  7. Get copies of your passport and visa.
  8. Buy Australian dollars.
  9. Arrange for money to be available for your tuition fees.
  10. Arrange to be met on arrival.

What to expect at orientation

Orientation is your first opportunity to meet friends and see your new campus.

Orientation also involves:

  • receiving your student identity card
  • introduction to support services
  • course timetable
  • workshops on accessing computer laboratories
  • information on important procedures to be followed in Term 1.