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Student Tips , Domestic Student Hub

What is an ATAR Score and Does it Really Matter?

From the moment students enter high school they’re told one thing: Their ATAR score is important! But here’s the big question: What exactly is an ATAR score? And following up on that question, does it really even matter at the end of the day? So to all those high school students in year 12 who […]

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International Student Hub

Student Visas – Frequently Asked Questions

There’s a lot of reading and planning involved when applying for a Student Visa to come study in Australia. It’s pretty confusing to be honest and there’s almost always a lot of questions about the complexities of what’s required for a Student Visa and what’s involved. But don’t worry, we’re here to answer all those […]

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International Student Hub

Getting a Visa Sponsorship in Australia

Let’s say you visited Australia on a Working Holiday Visa and you liked it so much that you want to stay Down Under even longer. What are your options to extend your Australian visit even longer? That’s where a visa sponsorship comes in. We’re going to go through the ins and outs of what a […]

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Student Tips , International Student Hub

Getting a Working Holiday Visa

There’s a bunch of visas you can apply for if you want to come over to Australia and enjoy some time Down Under. One of the more popular visas is the Working Holiday Visa, so we’re going to take a deep dive into this particular topic and answer all the big questions you may have […]

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Student Tips , Australia Guide , Domestic Student Hub

Things You Need to Know About HECS-HELP Debt

You’ve gotten a great ATAR score and pondered over which university you want to study at, but you’ve made your decision and you’re going to be a uni student come next semester! Now here comes the next big question: How are you going to pay for your tuition? You can pay for it out of […]

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Student Tips , Australia Guide , Life at Urbanest , Domestic Student Hub

How to Choose a University For Studying

So you’ve gotten a fantastic ATAR score and have decided to postpone your fun-filled gap year until after you’ve started studying at university. But now you’ve got a big decision to make: Which university do you want to study at? It’s a big decision and not one you should take lightly. But don’t worry, we’ve […]

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Life at Urbanest , Staying Healthy , uLife

Student Stories: My Life In Australia During The Pandemic

Every international student has a story to tell about their experience studying aboard. To shine a light on our domestic and international residents, we’re taking part in Study Australia’s #MyAustralia campaign so that they can share their story, how their experience has been during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what it’s been like studying in Australia during such […]

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Student Tips , Australia Guide , Domestic Student Hub

Thinking of Taking a Gap Year?

You’ve finally finished your last exam and now your hard-earned freedom awaits you, so what do you do next? Do you go straight back into the classroom and start hitting the books again? Do you get a job? Or do you take some time off in the form of a gap year? It’s always good […]

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International Student Hub

International Student Health Care – FAQs

While there’s nothing more exciting than heading to a new country like Australia to study, there are a few things you’ll need to organise. One of those things is your health insurance. Let’s run through a few of the common questions surrounding healthcare for international students in Australia: What is Medicare? Medicare is the system […]

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International Student Hub

Setting Up A Bank Account In Australia

Okay, you’ve sorted out your student visa, organise your OSHC, and even figured out which instant ramen hack works best for you. So what’s next? Well since you’re going to be studying in Australia for a period of time, it’s best to get settled in and that means you will need a bank account for […]

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International Student Hub

A Guide To Student Visas

Applying to Australian institutions as an international student is easy, although it will take some time and careful planning. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered in this article. There are several types of visa that might be suitable to you, but the Student Visa (Subclass 500) is usually the one students apply for and will […]

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Student Tips , Life at Urbanest , Domestic Student Hub

Planning A Life After Graduation

If you’ve finished your university degree or will be graduating soon, congratulations are in order! After years of studying and assessments you are now a fully-fledged post graduate. Now that you’re armed with all the learnings from your course, you may be wondering what your next step should be. Thankfully, there are a few paths […]

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Student Tips , Life at Urbanest , Domestic Student Hub

How To Write A Good Essay

Essays and uni go hand in hand like curry with rice or pineapple on pizza (don’t @ us). Since you’re more than likely going to write more than your share of essays during your time at uni, we thought we’ll try and make life easier for you by sharing some tips on how to write […]

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Student Tips , Life at Urbanest , Domestic Student Hub

The Best Budget Friendly Instant Ramen Recipes

Ramen has come quite a long way from its origins as a Japanese noodle soup that consists of wheat noodles served in a meat-based broth, flavoured with soy sauce or miso, and topped with delicious toppings like sliced pork belly, nori (dried seaweed), and scallions. Nowadays you can buy instant ramen noodle packets from any […]

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Student Tips , Domestic Student Hub

10 Online Study Tools To Help You Through Exam Period

With exam time fast approaching, it is good idea to minimise online distractions…but if you cannot get offline here are our top 10 online study tools that may actually boost your productivity…and most of them are free!

