Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, the Sunshine State, renowned for being beautiful one day and perfect the next. But it is much, much more than that. It’s a city where the local residents are friendly and accommodating, and where cultural diversity is not only encouraged, it’s an accepted and established way of life.Brisbane is one of Australia’s most affordable cities, making it ideal for students to live and study, with great shopping precincts, sporting facilities, easy-to-use public transport, and many different accommodation options to choose from. With all this going for it you can understand why Brisbane ranks in the world’s top 20 most livable cities.

The Greater Brisbane Region is home to wineries, rainforests, wetlands, waterfalls, local food and wine trails, prime fishing spots, pristine beaches, arts hubs, heritage centres, dramatic mountain ranges and adventure sports opportunities. It’s a wildlife haven with an abundance of birdlife, wallabies, koalas and other fauna and flora unique to Australia.

As well as being a business and education hub for the region, Brisbane draws tourists from all over the world. Whether the visit is for work, study, or pleasure, there is much to enjoy in and around the Queensland capital.

Top reasons why students love Brisbane:

1. Perfect weather and outdoor lifestyle

2. Affordable

3. Purpose-built student accommodation

4. Close to major tourist destinations

5. Reliable public transport

6. A safe, welcoming city

7. Multicultural city

8. Parks and free activities


Winter 9 – 21°C, Summer 19 – 29°C


Immigration estimates living costs in Australia per year to be $19,830. The average cost of living in Brisbane per year will vary depending on the type of accommodation you choose and your entertainment budget. Below is the estimated average living costs for students in Brisbane.

Rent: $120 – $280 per week
Food: $60 – $100 per week
Gas, Electricity, Water, Telephone: $25 – $50 per week
Transport: $15 – $35 per week
Other*: $40 – $100 per week

Total: $260 – $565 per week
*Entertainment, clothing, toiletries and postage


There are many different types of accommodation options in Brisbane, depending on your budget. Make sure you consider location, especially proximity to transport and shops, before you choose your accommodation. HETC staff can provide advice on best suburbs depending on your campus location.



Homestay is always a good choice for younger students and those who want a more supportive environment. It is also a good option for the first couple of months to help you settle into life in Brisbane. Homestay offers an opportunity to live with an Australian family and experience Australian life.

Host families take an active interest in their students and help them to settle into their new environment. Typically, a homestay includes breakfast, dinner and a packed lunch if required. Students are responsible for the costs of washing, ironing, telephone and transport.

HETC’s airport reception and homestay arrangement services are provided by an HETC approved third party. HETC’s approved homestay provider is a secure, comfortable and enriching experience for both hosts and students. For more information about pricing or applying for homestay please contact



This accommodation is specifically designed for students, in convenient locations, and is always fully furnished with everything a student needs including bed, study desk and wardrobes. Some student accommodation offer private ensuites, kitchen and living areas, and others offer shared facilities. It just depends on your budget.

Check out the below links to find purpose built student accommodation in Brisbane:

The Pad
Iglu City
Genesis 1
Student One


These are a good choice for older students who want a bit more independence. Share houses can also be a cheaper option for students especially if you are happy to share a room. Check to make

sure the place you are renting has furniture or whether you may need to buy or rent furniture.

Brisbane Gumtree

Find a room in a share house on Gumtree, Australia’s buy, swap and sell website. Sharing a house is great if you’re here for a short stay and don’t want the hassle of an official lease. If you need to furnish your new room, you can also find second-hand furniture on Gumtree.

Brisbane Student Housing

Brisbane Student Housing is a search engine for student accommodation and the official portal for international student housing in Brisbane. You’ll find everything from multi-share rooms to single ensuite apartments.


Domain is a local real estate portal where you can find apartments or rooms to rent independently. Make sure you search by location to find accommodation close to the City or Garden City campus.

Find independent accommodation across Brisbane using Australia’s biggest real estate portal. Make sure you search by location to find accommodation close to either the City or our Garden City campus.


Getting around Brisbane is easy. Translink’s integrated ticketing system provides students with the flexibility to travel on train, bus and ferry services using just one card. Go Cards can be bought at Queensland Rail stations and selected ticketing agents. The green student Go Card offers full-time international students 50% discount on travel. Find out more at Translink.



Photos courtesy of Brisbane Marketing.