There are many different types of accommodation options in Brisbane, and it’s best to check a number of things to make sure you find a place right for you. First of all, what is your budget? This will help you narrow down your rental choices. Rental costs vary depending on the accommodation style, type and suburb. You can find average rental costs by searching for “median rents” on the Residential Tenancies Authority website.
Most rental properties will require you to pay a bond up front. A bond is used as security and is usually equivalent to the amount of four weeks’ rent. This will cover any money owing at the end of the tenancy for any damage to the property.
Check to make sure the place you are renting has furniture or whether you may need to buy or rent furniture. If you have a limited budget, you may consider sharing a house or apartment with several friends, or looking for share house accommodation.
You should also think about how long you will be living in Brisbane. Some places may ask you to sign a lease committing to six months or 12 months, while others may be more flexible.
Another thing to consider is location. It is important to think about whether your home is close to shops and restaurants, and how long it takes to travel to school and work. Consider living on-campus or close to your place of study, otherwise look into public transport options.
Check out our list of websites to find student accommodation in Brisbane.
On Campus Accommodation
Some institutions have accommodation available on their campus. This is ideal if you want to live with other students from the same institution and close to your place of study. These are typically multi-room residences where you are provided with a bedroom with a single bed, desk and chair and storage space. Bathrooms are commonly shared.
Three meals per day are often included in the accommodation fees. Check with your chosen institution what on-campus options it has available.
These are residences specialising in purpose-built student housing for students from any institution. You will be provided with a single study bedroom and have meals provided in a shared dining hall.
Independent Renting of a House or a Flat
There are a number of unit complexes or houses specifically for students in Brisbane. In most cases, students will rent the entire house or flat, but there are also opportunities to rent a single bedroom, and share lounge room, kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities with other students who have been selected by the management.
Some institutions also provide their own listings of flats or houses in the area, so check with your institution.
Home stay is an opportunity to live with an Australian family and experience Australian life and culture by participating in the daily routine of the host family's life.
Host families take an active interest in their students and assist them to assimilate into their new environment. Typically, a home stay includes breakfast, dinner and a packed lunch if required. Students are responsible for the costs of washing, ironing, telephone and transport.
When considering homestay, we recommend you ensure your provider meets the minimum Australian homestay standards.
Youth Hostels and Backpackers
Hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed and share a bathroom, lounge and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. These can be a very good short-term option while you are settling in Brisbane and looking for more permanent accommodation.