Laid-back city set along the winding Brisbane River with eclectic music, arts and café culture
Brisbane, the third largest city in Australia, is a sleek, multicultural city in the east, just north of the Gold Coast. You will fall in love with its year-round, warm subtropical climate and the beautiful Brisbane River that curves through the heart of the city. Brisbane combines all the exciting elements of big city living, great culture, music, shopping, arts and more, with a warmth and welcoming feel of a smaller community, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
The ILSC–Brisbane campus is only two minutes from Central Railway Station and overlooks a lovely park. The student lounge opens out onto a protected, enclosed terrace, where you can take breaks, relax and eat lunch.
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- Join our welcome BBQ that takes place every session.
- Be part of the FREE Chit Chat club. We pair students with locals so they can get together and practice their English in a casual, fun environment.
- Join the FREE Job Club and learn all you need to know about securing a job in Australia.
- Take the Café Work Skills course and learn English and barista skills.
- Make a difference in the world and practise your English in one of the many charitable fun events ILSC-Brisbane participates in each year.
- ILSC-Brisbane also offers VET (Vocational Education and Training) programs through ILSC Business College and ILSC TESOL College.
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You can review comprehensive information about living in Brisbane on the Study in Australia website.
For some quick tips and information, see below.
If you're coming in from an international flight you will most likely land at Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal, however check your ticket to confirm which terminal before arriving. The Brisbane Airport is located approximately 30 minutes from the school by train. Brisbane’s Airtrain departs regularly from the International Terminal.
If you request airport pickup, your homestay family or an ILSC staff will meet you at the airport and bring you to your accommodation.
Health Coverage (OSHC)
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is a compulsory requirement for a student visa in Australia. ILSC can arrange the purchase of your OSHC through Bupa. Visit oshc.bupa.com.au for more information.
Health and Safety
Brisbane is generally a very safe place to live and study, but it is important to look after yourself and always be aware of your surroundings. Take care of your belongings, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash on you. Always use your common sense, whether at school, at home or outdoors.
Tipping and Taxes
In Australia tipping is not expected in restaurants, bars, taxis, hotels or other service industries. Most goods in Australia are subject to a 10% Goods and Service Tax (GST). All prices listed include this tax, so you won’t need to pay more than the advertised price for things bought in shops as well as dining out.
Most car rental companies in Queensland require drivers to be 21 years of age, however many companies will charge additional fees for drivers below the age of 25.
Legal Drinking Age
The legal age in Australia to buy and drink alcohol is 18 years.
Typical Living Costs
While in Australia you should make sure you have sufficient funds to cover your living expenses while you're studying. In addition to tuition fees, airfares and health coverage, living costs may include but are not limited to: rent, food, groceries, transport, utilities, entertainment and clothing.
- Average cost of a meal: $10 to $20
- Average cost of a drink: $3 to $5
- Average cost of groceries: $80 to $150 per week
- Cover charge at a club: $15 to $20
- Movie ticket: $15 to $20
- Public transportation: $10 to $50 per week
- Phone and Internet: $20 to $50 per week
- Accommodation costs: $70 to $400 per week
This is a guide ONLY. Prices are subject to change. All prices in AUD
Work while you study
Most student visas in Australia allow you to work for up to 20 hours per week while your course is in session, and unrestricted hours during any scheduled course break. However, keep in mind finding a job may be difficult and you should not expect to cover your tuition fees or other expenses from part-time employment.
Located in the south-east corner of Queensland, Brisbane has a sub-tropical climate, with sunny hot and humid summers (December to February); and cool, mild and dry winters (June to August). Queensland is known as "The Sunshine State" where you can take advantage of the many days of sunshine and blue sky by sightseeing and joining outdoor activities.
Brisbane’s public transport system has a great network of bus and ferry services operating throughout the city and metropolitan areas. For more information on the services available, timetables, ticket costs and more visit: translink.com.au
Connect with friends at ILSC, and explore Brisbane with daily after-school activities. The activities vary depending on the season and can include things like rock-climbing, exploring local museums and art galleries, checking out local markets, movie nights, beach barbecues and more! Afternoon activities typically have minimal fees and an ILSC teacher or activities coordinator will be your guide.
We are busy all year round bringing the ILSC community together with Christmas and Halloween parties, summer boat cruises and barbecues. Come share in the good times with new friends from all around the world!
ILSC-Brisbane also has learning workshops during the day that you can join to help with your conversation skills, or to get helpful tips for finding work in Australia.
Get out of town with ILSC! Explore Queensland's amazing urban and rural landscapes. Head south to Queensland’s most popular tourist destination, the Gold Coast for sun and surfing, you can also stop on the way for a hike at Mount Tamborine. Take a weekend trip to Tangalooma Resort on Moreton Island to hand-feed the local dolphins, snorkel amid the shipwrecks, or play in the sand dunes.
Make a Difference in the World
One of the best ways to live like a local and to connect with Brisbanites is to volunteer for a cause you care about in the local community. The Activities Department can connect you to fun and interesting volunteer opportunities that will provide you with experience and references to add to your resumé. Not to mention, volunteering is a great way make friends, and to “be the change you want to see in the world.”
Check out our Activities Calendars to see What's Happening!
Live with a Homestay Family
Are you looking for a home away from home? Be welcomed into one of ILSC’s Homestay families, and experience a supportive living environment. It is an excellent opportunity to practice your English conversation skills and experience Australian culture and family life.
ILSC’s Homestay families:
- Are located between 30-40 minutes travelling distance from the school
- Provide you with a clean, comfortable, private room, equipped with a desk, bed, dresser, closet and good lighting
- Are culturally diverse and reflect Brisbane’s multicultural population
- Are safe, secure, inspected and approved by our Student Accommodation Department
- Can provide healthy meals
Are you feeling adventurous? Do you want to experience Brisbane with other students or travelers? ILSC can connect you with a selection of economical shared accommodation options, including:
- Single rooms
- Twin share rooms
- Triple share rooms
- And more!
Check out our accommodations partners in Brisbane: