Frequently Asked Questions

Preparing for Business School [International Students]

Once you have been accepted to study at an institution and have received confirmation of your student visa, the next step is to start planning for your arrival.  Please go to the Study in Australia website using this link.  It provides extensive information in relation to living and studying in Australia. 

Living and studying in Australia

Approximate Weekly Living Costs

  • Groceries and eating out - $80 to $280 per week 
  • Gas, electricity - $35 to $140 per week 
  • Phone and Internet - $20 to $55 per week 
  • Public transport - $15 to $55 per week 
  • Car (after purchase) - $150 to $260 per week 
  • Entertainment - $80 to $150 per week 

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Books and Miscellaneous Study Expenses

A minimum of $A400 per study period is required for textbooks. Students should also budget for other study related costs such as stationery and subject handbooks

Brisbane offers a range of accommodation facilities that students can choose from to suit their varying needs. These include homestays, hostels and shared rental accommodation. The costs for these will vary, depending on factors such as location and facilities provided.

  • Hostels and Guesthouses - $90 to $150 per week 
  • Shared Rental - $85 to $215 per week
  • Homestay - $235 to $325 per week 
  • Rental - $165 to $440 per week 
  • Boarding schools - $11,000 to $22,000 a year 

Go to this link to view packages from our Accommodation partner Iglu Brisbane City

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AHN Homestay

Students can choose to live with a family in a homestay through the Australian Homestay Network (AHN). Students will enjoy everyday activities with their AHN homestay host including:

  • being shown around the community
  • help with the basics of Australian culture
  • taking part in everyday conversation
  • learning basics such as buying transport tickets, where the local shops are, how to access banking, internet, mobile phone and personal safety tips
  • help with English and ‘Aussie’ words and phrases
  • help with the search for appropriate longer term accommodation options if required
  • ongoing support from AHN

AHN Homestay is recommended as the best option for all new International Students visiting Australia for the first time.

Brisbane offers a modern and comprehensive public transport network, including rail, bus and ferry links which can all be accessed through the purchase of a single ticket. Full‐time international students studying at a Queensland education institution in a course approved by Centrelink for Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance purposes are eligible for concessions on public transport. The Translink website provides full details on Queensland concession fares.

Two taxi companies operate in the Brisbane metropolitan area.

Russo Business School main campus is in very close proximity to most major banks. Go to this link to review Australian Banking and currency information. Australian banking and currency

Australia has numerous mobile phone and internet providers with various plans as to suit your requirements.  Go to this link to review your options. Phone and Internet

Our campus has access to WiFi using android or Mac devices.  This will be explained at Orientation.

Working while you study in Australia can help complement your study and living experience. There are a number of reasons you might want to undertake part time work while studying in Australia, including assisting with living expenses and gaining work experience in your study area.

Most student visas allow you to work for up to 40 hours every two weeks while your course is in session, and unrestricted hours during any scheduled course break, but before you undertake any paid work you need to make sure your visa allows you to work. Find out more at the Department of Home Affairs

Australia is generally a very safe place to live and study. The 2011 OEC Better Life Index rated Australia 9.3 out of 10 for safety, one of the highest ratings awarded to any country.

But it is still important to look after yourself and be aware of the risks that exist - and ways to minimise them. This is particularly important for when you first arrive and are adjusting to your new way of life.

Following your common sense and best practices will ensure you remain safe and healthy, whether you are handling emergencies, personal and home safety, or natural elements such as sun, water, and fire.

Further information in regards to Health and Safety will be provided during Orientation.

Go to this link and review information about bringing your family to Australia.

Bringing your family to Australia

All overseas students must apply for a student visa before travelling to Australia. To find out more, please contact your nearest Australian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission, or visit www.dfat.gov.au

Comprehensive information about the visa application process, student work rights and restrictions, health requirements and other details pertaining to student visas can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.

The Australian Government would like overseas students in Australia to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding experience while studying in Australia. Australia’s laws promote quality education and consumer protection for overseas students. These laws are known as the ESOS framework and they include the Education Services for Overseas (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code of Practice 2018.

OSHC is insurance to assist international students meet the costs of medical and hospital care that they may need while in Australia. As an international student, it is a condition of your student visa that you have OSHC for the duration of your stay in Australia.

Exceptions to this requirement only apply where the DIBP recognises a suitable alternative health cover arrangement. This includes Swedish and Norwegian students who have health cover with the approved home government insurer.

“Dual or multi-family” OSHC provided by Allianz Global Assistance must be arranged if you intend to travel to Australia with your family members as dependents on your student visa.

Orientation & On Campus

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An emergency is: The actual or imminent occurrence of an event which endangers or threatens the safety or health of any person in the area; and/or destroys, or threatens to destroy or damage any property. In any life threatening emergency call (0) 000 (112 from mobile) and request Police, Fire or Ambulance.

Please refer to the following Emergency Information for detailed information on Russo Business School’s evacuation procedure.

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