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Living expenses

USQ's Residential Colleges offer you an affordable and flexible option for accommodation whist you are studying with the University. Unlike many private accommodation options where you are locked into a yearly or half yearly contract (26-52 weeks), at Residential Colleges you only have to stay a minimum of 16 weeks. You don't have to worry about rent during holiday periods if you choose to vacate or opt for a rent reduction and, if your course requires you to go away for practical experience, we can reduce your rent for the time you're gone. 

To give you an idea of the costs involved in living on-campus versus off-campus, we have put together a table below outlining some things you should take into consideration when you are deciding on accommodation. 

USQ Residential Colleges Private accommodation

As a college resident, you have greater benefits than if you were staying in private accommodation. 

Your accommodation fees will include:

  • accommodation
  • meals
  • cleaning of bathroom and common areas
  • bedding (excluding sheets) 
  • utilities (electricity, gas, water)
  • broadband 
  • internet 
  • internal phone calls within residential colleges and the university
  • organised social, cultural and sporting events
  • academic tutorial program
  • access to sporting and recreational facilities
  • 24-hour security service pastoral care 

Additional living expenses will include:

When staying in private accommodation, your accommodation fees may only include:

  • rent

Additional living expenses will include:

  • food 
  • internet
  • utilities (electricity, gas, water) 
  • transport 
  • clothing and toiletries 
  • bedding 
  • entertainment 
  • phone calls 
  • postage 
  • laundry

You will also have a few establishment expenses (one-off payments) including:

  • bond/security deposit
  • two weeks rent in advance
  • electricity connection
  • telephone connection
  • gas connection