Study in Australia
Studying on-campus at USQ can be a rewarding way to undertake a university degree in a safe and friendly multicultural environment with modern facilities and a relatively low cost of living.
Deciding to study on-campus at USQ means you have a choice of three locations:
On-campus: USQ offers on-campus accommodation at our Toowoomba campus Residential Colleges and our Springfield campus Residential Village.
Off- campus: We are able to help you with information on a range of off-campus accommodation options via an online Accommodation database. The Accommodation Database is available to all USQ students and is designed to help you find somewhere to live as quickly as possible.
Further information on accommodation is available.
Weather and clothing
Summer in South-east Queensland generally stretches from November to March with average daily temperatures of 25 to 30 degrees Celsius. Temperatures can fluctuate and can be as low as 14 and as high as 39 degrees Celsius.
Winter months are June, July and August. Average daily temperatures hover between 6 to 17 degrees Celsius. Differing weather patterns mean temperatures can go to as cold as -4 and as warm as 25 degrees Celsius. More information about Australia's climate is available from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
What to wear
Male students on-campus wear long trousers or jeans and shirts (collared button down; polo shirts; t-shirts). Footwear is usually sports shoes (joggers / gym shoes), casual shoes or sandals.
Female students on-campus wear long trousers, jeans, skirts and shirts/t-shirts. Footwear is often sports shoes or low-heeled casual shoes/sandals.
Your safety and wellbeing is very important to us, that is why we have created a Student Assistance Hotline. This hotline is available to International students 24 hours and can help you with problems such as medical, legal, accommodation and cultural issues. If it is late and you need help, call 1800 689 410. This is a free call from landlines in Australia (standard call rates apply from mobile phones).
Don’t forget if you have an emergency requiring an ambulance, fire department or police, call 000 immediately.
If you are on campus and need help, the Security Office assists in providing a safe and secure environment for you.
Further information about International student safety is available.
If you would like to drive a motor vehicle in Australia you must ensure you have a valid international drivers licence. Just remember, it is illegal to drive in Australia without being properly licence, therefore you must ensure you have the correct licence and understand the road rules. Further information on Driving in Queensland with a foreign licence is available.
Parking facilities and public transport is available at all three campuses.
Money and cost of living
You should arrive in Australia with at least AUD400 for expenses in the first few days. It is recommended that you have easy access to at least another AUD2000 to AUD3000, during the first few weeks in Queensland. These extra funds will be needed to get you established and will be used on expenses such as:
- textbooks and study needs purchases
- rental bond (security deposit equal to 4 weeks rent)
- rent in advance (equal to 2 weeks rent)
- security deposits & re-connection fees of electricity, gas and telephone
- climate suitable clothing, and
- household items - for example bed linen, blankets, pillows, cooking utensils, furniture depending on your choice of accommodation.
During your stay in Australia, you might also need information on: