For a suggested packing list, please click here. Remember, whatever you pack, YOU will have to carry. Be conscious of the weight of your bags, since transporting them around the world on planes, trains, and buses will be difficult if you over-pack.

Preparation for Day of Travel

Students should be sure to:

  • Bring your passport, photocopies of your passport’s photo page, and (if applicable) your Australian Visa (printout from your confirmation email).
  • Bring your offer letter, which is attached to the same email with your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), from Swinburne University of Technology.
  • Record the serial numbers of important items that you are bringing with you (phone, camera, laptop, tablet, etc.). This will be useful in case any items are lost or stolen. We recommend leaving a copy of these numbers with family members.
  • Call bank and credit card companies to notify them that accounts will be accessed from a different country during the time spent abroad. We recommend making a photocopy of all credit and ATM cards to leave with family members in case these cards are lost or stolen.


The Australia: SUT program begins in the country’s winter season and trends warmer throughout the semester. We recommend packing layers for the winter and spring. Typical American summer clothing for warmer days is acceptable in Australian culture.

Average climate in Melbourne, Australia:

Month Avg. Low Avg. High Precipitation
July 43°F 57°F 1.93 in
August 45°F 59°F 2.24 in
September 48°F 63°F 2.09 in
October 50°F 68°F 2.56 in
November 54°F 72°F 2.24 in


An adapter is a device that allows American devices to plug into Australian outlets. You can purchase these at any electronics store. Consider purchasing a universal adapter for use outside Australia if you plan to travel.

Voltage Converters

The electricity supply in Australia is 240 volts alternating at a frequency of 50 Hertz. Check whether the electrical goods you plan to bring will work at this voltage. Some devices, such as hair straighteners and blow dryers, may require a converter. In many cases, it may be better to purchase such toiletries and appliances once you are in Melbourne.