Useful Mobile Apps For New Immigrants in Australia

Starting a new life in Australia is hard. You need to adjust in almost everything; weather, culture, food, timezone, etc.

 

Of course, it may sound hard. I mean, it is really, really hard. But you need to accept the fact that there’s no other way around. And you need to face these changes whether you like it or not.

 

And as a form of helping you adjust to your new home, (whether you’re a new immigrant or migrating soon to Australia) here are some helpful mobile apps that will make your new life easier.

 

For Visa

  Mobile apps for Australian Visa  
  • myVEVO – Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system is an Australian Government Department of Home Affairs product. This app provides a fast and easier way to check your Australian visa, travel conditions, and expiry date.
 

For Housing

  Mobile apps for housing  

Looking for a place to stay for your vacation? You can download these helpful apps and choose the right place that suits you.

 
  • Airbnb – an online marketplace for arranging or offering lodging, primarily homestays, or tourism experiences.
  • Hostelworld: Book Hostel Rooms – an app that will help you search and compare over 36,000 hostels, hotels and B&B’s in more than 170 countries around the world.
  • Homestay.com – This app provides an affordable and safe way to stay, when learning a new language, studying abroad on Erasmus or doing an internship.
 

But if you’re searching for a long-term stay, you can download these mobile apps:

 
  • Realestate.com.au – Australia’s No.1 property site for real estate. This app will help you find the latest homes for sale and rent as well as property news & real estate market data.
  • Domain – Buy, rent or sell property & real estate – Domain will make your journey as easy as possible, whether you’re renting, buying, selling, investing or just researching the world of real estate.
 

For Food

 
Mobile apps for food delivery

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Looking for restaurants or too lazy to cook dinner? These apps will help you grab a meal or find the perfect resto for your family and friends:

 
  • Zomato – Your next great meal is at your fingertips. Zomato will let you see menus and photos for nearby restaurants and bookmark your favorite places on the go.
  • Deliveroo – Easiest way to order high-quality takeaway online from top restaurants, fast delivery straight to your home or office.
  • Uber Eats – If you’re on a budget, Uber Eats will help you find the right restaurant for you. This app will also allow you to track your food order in real-time.
  • Menulog – Order food delivery from local restaurants online with Menulog. Order takeaway from local restaurants offering Pizza, Chinese, Italian, Thai and more.
 

For Traveling

 
Mobile apps for traveling

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Since you’re new in Australia, you might want a little help when it comes to traveling. These apps will guide you whether you’re in a private car or public transport.

 
  • TripView Lite – this app displays Sydney and Melbourne public transport timetable data on your phone. It features a summary view showing your next services, as well as a full timetable viewer. All timetable data is stored on your phone, so it can be used offline.
  • Opal Travel – the official app for managing your travel across the Opal network in Sydney and greater New South Wales.
  • TripView – this app displays Sydney and Melbourne public transport timetable data on your phone. It features a summary view showing your next services, as well as a full timetable viewer.
  • Waze Of course, the famous Waze. A GPS navigation software app that gives driving directions, a live traffic map, and road alerts.
  • Hooper – Looking for a cheap flight? Hooper will let you watch your next flight in the app and get a notification as soon as the price drops to its lowest point.
 

For Sending Money

  Mobile apps for sending money to the Philippines  

Sending money to our loved ones back home is a part of our Filipino culture. And the easiest way to do that is to download a remittance app that you can trust.

 
  • Remit To The Philippines – Sending money to the Philippines? Remit.com.au is a trusted remittance service provider for Australia to the Philippines remittances. This app will give you real-time AUD to the PHP exchange rate, update on the status of the remittance, and notify you with exclusive promotions and updates.
 

For Driving

 
Mobile apps for traveling

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Applying for a driving license in New South Wales? These apps will help you know more about traffic lights and lanes, speed limits, intersections, etc.

   

For Socials & Entertainment

 
Mobile apps for For Socials and Entertainment

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  • Quora – Have some personal questions? This simple app is known for its Q&A platform that empowers people to share and grow the world’s knowledge.
  • Badoo – Looking for a partner? Download the world’s largest dating app, free dating network that’s bigger, better and safer.
  • MeetUp – this app helps you to get connected with local groups and events so you can meet new people and try new things.
  • Tiktok – a global video community powered by music. Whether it’s dance, free-style or performance, creators are encouraged to let their imagination run wild and set their expressions free.
  • 9news – an app that gives you access to all the latest breaking news from a trusted team of journalists. 9NEWS has been covering Australia and the world for more than 60 years so you know it’s a source you can rely on.
  • Netflix – the world’s leading subscription service for watching TV episodes and movies on your favorite device.
 

Technology has been growing rapidly and changing our lives every day. In just one click on your mobile, you can order food, watch your favorite show, and check the traffic at your place.

 

Mobile phones have also become a necessity. It’s like it holds our life and without it, we feel that we’re unfunctional. Yes, these apps are all helpful to everyone especially if you’re adjusting to a new place but always keep in mind that you also need to interact with real people.

 

Make friends, get outside, and explore your new home, it’s better to see things with your own eyes and not through your mobile phone.

Samantha Baluyot

Sam joined Remit this 2018. She is a Journalism graduate who loves to see the world in different point of views. Her goal in writing is to inspire her readers to have a better perspective and to live a meaningful life. She may look aloof but she’s a very friendly and a happy-go-lucky person.

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