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Support Services

Airport Pick-up Service

An airport pick-up service is available to new students, upon request (at a cost). It is important that students applying for airport pick-up confirm their details at least two weeks before leaving their home country.


It is important that students live comfortably and with confidence in a new environment to feel secure and achieve their academic goals. Accommodation options in Adelaide include:

  • Student Apartments

  • Private Rental

  • Hostel accommodation

Student apartments, Private Rental or Hostel Accommodation

Students may want to find their own place to live, either shared or alone. Options include student apartments, house, unit/flat or hostels. Costs vary considerably depending on size, quality and location around Adelaide. Renting normally requires you to sign a contract for 6 or 12 months and you will usually be required to pay one month’s rent in advance as well as pay a refundable deposit (bond).

Information on rental properties can be obtained from the Student Services Officer, from local Real Estate Agents, Online and through newspapers.

Temporary accommodation can be arranged in motels or backpacker hostels in the CBD area. Most of the motels and hostels require a deposit to secure the room.

For more information on accommodation and living costs in Adelaide please visit – www.studyadelaide.com.au

Bringing your family

If applicants intend to bring family members to Australia, they need to apply for Student Dependant Visas. Visit the website – www.diac.gov.au or contact the Australian Diplomatic Mission for more information. If applicants intend to bring school-aged dependant children, they are required to attend school and pay full fees in either government or non-government schools.


All newly arriving international students need to attend an orientation program. A series of activities and programs will be conducted by WLI & University of Ballarat personnel. This program will assist you to make an effective and efficient transition to your studies in Australia and perform at your best as quickly as possible.

At Orientation you will :-

  • Select and enroll in a course, assisted by academic and administrative staff from the William Light Institute and the University of Ballarat

  • Obtain your program information, book list and timetable for the semester

  • Create your student ID card

  • Obtain information about your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

  • Be introduced to the services and facilities at William Light Institute

  • Meet our academic and administrative staff

  • Meet new friends before you commence your studies

  • Purchase your textbooks

Learning Support

At William Light Institute we understand that University level studies could be difficult for some. To assist students develop the necessary study skills, we offer a variety of study and learning support services, including:

  • Counselling and advice to support individual learning requirements

  • Regular workshops on study skills will be run throughout the semester to assist students with note-taking, reading and referencing skills, exam techniques etc English Language suppor t

  • Computer Support

Library Facilities

Students have access to library, photocopying, printing and email services at the William Light Institute. All enrolled students have full online access to the University of Ballarat’s Library in Ballarat. Students can use the University of Ballarat Library catalogue to request library materials for delivery and collection at the William Light Institute. Students need to have their University of Ballarat ID card in order to request books.

Social Activities

Students will have the opportunity to experience a range of arts cultural and sporting activities facilitated by the William Light Institute. Examples include watching Australian Rules Football, golf lessons, student cricket matches, attending world music food and drama festivals and the ‘Great Australian Barbeque’

Work Rights

In Australia international students and their dependants are limited to 20 hours per week of paid employment whilst the student’s program is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled program breaks. Dependents of Subclass 574 Masters and Doctorate students have unlimited work rights after the principal student visa holder has commenced his/her program in Australia.

Student should check with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) in Australia for the latest requirements, as requirements could vary. Please visit – http://www.diac.gov.au for further information.


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