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Living in Darwin

Darwin is a multicultural city with more than 60 different nationalities represented. It is the capital of the Northern Territory and the biggest city in the Northern Territory with approximately 153,872 people. While the smallest capital city in Australia, it is also one of the fastest growing cities in Australia. Situated next to Australia’s largest national park, it is a popular tourist destination for Australians and foreigners alike.   

 

Transportation                     

One of the advantages of living in a smaller city is everything is located nearby and traffic jams are a rare occurrence. Most people in Darwin do have a car, but you can also get around by bus (https://nt.gov.au/driving/public-transport-cycling/public-bus-timetables-and-maps-darwin).

 

Weather

Darwin is a tropical city located on the doorstop of Asia. The weather has two distinct season, the ‘wet’ and the ‘dry’. The ‘wet’ season runs from November until April, and is characterized by humidity, monsoonal rains and storms. Temperatures range from 25C to 33C. The ‘dry’ season, from May until October, is characterized by warm, dry sunny days and cool nights. Temperatures typically range from 21C to 32C and humidity levels are low.

 

Public Holidays

National and Northern Territory public holidays are a chance to take a break from work and school. A list of public holidays can be found here - http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/special-dates-and-events/public-holidays

 

2017

New Year's day - 1 January 

Mon 2 Jan

Australia Day - 26 January 

Thurs 26 Jan

Good Friday - varies

Fri 14 April

Easter Saturday - Saturday following Good Friday

Sat 15 April

Easter Monday - Monday following Good Friday

Mon 17 April

Anzac Day - 25 April 

Tues 25 Apr

May Day - first Monday in May

Mon 1 May

Queen's Birthday - second Monday in June

Mon 12 Jun

Picnic Day - first Monday in August

Mon 7 Aug

Christmas Day - 25 December 

Mon 25 Dec

Boxing Day - 26 December 

Tue 26 Dec


Cost of Living

The Australian government outlines some of the average living costs associated with living in Australia for one year. These figures are a helpful guide, but not necessarily indicative of what you will personally spend. The minimum cost of living estimated for a single individual including accommodation, utilities, food, and transportation is an average of AU$ 18,610 per year. The inclusion of a spouse is another AU$ 6,515 per year and the inclusion of a child another AU$ 3,720. For a breakdown of these expenses please see: http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/global/live-in-australia/living-costs


Important Links

Be sure to visit the Northern Territory government website for international students. It has helpful information on studying, living, visiting, and working in the Northern Territory: http://www.australiasnorthernterritory.com.au/studynt/Pages/default.aspx   

The City of Darwin also has information to help you ease into your new city. You can find it at: http://www.darwin.nt.gov.au/

View the following links for more on Darwin’s tourist attractions, community services and getting around:


Accommodation

UniLodge

UniLodge is a residential complex designed specifically for students. It includes studios, 2 bedroom apartments, and 4 bedroom apartments. There are also common spaces for studying, eating, and chilling, which bring residents together as a community. UniLodge is conveniently located next to public transport and a shopping centre.

Check room availability and prices at: https://unilodge.com.au/lodge-details/?l=2061.


Private accommodation

Share housing is also a popular accommodation option for both locals and foreigners. Accommodation in Darwin is priced per week and often does not include the cost of utilities.

If you are looking for a studio apartment, room in a share house, or to rent your own house these websites are a popular way to find both temporary and permanent accommodation:

https://www.realestate.com.au/rent  

http://www.domain.com.au/   

https://www.flatmatefinders.com.au/

https://flatmates.com.au/

 

Employment

International students are permitted to work 20 hours a week upon commencing their course and while the course is in session. During the scheduled course breaks, there is no limit on the number of hours international students are eligible to work.

The minimum wage in Australia is AU$ 16.87 per hour, but various industries may have higher minimum wage rates.

While BCA National cannot guarantee you a job, we are happy to provide guidance to current students during their job search. If you are a current student and require any advice on how to write a resume, interview or seek part time employment please contact the international programs division for support.