Congratulations on your decision to study at Sarina Russo Institute English. Please read through this important information before your arrival to assist in making your Australian study adventure less stressful.
Before You Arrive
To ensure that you arrive ready to begin your studies it is important that your pre-departure preparation is done adequately.
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 the Department of Home Affairs website.
Comprehensive information about visa application, student work rights and restrictions, health requirements and much more can be found on the Department website.
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
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 entire length of your student visa.
Exceptions to this requirement only apply where the Department of Home Affairs recognises a suitable alternative health cover arrangement. This includes Swedish and Norwegian students who have health cover with the approved home government insurer. Belgian student are covered under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia. Please visit the Department website for more information.
“Dual Family” or “Multi Family” Overseas Student Health Cover 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.
Students who do not arrive in Australia on a student visa will not be covered by OSHC until they have obtained a student visa.
Click here for more information about OSHC.
Obtaining Your Overseas Student Health Cover
When you receive your letter of offer from Sarina Russo Institute, it will indicate the duration and cost of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) you need for your stay in Australia if you will be studying on a student visa. In most cases, Sarina Russo Institute will arrange OSHC membership for the whole duration of your student visa (called ‘visa length cover’).
If you are applying independently, you will need to send your payment directly to Sarina Russo Institute at the time that you accept your offer. If you are applying through a partner institution or sponsor, payment will be arranged in accordance with the relevant agreement.
Sarina Russo Institute establishes your initial OSHC membership on your behalf so you can meet your student visa requirements. The commencement date will initially be set as approximately 10 days prior to your course commencement. It is up to you to adjust the start date to coincide with the date you entered Australia on a student visa.
Sarina Russo Institute’s preferred provider of Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is Allianz Global Assistance. Soon after your arrival at Sarina Russo Institute you will be directed to the Allianz Global Assistance website to apply online for your OSHC Membership Card.
If you have any queries related to Overseas Student Health Cover provided by Allianz Global Assistance including membership, claims and renewals, please contact Allianz Global Assistance directly.
Renewing Your Overseas Student Health Cover
To comply with your Student Visa conditions, it is essential that you have current Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) membership for the full duration of your student visa.
If your cover expires before you complete your program, you will have to renew it yourself. If you have a sponsor/scholarship or are from a partner institution and your OSHC is due to expire, please contact Allianz Global Assistance.
Renewal can be made online at Allianz Global Assistance.
Dual Family or Multi-Family Overseas Student Health Cover
Any family members joining or accompanying you to Australia as dependants on your student visa must also have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
To include your family in your OSHC membership at the time you accept your Sarina Russo Institute Offer, you will need to pay the family OSHC premium stated on your Letter of Offer. If you have already arrived and/or commenced your studies and need to change your membership from single to Dual Family or Multi Family cover, please contact Allianz Global Assistance directly.
For more information on visa requirements, you can visit the Department website.
Overseas Visitors Health Cover
Do you have family and friends visiting? They can get Overseas Visitors Health Cover at a discounted rate with Allianz Global Assistance.
Guidelines, Policies and Regulations
The Australian Government wants overseas students in Australia to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding place to study. Australia’s laws promote quality education and consumer protection for overseas students. These laws are known as the ESOS legislative framework and they include the Education Services for Overseas (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code 2007.
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.
There are a number of accommodation facilities available for students in Brisbane. Finding the right accommodation for yourself is important, as it allows you to settle into your new environment faster so you can concentrate on your studies.
By focusing solely on the needs of the students, our flexible and holistic approach delivers a premium student living experience. Community, convenience, connectivity, fun, friendship, safety; when you sum up everything you’re looking for in your student life, it all adds up to One – Student One.
Located right in the heart of the Brisbane City centre and within a short 300 metre walk from Russo Business School, Student One is perfectly placed to offer a premium student accommodation experience.
Premium Rooms and Facilities
With room for 687 residents, there is a range of living options to meet a variety of requirements and budgets, from single and twin studios, to single rooms in 5-bedroom apartments; and everyone will have access to the support of our 24-hour customer service.
