Internet in Australia

Regardless of the time you are planning to stay in Australia, you will need Internet access.

In our experience Internet access is crucial for international students who are trying to establish their new life, find a job, communicate with their school and cope in new situations after arriving in Australia, and online communication is the most effective with their friends and family at home.


International students are often used to having free WiFi everywhere in big cities and might be disappointed when they come to Australia, because the WiFi network is not near as developed as it is in many other parts of the world, due to the large size of the country and the low density of the population.
Although fast food restaurants and bigger malls usually provide WiFi access, they can be used for a limited time only and they are heavily overloaded, which affects their speed, and they are often not secure either.
StudentStay Australia provides free and secure Internet access for every tenant in our student accommodations, as part of the accommodation package, without any additional charge.


Today most people want constant and reliable Internet access not just at home but on the go as well. That is why we recommend everybody, who is visiting Australia, to buy an Australian SIM card, which provides abundant mobile data services for a good price. Mobile technology is very advanced and widespread in Australia, if you have an Australian phone number with mobile data allowance, you can have access to the Internet almost everywhere you go in the country.

Australian SIM card

If you are reading this, you are probably planning on traveling to Australia, or you already arrived, and you are curious which Australian SIM card would be the best choice to stay connected all the time.

In today’s world smartphones are an indispensable part of everyday life. And what makes a smartphone really smart is a SIM card. We recommend every tourist, Working Holiday or Work and Holiday maker and international student to purchase an Australian SIM card as soon as possible, in order to avoid excessive roaming fees.

Luckily, StudentStay Australia can help You with that as well with a simple and cost-effective solution.

StudentStay Australia offers prepaid Australian SIM cards, which gives you the freedom to recharge when you need it, without being locked into a contract. The chosen data can be used within 30 days after activation. After 30 days you have the option to recharge, choose a different package or if you don’t need your SIM card any more, you simply don’t have to pay for the next month.

What are the things you should consider when choosing an Australian SIM card?

It seems to be an easy question, but answering it is a bit more complicated.
Australian service providers are starting to realise, that international students want cheap phone calls not just within Australia, but overseas as well, to keep in touch with their family and friends.

We have rounded up the 5 most important aspects you need to consider before purchasing an Australian SIM card:

  • Prepaid: no lock-in contract
  • Monthly fee: low cost
  • Call rates: preferably unlimited and free
  • Data: the more the better
  • International calls: preferably low cost or even free

We think we have found the solution for all the above criteria, because with the Australian SIM cards provided by StudentStay Australia you can have free SMS, MMS and phone calls within Australia, the packages are prepaid so there is no lock-in contract, and you can choose various packages for a low monthly fee with generous amount of data included. There's also a monthly allowance of free international minutes for many countries, although it varies from country to country across different plans, so please contact us for information about your country of interest.

Pre-ordering your SIM card gives you the huge benefit of knowing your new Australian phone number even before you leave for Australia. This gives you the opportunity to tell your phone number to your friends and family in advance, or even include it in your CV if you want to apply for jobs before arriving to Australia. If you have requested an Airport Pick-up, you will receive your SIM card at the Sydney airport, if not, then at your accommodation as soon as you arrive. Having an Australian SIM card right after you land in Australia gives you the convenience to remain connected with the world and you can start enjoying your stay in Sydney without delay.

Please scroll down for further details on the various plans available.

The packages You can choose from:

START package

$14.90 AUD/month

3 GB data

Unlimited Talk, Text & MMS in Australia

$3 call credit to other countries

CLASSIC package

$29.90 AUD/month

36 GB data first month and 24 GB data the following months

Unlimited Talk, Text & MMS in Australia

Unlimited Standard Calls to 15 Selected Countries: Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, South Korea, United Kingdom and United States

$5 call credit to other countries

STANDARD package

$39.90 AUD/month

50 GB data first month and 38 GB data the following months

Unlimited Talk, Text & MMS in Australia

Unlimited Standard Calls to 18 Selected Countries: Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States

$10 call credit to other countries

LARGE package

$49.90 AUD/month

68 GB data first month and 56 GB data the following months

Unlimited Talk, Text & MMS in Australia

Unlimited Standard Fixed and Mobile Calls: Argentina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, French Guiana, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Puerto Rico, Réunion, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States. Unlimited Standard Fixed Line Calls: Austria, Estonia, France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan, Venezuela

$10 call credit to other countries

If You have any more questions about Australian Internet or our SIM cards, check out our FAQ page or send us a message.