Living in Brisbane


St Aidan’s uses the experience of Union Institute of Language (UIL) to ensure a smooth homestay program. A homestay environment can assist International students improve English language skills, the have the experience and safety of living in a family situation whilst immersing themselves in the Australian culture and way of life. 
Homestay families are carefully interviewed and selected by a school representative. Student safety and wellbeing is a priority to St Aidan’s, not only during their time at school, but also within their homestay environment. Regular monitoring, including meetings with homestay families by the school and its representatives, ensures that the level of care expected by St Aidan’s is met.
Information regarding homestay will be sent to all successful applicants.

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Living in Brisbane

Studying in Brisbane provides students with the experience of living and studying abroad, in an education system where they are encouraged to think creatively and independently. Further, on completion of their studies your daughter will graduate with an internationally recognised qualification, which allows students to pursue further studies in Australia or abroad. Brisbane is Australia’s new-world city, a multi-cultural hub of creativity and invention. It is a diverse city - a green city with a perfect climate. It is a growing city with one of the fastest growing economies in Australia.


Brisbane lies on the east coast of Australia, in Queensland’s South East corner. The city is found between the shores of Moreton Bay and the mountains of the Great Dividing Range, with the Brisbane River serving as a centre point. Brisbane is a green city – the central business district is surrounded by green spaces including The Brisbane City Botanical Gardens, South Bank and Roma Street Parkland. Exciting career opportunities and world-class universities in Brisbane city make it a great place to study and develop your skills & career. But its location close to world-famous beaches, awe inspiring natural sites, rainforests and reefs also means leisure pursuits can be a large part of your stay. 


Queensland is a state of many contrasts – from tropical coasts and green rainforests to desert and sand country. It is home to many tourist destinations including the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Gold Coast and the Whitsundays and the Sunshine Coast. All of these amazing locations are easily accessible from Brisbane. Queensland is bordered by the Northern Territory to the west, South Australia to the south-west and New South Wales to the south. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean. 


The population of Brisbane has reached 2.5 million, making it the third largest city in Australia. It also has the largest population growth rate of any other capital city in Australia (1.9%), but also a lower inner city population density than Australia's two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne.  The multicultural population has 21.7% of residents born overseas and 16% speaking a language other than English at home.

For further information on the cost of living expenses within Australia please read:

Other Useful resources

Life and Study in Australia

Department of Home Affairs 

Queensland Curriculum & Assesment Authority (QCAA)

National ELICOS Accreditation Scheme

Commonwealth Ombudsman (Overseas Students)

Tuition Protection Service (TPS)

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment - International Students Fact Sheet

TPS Student Brochure

ESOS Student Fact Sheet