Our Facilities include:
- fully furnished and air-conditioned rooms
- high ceilings, with full-height windows and block-out fabric blinds
- free unlimited high-speed internet
- communal and breakout spaces for socialising and study
- media and games rooms with large screens for movies and gaming
- gym and free bicycles and purpose-built bicycle storage
- communal kitchen and outdoor BBQ for cooking and entertaining
- 148 vehicle car parks for rent
Free unlimited high-speed internet is provided throughout the entire building. Regardless of where you are in our residence you will have access to your course notes, your friends and family and your favourite TV shows through our extensive WiFi network.
Premium Service and Safety
Our Student One Residence is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Our staff are focused on your needs and naturally your safety and security is a primary focus.
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.
To book homestay, please click below and you will be redirected to the AHN website.
Genesis 1 Student Accommodation offers comfort, security and private en-suite bedrooms, along with contemporary design, full amenities and facilities, on-site management and good location with a direct bus route and nearby Bus way. Our 3 bedroom units have an air-conditioned common area, are fully furnished with all necessary kitchen utensils and laundry. Visit Genesis 1 for more information.
The Pad Management is a provider of quality student accommodation with properties situated in and around Brisbane’s inner city suburbs. Students can choose from different accommodation options including share houses, units and accommodation buildings.
Visit The Pad Management for more information.
UniLodge Brisbane provides safe, fun and affordable student accommodation in the heart of Brisbane city. The property offers well-appointed, furnished and self-contained student apartments, many of which provide panoramic city views.
Click here for more information about UniLodge.
Located in the inner city area and minutes away from Southbank Beach is Urbanest Southbank, offering students highly secured and fully furnished rooms which include broadband internet, air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, gas and electricity.
Fully inclusive rents range from A$159 Twin Share and A$245 Single Room per week.
Visit Urbanest for up to date pricing and availability.
Rental accommodation is the preferred option for many students. You need to expect to pay from $A150* per week, and share household expenses with your flatmates (eg. water, electricity etc).
Students can arrange for their own rental accommodation by using online resources such as:
For the flexible student looking for something in the short to long term, we recommend staying a few nights in a hostel whilst we talk with you in person on arrival to assist you with what’s on offer around Brisbane city.
Fees range from $50* per night. Credit card details are mandatory to secure booking.
Compare Accommodation Options
|Services / Facilities||Homestay||Student Residence||Hostels||Share|
|Minimum length of stay||4 weeks**||1 semester||From 1-2 nights||From 3 months|
$215*/wk (Twin Share)
|From $250* per week||From $100* per week or
From $30* per night
|From $130* per week|
|Accommodation Placement Fee||$230*||$230*||$230*||$230*|
|Security Bond||No||4 times the weekly rate||No||4 times the weekly rate|
|Arrival Service||$110* – On Request||$110* – On Request||$110* – On Request||No|
|Own Room||Yes||Yes||On Request||On Request|
|Lunch||Weekend Only (Sat-Sun)||No||No||No|
|Bed||Yes||Yes||Yes||Included or Own|
|Linen||Yes||Included or Own||Included or hire||Included or Own|
|Study Desk||Yes||Yes||No||Included or Own|
|Water||Yes||Yes||Yes||Included or Share|
|Electricity||Yes||Yes||Yes||Included or Share|
|Telephone Calls||Included or Own||No||No||Share or Own|
|Computer / Internet||Additional Payment or Own||Yes||No||Share or Own|
|Cleaning||Room as Required||No||Daily or Weekly||No|
|Laundry||Share||Coin Operated Laundry||Coin Operated Laundry||Share|
|Public Transport||Own cost||Own cost||Own cost||Own cost|
*All prices are subject to change
** 2 weeks stays can be requested, but may not always be possible.
We want your stay in Brisbane to be both rewarding and enjoyable.
Below is a range of information to help you adjust to life at Sarina Russo Institute and living in Brisbane.
It is vital that you get off to a good start. That way you will be fully equipped to excel in your chosen program, understand what is expected of you and be familiar with your new surroundings.
We have a variety of formal and informal programs that are aimed at getting students connected with each other, but one of the best ways is to join our Facebook community so you can keep in touch, and stay up to date with all the things that are going on around campus.
Click here to access our facebook page
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. Two taxi companies operate in the Brisbane metropolitan area. *Please note: Concession tickets are not available to English students.
