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APAC recognises that international students bring an innovative perspective and aesthetic to our disciplines.


APAC is located in the heart of Brisbane City. Although we do not provide on campus student accommodation, we can recommend the wide range of independent accommodation available to an international student.

Purpose Build Student Accommodation

Within a short walk of the campus you will find a wide variety of high standard accommodation which is designed specifically for students. This site gives you some of the better known options – Choose Brisbane.

Rent a House or Apartment

You may choose to rent your own accommodation. Some students choose to share a rented home with others. Quite often the experience of sharing with other students helps everyone to settle into their studies and to be successful. You can find rental houses or flats at sites including realestate.com.au and domain.com.au.  There you can search for your preferred locations and style of rental accomodation. One member of the household will be required to enter a contract for the rental, so make sure you are comfortable about sharing with the other people in the house or apartment. Most accommodation in Brisbane offers 2 to 4 bedrooms. The rental obligations may vary. You can research your rights and obligations here.


Some private citizens are happy to share a part of their house with an international student. The details may vary from home to home. It is important to clarify whether you will have your own bedroom, study area, wi-fi and bathroom. Some homestays provide all meals, some provide breakfast and dinner. Some provide meals during the week, but not on weekends. The following groups specialise in arranging homestay for students: HomeStay network and Study Vision.

Working in Australia

Under your International Student Visa you may work for up to 48 hours per fortnight during term. During vacation break there is no limit on how many hours you can work. This can help with your living costs as well as providing valuable experience.

Like all workers in Australia you have legal rights and protections. Unfortunately there have been times when some employers have tried to exploit international students by underpayment or overwork.

You can find your rights by visiting Fairwork. If you need help in understanding your rights, we can help.

Cost of Living

Brisbane offers a cost effective place to live and is a cheaper option when compared to some of Australia’s other major cities making it a good place to study and live! To find out more about the cost of lving in Brisbane when compared to other cities you can check out the Insiders Guide.

Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia and is  home to approximately 2.4 million people and around 50,000 international students

Considered a cultural hub when it comes to Arts and Entertainment, Brisbane features a full calendar of opera, ballet, musicals, concerts, art exhibitions, contemporary performances and a range of theatres to choose from.

Brisbane is ranked in the top 50 worldwide for employer activity. Some of the top industries for employability include:

  • tourism (including the entertainment area),
  • tech, and
  • education

Queensland is also home to Warner Brothers Movie World one of the largest employers of actors and screen production staff in Australia.

More information on studying and living in Brisbane

Reasons to study in Brisbane

City guide to Brisbane

Student Accommodation

Indicative Cost of Living

  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • Food
  • Public Transport
  • Indicative Total
  • $720 – $2240
  • $150 – $175
  • $560 – $1120
  • $120
  • $1,550 – $3,535

Costs were sourced in January 2023, are monthly and are designed to provide an indication of what students can expect.

Costs will vary depending on the individual student and thier lifestyle, and will change over time.

For the most up to date information you can visit Brisbane Insider Guides.

Support Services

Support Services

APAC students have access to a Student Assistance Program (SAP) provided by AccessEAP. SAP is a professional and confidential counselling service focussing on maintaining the mental wellbeing of students. We want our students to succeed and AccessEAP can offer support through access to professionally qualified and experienced counsellors, providing the opportunity to identify problems and find ways of resolving them.

International Student Contact

APAC’s international student contact is Nakia Brighouse (nakia.brighouse@apac.edu.au).

Student Assistance

If you find you need language or study assistance, we have a wide range of resources to help you. We understand that performing arts and screen production have some very technical terms. Some of these might be unknown to a newcomer. We provide regular informal briefing sessions to help settle into the disciplines.

If you require top-up support for language, we have very good language skill providers we can recommend.

We also provide regular study skills sessions to assist all students to build their academic capacity.

Legal Assistance

If you require, we can refer you to a range of legal experts. There is a wide variety of different legal specialties. Depending on the problem you are facing, we can locate a suitable legal expert to give you advice.

Emergency and Health Services

All international students are required to hold Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). This provides cover for hospital and doctors costs while studying here Australia – the level of cover provided will vary depending on your provider. APAC has partnered with BUPA to provide students with OSHC but there are a range of providers that you can select from.

Once you are in Australia if you have an urgent health problem then seek immediate medical advice. Most people find the best option is an internet search of “Emergency Hospitals near me”. Then make sure to attend as quickly as possible. If you can’t travel, then call an ambulance.

The emergency number for Ambulance, Police and Fire is 000. If you are in danger or fear that you are in an urgent health emergency, then call this number. The operator will assist you.

If the matter is not urgent, we can assist. Speak with our Counsellor Zoe or to Student Services. We have expert health services close to the campus.

Financial Support

We can help you if you find you need to manage your financial services. Until you are settled in and comfortable with where to take advice, we recommend that you check with Student Services whenever you intend to make a substantial decision regarding your financial welfare.

Disability Support

We welcome students with all types of ability and disability. We make adjustments to our programs and assessment processes so you can participate successfully. We can provide some additional advice and assistance so your disability does not prevent you from enjoying studying and living in Brisbane. You will find the following resource can also be of help

Studying in Australia as a disabled student

International Education Agents

We welcome students from diverse cultures and backgrounds. We have chosen the following agents to work with and welcome the students they have introduced to us.

AMET Education Pty Ltd

Head office 248 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Australia

NIET Group Pty Ltd

Head office Level 4, 102 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, Australia

Mozaik Play Pty Ltd

4/15 Wonderland Avenue, Tamarama, Sydney, Australia

13 Dreams Consultants

Banusi Near Jhankat, Nanakmatta Road, Khatima, Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand, India

7 Continents Educational Consultants

SCO 261, Plug in, S-6, Level-2, Sector-14, Panchkula, Haryana, India

Hytech Education

405-408, Samedh Complex, Nr. Associate Petrol Pump, C.G Road, Ahmedabad-380006, India

Navigators Overseas Solutions Pvt. Ltd

2nd Floor SCO – 437/438 Sector-35C, Chandigarh-1060036, India

POEC Private Limited

301 Sankalp Square, above Saffron Restaurant, Gurukul, Ahemdabad-380052, India

Trans Globe Education

Trans Globe House, Opp. Kings Land Towers, Amin Marg, Rajkot, Gujarat-360005, India

Nest Global Pty Ltd

11 Truscott Grove, Point Cook, Victoria, Australia 3030