When you first arrive at your study location, it’s normal to feel excited, tired, and a bit unsure. Here we prepare you for what to expect and help you settle in during your first few days in the country as an international student. First step: get off the plane. That’s pretty easy. Follow your fellow passengers to collect your bags and proceed through to the immigration for your passport and visa check. You’ll then come out in the Arrival Hall of the International Terminal.
Now it’s time to travel from the airport directly to your accommodation (don’t go to the University first!). Most Airports are linked to all forms of public transport. It’s a good idea to research transport options before you leave your home city, so you don’t need to think about it when you arrive after a long flight – and make sure you have the address written down somewhere. There are several ways to travel from the airport: Airport Shuttle Pick Up service: Some University offers a free airport shuttle service to some locations for newly commencing international students arriving in the country. You have to book a shuttle if available. Train or bus: Some city’s public transport options include trains, buses, light rails (trams) and ferries. You’ll need a card or ticket to use the public transport network – you can buy one from the airport. Use Google or Apple Maps to find out the best routes for where you want to go, and then download the best Trip app for the latest timetables in the country.
Taxi: Catching a taxi is more expensive than public transport, but they will be able to take you directly to your door and save you from carrying your luggage too far. Taxi ranks are situated just outside the Arrivals lounge if you wish to go from the airport, or you could consider catching one from outside the nearest train station to your accommodation to save you from walking. Other options: Ride-sharing app like Uber is popular in most cities and can be used at the international airport. Once you exit the building, follow signs to the public pick-up area, as this is where your driver will meet you upon confirming through the app. If required, GT Western will arrange a pick up from the airport and bring you to your accommodation centre whether it is arranged by us or arranged by yourself. We will make sure that you will safely arrive to your destination. Please send us your arrival details at least 1 week in advance.