Before you leave home

Find out what you need to do before you leave your home country.

  Book your accommodation

If you are planning to stay with a Homestay family, make a booking at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival to be sure of a place.

If you are planning to get rental accommodation, we recommend you arrive 1-2 weeks early to find a rental and book temporary accommodation, such as Homestay, in the meantime. 

  Start your UQ internet access

You will be sent an email with the subject line 'UQ username activation' around 3 weeks before your course starts. Follow the steps in the email to create your password and set up your free internet account.

You will then be able to login into wi-fi on campus.  You will get 50GB per month free and unmetered access to the UQ domain.

If you have any problems, email

  Pack essentials

  • laptop
  • valid passport (leave a copy at home)
  • Student Visa information 
  • essential medication (and prescription) 
  • prescription for glasses and a spare pair of glasses
  • forms of identification
  • bank account details from home country
  • adaptor (230 volts AC)
  • an umbrella.

On your flight, you must complete an incoming passenger card.  Ensure you declare any food, spices, plants, medicines, animal or wood products or cash worth AUD$10,000 or more.  Unsure? Find out more about what you can't take into Australia

  Bring enough money

See our expenses guide to estimate your costs.  If you will be staying in rental accommodation, ensure you have arranged funds for your bond (4 weeks rent), connection to utilities and furniture.


  Apply for a visa

If you are studying for more than 3 months you may require a Student Visa.  Otherwise you may wish to consider a Visitor Visa. Find out more about visas to study in Australia.

If you would like help applying for a visa, contact and we can recommend an agent in your country to assist you.

  Book airport pick-up, if desired

If you would like to be picked up from the airport email to book your airport pick-up for a fee at least a week before arriving. Otherwise, see our advice about getting around in Brisbane.

  Apply for your student visa

Now that you have received your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE), apply for a Student Visa at your nearest Australian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission.

If you would like help applying for a visa, contact and we can recommend an agent in your country to assist you.

  Book airport pick-up, if desired

If you have been offered a package offer combining a UQ program and an English language course, book your airport transfer online once your accommodation has been arranged.  Bookings can be made up to 3 days prior to departure and will be free or at low-cost, depending on the distance to be travelled. Contact if you have any queries or do not receive your confirmation email.

  Questions about your UQ study

You can ask questions about studying at UQ online, over the phone or via a representative.  You can also contact current UQ students from your country.

To stay informed about what's going on for commencing UQ students, like the New2UQ facebook page.