It doesn’t feel like you have been in Sydney for almost 15 weeks and before we know it, it will be time for you to head home. Over the next week try to take time to do the things you have not yet done or you haven’t done enough of. If you visited Manly beach and loved it, go there again. If you’ve been eyeing a gift for yourself or a loved one, consider buying it. We think we are coffee experts around here so if you haven’t tasted our coffee give it a try. I’m hoping many of you will return to Sydney very soon but if life gets in the way and you can’t make it back here for a while it would be a shame to not do the things you want to do.
With home in site I’m sure many of you are looking forward to going home and telling friends and family about your experience. It is very easy towards the end of a study abroad program to be focused only on your return home. The end of any college semester can be hectic, and the thought of packing your belongings and saying goodbye to friends can often make the relaxed atmosphere of home seem even more appealing. Regardless of how focused on home you might be right now I encourage each of you to make the most of your final days in Sydney. Take photos, try different restaurants, explore a new suburb, walk the harbour bridge, check out a mall, go to the park, people watch, visit a gallery, go for a surf, visit the zoo, ride a train and spend time with friends. Regardless of whether you are sad to be leaving Sydney or happy to be returning home you should try and make the most of these last days. After spending 15 weeks in Sydney it will be nice to return home knowing you made the most of this experience.
Your visa and visiting Australia in the future
Over the semester a number of you have asked about options for returning to Australia to live or work. I have been doing some research but unfortunately I haven’t been able to find a similar visa option. It doesn’t appear as though your current visa (subclass 462) can be easily extended. There are tourist visa’s available and these can be easily obtained in the future; however, a tourist visa does not allow visitors to legally work. I will continue to research visa options and if any of you are interested in returning to Australia for an extended period please let me know and we can talk further.
Checking out of your room
Checking out of your room at Urbanest is an easy process. Before you leave a member of the Urbanest staff will check your room and common space with you. On the day of your departure please speak with a desk worker to arrange a time for this room check. Desk workers may not be able to check your rooms immediately so please allow approximately 40 minutes for a desk worker to come up to your room. Once a desk worker has checked your room please return your mailbox key and entrance card before leaving.
Desk workers can only check a room when all of your belongings have been packed and you are prepared to leave.
Step 1. Pack your belongings and clean your room and common area
Step 2. Arrange for an Urbanest staff member to check your room with you (allow approximately 40 mins)
Step 3. Return your mailbox key and entrance card on your way out
Leaving Items Behind
A room in Suite 8 has been designated as the place in Urbanest that you can leave items for members of future cohorts. Starting Thursday, Dec. 12 ,Meera will have a key to one of the unused rooms in her suite and any items you wish to leave behind can be stored there. Over the next week Meera as well as the other members of her suite will be travelling so if you plan to take items to their suite please contact them to arrange a convenient time. Please only consider storing items in suite 8 if those items are in proper working condition and you believe members of future cohorts could use them.
Cleaning your Suite
As you are preparing to leave for the semester don’t forget that cleaning supplies are available at the Urbanest front desk. These cleaning supplies are offered to students free of charge and can be very helpful as you prepare to move out. The Urbanest staff expect all rooms and common areas to be returned to their original condition before you leave. Generally kitchens are often the areas that require the most attention so it might be worthwhile starting the cleaning process now (if you haven’t already). If you have any questions please feel free to talk to a member of the Urbanest front desk staff.
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Prince Alfred Pool
With the weather heating up now is a good time to make use of the public swimming pool at Prince Alfred Park. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, Prince Alfred Park is located on the east side of Central station and it was the scene of our shock loss to Boston University in kickball. The Prince Alfred Pool costs $5.70 for a casual visit and it is a stone’s throw from Urbanest. A leisurely 10 minute walk sure beats a bus to the beach on a hot day.