Australia is a famous destination for lots of shoppers from overseas. So while you are here as a student, you can take advantage of this opportunity and do some shopping. You can find all the world’s leading brands in Australian shopping centres as well.
To survive, you will need to buy food and if you are not eating outside every time (which can be expensive) then you most likely will need to buy some groceries.
There are 4 major supermarkets where people buy their groceries from in Australia, named, Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and IGA. You can easily find one or all of these supermarkets near you.
Most of the major metro and regional cities have various shopping centres to meet all your shopping needs under one roof.
Opening hours for the shopping centres usually Monday to Friday 9 to 5 with some opening till late on Thursday and Friday nights. Most of the shopping centres are also open on Saturday and Sunday between 9 to 5 as well.
If you are looking for a bargain or are after some inexpensive shopping then you should head down to some of your nearest factory outlets. They usually sell overstocked, out of season and previous models and design at much-discounted rates. Outlets like DFO (Direct Factory Outlets) are really popular among overseas students and residents alike.
Online shopping is getting really popular among Australian consumers. There are plenty of websites available to help you satisfy your online shopping cravings. Check some websites like ebay, groupon, amazon for great deals.
Many suburbs in the major metro and regional cities run small community-based markets selling vintage clothing, fruit and vegetables, homewares, books, plants and homemade food during the weekends. They are also known as weekend markets. These are a great way to explore your new neighbourhood.
You can check a complete guide on saving money here.