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This week in Queensland over 51,000 students are waiting with baited breath for results of their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). For the young adults in capital cities, the tertiary education options could seem endless, with multiple opportunities catering to their chosen career advancement. However, students in regional and remote Queensland and their families may find the choices to be seemingly limited. This is not the case in Cairns, with two major university campuses and multiple medium sized registered training organisations offering hundreds of courses to suit everyone’s preferences This time of a student’s life if filled with both excitement and nervousness, for parents and children. Once you have secured your offer, take time out to think about the best way to learn and live in the tropics. These six tips will ensure you have a successful and peaceful start to your new life as a university student.

  1. Get involved in O Week – The best advice I received before starting University was to accept the first three invitations that are offered to you. You might find people staying in the same Student Living accommodation going to the same activities or events. They might even be doing the same course as you! Meeting new people is quite daunting for some people. Why don’t you check out the student clubs to meet people with similar interests? Check out the market stalls and grab some free information leaflets about the area.
  2. Use your breaks wisely – Get into a great study routine and give yourself time out early in the first few weeks. Your brain requires time to rest and rejuvenate. Cairns has so many outdoor activities on offer. Choose from a relaxing rainforest walk at the back of the botanical gardens, or a trip out to the reef. Using the Student Living MiTribe card, you can grab some great discounts on the multiple tourism operators around Cairns and Far North Queensland.
  3. Study with a Buddy – Student Living has been purpose built for students from a variety of backgrounds and enrolled in mixture of colleges. Get to know your neighbour and see if they would like to be your study buddy. If you are feeling a bit shy around your apartment, take the opportunity to join in one of the monthly excursions arranged by the Accommodation Manager. This is a great time to get out and about and see more of the Cairns region, such as Port Douglas, the Atherton Tablelands, Mission Beach or Mossman Gorge.
  4. Eat properly – There are so many different dining options in Cairns, even for those on a tight student budget. Rusty’s Markets is only 2Km away from Student Living Pembroke Street, an easy Uber ride into town. The freshest fruit and vegetables are offered every weekend from local growers, including Asian vegetables and herbs. On the Cairns Esplanade is a wonderful array of savoury and sweet dining options open until late at night. Food deliveries to the apartments are easy to arrange – get mum or dad to put in a Coles or Woolworths home delivery order so you can do some home cooking in the spacious fully equipped kitchen.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ASK! Asking for help is really discouraging for some people. Please do not be intimidated, all of the staff are trained and especially chosen to facilitate your educational success. If you are struggling with your study load, stressed about finances, sad to be living away from your community, or if you have issues with neighbours, do not wait until it is too late. Make sure you ask for the help and support you need to make your study journey a successful one.
  6. Make the most of it! This is going to be the best time of your life, you will make lifelong friends and you are living in one of the best cities in the world! We have absolute faith that you will achieve all you have set out to achieve whilst staying with us at Student Living.

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