Internet, Mobile Phone and Mail
There are various communications services available to international students studying in Perth.
You can access the internet in a number of ways:
You can buy an Australian SIM card to use with your existing phone or a new phone and SIM card. If you bring a phone from overseas, you may need to have it ‘unlocked’ so you can use it with an Australian network.
Many students choose ‘pre-paid’ or ‘pay-as-you-go’ mobile plans, which allow you to buy as much or as little credit as you need. There are also long-term contracts where you pay a set amount of money each month.
You can buy a mobile phone from a phone shop, some post offices, some supermarkets and department stores, and online.
You may need to show proof of identification when buying a phone.
There are public pay telephones located throughout Perth and at many education campuses. If you live with a host family, check with them before using their phone and ask if you need to pay for it. If you’re renting or sharing a house with someone, you can negotiate with them to get a phone connection through major telephone and internet providers and share costs if you wish.
Mail and post offices
In Australia, the name of the postal system is Australia Post. You can buy stamps, envelopes and postage boxes, and send mail and parcels at any post office in Perth.
Remember, when you send a letter, you must always put a stamp on it and write the address clearly. You can post a letter at the post office or place it in a red post box (red post boxes are located all around Perth).
To post a parcel to another city in Australia or overseas, you must pay for it and lodge it at the post office. When you give your address to friends and family at home, make sure you give them complete and correct address information. For example:
Unit/house number and street name
There are national, local and suburban newspapers in Perth. You can buy major newspapers at newsagents and supermarkets, and most newspapers are available to read online. Local and suburban newspapers are useful for looking for a job, a car, a place to rent or secondhand furniture. There are also international newspapers available in several languages.
For more information on Living in Western Australia
Visit the Perth Education City website.