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 and ferries 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; you will be given more information regarding this during orientation week.
Uber – Ride Share Application
Uber is and 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.
Driving in Australia
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 in Australia
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.
The Sarina Russo Institute has a very caring and supportive environment and have a range of people for you to contact depending on the kind of support you require. For specific support enquiries click here
The Sarina Russo Instutue main campus is in very close proximity to most major banks.
Keeping In Touch
We like to encourage our students to keep in touch with family and friends, especially our international students. The best way to contact your family and friends is by email and the internet or international telephone calls.
International Telephone Calls
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.
Public Internet Access
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.
Sarina Russo Internet Access
For those students who are studying programs at either of our inner city Campus’s, Sarina Russo Institute has provided modern computerrooms and most floors have free wi-fi available for those students who wish to use their own equipment.
Adjusting to a New Culture
Adjusting to life in a foreign country can be both an exciting and daunting experience. Culture Shock is a term used to describe the anxiety a person may feel when they move to a new environment where everything is different, e.g. food, climate, language, customs. Sarina Russo has support services in place as your first point of contact if you are feeling homesick or if you need someone to talk to. They will be able to provide friendly support and advice about relevant services both on-campus and within the community.
Getting To Know Brisbane
Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and the third largest and fastest growing city in Australia, with a population of 1.7 million. The subtropical climate, lifestyle, picturesque river precinct, modern shopping, cultural and entertainment options make it one of Australia’s most liveable cities. Brisbane’s economy is diverse, with many emerging and established export industries including aviation and aerospace, creative industries, food and beverage production, and international education. Brisbane is regularly cited in surveys as one of the least expensive capital cities in Australia in which to live.
Dining and Shopping
Some of Brisbane’s finest restaurants and many inexpensive cafes, food halls and eatery’s and are a short walk away from both our inner city campus’s . There are two supermarkets within five minutes’ , Chinatown, which is a short walk from the campus, also offers a huge range of eating and entertainment options. Close by are the shopping and eating strips of Riverside and Queen Street Mall. Halal cuisine is also available from various outlets within walking distance.
Culture and Entertainment
The Brisbane River flows close to the city centre, offering stunning views and the opportunity for river cruises. Public transport provides easy access to many diverse cultural and entertainment venues including the Queensland Art Gallery, Botanical Gardens, ‘The Gabba’ (famous for hosting many international cricket matches), Queensland Museum, Southbank Convention and Entertainment Centre and other shopping malls.
One of the many attractions of life in Brisbane is the city’s proximity to the exciting tourist destinations of the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast with access via road, bus or train. Situated just an hour’s drive to the south of the city, the Gold Coast is home to world class beaches and amusement parks. The pristine beaches of the Sunshine Coast are an hour and a half’s drive to the north of Brisbane, along with spectacular National Park rainforests and major tourist attractions such as the Australia Zoo.
While the summer maximum average temperate is only 30°C with some hot sunny days, the winter is also mild and very pleasant. Most winter days are sunny with average temperatures of around 15°C.
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For more Information about life in Brisbane can be found at:
Cost Of Living
Australia offers excellent value for money and one of the highest standards of living in the world. The cost of living in Brisbane is generally lower than other capital cities in Australia such as Sydney and Melbourne. These average costs should be viewed as an indication only and are based on the combined weekly costs of: rent (share), food, electricity and utility costs, transport/travel and miscellaneous items.
The cost of rental accommodation varies greatly according to considerations such as the number of people sharing, distance from the city centre, type of accommodation and proximity to public transport.
Students are advised to allow for on average, $A400 per trimester for books and supplies. Living costs to consider includes:
- accommodation (rent/electricity)
- clothes and social activities
- communication (phones/internet/postage)
- Overseas Student Health Cover (approximately $A519 per year for a single student)
Approximate Living Costs in Australian Dollars per week
|Rent (share accommodation)||$85 – $215|
|Groceries and eating out||$80 – $280|
|Gas, electricity||$35 – $140|
|Mobile phone and internet||$25 – $55|
|Public transport / travel||$15 – $55|
|Miscellaneous (clothes, toiletries, medical)||$30 – $80|
|Total Estimated weekly costs||$270 – $825|