Living and Getting Around Brisbane


Discover Brisbane the sophisticated capital city of Queensland, the Sunshine State. Combine art and outdoor adventure in Brisbane, where South Bank's cultural institutions and restaurants meet riverside gardens and a lagoon. Take a paddle steamer or ferry down the Brisbane River, abseil Kangaroo Point cliffs and bike ride through the City Botanic Gardens. Explore the lively urban villages of Fortitude Valley, New Farm, West End, Paddington, and Newstead. 

Brisbane is Australia’s third largest and fastest growing city, while not as culturally diverse as Melbourne, it is catching up and was named Australia’s hippest city in 2014 by Lonely Planet. It doesn‘t get as hot in summer or cold in winter as Australia‘s southern capitals, making it an ideal place to study and live. 

Enjoy Brisbane outdoors! Swim at Southbank beach, kayak on the Brisbane River, or climb the stunning Kangaroo Point cliffs. Brisbane is also very close to the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Moreton Bay, Stradbroke Island, Moreton Island and Fraser Islands, all of which provide opportunities for diving, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, and whale watching. 

A two-hour drive south will take you across the border into New South Wales where you can visit the famous beach town Byron Bay and climb Mount Warning and to the north is one of the natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef.


The go card is Brisbane’s public transport ticketing system and is used on all bus, train and ferry services. Watch the video below to see how it works:

There are four go card types: Adult, concession, child and seniors. International students can only get a concession card if they are studying full-time at high school or university.

When you buy a go card it has no value on it, so you need to add money before you travel. You can buy go cards and top up your credit:

  • At some bus and train stations
  • On Brisbane City Council ferries
  • Some newsagents and 7-Eleven stores
  • On line or by calling 13 12 30

For more information, check here

The Translink website also has a Journey Planner tool to help you find the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to get to and from your destination.


Brisbane also has the CityCycle bike hire service: you can pay a weekly, quarterly annual subscription and get 24 hours access to a bicycle for short trips around the city centre. For more information click here.


The Homestay option is ideal for students seeking to experience life with an Australian family and they get to practice English language with native speakers. Minimum stay is 4 weeks, and you can choose to have meals provided for you or cook for yourself. Homestays are located in Brisbane metropolitan area.

Placement Fee $240AUD
Single Room Option
Classic with meals
$260AUD per week


If you prefer to stay in a hostel for a few weeks until you find a place to stay, we recommend the following hostels which are all located within walking distance of the school:

Living Cost
Share House Accommodation $140-200AUDp/w
Monthly Transport ticket (includes access to City Cat, ferry, train and bus) $120AUD
Monthly Mobile phone plan from $29AUDp/m
Coffee $3.50AUD
Lunch $7-12AUD
Utilities (electricity, water, gas bills) from $30AUDp/m