Approximate Weekly Living Costs
*All prices are to be used as a guide only and can vary based on individual circumstances. For more information regarding living in Australia visit Insider Guides' Cost of Living Calculator.
Brisbane offers a range of accommodation facilities that students can choose from to suit their varying needs. These include homestays, hostels and shared rental accommodation. The costs for these will vary, depending on factors such as location and facilities provided.
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Students can choose to live with a family in a homestay through the Australian Homestay Network (AHN). Students will enjoy everyday activities with their AHN homestay host including:
AHN Homestay is recommended as the best option for all new International Students visiting Australia for the first time.
Brisbane offers a modern and comprehensive public transport network, including rail, bus and ferry links which can all be accessed through the purchase of a single ticket. Full‐time international students studying at a Queensland education institution in a course approved by Centrelink for Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance purposes are eligible for concessions on public transport. The Translink website provides full details on Queensland concession fares.
Two taxi companies operate in the Brisbane metropolitan area.
Working while you study in Australia can help complement your study and living experience. There are a number of reasons you might want to undertake part time work while studying in Australia, including assisting with living expenses and gaining work experience in your study area.
Most student visas allow you to work for up to 40 hours every two weeks while your course is in session, and unrestricted hours during any scheduled course break, but before you undertake any paid work you need to make sure your visa allows you to work. Find out more at the Department of Home Affairs
Australia is generally a very safe place to live and study. The 2011 OEC Better Life Index rated Australia 9.3 out of 10 for safety, one of the highest ratings awarded to any country.
But it is still important to look after yourself and be aware of the risks that exist - and ways to minimise them. This is particularly important for when you first arrive and are adjusting to your new way of life.
Following your common sense and best practices will ensure you remain safe and healthy, whether you are handling emergencies, personal and home safety, or natural elements such as sun, water, and fire.
Further information in regards to Health and Safety will be provided during Orientation.
All overseas students must apply for a student visa before travelling to Australia. To find out more, please contact your nearest Australian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission, or visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.
Comprehensive information about the visa application process, student work rights and restrictions, health requirements and other details pertaining to student visas can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.
The Australian Government would like overseas students in Australia to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding experience while studying in Australia. Australia’s laws promote quality education and consumer protection for overseas students. These laws are known as the ESOS framework and they include the Education Services for Overseas (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code of Practice 2018.
OSHC is insurance to assist international students meet the costs of medical and hospital care that they may need while in Australia. As an international student, it is a condition of your student visa that you have OSHC for the duration of your stay in Australia.
Exceptions to this requirement only apply where the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) recognises a suitable alternative health cover arrangement. This includes Swedish and Norwegian students who have health coverage with the approved home government insurer.
“Dual or multi-family” OSHC provided by Allianz Care Australia must be arranged if you intend to travel to Australia with your family members as dependents on your student visa.
An emergency is: The actual or imminent occurrence of an event which endangers or threatens the safety or health of any person in the area; and/or destroys, or threatens to destroy or damage any property. In any life threatening emergency call (0) 000 (112 from mobile) and request Police, Fire or Ambulance.