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you will either receive meals in the dining room or have to prepare your own food in the kitchen. Some universities also have off-campus accommodation close to their institution. This may be a block of units in which students rent a room. Privately renting accommodation is an option for students staying longer than six months. Many houses are rented unfurnished, although it is possible to rent a fully-furnished property. Rental vacancies are advertised in the local newspapers and various websites. Many tertiary institutions have an accommodation offi ce to help you fi nd a place to live. Students can work for up to 20 hours in term and 40 hours during the holiday break. Jobs are advertised online, in local newspapers and on community noticeboards. Many employment opportunities in Queensland are in the tourism sector, as well as the shops and restaurants that service tourists. Your institution may have an employment office for assistance with job-hunting. Having fun in the sunshine state Living costs in Queensland are relatively cheap in comparison to other states of Australia. Due to Queensland’s multicultural population, international grocery and specialty stores are in city centres and surrounding suburbs. City centres have boutique and department stores in air- conditioned shopping malls that are generally open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. Brisbane and the Gold Coast are popular nightspots, and students can take advantage of the cafes, restaurants and nightclubs. Queensland has an outdoor café culture with many outdoor eating venues. It has restaurants with cuisines from across the world. Sports are an important part of the Queensland lifestyle and you can join a campus or community sporting team. Sports are generally played in the evenings or weekends. Fitness centres and gyms have extended opening hours to suit students and shift workers. Queenslanders make the most of their great climate and enjoy outdoor activities like sailing, golf and swimming. Public transport is widely available with services including bus, train, ferry and taxi. Public transport is comfortable, fast and reliable. There are international airports in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville and the Gold Coast, as well as smaller domestic airports across the state. Known as the Sunshine State of Australia, Queensland temperatures range from sub-tropical to tropical. Queensland’s summer starts in December with an average maximum of around 30° Celsius, although temperatures are often higher, particularly in the north. Winter begins in June and temperature average 15–20°C. With cheap living costs, rewarding education and a fantastic lifestyle, Queensland is a state of opportunity for the international student. It’s no wonder that Queensland is the fastest-growing state in Australia, and home to over four million people. ¦ Above: Queenslanders make the most of their outdoor lifestyle. Image courtesy of Tourism Queensland. Australia: The Education Destination 55 QUEENSLAND
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