Pre-Departure & Orientation

Pre-Departure Guide

When you enrol at LAB in Melbourne, you’ll receive a copy of our pre-departure guide. It contains useful information about moving to Australia, and a checklist to make sure you are ready for your new life in Melbourne!

Health Insurance

If you are a student in Australia, you must have health insurance throughout the whole length of your visa. Whether you are on a Tourist or Working Holiday visa, we advise you to acquire overseas visitor’s health insurance before you arrive, to keep yourself safe during your stay in Australia. LAB in Melbourne recommends BUPA.


When you arrive, it can be easier to stay in temporary accommodation, like a homestay, for a month or two. This will give you time to get to know Melbourne, make friends, and look for more permanent accommodation. At LAB in Melbourne, we work with expert service OZiHOUSE Group, who provide Homestay, Student Residences, Hostels and Airport Pickups. Your Admissions Advisor can put you in touch with OZiHOUSE if you need any of these services.

Airport Pickup

Take the stress out of arriving in a new city! You can book an airport pick up from Melbourne Tullamarine through us before you leave home. Note this requirement on your Application Form, or ask your Admissions Advisor.

Orientation Day

Orientation occurs on your first day of class. This session is compulsory as you will be given important information regarding your course, visa entitlements and obligations. Orientation sessions are Mondays at 2.45pm (on public holidays these are held the next working day).