On Arrival

Before you Arrive

Thank you for choosing BROWNS. We're ready for you to arrive so now it's time for you to prepare. We've collated a list of facts, shops, events, living costs and even weather and temperature averages to help you plan. Click these links for useful information about Brisbane & Gold Coast.
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We look forward to welcoming you to the BROWNS family.
On Arrival

Warm Welcome

If you've booked our Airport Pick-Up Service, a friendly BROWNS driver will meet you at the airport and transport you directly to your Homestay, or to the BROWNS Student Apartments.
If you're staying in a Homestay, you will receive a warm and friendly welcome to make you feel right at home. Your homestay will be able to show you the nearest bus/train stop or directions for walking/riding to school.
In the Classroom

First Week

Orientation commences at 8:00am on your first day. Please bring your passport, a pen and paper. Throughout the day you will complete your English Placement Test, we'll take your photo for your ID card, you'll receive your Student Handbook, we'll show you around the city and BROWNS Campus.
We can also assist you getting an Australian phone number, where to buy a public Transport GoCard and where to set up a bank account.
Read more about our Orientation Day.
On Campus

World-Class Experience

We're committed to providing all of our students with World-Class Curriculum, Teachers, Facilities, Accommodation and Student Services. We have a team of experienced and passionate staff that are available to provide you with a supportive and fun educational experience from the moment you arrive in Australia. Activities Calendars: Brisbane | Gold Coast
Activities

Guaranteed Outcomes

At BROWNS, we are so confident that you will achieve your expected Cambridge/IELTS results after your course with us; we guarantee it! If you do not achieve your target score, BROWNS will offer you a FREE Cambridge/IELTS Preparation course (same number of weeks as your original booking). *Conditions apply. Read more about our Cambridge Guarantee and IELTS Guarantee.

Homestay

Graduation Day

Over 10,000 students have graduated from BROWNS English Language School. Graduation Day is an informal, yet personal goodbye organised by the class. You'll receive a BROWNS Graduation Certificate, take photos with your friends and some even sign an Australia flag as a souvenir to take home. Stay in touch on Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, WeChat , LinkedIn.


Orientation Day

First day at BROWNS

Brisbane Campus: Level, 102 Adelaide Street, Brisbane
Gold Coast Campus: 5-7 Marshall Lane, Southport

8:00 - 8:15

Welcome to BROWNS English Language School

All students receive an Orientation pack which includes a Student Handbook, BROWNS Passport, school lanyard and information on the local area and upcoming activities.

8:20 - 10:30 First day placement testing
  • All students sit a placement test on their first day. This will test your listening, reading, grammar, vocabulary, speaking and writing skills. We use this test to help us place you in the correct class for your English level.
  • The test will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.
  • During your test you will have a speaking test and interview with one of our Academic Management Team. This is a great time to let BROWNS know what your reasons for enrolling in English classes are and set some goals.
10:30 - 10:50 ID Photos and Introduction to BROWNS website and Facebook page (keep updated with what is happening at school and in Brisbane/on the Gold Coast.
10:50 - 11:50

School & Surrounding Area Tour

  • Tour of the school classrooms and facilities
  • Introduction to Student Services team and how to contact them
  • Overview of emergency evacuation procedure, exits and assembly area
  • Tour of the surrounding area including:
    • transport options (bus and train)
    • banks (nearest bank and how to open an account)
    • mobile/phone providers
    • doctors
    • chemist
    • library
    • closest shopping and eating options
    • phone/mobile providers, doctors, chemist and places to eat/shop
11:50 - 12:50 Break for Lunch

12:50 - 1:15

Student Services Overview

  • Accommodation information - homestay and apartments (SSO Accommodation)
  • Hand out student ID cards (SSO Activities)
  • GO Card information (SSO Activities)
  • Afternoon activities calendar (SSO Activities)
  • Jobs club (SSO Activities)
  • Travel advice and information (Backpackers World Travel staff)
1:15 - 2:00

Academic Management Team (AMT) Overview

  • Explanation of School Rules
  • Overview of BROWNS class breakdown (Core class and Active8) and how to get the most out of the Accelerate program using the BROWNS passport.
  • Student visa requirements including progress and attendance monitoring
  • Academic counselling services
  • Study pathway information
  • Placement interviews – all students meet with the AMT individually to receive their class level, timetable and textbooks.
15:00 Orientation finishes

BROWNS Student Handbook

Read our Student Handbook to ensure you are fully prepared for your arrival at BROWNS and life as an international student in Australia.

Living in Brisbane

Brisbane (Australia’s New World City) is the capital city of Queensland – Australia’s second largest state by area.

