This is a question we don’t put much stress until the last minute: what items am I going to fit in the 30 to 40 kilo weight limit? As soon as I had my University acceptance letter and student Visa in my hands, I though stressful times are over, all I need to do was move. That bubble pooped a few weeks later when I was struggling to fit all my possessions in the weight limit and having to decide between what I need and what I want. I will break down essentials you need to bring and common items International Students tend to bring that you need to leave at home.
Research shows that most International Students interact with co-nationals. Whilst their best friend is also a co-national, they limit interacting with domestic students. This is understandable given that there is a certain level of comfort and commonalities communicating with people from your country. It was found that International Student’s social life play an important role in their academic excellence. International Students are more satisfied with their University life if they have domestic student friends.