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STUDENT LIFE

Melbourne is one of the famous destinations for students in Australia. Students come to this city from all corners of the globe to make a career for themselves. Moving to a new city or country plus starting education at a new university, combined with setting up new bank accounts and finding local shops can be very frustrating for many of us.

Here is some information that will help you to start your life in Melbourne.

Customs

Prior to landing in Australia, you will be handed an incoming passenger card to complete, as well as Customs and Agriculture Declaration forms. Australia has particularly strict quarantine laws - you must declare all goods of animal or plant origin, and you are not allowed to bring into the country any fresh vegetables or fruit. If you're unsure about bringing any items into Australia, declare them. And if you've been snacking on the flight, place any leftovers in the amnesty quarantine bins available in the arrival area or on the way to the luggage collection bay. Australian customs regulations allow anyone over 18 to import the following goods duty free: AUD$400 worth of goods, not including alcohol or tobacco; 2.25 liters of alcohol; 250 cigarettes, or 250 grams of cigars or tobacco products (other than cigarettes).

Embassies

For information on all foreign embassies within Australian log onto http://www.dfat.gov.au/embassies.html

Meeting Etiquette

Australians are not very formal therefore greetings are casual and relaxed with a hand shake and a smile. Aussies prefer to use first names, even at the initial meeting. While an Australian may say, 'G'day' or 'G'day, mate', this may sound patronizing from a foreigner. Visitors should simply say, 'Hello' or 'Hello, how are you?'

Clayton Suburb Profile

Home to various education and research centers, Clayton is conveniently located close to major roads that link the suburbs to the city. Clayton is renowned for being the home for the prominent Monash University and Monash College. Clayton is also famous for its celebrated gold courses, whether you're an amateur or a pro golfer, you can find the suitable course for you.

As a one of the populous and ethnically rich suburbs, Clayton has numerous local stores that provide cuisines and goods that can cure homesickness. The safe and friendly environment of Clayton supports a high quality living standard that encourages a healthy lifestyle.

You can also find famous landmarks such as Waverley Park and the Victoria Police Academy in and around Clayton.

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