So you’re picked your degree, chosen the right uni (as if you were ever going to choose anywhere other than UTAS!) and you’ve fallen in love with Tasmania before you’ve even arrived.

But now you’ve got that all sorted, you’re faced with the daunting task of moving your whole life to another country.

Well, don’t worry! We’ve put together The Explorer’s survival guide to moving to Tasmania to make your move here as stress-free as possible.


  1. Organise (temporary) accommodation before you arrive

To avoid the nightmare of hopping off the plane and having nowhere to stay, sort out some temporary accommodation before you arrive in Tassie. If you can arrange longer term accommodation that you’re happy with, even better!

So, what type of accommodation is available?

Check out our Explorer’s Guide to Accommodation in Tasmania for all the information about student accommodation in Tasmania.


  1. Apply early for uni-run accommodation

If you want to stay in university-run accommodation you should apply to Accommodation Services as early as possible – at least three months before you arrive. So get cracking!!!


  1. Book airport pick-up to your accommodation

For new students, we have a great service where you will be met at the airport and dropped off at your accommodation – no need to worry about expensive taxis or getting lost!

You have to book in advance, so as soon as you know where you’ll be staying in Tasmania, go online and book your airport pick-up.


  1. Bring the essentials but don’t pack the kitchen sink – it won’t fit in your luggage!

Let’s face it, you can’t cram your entire life into a 20kg luggage allowance. At the same time, you may not arrive during shop opening hours, and online purchases can take a few days to arrive so you need to decide whether to prioritise your teddy bear or a towel and soap for a much needed shower after the flight to make your first few days in Tasmania bearable.

If you’re moving into university-run accommodation or Jane Franklin Hall (Jane), you’re in luck. Accommodation Services and Jane both sell linen packs including bed linen and towels. Even better, you can order and pay ahead so they are waiting for you on arrival.

Things you should definitely bring with you include:

  • The address of your accommodation J
  • Contact details of family and friends
  • Passport, visa, etc.
  • Travellers cheques/money, credit cards, etc.
  • International driver’s licence
  • Essential medications
  • Toiletries (at the very least bring your toothbrush, toothpaste, travel soap, and shampoo to get you through your flight and first night till the shops open!)
  • A towel (or a travel towel till you can get something bigger)
  • Your laptop/tablet and a power adaptor
  • Clothes including a hat, swimsuit, rain jacket, winter jacket, and jeans – because you never know what the weather will bring in Australia, even in summer!
  • Camera
  • A dictionary (or app) if you’re not a native speaker
  • Unlocked mobile phone (not essential but definitely handy)


The university will send you a letter once you’ve been accepted, outlining all the official things you need to bring with you to Tasmania – make sure to the read the letter and follow the instructions carefully!

Check the Australian customs website for what you can and can’t bring into Australia – you don’t want to give up a quarter of your suitcase to your favourite snacks only to have to hand them over to an unsympathetic customs official when you arrive (and be fined as well).

Make copies of your passport and visa, insurance documents, drivers licence, credit cards, etc. take a copy with you and leave another copy at home with your family in case of emergencies.


  1. Things to buy once you get here

Many of these you can either buy these once you get here and some household items you can even get second-hand from leaving students:

  • Mobile phone and Australian SIM card

(If you’ve promised to call your parents when you arrive, buy a SIM at Sydney or Melbourne Airport when you change planes as they aren’t always available at Hobart Airport shops.)

  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Bed linen – quilt, pillows, linen, blankets
  • Books, stationery and USB/external disk
  • Headphones (handy not just for music but listening to your classes online as well!)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Crockery and cooking implements

You’ll need these if you’re staying in accommodation that isn’t furnished or that is self-catering

  • Sunblock – it’s rarely as hot as Queensland but the UV is stronger in Tassie!

You may also at some stage want to buy a TV or audio equipment if your accommodation doesn’t already have it.


Ask one of your fellow students or staff where the closest local discount store is to where you’re staying (e.g. Reject Shop, Shiploads) so you can buy all your cheap toiletries and possibly even linens. Target and Kmart are also good places for cheaper household and personal items.


And there you have it! Easy right? If you have any further questions about your move to UTAS, you can check our FAQs or ask us.