Uni life can be complicated at first, so this site will help make it a little easier to navigate your first semester at Monash. The weeks listed here represent the twelve teaching weeks of semester. Just start scrolling to browse topics to see important deadlines to help you manage your studies each week. 


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Money matters

While at uni, you’ll need to stay on top of your financial responsibilities. Most importantly, you’ll need to pay your course fees and other costs on time and learn how to manage your money to cover all your other expenses.

If you choose to work part-time to supplement your income, make sure you follow the work conditions for student visa holders, or you risk losing your visa.

Pay your fees on time

Your fees are due in mid-February. You’ll receive your fees statement by email, which lists your course and unit enrolment, the amount to pay and the due date.

For more information, see:

You can also view your fees statement and past payments in the Web Enrolment System (WES).

How to pay

You have a number of ways to pay your fees. To protect yourself from fraudsters and scams, pay using only the methods listed. Never pay through a third party, even if discounts are offered.

Other costs and fees

These may include:

Managing your money

Get a bank account

When you first arrive, make sure you’ve got about A$500 cash for your immediate expenses, such as food, transport, and temporary accommodation.

You’ll need to open an Australian bank account as soon as possible (most banks are closed on weekends). If you have an Australia Awards Scholarship, you won’t need to open a bank account because we’ll have already done this for you.

Plan a budget

Living on a student income can be challenging. Find out about the cost of living in Australia and plan a budget for yourself. Your course fees don’t include personal costs like accommodation, food, and other things you’ll need while in Australia.

Here are some online tools to help you budget:

For tips on how to reduce your spending, see:

If you need more money

At some point while studying, you may find you need more money. If this happens, you may decide to work part-time, take out a loan or apply for a scholarship.


Many university students need to work part-time to support themselves while studying. Before looking for a job, think about how to balance studying and working hours. Full-time students should consider working no more than 8 to 10 hours per week.

International student visas allow:

  • up to 20 hours work per week during semester
  • full-time work during the semester breaks.

Finding work

Check out the Career Connect website:

Legitimate work arrangements

Students may be offered a job where they are paid cash and the employer doesn’t deduct tax. This is illegal and may not be in your best interests. For example:

  • it may be more difficult to get compensation if you’re injured at work
  • you may miss out on employer contributions to superannuation.

To protect your rights, see: