International Student Services

HGT Australia International College is here to help you call Australia home

Find support for overcoming the unique challenges of studying in a foreign country.

International students are an integral part of our community.

No matter what type of study you’re doing, whether you’re just arrived or you’re here to stay, HGT Australia International College are committed to helping you have a safe and rewarding experience. We want living and studying in Australia to be a memorable time for all international students. These are some of the ways we help you succeed academically and personally.

Tell us your plans for studying in Australia

Arriving in Australia

Transport options

When arriving at either the Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, or the Newcastle Williamtown Airport, you can be picked up by shuttle or catch public transport.

Shuttle bus

We’re able to arrange a paid pick up by shuttle bus for you or you’re able to contact Hunter Connections Shuttle


Public transportation

In Sydney airport, you can take the Airport Link rail service to the Central Station, then take the Central Coast & Newcastle Line to Newcastle. In Newcastle airport, you can take the 130 bus to Newcastle. All the services mentioned above can be paid by Opal card.


Accommodation options

There are two popular accommodation options available for students living and studying in Newcastle.


Homestay is a type of accommodation that you live with a chosen Australian family in their home. The homestay family will provide you:

  • Meals
  • Laundry facilities
  • Private room
  • A great chance to practice English and learn Australian culture

Generally, the cost of homestay is fixed per week, all bills included.

More information? You can either choose to contact us to arrange homestay accommodation, or look at or 


Share house is a type of accommodation that you share a house or apartment with other tenants. “Share” means you share all the facilities, as well as the cost of rent, electricity, water and gas. In a shared house, you will need to supply your own towels, bed linings and kitchen utensils. You will also need to buy your own food and do your own housework and cooking.

In Newcastle, the weekly cost of living in a shared apartment would be around AU $180 – $250 per bedroom (all bills included). And the weekly cost of living in a shared 4-bedroom house would be around AU$130-$180 per bedroom (all bills included).

More information? For more information about vacant houses or apartments, visit or

Do you have more questions?

Work in Australia

  • How many hours am I allowed to work in Australia?

    When on a student visa, you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight, and any extra working hours are illegal. For more information, you can go to the website of DIBP or login to VEVO which allows eVisa holders to enquire about their immigration status and work conditions.

  • What workplace rights do I have in Australia?

    Workers in Australia – including students with permission to work – have rights under Australian labour legislation.

    The Australian National Employment Standards (NES) provides information on pay rates, shift calculations, leave arrangements and notice and redundancy entitlements.

    Other information is also available at Workplace rights – for all visa holders working in Australia.

  • How much can I earn in Australia?

    The national minimum wage is currently $18.29 per hour or $694.90 per 38 hour (before tax). Casual employees covered by the national minimum wage also get at least a 25% casual loading. Junior employees aged 18 and 19 are paid slightly less. This rule is not generally applicable for all employers. Many service jobs get tips.

    In Newcastle, some examples of median hourly wages are:

    Retail Sales Assistant: AU$18.83

    Receptionist: AU$20.02

    Assistant in Nursing (AIN): AU$20.44

    Aged Care staff: AU$25.50

    For more information, look at the website of Fair Work Ombudsman

Life in Newcastle

Why choose Newcastle to live?

As Australia’s seventh largest city, Newcastle maintains a subtle balance between modernity and tradition, national views and cultural heritage, business centre and rural cottages. In 2011, the famous travel guide Lonely Planet listed Newcastle among the world’s Top 10 Cities. In 2017, the Global magazine National Geographic Traveler named Newcastle as one of the world’s top “Smart Cities” to watch. Great medical facilities, great educational system and great transport makes Newcastle a place with bright future.

Living and Studying in Newcastle

When you choose the HGT Australia International College for study, you will enjoy all the accessible facilities, stunning scenery and well-known destinations.  7 mins’ walk to the McDonald Jones Stadium that hosted four AFC Asian Cup in 2015. 6 mins’ drive to the large Waratah Shopping Centre and 9 mins’ drive to the Westfield Kotara. Other than that, in Newcastle you will be able to visit the world-famous Hunter Valley Wine region, historic Maitland, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Barrington Tops National Park.

Learn more about Newcastle

Newcastle is only 160kms north of Sydney and is located in the heart of the Hunter Region. It is boarded by a stunning coastline and many beautiful beaches. For more information about this beautiful city, please visit

Common questions about Australian life

  • Student Visas

    We can help you to understand the requirements of your student visa and where you can go to seek help. For detailed information about student visas and conditions, please visit The Australian Department of Home Affairs

  • The Weather

    Australian seasons are the reverse of the seasons experienced in China, Europe, and North America. The summer months in Australia are from December to February, autumn is from March to May, winter is from June to August and spring is September to November. Boasting a long-term annual average high temperature of 30C and minimum low of 8C, so pack a hat and a bottle of sunscreen before you arrive! For more information visit Australian Bureau of Meteorology

  • Public Transport

    • Trains
    • Buses
    • Ferries
    • Taxis

    To travel on some public transport, you will need to have an Opal card in NSW or Go card in Queensland

  • The Average Cost of Living (Weekly Budget)

    • Accommodation: $100-$350 per week
    • Transportation: $20-$50 (i.e., public transport from $1.67 per trip 1 zone in Brisbane; from $2.3 between 0-3km in NSW.)
    • Mobile and Internet: $20-$50 per month
    • Utilities: $20-$50 per week
  • Food and Entertainment

    • Pizza: from $5-$28
    • Cinema Ticket: from $6.50
    • Coffee and Muffin: from $5
    • Gym Membership: from $11 per week

For more information about student services offered by HGT Australia, please contact us

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