Why Brisbane for International Students?

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and is Australia’s third most populous city, with a population of nearly 2.4 million people. It is culturally diverse, a majority of the International students residing here come from 40 different nations for higher studies. It is one of Australia’s major business centres and home to one of the state’s fastest-growing economies. In Brisbane, 33% of the population are born outside Australia and 20% of the total population speaks another language at home than English.

Brisbane has one of the lowest living expenses of any Australian capital city. Brisbane’s tuition fees are is cheaper, especially when compared to the quality of education it provides. This is an excellent option for international students looking for affordable education and living. Brisbane is a friendly and safe city with an easy-to-use public transportation system which is really an up-merit for International students.

According to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, each year, Brisbane welcomes over 77,000 international students.

Why do international students including Nepalese students choose Brisbane for further studies?

  • World-Class Education 
  • Safe and Welcoming city 
  • An affordable option to live  
  • A sustainable city 
  • An artsy city 
  • Sunshine city 
  • Reliable public transportation system 
  • Exquisite weekend getaways 
  • Work while you study

Is Brisbane a good place for live-in Nepalese students?

According to the report by the Economist’s 2019 Global Liveability Index, all 5 major cities of Australia have made it to the Top 20 Liveable

Accommodation in Brisbane

In Brisbane, Nepalese/ International students could indeed expect to pay $160-$250 per week for a shared flat (usually shared with professionals or other students), $200-$500 per week for a well-managed student housing (which usually includes amenities like 24-hour support and internet), or $450-$550 per week for a room in a residential college (which tends to be located conveniently close to campuses). 

Flatmates and Flatmate Finders are popular sites for finding shared accommodation in Brisbane, and they can help you rent for less than $160 per month. 

Living on campus at a university in Brisbane costs between $300 and $550 per week on average (this usually includes food).

In general,

  • A$197 per week for a shared room; 
  • A$230 per week for a private room; 
  • A$368 per week for the entire place

Cost of living in Brisbane for Nepalese students

In comparison to Sydney and Melbourne, Brisbane is relatively cheap to live in. Rent, school fees, and other general living costs are typically included in the cost of living in Brisbane for Nepalese/ international students. 

The average cost of essentials while your stay in Brisbane is below for reference:

University tuition fees (Average)15,000 – 40,000 AUD per year
Accommodation (Shared)Min. 350 AUD/month to Max. 1600 AUD per month
Utilities (Per person)150-200 AUD per month
Groceries/Food  (Per person)400 – 700 AUD per month
Transportation (Per person) 100-150 AUD per month

Jobs available in Brisbane for Nepalese students

During a study in Brisbane, most Nepalese/ international students work part-time to help themselves with their living expenses, meet new people, and gain experience in an Australian setting. 

In Brisbane, there are numerous opportunities for you to work part-time in a wide range of industries.

  • Catering and hospitality jobs 
  • Jobs in retail and warehouse sectors
  • Cleaning services for offices and retail stores
  • Caretaker Jobs for the elderly and health services
  • Automobile industry and car wash jobs 
  • Construction and painting jobs 
  • Also, there are a variety of office jobs available, as well as many others.

An international student on a Student Visa earns a minimum wage of $19.49 per hour in Brisbane. But the average pay is usually higher meaning you can earn more. 

Public transportation in Brisbane

Brisbane has an easy and convenient network of public transportation, so you can move around without any hassles. Public trains, buses, trams, taxis, and rideshare services like Uber, Didi, Ola, Lyft, and GoCatch are the easiest options. 

In Brisbane, you can travel smoothly with the “Go card” from Translink, a public transport network in South East Queensland. It is only valid with Translink bus, ferry, and train services. One can get this card from retailers and QR stations, online or over the phone, and can top up your balance like in your prepaid cell phone. 

Adult tickets are available to anyone aged 16 and higher and begin at $2.70 per trip with a go card (off-peak hour) and $1.35 – $1.69 with an international student concession. Travelling in the off-hours, which are 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. – 6 a.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends and public holidays can save you up to 20% on transportation fares.

Weather in Brisbane 

Brisbane has a humid subtropical climate with warm to hot temperatures all around the year. From June to August, Brisbane experiences three months of mild, cool weather. January is the hottest month, with an average maximum temperature of 29°C. July is the coldest month, with an average maximum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. Brisbane’s weather is the best if visited between March and May. Temperatures range from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius during this season, with little rain later in the year. September-October is also a good time to visit.

If you enjoy hot summers, plan a trip to Brisbane in December, January, or February to enjoy the hottest beach vacations.

Culture & Lifestyle in Brisbane 

Brisbane is currently the world’s 172nd largest city and ranks among the top 80 globally linked economies. It is home to numerous cultural institutions, including museums and galleries, as well as events, live music, and festivals. Brisbane’s culture is influenced by mainstream Australian culture and has a long history in the performing arts, music, and sports. Brisbane is known for its sunny beaches, the South Bank and its river, the Botanic Gardens, and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, all of which make for a great day out! Kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, dingoes, snakes, and even crocodiles are among the other Australian animals that call this small sanctuary on the Brisbane River home.

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