Is it your first time away from home?

By Roxanne Aila
Congratulations on making the decision to study abroad! I can still remember when I first moved away from my home country Papua New Guinea to Brisbane. I was excited to study abroad, to meet new people and to experience a new city. This was combined with the fact that I was terribly homesick and cried for my parents to take me back to PNG! However, I continued on and am still loving Brisbane some 20 years later.

One of the biggest learning curves was managing my money as a student. Here are some tips to help you manage your budget as you settle into student life.

  • Shop around for the best bank for students. You can often get discounts if you look. Reduce your fees where you can! ING Direct have $0 account keeping fees for students.
  • Register your Go Card and keep it on you and your student card to take advantage of discounted student travel rates.
  • Take advantage of discount movie E.g. Tuesday nights at the movies are cheaper.
  • Buy from your local market and support local Brisbane farmers. It can work out cheaper than buying from the main grocery stores.
  • Sharing your accommodation can work out cheaper! Speak to the SI team to discuss your accommodation options. We can find the right suburb and living environment for you.

Ask us any questions! We are here to support you on your study path. Email