Nanzi Zhang,23 a student from China relaxes with her laptop on campus at the University of Queensland

Study Abroad and Exchange studies at UQ offer different perspectives on your field of study and create new career and academic possibilities.

Make the most of your time at UQ and start planning your semester before you leave for Australia. 

Moving to a different country is always a challenge, so make sure you attend orientation week before classes begin. 

Students at UQ have three main accommodation options: 

  1. If you want to live on campus, arrange your accommodation ahead of time, have your meals catered for you and lots of support and activities at your fingertips, you should consider living in a Residential College. Places are available for the next intake. Apply now.
  2. If you want to be a bit more independent (or are unsuccessful at securing a place in a College), but still want to have your accommodation arranged before you arrive, you could consider living in off-campus student housing with one of UQ's approved providers. This is self-catered, furnished accommodation designed for students and can be booked online from overseas.
  3. The third option is to book temporary accommodation such as a hotel or youth hostel and wait until you arrive in Brisbane to secure permanent accommodation. If you choose this option, you should plan to arrive in Brisbane at least two to three weeks before the start of Orientation, as it can take some time to find a suitable place and get settled in. This option offers the widest variety of choices and prices. You can find more information on the Accommodation Services website. 

You can find more information on the Accommodation Options document here.

Guaranteed Accommodation

UQ can now offer guaranteed accommodation at one of our approved accommodation providers or residential colleges if you have accepted your offer apply and apply by the deadline. You can find the details here.

Semester in Australia

Another option is Semester in Australia (SiA) housing, which is specifically for study abroad and exchange students.  With more than 25 years of experience supporting international students, they provide fully furnished housing with utilities, bills and internet included.  You will be placed with like-minded study abroad or exchange students, and will be introduced to them before you arrive. You'll also get support from the on-site resident director, who will introduce you to the other SiA students, UQ, your local area and life in Brisbane.  They'll also help you make the most of your time at UQ with ongoing semester activities and travel options. You can book SiA housing online through their web site.

College Associate Membership

In case you want to enjoy the academic and social benefits of a residential college without living in one, however, some colleges also offer non-resident or associate membership programs. You can find out the details on the web sites of The Women's College (women only), Duchesne College (women only), St Leo's College (men only), King's College (men only), Emmanuel College (co-ed), Cromwell College (co-ed), and International House (co-ed).

View the UQ Pre-Departure online briefing for important information on preparing your arrival in Brisbane.

Plan your expenses

Before leaving to Australia, make sure you plan your expenses to cover tuition fees, visa fees, living expenses and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Organise your student visa

All international students applying to study in Australia must have a student visa that will remain valid for the duration of their studies. 

Plan your arrival dates

All new international students are strongly advised to arrive at least one to two weeks before Orientation Week

You will need enough time to secure permanent accommodation if you haven't already done so, become acquainted with your new surroundings and attend the orientation programs before classes begin.

Book airport reception

You can register for our Airport Reception Service by visiting the my.UQ web site here.

You'll need your UQ student number, accommodation destination address, flight details, and the details of any accompanying passengers to book a pick-up. Additional charges for some destinations may apply to your booking. Information on these charges is provided during the booking process and you will be notified of these should they apply. Additional passengers >1 person, who accompany a UQ student, (and who are not Airport Reception eligible UQ students), will be required to pay a pick up fee to be transported with our service to the drop off destination with the registered UQ student. More information is provided during the booking process.


Attend orientation 

Orientation Week (O-Week) is a University-wide celebration for international and domestic students who are beginning their studies at UQ. 

Attending orientation is an important part of starting at a new university, so attendance is considered essential.

Complete your enrolment

Go to Starting at UQ for instructions on how to enrol online, sign on to classes, pay any remaining tuition fees (study abroad students) and get your student ID card. You can view the timetables for courses before enrolling in them. More information about planning your timetable is available here. You will need to be enrolled in at least one course by the end of Orientation week.

Organise permanent accommodation if you haven't already done so

UQ can help you find a suitable place to live, and give you ongoing accommodation advice and assistance. 

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