There are several different types of accommodation available and the costs vary depending on the area and type of accommodation you choose.
When choosing your accommodation some things to consider are:
Do you want to live alone or live with others?
How far is it from your study location?
Is it close to public transport such as buses or trains?
What facilities are close, like shopping centres or hospitals?
How much can you afford to pay each week on accommodation?
Axial International College is located at the Central Dockside Apartment Hotel at Kangaroo Point. We don't offer accommodation as such but our relationship with the hotel means that special rates have been negotiated for Axial International College students. Living on site gives students the absolute convenience of living at the same address as the campus and our training restaurant ‘Allure at Dockside’, it's smart and safe with full facilities and resources near by. Kangaroo Point is amazingly handy to the CBD and public transport whilst being a quiet and clean part of Brisbane City. See more here.
Short Term Accommodation:
When you first arrive in Australia you may want to organise short term accommodation in a hotel, motel or hostel. Homestay providers also provide short term homestay packages to help you settle in and familiarise yourself with your local area.
Hostels provide budget accommodation where guests can rent a bed (sometimes a bunk bed in a dormitory) and share a bathroom, lounge and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available.
Hotels, motels and hostels are all good short-term options while you settle into your area and look for more permanent accommodation.
Some useful websites to get you started include:
Homestay gives you the opportunity to live with an Australian family in their home. That can be a good option for younger students, as they can have a supportive family environment and a home away from home. Some homestay options include meals and others are self-catered so you can choose an option that suits your needs.
Before accepting a homestay family, you can specify any needs and the homestay provider will try and find a suitable option. Families offering homestay accommodation are thoroughly screened to ensure they can provide a healthy living environment for students.
Homestay usually costs between $200 -$300 a week, depending on how many meals per day you would like.
International Student Care Australia (ISCA)
Phone: +61 7 3851 0704
Australian Homestay Network (AHN)
Phone: +61 7 3122 3595
ASAP Homestays Australia
Phone: +61 7 4041 7990
There are a range of student share houses options available, ranging from studio through to shared four, five and six bedroom apartments.
Most student share houses have features and facilities including:
bedrooms with or without en-suite
fully furnished options
cabled internet in rooms, and wireless hotspot in lobby
online booking and reservations system
in-house Residential Coordinators (RAs) who organise social, cultural and sporting activities.
Some share houses providers have additional services such as 24-hour reception, after hours security and an airport pick up service.
Some providers include:
The price of shared accommodation will depend on the area and how many people you live with. In a shared apartment, flat or house each person usually has their own bedroom and shares the bathroom, kitchen and living areas with others. You will need a budget of approximately $250-$370 per week for accommodation, food, utilities, transport and personal goods. The price of these items vary - share accommodation ($70-$230), food ($80-$120), and utilities (electricity, telephone, internet/broadband subscription etc).
Some real estate search websites in Queensland are:
Signing a lease
When renting a property, you will need to sign a lease. A lease is a binding legal document between a tenant (you) and a landlord that describes the responsibilities of each party. Your responsibilities include paying accommodation expenses on time and cleaning and maintaining the property. You may be held liable if damage occurs, so be aware of your rights and obligations before signing a lease.
You can rent a property by yourself or with friends. This can be done privately or through a real estate agent. When renting a property you will need to pay a security deposit or 'bond' (which is usually four weeks rent), as well as rent in advance (usually two to four weeks). The bond is held to repair any damage that is caused to the property while renting. Some or all of this amount may be refunded to you once your lease has ended. If your name is on the lease, you may be held responsible for any damage or unpaid rent, even if you are sharing with others.
Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA)
The RTA is a government body which helps tenants with general advice. If you have any questions regarding rental properties, the RTA can help you. They have an interpreting service and factsheets translated into many different languages. If you have problems with your landlord or real estate agent that you can't solve, you can lodge a dispute with the RTA, who will then help to resolve the problem through a formal process.
Phone: 1300 366 311
If you require an interpreter, please contact the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450 during business hours. TIS will telephone the RTA for you at no cost.
Tenants Queensland (TQ)
TQ is a state-wide community organisation that provides services for residential tenants in Queensland. TQ aims to improve and protect the rights of all Queensland tenants.
Phone: 1300 744 263 or 07 3832 9403