Visa information

For most visas, you will need to satisfy eligibility criteria. Your visa options will depend on your study plan. It is important that you check your visa eligibility before you apply for your visa.

Generally, if you are studying for more than 3 months, or 2 blocks (10 weeks+) of ICTE-UQ courses, you will need a Student Visa. Your Student Visa application needs to be for the highest-level of study you plan to do.

If you are studying for 3 months or less, there are Visitor Visa options. 

Depending on your age and nationality, it's possible you may be eligible for a Working Holiday Visa which allows you to study for 4 months.

It is important that you apply for the correct visa, otherwise your application may be rejected and you will have to apply all over again.  Your type of visa may also affect your ability to bring family to Australia.

For information on visa options and eligibility related to studying in Australia, visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Cost of living in Brisbane

Brisbane is one of Australia's most affordable cities to live in and visit.

The table below is a guide to the kind of costs that students in Brisbane may encounter. It is based on average student expenses. Actual costs will vary depending on lifestyle and personal choices. Values are in Australian dollars.

Expenses per week Example of student living in homestay Example of student living in private rental accommodation
Homestay fee/Rent $250 $150 - $190
Electricity/Gas - $20- $30
Phone/Internet $20 - $50 $20 - $50
Food/Groceries $50 (weekday lunches only) $120 - $170
Public transport (2-3 zones) $35 - $40 $35 - $40
Recreation/entertainment $50 - $200 $50 - $200

Students living in private rental accommodation will also need to pay a once-off bond deposit equivalent to 4 weeks rent ($480 - $1,120). Rental bond is refundable if there is no damage to the property and no unpaid rent or other costs.

The following table provides some information about the average cost of daily items in Australia. It is recommended that you bring between $100 - $200 in Australian currency with you for immediate expenses when you arrive. It is not recommended that you bring large amounts of cash with you.

Item Cost
Campus lunch $10
Fast food meal $5 - $10
Restaurant meal $15 - $45
Can of softdrink $2
Bottle of water $2.50
Cup of coffee $3.50 - $4.50
Movie ticket $7 - $15
Concert ticket $20 - $150
Tube of toothpaste $3 - $5
Shampoo $5
Local phone call $0.50

Australian Currency

Australia uses decimal currency where 100 cents equals 1 Australian dollar. Australia uses a combination of coins and bank notes.

Australian bank notes include:

  • $5 note (purple)
  • $10 note (blue)
  • $20 note (red)
  • $50 note (yellow)
  • $100 note (green)

Australian coins include:

  • 5 cent coin
  • 10 cent coin
  • 20 cent coin
  • 50 cent coin
  • $1 dollar coin
  • $2 dollar coin

Australia does not use 1 and 2 cent coins. Cash purchases are rounded up or down to the closest 5 cents. For example; a purchase that totals $5.97 will be rounded down to $5.95.


Banks in Australia are generally open from 9.30am - 4pm, Monday to Friday.

If you would like to open a bank account in Australia the ANZ and Commonwealth Bank both have branches on the UQ St Lucia campus and offer special low fee accounts for students.

To open a bank account in Australia you will need to show your passport. To open a student account you will also need to show your ICTE-UQ student card.

Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are common in Australia and most Australians do not carry large amounts of cash on them. It is recommended that you only have between $20 - $200 of cash in your purse or wallet at a time.

Goods in shops can be purchased using a Visa or Mastercard or the key card linked to your bank account. This method of payment in Australia is called EFTPOS. Make sure to check with your bank if you can use your card in Australia before you travel.