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Accommodation

Accommodation

Finding a place to stay during your Queensland experience.

Queensland accommodation

The cost of accommodation in Queensland is relatively affordable compared with other states in Australia. Queensland offers a variety of accommodation options to suit most student budgets.

In general, international students live in either home-stay accommodation with an Australian family or rental accommodation with other students. Student accommodation is available at some education institutions. Contact your chosen study institution for more information if you are interested in this option.

 

Student Accommodation

Student accommodation will can be an excellent way to learn about the Australian culture straight from the locals. It is also a great opportunity to improve your English language skills.

Here's a list of student accommodations providers:

Homestay

Homestays give you the opportunity to experience life as part of a Queensland family. They are an excellent way to learn about Australian culture and to improve your English language skills. Most education institutions in Queensland will arrange homestays for students on request.

Here's a list of Homestay providers:

AHN

ASAP

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Rental Accommodation

For most international students, rental accommodation is the easiest and most convenient housing option. Rental accommodation in Queensland varies from small studio apartments to large houses, which are normally rented by a number of tenants living together as “housemates”.

Accommodation considerations

Things to consider while choosing your accommodation in Queensland.

 

Things to consider:

  • It can take some time to settle into your new home and family. Be patient, accepting and try to have a sense of humour, even if you are tired or homesick.
  • Every family is different. Some families may have one parent (mother or father) or two parents living together with children. Others may include extended family members such as grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins.
  • In many families, both parents may work full time. This means the children may be quite independent – making their own breakfast, lunch and/or dinner, and returning home after school before their parents arrive back from work.
  • Australian families generally don’t employ household staff, but may hire someone to clean the house, look after the garden or do the laundry. Usually everyone in the family is expected to help with jobs around the house, like cleaning, cooking, shopping and tidying.
  • Remember that communication is important. If you feel unsure, unhappy or uncomfortable about anything at home, talk to your homestay family. If you find it difficult to talk to them for any reason, most Queensland study providers have counsellors who you can talk to for reassurance and advice.

The Study in Australia Guide to studying and living in Australia contains useful information about homestays and living in Australia.

Things to consider:

  • Finding suitable rental accommodation within a reasonable price range can take time. Therefore, it is a good idea to arrive at least a week before you start your studies to allow yourself time to find accommodation, settle in and attend orientation activities at your institution.
  • If you are renting, you should think about the size of property you wish to rent, affordable rental costs, proximity to public transport and whether you require “furnished” or “unfurnished” accommodation.  Renting an unfurnished place is usually cheaper, but you will need to provide your own furniture.
  • You may decide it is easier to look for an existing share house where the current tenants are looking for a new housemate. People who are looking for housemates often leave notices and advertisements in and around university and college campuses.  However, it is probably best to start with your institution’s accommodation office where they can introduce you to other students who are in a similar situation.

How to find rental accommodation

Your study institution should be able to help you find rental accommodation, or show you how you can search for it on your own. Our 'Fun Finder' search function is able to access a number of accommodation websites. Classified advertisements in Queensland newspapers are another useful source of accommodation listings.

Things to consider:

  • In most cases you would stay in a single bedroom unit or a house and will have shared lounge, kitchen, laundry and common room areas. Students may be from various institutions.
  • Most student accommodation is self-catering, so you will be preparing your own meals in your own time
  • This form of accommodation can be pre-booked before you leave your home country, to ensure you will have a space.
  • Communication is very important. If you feel unsafe, unhappy or uncomfortable about anything in your student accommodation, contact your accommodation provider immediately. If you find it difficult to talk to them for any reason, contact your institution as most Queensland study providers have counsellors you can talk to for reassurance and advice.

How to find student accommodation

Your study institution should be able to help you find student accommodation details, or show you how to find suitable accommodation on your own. Our ‘Fun Finer’ search function is able to access a number of accommodation websites. Classified advertisements in Queensland newspapers are another useful source of accommodation listings.