The Elizabeth Bence School of Fashion is located on the second floor, 741 Pacific Highway, opposite Gordon railway station (on the North Shore line).
The school is maintained as an authentic fashion and design workplace environment with facilities and equipment set-up to ensure effective and efficient operation.
Regular public transport services link the school with the city of Sydney, offering all the attractions of a capital city. Sydney is approximately 14km from Gordon by train. There is also ample street parking available in side streets to the school.
Accommodation in Sydney
You are responsible for organising your own accommodation arrangements. There is no on campus accommodation available at our school. Sydney and local area newspapers run advertisements for accommodation vacant particularly in Saturday and mid-week editions. However, the school can provide you with contact details of hostels, hotels and shared accommodation. There is a high demand for all types of accommodation in Sydney and students are advised to allow 3-6 weeks to find suitable accommodation.
Homestay accommodation is an accommodation option which you may prefer. Homestay means living with a local family and sharing their daily life. It gives you a unique opportunity to experience the Australian way of life. If you choose Homestay you will be placed in a suitable home within reasonable distance from the school by public transport. You will have your own suitably furnished room or you can share a room if you prefer. Breakfasts and dinners are provided daily.
For an additional small fee Homestay can organise to meet you on arrival at the airport and transport you to your Homestay family. For further information see http://www.homestay.com.au
Hostels and guesthouse accommodation is usually run by organizations such as Youth Hostels Australia and the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) or Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). This accommodation suits budget-conscious students who wish to be independent and have full facilities available for their own use. You may choose from a range of different rooms (single, double or share), depending on your needs and availability at the time. The bathroom, laundry and kitchen facilities are usually shared in hostel and guesthouse accommodation. For further information see http://www.ywca-sydney.com.au or http://www.yha.org.au
Fully furnished, equipped and serviced apartments provide the opportunity for you to be completely independent. They are usually more costly than Homestay or guesthouse accommodation.
If you prefer the comfort and facilities of a hotel, these are available in all price ranges and categories
Living Costs in Sydney
The average international student in Australia spends about $A400 per week on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport, telephone and incidental costs. For further information on budgeting and finances while you study in Australia go to: http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/sia/en/LivingInAustralia/MoneyMatters.htm
Overseas Health Cover
Australia has a special system of health cover for international students in Australia. This is called Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and it covers most medical expenses, most prescriptions drugs, the cost of hospital care and emergency ambulance transport. All international students must show evidence that they have health insurance cover before a visa can be issued. You are required to have this for the duration of your student visa in Australia.
Norwegian students are exempt from the OHSC requirements. Swedish students, who are studying under CSN International who have obtained insurance through CSN are also exempt from the OHSC requirements.
An indication of OSHC cost for a single person for a year with Medibank Private is $A312.00. For further information see the International Students link on http://www.medibank.com.au
It is an Australian Government requirement that you notify the school of your address within 7 days of arriving in Australia.
It is also an Australian Government requirement that you notify the school within 7 days of your change of address and contact details. Failure to do so must be reported to DIMA and may lead to your visa being cancelled.