Brisbane is considered one of Australia’s more affordable major cities for students to live in, and careful budgeting will help your money go further.
You can find accommodation on or off campus. We can help you find somewhere to live that meets your requirements and budget.
Costs will depend on the property you choose. The information below provides approximate monthly costs for accommodation.
Both on-campus and off-campus accommodation is generally cheaper in Gatton.
UQ Residential Colleges
Fully catered accommodation, including utilities (gas, electricity, water) and meals:
- From $513 to $750 per week at St Lucia
Additional costs may apply, such as application fees, student club and association fees, social activity fees and car parking.
Independent student accommodation exclusively for students at The University of Queensland including utilities (gas, electricity, water):
- From $339 per week at Kev Carmody House, St Lucia
- From $384 per week at Walcott Street, St Lucia
- From $378 per week at Gatton Halls of Residence*
Additional costs may apply, such as application fees, social activity fees, linen and kitchen utensils, use of laundry facilities, building maintenance and development fees, and car parking.
*Gatton Halls offers fully catered and partially catered options. The cost shown is for a partially catered standard room.
Off-campus costs vary depending on your suburb and lifestyle.
Purpose-built student accommodation
A single student living off-campus in purpose-built student accommodation can expect to pay:
- From $210 per week for a shared room
- From $620 per week for an entire apartment.
Most purpose-built student accommodation includes the cost of utilities such as electricity, gas and internet in the rent but does not include catering. Check with your provider to be sure.
A student living off-campus in a private rental close to UQ and the inner city can expect to pay:
- From $530 per week for an entire one-bedroom apartment
- From $330 per person, per week sharing a two-bedroom apartment
- From $250 per person, per week sharing a three-bedroom house or apartment.
Other monthly expenses
How much you spend on living expenses depends on your needs and lifestyle.
This list can give you a better understanding of everyday costs in Brisbane:
- Loaf of white bread: $3.65
- 12 large eggs: $5.80
- 1 litre of milk: $2.25
- 1 kilogram of white rice: $3.40
- Regular cup of coffee: $5.50
- Big Mac meal with large fries and drink: $14.75
- Cinema ticket (concession rate): $9.00 to $19.50
- Bus ticket (concession rate): $1.42 to $10.74.
To help you estimate a monthly budget, here are some approximate costs of common expenses:
Monthly cost of living
||Student living in on-campus college
||Student living off-campus / student accommodation*
||Family (two adults, one child) living off-campus***
|Utilities (gas, electricity, water)
||Included in rent
||Included in rent^
|Mobile phone / internet
*On-campus and off-campus accommodation costs are usually lower in Gatton. The cost for a standard resident room in the Halls of Residence in Gatton is from $378 per week.
**Many student accommodation providers include electricity, gas and internet costs in rent. Check with your provider to be sure.
***These costs assume that the dependent child is not of school age and does not factor in childcare costs. View fees for school-aged dependents.
^Catered meals are included at UQ Residential Colleges. UQ RES (Kev Carmody House and Walcott Street) does not include catered meals.
This table should be taken as a guide only. Study Australia provides a helpful online cost of living calculator to estimate your weekly, monthly, and yearly living costs in greater detail.
Books and study costs
Depending on what you study, books and other study costs can be from $620 to $1400 on average per year.
You can find a lot of materials at The School Locker bookshop at St Lucia, Gatton or Herston campuses, or you can check the Secondhand Bookshop for used textbooks.
The UQ Library also has copies of many suggested reading materials and university noticeboards are a great resource for finding secondhand equipment.
You will need access to a computer and the internet during your time at UQ. Although computers are available on campus, we suggest owning one if possible.
If you own a car, the cost of driving and parking can be upwards of $150 per week. We recommend using Brisbane's Translink public transport services to get to and from UQ.
The St Lucia and Herston campuses are both serviced by extensive public transport networks, offering congestion-free, fast and reliable transportation.
If you need to travel between campuses, UQ offers a free shuttle bus service that connects our St Lucia and Gatton campuses.
Concessions and student discounts
As a UQ student, you can take advantage of concessions and student discounts of up to 50% at participating retailers and institutions. You'll usually need to show a valid student ID card to access student discounts. This can help you minimise your expenses on a number of products and services, including:
- software and technology
- public transport
- entertainment (such as cinema tickets, museums)
- select retailers
- select food and drink venues
- select hairdressers and barbers.
The Ultimate List of 35+ Student Discounts in Australia
Help and advice
If you need help with your expenses while studying, Student Life and the UQ Union offer guides, workshops and advisers to help.
You can book an appointment with a Student Advocacy and Support Adviser for one-on-one help or sign up for a workshop offered by Student Life. Regular sessions are available.