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Student Tips , Domestic Student Hub

How To Choose A Laptop For University

These days it’s nigh impossible to get anything done without some kind of digital device, especially if you’re a uni student who is required to do their work online all the time. Seeing as how being online is the norm these days, you might as well do it in the best way possible without breaking […]

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International Student Hub

Working in Australia, Writing a Resume

You may wonder what is the best way to apply for a job in Australia? If so, this article aims to help you with the steps to get your resume ready for the job application. So much less to worry about… with our step by step guide and free templates! Your resume (or CV), is […]

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International Student Hub

How To Get A Phone And Get Connected In Australia

Almost everything we do these days requires being online or connected in some way. As such, having your phone up and running as soon as possible when you land in a Australia can make your life a lot easier. Now there are two ways to do just that: a prepaid or a post-paid local SIM […]

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Student Tips , Domestic Student Hub

Unsure what to take to University? We’ve got you covered!

You’ve been accepted into university, chosen your subjects and checked into your accommodation…now your first day of university is quickly approaching – but what exactly should you take with you? To help you decide what goes in your bag, we’ve created this ultimate guide to packing for university…

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Student Tips , Life at Urbanest , Staying Healthy , Domestic Student Hub

How to Keep Your Apartment Clean

Look, cleaning your apartment isn’t the most exciting thing to do in the world, especially if you’re a uni student with plenty of other things to spend your valuable time on. But we’re willing to bet you’d much rather live in a clean and organised apartment rather than a dirty and cluttered space. Luckily for […]

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Student Tips , Domestic Student Hub

A Guide to Managing Your Finances in Australia as a Student

With a little forward planning you can enjoy your time in Australia on a comfortable budget. Here are some of our top money management tips. Draw up a budgetThere are several ways you can draw up a budget. Firstly the old fashioned way by writing it down on a notepad, typing it into an Excel […]

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Student Tips , Life at Urbanest , Domestic Student Hub

Life at Urbanest During COVID-19

2020 has been quite the year with our Urbanest residents having to deal with many ups and downs, from city lockdowns and moving to online classes to not seeing their family and friends. It’s also allowed them to reflect on life and find joy in the small things such as taking up a new hobby, […]

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Student Tips , Life at Urbanest , uRewards , uLife , Domestic Student Hub

The Exercise Effect with Thursday Fitness

So much support for your wellbeing with uLife…wanting to improve your fitness and health? Find out about Thursday Fitness with uLife and a variety of free online services available to help provide you with the support and motivation to reach your goals.

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Student Tips , Life at Urbanest

Our top 12 Netflix shows to watch over Easter

There is no better time than Easter to catch up on the films you wanted to watch but haven’t had the time to. So, here are our top 12 Netflix recommendations for you to watch over Easter. From sporting documentaries, to T-swift concerts, you will be surprised where this list takes you.

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Student Tips , News , Life at Urbanest , Staying Healthy

So much going on behind the scenes…

As COVID-19 continues to turn the world upside down, Urbanest is prioritising the health, safety and well-being of our friendly team across the country and you, our residents in every decision we make. With so much going on behind the scenes, read more to keep informed. We are here to support you.

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Student Tips , Life at Urbanest , Sustainability , uRewards , Domestic Student Hub

Hygiene Habits to help keep you healthy

Keeping healthy is a part of everyday life. As the current pandemic unfolds across the world, keeping healthy has never been more important. If you want to minimise your risk and also enhance your overall health, it is important to practice good hygiene by following these guidelines.

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Student Tips , Life at Urbanest , Sustainability , uRewards

Earth Hour 2020

Millions of people from across the world take part in Earth Hour by switching off their lights to show support for climate change. Earth Hour 2020 will take place on Saturday 28 March 2020 at 8.30 pm. So why don’t you #swtichoff and take part?

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Student Tips , Life at Urbanest , Sustainability , uRewards

What is Clean Up Australia Day and How You Can Get Involved

Want to know about Australia’s largest community-based environmental event? Every year on Clean Up Australia Day communities, individuals, friends and families come together across the country by donating their time to clean up and preserve Australia’s incredible landscape. Not sure how to get involved – find out here

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Student Tips

Support Services for Students Studying in Australia

Need someone to talk to? Check out our list of university support services for students.

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Student Tips , Life at Urbanest

What’s the secret to getting along with your flatmates?

When studying at university, sharing an apartment with a flatmate can be an amazing experience, but there may come a time when you run into conflict.

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Student Tips , part-time work

How To Make A Good Impression At Interviews

So many ways…to make a good first impression at interview. You’ve downloaded our FREE CV template, have a standout Cover Letter and now you have been invited to interview. Remember, don’t panic. The most important part of a job interview is the beginning as you only get one chance to make a great first impression. We’ve put together so many ways…14 in fact…to help you make a good first impression at interview in Australia.

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Student Tips , Holiday , Christmas

Christmas in Australia

So much more to experience..with Christmas in Summer. Enjoy these festive tips on how to enjoy an Australian Christmas and events in your city here.

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Student Tips

Why a Cover Letter is Important and How to Write One

Now that your Resume (CV) is ready to apply for a job in Australia, let’s work on standing you out against the competition. In this article you’ll learn the importance of a Cover Letter and how to write one.

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Student Tips

Quick Affordable Student Meals – Free Spring Recipe

Urbanest Student Accommodation quick affordable meals – check out free Spring recipe from our Head Chef Kurt, The Eatery at Urbanest Darling House. No cooking – it is so easy and delicious try it yourself! The perfect spring meal on a student budget + brekky tips!

