Study and live in Queensland- “beautiful one day, perfect the next.”

International students choose Australia, not only for the quality education, but also for the outdoor lifestyle, superb weather and mixture of natural wonders and vibrant city life.


Brisbane is the capital of the state of Queensland and has a population of over 2 million people. Brisbane is located less than an hour drive from the beaches of the Gold Coast and just over an hour to the Sunshine Coast.

Brisbane has numerous parks and green spaces in which you can relax, play sport or meet friends for a barbecue. With an average of 261 days of sunshine each year there is plenty of time to explore the outdoor spaces.

Gold Coast

Surfer’s Paradise is the Gold Coast’s entertainment and tourism centre, and one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations. Home to Queensland’s exhilarating theme parks and some of the best surf breaks in Australia; the Gold Coast attracts more than 10 million visitors each year.

The Gold Coast will be hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Griffith University is an official partner of the games offering students 250+ internship opportunities to get work experience on a world-class event before they graduate.

At a glance

Famous beaches

Unique wildlife

Multicultural dining

Outdoor lifestyle

Year-round sun

Welcoming community

Vibrant nightlife

Adventure attractions

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Information for families


If you are planning to bring your family with you to Australia, there are a few things for you to consider. You will need to make appropriate arrangements for:

  • Visas
  • Health insurance
  • Child care
  • School fees and educational costs
  • Transport

School in Australia

In Queensland, children of compulsory school age must attend school. Compulsory school age starts at six years and six months of age (Year 1) and continues until the completion of Year 10. Children who have turned five by 30 June of that year may be enrolled in Prep if their parents choose.

You will be required to pay school tuition fees for your children to attend school.

Child care options

If you need to arrange child care for your children, there are a number of different options available. Please keep in mind that child care in Australia is in high demand and can be costly, so you may have to contact a range of different providers until you find one that suits your needs and budget.

Griffith University offers day care for children three months to five years of age.

Health insurance and health matters

Most international students are offered single health insurance cover in their offer letter. However, if you wish to purchase family cover you may indicate this prior to, or when you accept your offer.

If your family (i.e. spouse and dependent children under 18 years of age) join you after you arrive in Australia, they will need to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) cover also for the duration of their visa. If you have a single OSHC policy and you have a child born in Australia, you will need to change to a family policy prior to the birth of your child.

Becoming pregnant in Australia

If you become pregnant in Australia, firstly notify your OSHC provider as you will need to upgrade to a family policy. Children born in Australia are only Australian citizens if at least one parent was an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the time of their birth.

As having a child will impact on your ability to complete your studies, you may need to extend your visa and change your Confirmation of Enrolment. Contact an International Student Advisor as soon as possible so they can assist you in making appropriate arrangements.

Need accommodation?

We have on and off-campus solutions for you.

Adjusting to changes

Your spouse and children will have to adjust to life in Australia, just as you have. Some of the challenges they may face include:

  • missing the usual support from relatives and friends
  • not being confident with their English
  • adjusting to a new school and making friends

While studying full-time, you may also find that you are not able to help or spend as much time with your partner or children as you used to.

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