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Living In Brisbane2018-02-20T09:51:41+00:00

We want your stay in Brisbane to be both rewarding and enjoyable.  Below is a range of information to help you adjust to university life and living in Brisbane.

Getting Around

Public transport in Brisbane is coordinated by TransLink which provides a single public transport network covering South East Queensland. One TransLink ticket can take you wherever you want to go on buses, trains, ferries and CityCycle within the system. TransLink works together with the Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council, Queensland Rail and private operators to improve the integration of services – making it easier for you to get to where you want to go. Student concession tickets are available to uni students through go card:
* Save at least 30% compared to the cost of a single paper ticket.
* Travel at half the cost of an adult fare.
* Save an additional 20% when travelling off peak.
* Make 9 paid go card journeys in a week and travel free for the rest of the week.

So don’t let the savings slip through your fingers, grab a go card online.

You will be given more information regarding this during orientation week.

Uber is an easy and cost effective way to travel around Brisbane 24/7.  To use the service you can download the application on your mobile device.  For more information, please visit the Uber website.

Taxis can be expensive but when travelling in a group they can be cheaper, and more convenient than the bus. Special taxis called ‘maxi-taxis’ take as many as eight to twelve passengers. It is the law in Australia for all passengers in taxis to wear seat belts. You cannot bargain with a taxi driver for a fare. The taxi fare will be indicated on the metre located on the front panel of the taxi. Two taxi companies operate in Brisbane: Black & White Cabs (Ph 131 008) and Yellow Cabs (Ph 131924). Various limousine companies are also available, for contact details please consult the Yellow Pages phone directory.

You must have a valid, legal driver’s licence to drive in Queensland and you should be aware of, and follow the Australian road rules. You may drive in the state of Queensland with your current overseas licence for the duration of your stay in Australia (as a student on a student visa). This is on the condition that the licence is in English, or that you carry a certified translation of it with you. If your home country licence expires while you are in Australia, you will need to obtain a Queensland driver’s licence from Queensland Transport. Further information about obtaining certified translations and driving licences will be provided upon arrival. For detailed information about traffic road rules, obtain a booklet from Queensland Transport.

Cycling is a popular mode of transport for students in Brisbane. You can buy second-hand bicycles from bicycle shops for approximately $100. These bicycles are usually reconditioned and have a short guarantee. The price of new bikes varies greatly depending on the brand and type. There are 520 kilometres of dedicated bikeways in Brisbane that are ideal for commuting or exploring the city. In Queensland, it is the law for all cyclists to wear an approved bicycle helmet and you can be fined for not wearing a helmet. Cyclists must obey the road rules, just like cars and other motor vehicles. They must ride on the left-hand side of the road at all times, obey traffic lights and road signs, and give way to pedestrians at pedestrian crossings. Cyclists may also be convicted for drink driving offences. Care must be taken at all times particularly when riding on major roads or during peak traffic periods.

For more information on how to travel safely when riding a bicycle please click here.

Money & Communication

We are in very close proximity to most major banks.

After you arrive in Australia; you will be able to phone friends and family in your home country using public phones, landline phones, or mobile phones. The rates for international calls vary, depending on the telephone provider, length of call, time of day, and the country you are calling. In Australia, a popular way to call overseas is with an International Calling Card. These cards offer very reasonable rates and you can either use a public phone or landline telephone to make the call. International Calling Cards are readily available for purchase in newsagents, petrol stations and supermarkets.

Internet Cafes for public use are located throughout Brisbane. Brisbane City Libraries have free internet access for the general public. Bookings may be required in busy periods. Printers are also available to print information from the internet. Printing costs are usually around 10 – 20c a copy.

All JCU Brisbane students and staff are provided with computer internet access on campus.

Hospitals and Medical Centres

There are general health facilities near the Brisbane campus. For most health services you need to make an appointment and some services charge a cancellation fee if you miss your appointment.

If you are not familiar with the Australian health system, read more about our health services.

There are several hospitals close to Brisbane campus, these hospitals offer 24 hour emergency services:

There are several 24 hour home doctor services including:

  • House Call Doctor is a 24 hour home visit GP service. Consultations are bulk-billed (and rebated) to students free-of-charge. International students can receive a free of charge consultation based on their Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) insurance.
  • Home Doctor Service is a 24 hour home visit GP service. International students must pay for visits but can seek a rebate through their OSHC insurer.

There are several medical centres including:

There are several pharmacists in the CBD for prescriptions:

  • Chemist Warehouse, there are several locations close to campus including; Edward Street, Queen Street and Adelaide Street.
  • Priceline Pharmacy at 120 Queen Street, Brisbane.

There are a number of private dentists in the City Business District (CBD) including:

Women’s Wellbeing Clinic a private medical centre at Darin Professional Centre, Suite 1, 631 Logan Road, Greenslopes.

Learn more about Brisbane