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Living in Australia

About Australia

Australia has the third-highest number of international students in the world. At the most recent Census, Australia’s population was recorded as 23 million people comprising a broad cultural mix of over 200 cultures speaking more than 280 languages. Australians are welcoming visitors and migrants to share the natural wonders Australia has to offer.

Australia boasts golden sand surf beaches, rainforests and the rigid Australian outback all within a few hour’s drive of each other or a convenient flight between the various centres.

Australians are keen sporting fans with a love of Rugby League and the great outdoors with the average Summer temperatures ranging between 28 and 32 degrees and 6 and 28 degrees during Winter.

Australia is home to world-leading Universities which upon graduation from BPC, Students can articulate to a tertiary degree with a partner university to provide a leading edge tertiary education.

Indicative Living Costs

Living costs may vary according to your lifestyle. The Department of Home Affairs provides an indicative annual living cost of approximately AUD$21,040 for a student. An additional AUD$7362 for a partner and AUD$3152 for a child. These costs are subject to change and you should refer to the Department of Home Affairs website for the latest information.

Accommodation Options

There is a wide range of student accommodation options available to international students in Queensland. Some accommodation options may require a security bond. The security bond is generally 4 weeks’ rent which is refundable at the conclusion of the lease assuming that the accommodation is vacated in the same condition as it was at the beginning of the lease and there are no outstanding rental payments. Some of the accommodation options include:

  • Homestay is a popular type of accommodation. Students live with Australian families who provide a furnished room and up to three meals a day. Costs can vary, but are generally around AUD$200-AUD$260 a week, with a one-off placement fee of approximately AUD$195 – AUD$210.
  • Rental accommodation. Price will vary depending on the type, standard and location of the property. As a guide, a two-bedroom apartment could cost between AUD$300 and AUD$400 per week, and a three-bedroom house could cost between AUD$350 to AUD$A500 per week.
  • Shared accommodation with other students, is a popular option because it reduces living expenses and fosters a supportive environment. The price for accommodation varies on the type, standard and location. The cost of renting a room varies depending on the location and length of stay but is generally between AUD$100 to AUD$220 per week.
  • The abovementioned accommodation prices are a general guide only. After you have received your Australian study visa, please contact us if you need assistance to arrange your accommodation. Alternatively, you may find your own accommodation using the following websites:

Working in Australia

As an International Student, your primary focus is the successful completion of your Qualification with BPC. Your study visa will allow you to work limited hours.

Please ensure you are familiar with the conditions of your visa so that you do not jeopardise your studies in Australia.

If you wish to seek part-time work and you are confident it will not interfere with your studies, a BPC representative will be able to assist you with finding work to suit your College timetable and within the area of expertise of the qualification that you are studying. Please note there is no guarantee that you will find suitable work arrangements.

Alternatively, please find below some websites to assist you with looking for part-time work.