International students can access information on accommodation, transport, health, student’s right, complaints, critical incidents, deferment and welfare services through the International Student Handbook and Course Information. Educare College also has designated Key Officers to look after the needs of International Students – please send any queries and concerns through the Director of International Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Student Management Officer at email@example.com. Alternatively, International Students can contact Educare College at 1300 338 227 for more information.
Australia is a multicultural country with much natural beauty including golden beaches, coral reefs rich with marine life, tropical rainforests, mountain ranges, vast grazing lands and sparse deserts. One of the oldest continents, Australia is the only country to occupy an entire continent. Surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Australia has many animals and plants, which are unique on the planet.
Brisbane’s 2.2 million population makes it the third largest city in Australia. It is known for its wonderful climate, lifestyle, and cultural diversity. Brisbane, a green city with many famous tourist attractions, has one of the fastest growing economies in Australia, and is known for its comfortable, sub-tropical climate with humid summer temperatures rising up to the mid 30’s. In winter, the weather is dry and generally mild. The days are usually bright and sunny with average temperatures around 17°C. Brisbane is also only about an hour’s drive from Australia’s iconic Gold Coast.
English is the official language of Australia; however, as one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, many Australians are naturally fluent in other languages, with a little more than 2.4 million speaking another language other than English at home.
The cost of living in Brisbane is affordable, but you will still need to carefully plan and budget your study and living expenses. Under Australian visa regulations, prospective student visa applicants and their family members must have access to the following funds to meet the estimated 12-month living costs requirements:
- You: $20,290
- Partner/Spouse: $7,100
- Child: $3,040
Educare College is in partnership with Australian Homestay Network to arrange the accommodation and airport reception requirements of International Students. Shared accommodation is also common and popular, and student noticeboards and newspapers often advertise rooms, apartments, and houses for rent.
Some student accommodation providers include:
Travelling around is easy with Translink, Queensland’s public transport networks, which includes buses, trains, trams, and ferries. You will need to purchase a go card in order to travel around. The go card also offers discounted rates on travel for students.Click here to view the process of activating go card concessions fare.
Cycling is also a convenient and inexpensive way to travel around Queensland. CityCycle is a public bike share network in Brisbane where you will need to purchase a subscription, ranging from one day to one year. CityCycle also offers discounted student travel rates.
Driving is another alternative to travel around Queensland. Easiest way to get around is to bring an English translated international driver’s license along or apply for a Queensland diver license upon arrival in Australia. Take note that Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road. For more information about road rules in Queensland, visit Department of Transport and Main Roads.
It is compulsory for International Students studying in Australia to have health and medical insurance for the length of their Student Visa. Educare College is in partnership with nib OSHC to arrange the required OSHC that meets your visa requirements. The OSHC insurance covers doctors and specialists, hospitals, emergency ambulance and prescription medication.
Choosing a bank account is important as students need to find the best bank that suit their requirements. International Students have a choice of opening a bank account either BEFORE leaving their home country or AFTER arriving in Australia.
Educare College is in partnership with Commonwealth Bank to arrange the setting up of a bank account for International Students, whereby a student online account can be set up prior arrival in Australia (click here to access the ‘Moving to Australia’ form). Most bank branches operate from Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm, with some having extended trading hours. ATMs are also available 24 hours a day.
For more information on setting up a bank account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
International students can seek legal advice in relation to immigration (visas), discrimination and many other matters. Legal advice and assistance can be obtained for free or at minimal cost. For further information, please visit Legal Aid Queensland or call 1300 651 188.
Australia is relatively safe; however, it is still important to be aware of your personal belongings and your surroundings. For more general safety tips, please see Queensland Police Safer Living or call Policelink at 13 14 44 for general enquiries or 000 for urgent incidents.
Queensland occasionally receives cyclones and severe thunderstorms. For safety tips and information, please visit Queensland Government. The State Emergency Service (SES) is dedicated to providing assistance 132 500.