Cost of living

Brisbane is an affordable city, but you still need to plan and budget carefully to make sure you have enough money for your study and living expenses.

Make sure you check your study costs before you apply.

If you want to bring your family with you to Australia, make sure that you can pay for their relocation and living expenses as well.

You will also have to make sure you meet the financial requirements at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to ensure your visa is granted.

Getting started

During your first few weeks, expect to need $1,700-$2,000 to get set up. This includes:

  • temporary accommodation
  • bond and rent for when you find long-term accommodation
  • electricity, gas and telephone connection fees
  • basic furniture and homewares
  • food and transport.

Weekly costs

You should budget around $400 a week for your expenses. This includes:

  • rent
  • food
  • transport
  • electricity, internet and phone bills
  • photocopying and stationery
  • entertainment.


International Student Services (ISS)

  • Postal address:
    International Student Services - QUT Gardens Point
    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane QLD 4001

Gardens Point

  • Phone: 3138 2019
  • Int. phone: +61 7 3138 2019
  • Level 3, X Block, Room X305
    Gardens Point
    2 George St
    Brisbane QLD 4000

Kelvin Grove

  • Phone: 3138 3963
  • Int. phone: +61 7 3138 3963
  • Level 4, C Block, Room C403
    Kelvin Grove
    Victoria Park Rd
    Kelvin Grove QLD 4059