Which Accommodation Option is right for you?
Choosing your accommodation is an important step in your transition to studying at CQUniversity Brisbane Campus. After you have accepted your place in your course, you should begin by preparing a budget and identifying what type of accommodation will best suit your needs. Choosing the right type of housing can be challenging, and each option is worth investigating fully before signing a lease agreement or paying any money. Take time to explore all options!
Accommodation options include:
- Shared housing – if you are already have friends who are also studying in Australia, sharing a house or apartment may be an option.
- Private rental – You can rent a house, apartment or studio through a real estate agent or private landlord. There are also many student apartment complexes available in Brisbane for students.
- Homestay – Homestay accommodation aims to provide students with a family-like environment with utility costs included and the option of meals at an extra cost. This is often a good option if this is your first time living away from home.
- Student Hostels – Student hostels are a popular accommodation option because they often offer a social atmosphere through organised social activities for residents. Some hostels offer meals, others provide kitchen facilities for self-catering. Communal areas commonly include lounge, bathroom, kitchen and laundry facilities. Utilities such as gas and electricity are often included in the overall cost.
There are also many hotels, motels, youth hostels and backpacker accommodation where you may like to stay temporarily while looking for ongoing accommodation.
Each accommodation option offers different benefits and costs. Rental prices will vary depending on which suburb you want to live in, the condition of the property and rental option you choose.
Generally, the closer the property is to the centre of Brisbane, the more expensive the rent.
Please consider the following questions/suggestions when choosing a place to live
Share accommodation is a less expensive alternative. In regards to share accommodation you usually move into an already established house. This often means living with people you don't know, which can be a little strange at first, but it is a great way to make new friends. Connection fees are already paid and the rest of the house is usually furnished.
When inquiring about shared households ask about things such as sharing of food and cooking, smoking, parties and noise, pets, small children, family and friends/partners.
In Brisbane, rent tends to be more expensive the closer you are to the city centre, but you can expect to pay between AU$100-AU$200 per week for a shared room in a house.
Make sure there is an affordable form of heating for the cold winter months.
It is highly recommended that you sign the lease even when you are sharing with your friends. If you run into difficulty with rental accommodation, you have little protection without a lease.
Standard leases, condition reports and other tenancy information are available at the Rental Tenancies Authority.
Where to live?
CQUniversity Brisbane Campus is located at 160 Ann Street, Brisbane, right in the centre of Brisbane.
Below is a list of suburbs that are within 5 kilometres of the centre of Brisbane. From the suburbs below, the distance to campus is 0–5 kilometres. Suburbs are either within short walking distance or approximately 15–20 minutes travel by public transport. However, accommodation in these suburbs can be expensive.
Norman Park (4170)
Fairfield Gardens (4103)
Fortitude Valley (4006)
Red Hill (4059)
South Brisbane (4101)
Spring Hill (4000)
St. Lucia (4067)
Bowen Hills (4006)
The Gap (4825)
Highgate Hill (4101)
Kangaroo Point (4169)
West End (4101)
New Farm (4005)
Dutton Park (4102)
East Brisbane (4169)
As well as those suburbs listed in the chart above, the suburbs below are located within 10 kilometres of the Brisbane Campus. Travel time is approximately 15–40 minutes on public transport. There are very few private hostels or student apartment complexes located in these areas, however most other housing options are available.
Seven Hills (4170)
Camp Hill (4152)
Cannon Hill (4170)
Holland Park (4121)
Chapel Hill (4170)
The Gap (4061)
Mount Gravatt (4122)
Wavell Heights (4012)
Everton Park (4053)
Fig Tree Pocket (4069)
Links to Accommodation Options
- Student One
363 Adelaide St, Brisbane QLD 4000
Tel: +61 7 3085 3050
108 Margaret St, Brisbane QLD 4000
Tel: +61 7 3295 3500
- The Pad (student accommodation)
Tel: 1300 843 723
Student Accommodation is an endorsed provider of accommodation to CQUniversity students in Brisbane. You can book through www.urbanest.com.au or by calling 1800 260 801.
- Southbank Campus Student Apartments
7 Hope Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Tel: +61 7 3013 6999
- Iglu - Brisbane City
65 Mary Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Tel: +61 7 3085 3434
- Iglu - Kelvin Grove
62 Blamey Street, Kelvin Grove QLD 4059
Tel: +61 7 3839 3733
- Genesis 1 Student Accommodation
1848 Logan Road, Upper Mount Gravatt QLD 4122
Tel: +61 7 3137 2300
- Bunk Brisbane
Tel: +61 7 3257 3644 (from overseas)
Tel: 1800 682 865
- Base Brisbane Embassy
214 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Tel: +61 7 3166 8000
- Cloud 9 Backpackers
350 Upper Roma St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Tel: 1800 256 839 (Toll Free)
Tel: 07 3236 2300 (bookings)
Tel: 07 3236 2333 (general)
- Australian Homestay Network
Tel:+61 3 9435 6621
- Domain – offers up-to-date listings on real estate for sale and rent. www.domain.com.au/
- Realestate – one of Australia's most popular property websites. www.realestate.com.au/rent
- LJ Hooker – rental library https://www.ljhooker.com.au/rent
- Homesales – offers up-to-date listing on properties for sale and rent. www.homesales.com.au/home/rental-properties/
Other Useful Links:
The Residential Tenancies Authority aims to inform and educate tenants about their rights. They provide advice and assistance for tenants of private and public residential properties, and residents of rooming houses in Queensland, Australia.