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Student lifestyle

Students at IES College enjoy one of the best lifestyles in Australia and the world. In the 2017 QS Best Student Cities index, Brisbane was ranked number 20 in the world and 3rd in Australia. With one of the highest student ratios of any city in the index, our students enjoy not only a multicultural and diverse educational experience, but a multicultural and diverse city as well.

As a multicultural city, Brisbane celebrates its diversity with many festivals throughout the year, including Paniyiri, a Greek festival; Lunar New Year; and Brisbane Festival, a month-long arts festival showcasing contemporary theatre, music and dance. The city also boasts a network of communities, meaning students can connect with people from their own cultures or learn more about others.

A contemporary city, students can enjoy restaurant and cafe, entertainment and arts precincts throughout Brisbane. It is a green city and students can also study in one of the many parks and gardens in the CBD and surrounding suburbs.

With its near perfect climate, Queensland is one of the most attractive places to live in Australia. Brisbane experiences more than 250 days of sunshine each year, has mild winters and some of the country's best beaches north and south of the city.

Queensland attracts more than 50 per cent of all international tourists to Australia and has a diverse range of activities for students to enjoy.

As an IES College student, you will have access to a range of activities to experience more of the city including horse riding, surfing, rock climbing, theme parks and city tours.

Living in Brisbane

IES College campuses are located in the centre of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland and Australia's third largest city. Brisbane is situated along the Brisbane River and enjoys a sub-tropical climate of warm humid summers and mild dry winters.

The heart of the city is about shopping, eating, recreation and taking in the culture of its art galleries and museums. Brisbane is a cosmopolitan city that offers the diversity of the Queen Street Mall, The Valley and Chinatown precincts along with South Bank, Roma Street Parklands, Eagle Street Pier and Riverside.

For those who love the beach, just outside of the cosmopolitan centre within 60 minutes of Brisbane city centre, are both the Sunshine Coast (north) and Gold Coast (south), which are famous for their beautiful golden beaches. Both coasts are easily accessible by public or private transport.

Abundant parks, open spaces, bike and walking tracks, world class entertainment/sport facilities and shopping are just a few of the things that make Brisbane a wonderful place to live and study.

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Living Costs

Brisbane is one of the most affordable capital cities in Australia. Accommodation costs are lower than in Sydney and Melbourne and it is feasible for students to live in the very centre of Brisbane. Transport, food and entertainment is similar in cost to cities like Perth and Adelaide. Brisbane caters for a diverse range of lifestyles and with the great weather you can easily enjoy living here, even on a student budget.

The Australian government advises that you should expect to spend a minimum of AUD$18,610 for living expenses per year. However, accommodation and food costs can be reduced by sharing with friends and budgeting carefully.

Approximate Monthly Expenses (in AUD)

The following prices are estimates at 2017 and are dependent on items purchased and market fluctuations.

Phone $50

Public Transport $120

Food and Groceries $400

Electricity/Gas $60

Photocopying/Printing/Stationery $50

Contents Insurance $25

Clothing/Personal $200

TOTAL (not including accommodation) $ 905

The average price for independent accommodation in the Spring Hill area is between $190 - $270 for a single room.

Most phone companies offer monthly plans for mobile phones, which include your handset and a certain number of calls and text messages. The average phone plan starts at $50 per month.

An average student will spend $120 per month on public transport based on a journey from the city centre to zone 2 on a weekday.

Other Expenses:

Recreation/Entertainment $200

A movie ticket costs $6.50-15 and food court meals between $10-$18.

There are many free and fun things to do in Brisbane - for more information visit:

Unplanned Expenses - $75


If you are studying this program on a student visa you are permitted to work on a part time basis whilst studying.

In Australia, international students who do succeed in obtaining employment may work for up to 40 hours per fortnight during semester time and full-time during vacations (for example over the three month break of December to February).

Although many international and local students are successful in obtaining casual and part time employment to help subsidise their living costs while studying, students should not rely on obtaining such work when calculating a budget.

Useful Links

Accommodation Options for IES students

Study Brisbane Website

Study Brisbane's Muslim Students' Guide to Brisbane

While we encourage our students to take in the sights of Brisbane and surrounding areas, it is imperative for international students to familiarise themselves with local and Australian road rules to prevent accidents and injuries. During each orientation and new student intake, IES College ensures to cover important topics about living in Brisbane, including road rules. As such, with the help of some enthusiastic IES College students, we have put together a Road Safety video filmed right in front of one of the IES College campuses.

For more information on Brisbane road rules, particularly as a pedestrian, please visit the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads website.