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Student Tips

5 Tips For Balancing Work And University

Check out our top 5 tips for balancing work and uni. These simple steps will help to ensure you have the right plan when it comes to earning some Aussie dollars and still getting time to study and complete assignments on time…

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Student Tips , Staying Healthy

Living A Healthy Life At University

Living a healthy life at university doesn’t have to be chore. In fact, it can improve your productivity and even help you focus and get better marks.

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Student Tips

Quick Affordable Student Meals – Free Winter Soup Recipe

Urbanest top tips for studying for the exam period plus check out our free recipe from our Head Chef Kurt, The Eatery at Urbanest Darling House. Kurt shares his favourite Winter Soup Swiss Barley Soup – it is so easy and delicious try it yourself! The perfect meal on a student budget.

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Student Tips

How To Motivate Yourself To Study

Urbanest top tips on how to motivate yourself to study. We all lose our motivation from time to time, discover our best study tips to get you back on track with your personal development at university.

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Student Tips , Australia Guide

Anzac Day Explained…find out all you need to know!

We understand when you move to a new country there can be many traditions and cultural events that are new or unknown. Don’t worry, Urbanest is here to help you navigate your way through these Aussie customs!

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Student Tips , Life at Urbanest

Top 4 fun ideas for your student holiday this Easter 🐣🐇🍫

Our top 4 fun ideas for your student holiday this Easter The Easter Long Weekend in Australia 🐣🐥🐇🍫🍫🍫 The Easter Long Weekend has become a staple in the Australian public holiday calendar. Even though many families may not celebrate Easter, Australians will take advantage of these extra public holidays as a time to come together with […]

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Location Guides , South Bank Guide , Brisbane

8 reasons why you will love staying at Urbanest South Bank

Check out our 8 reasons why you will love staying at Urbanest South Bank. If you are looking at studying and living abroad in Brisbane, Australia, you’ll never be short of something to do if you choose to study in the capital of the Sunshine State.

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Architecture , Art and Design , International Student Events

So much more than bricks and mortar

At Urbanest, we understand that a building is not complete when the final brick is laid. Case in point, Urbanest Darling Square and Urbanest Darling House. These two buildings were conceived as a pair with project architects AJ+C and share an architectural west facing elevation known as the “City Wall”. This façade has deep set […]

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News

Suburb profile: Swanston Street

If you’re looking for student accomodation in Melbourne, Australia –  it’s hard to find a better spot than Swanston Street, centrally located in the heart of bustling Melbourne CBD. Here are a couple of reason why this prime location is the perfect spot for you. It’s in the middle of Melbourne’s CBD and hottest suburbsSwanston […]

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News

We have good news…Urbanest now proivdes UNLIMITED internet data allowance across Australia!

We are excited to announce that our residents across Australia will now benefit from UNLIMITED DATA ALLOWANCE… yes that’s right, how exciting!

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News

Coming in 2019… urbanest Swanston Street

At urbanest, we have always prided ourselves on supplying a superb lifestyle for our residents with modern buildings that include great rooms, great living spaces and a great support network. Melbourne city is known for its amazing food, culture and universities, it is for this reason that our urbanest properties in Melbourne are in such […]

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Student Tips

Study Help Groups at Your University

When it comes to studying for exams there can be many things that get in your way. You may lack the motivation needed to sit down for hours on end to review the entire semester’s learnings. Or perhaps there are gaps in your learning, where asking a fellow student could be just the answer.

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Student Tips

The secret to living with flatmates

One of the best parts about studying in Australia and living at Urbanest is meeting new people and more often than not, your roommates will become your closest friends. However, that doesn’t mean issues won’t arise from time to time. That’s why being it’s so important to communicate effectively and be a kind human! Here […]

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Student Tips

Volunteering in the holidays

Now that university has wrapped up for the year, you might be thinking of ways to spend this well-deserved time off.

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Student Tips

6 Signs You Are In The Right Job

Whether you work in retail or at a cafe, having a part time job comes part and parcel with University life. If you nod your head in agreement to the majority of these signs, it’s a good indicator your current job is right for you.

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Student Tips

How To Write A Resume

Having a great resume doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you’ll get the job you’re after, but having a poor one guarantees that you won’t. Check out our tips.

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Student Tips

Support services for students studying in Australia

Need someone to talk to? Check out our list of university support services for students.

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Student Tips

Tips for International Students

International Students Welcome to Australia Australia is an incredible country to visit with so much to see and do. There are busy major cities with lots of shopping outlets, beautiful coasts to explore and endless white sandy beaches – not to mention our weird and wonderful wildlife! The weather is usually mild year round, so […]

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Student Tips

New Student Checklist

Student Checklist Congratulations, you have been accepted onto your university place and you’re about to dive into your next big adventure. Before you jump on in your car, bus or plane, there are several things worth considering, so your trip is smooth and painless.

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Student Tips

Preparing for Your Exams – Keeping Your Mind and Body Healthy

Tips and tricks to keep your stress levels down and ace your final exams.

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Student Tips

What to look forward to on your mid-semester break

Tips to get the most out of your mid semester break.

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