Queensland University of Technology

Queensland University of Technology Overview

QUT is a highly successful Australian university,based in Brisbane, Queensland. With some 45,000 students, including 6,000 from overseas, and an annual budget of more than $800 million, it is positioned to grow and develop as one of Australia's leading universities.

Over the years, it has grown and changed. From the establishment of the Brisbane School of Arts in 1849, QUT has been at the forefront of innovation and progress in tertiary education. Although the name QUT has only been used since 1989, the institutions that came before shaped the foundations of the university.

QUT has nearly 7,000 international students from more than 100 countries, many of the lecturers and tutors have worked overseas or have international qualifications. QUT promote and celebrate cultural diversity on campus through social activities, festivals and university-wide events.

Swansea University currently has a University-wide agreement in place with Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Key Information


Semester 1 Semester 2
18th July 2016- 18th November 2016 20th February 2017- 23rd June 2017


Temporary Accommodation

We recommend students book temporary accommodation for their first few weeks in Brisbane and use the time to search for more permanent accommodation. Temporary accommodation is usually a hostel or hotel in Brisbane. If booking permanent accommodation prior to your arrival, be sure to read the terms and conditions of your lease/rental agreement carefully before signing or making any payments. 

Permanent Accommodation

QUT has an Accommodation Office to assist inbound students in locating a suitable place to stay during their time at QUT. Our accommodation service has links to student accommodation providers and the QUT Guild accommodation service so that you can start investigating your options.

In Brisbane, there are a range of permanent accommodation options including Student Accommodation providers, Homestay service and share houses. Many students look for a share house after arriving in Brisbane and arrange their accommodation in Brisbane within two weeks.  You can also stay with an Australian family as part of a homestay placement. The family you stay with will provide your meals and a furnished bedroom, as well as giving you a great opportunity for language and culture exchange.

If you are not sure what type of accommodation to choose, you can contact one of our accommodation officers. They can let you know what accommodation is available, and can also put you in touch with other students who may be looking for similar accommodation.

Your accommodation costs will vary depending on what type of accommodation you live in. A shared house can cost $150-$200 a week, and renting your own apartment or house can cost $350-$500 a week. A homestay will cost $240-$260 a week. Make sure you research your accommodation options and costs before you come to Brisbane, and factor it into your overall cost of living.


Brisbane is an affordable city, but you still need to plan and budget carefully to make sure you have enough money for your study and living expenses.

Getting started - During your first few weeks, expect to need $1,700-$2,000 to get set up. This includes:
• temporary accommodation
• bond and rent for when you find long-term accommodation
• electricity, gas and telephone connection fees
• basic furniture and homewares
• food and transport

Weekly costs - You should budget around $400 a week for your expenses. This includes:
• rent
• food
• transport
• electricity, internet and phone bills
• photocopying and stationery
• entertainment

Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000

The Global Opportunities Bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas).

The International Development Office provides students with a £1000 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork.

Please note

The prospect of studying at a university abroad is exciting, but there is also a lot of information you need to consider when choosing the right place for you. Above you will find summarised information which should help you with your decision. Please note that this information was accurate at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Be sure to confirm all information on the host university's website.