Brisbane offers world-class education along with a high-quality, accessible lifestyle – especially if you compare living expenses and tuition costs with other developed countries. The city also strives to make international students feel at home right from Study Brisbane’s special Airport Welcome, to a range of international student events including the City Welcome Festival and the series of Lord Mayor’s International Student Friendship Ceremonies.

The perfect weather and proximity to some of the world's most beautiful natural wonders are just some of the reasons you'll love studying in Brisbane. Here are some other top reasons why you should study in Brisbane:

Read more about practical travel information on visas, customs and more: www.australia.com

       Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland

       Brisbane Airport services 26 airlines flying to 42 domestic and 28 international destinations

       Home to three QS World University ranking universities: University of Queensland (UQ), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Griffith University

       Brisbane is a safe and welcoming city with excellent transport links including bus, train and ferry services

       Host to Brisbane City Welcome Festival which is Australia's largest city orientation day for international students

       Brisbane City Council offers free wifi at 22 of its most popular parks

       Brisbane is one of Australia’s most affordable places to study. You'll find that tuition fees provide students with value for money, and cost of living expenses are more affordable compared to other developed countries

       Brisbane has more sunny days per year than any other Australian capital city. An average of 261 annually

       See the best Brisbane has to offer with Translink by Bus, Train, Ferry and CityCat

Brisbane is Australia's most inclusive study destination. Explore everything Brisbane and the surrounding areas have to offer. These are some key events to note throughout the year:

    January:
  • Australia Day
  • New Year's Day
  • Magic Millions
  • Brisbane International (tennis)

  • February:
  • City Welcome Festival
  • Valentine's Day
  • Brisbane Comedy Festival
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast)

  • March:
  • Brisbane Comedy Festival
  • World Science Festival Brisbane
  • Valentine's Day
  • NRL (Rugby League) season starts
  • Clean up Australia Day
  • World's Greatest Shave

  • April:
  • Byron Bay Bluesfest (Byron Bay)
  • ANZAC Day

  • May:
  • Lord Mayor's International Student Friendship Ceremony
  • Blues on Broadbeach (Gold Coast)

  • June:
  • Whale Watching season commences
  • State of Origin
  • End of financial year sales

  • July:
  • Splendour in the Grass (Byron Bay)
  • Le Festival - Brisbane French Festival
  • University Open Days

  • August:
  • Royal Queensland Show - Ekka (Brisbane)
  • Blues Music Day
  • MEKKA (Ekka Races)
  • Brisbane International Film Festival
  • Annual Strawberry Festival
  • Bridge to Brisbane (marathon)
  • Brisbane Marathon
  • University Open Days

    September:
  • Brisbane Festival
  • River Fire
  • Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (Toowoomba)
  • Miss Muddy Brisbane
  • Byron Bay Bluesfest (Byron Bay)

  • October:
  • Oktoberfest Brisbane
  • Brisbane Zombie Walk
  • Gold Coast 600 (Gold Coast)

  • November:
  • Melbourne Cup
  • Movember

  • December:
  • Christmas celebrations
  • Boxing Day Sales
  • Woodford Folk Festival (Woodford)
  • New Years Eve events

  • Must try/visit:
  • Visit the Gold Coast
  • Koala Pine Sanctuary
  • Visit a themepark: Dreamworld, Movieworld, SeaWorld, Wet 'n' Wild, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (Gold Coast)
  • GOMA
  • Museum
  • Southbank
  • Brisbane City Sounds

This should be used as a guide only and may change year-to-year. Check http://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/whats-on for more information.
Brisbane has more sunny days per year than any other Australian capital city. In 2013, Brisbane had 261 days of full sunshine. Boasting Australia’s best climate, Brisbane summers offer sub-tropical humid heat cooled by beautiful afternoon thunderstorms, while winters rarely dip below 20°C. Spring and autumn are favourite seasons for residents, as it’s easy to enjoy the outdoors with temperatures hovering in the mid-to-late 20s.

Plan ahead with this information on temperature and rainfall in Brisbane.

Summer (December – February)
During summer, average temperatures range from 21 - 29.8°C (69.8 - 85.6°F) and the city has its highest rainfall, which can bring afternoon thunderstorms. Average rainfall during this time is 426.6 mm (16.8").

Autumn (March – May)
Autumn signals the end of the hot summer when average temperatures drop between 15 - 25°C (59 - 77°F), and the city experiences low humidity and less rain.

Winter (June – August)
Brisbane’s weather in winter is generally dry and mild with mean temperatures between 11 - 21°C (51.8 - 69.8°F). Early mornings and nights can be crisp, but overnight lows rarely drop below 9°C (48.2°F).

Spring (September – November)
The spring climate is similar to autumn, with average temperatures between 15 - 25°C (59 - 77°F). Warm, sunny days are tempered by cool sea breezes

(source: www.australia.com )

    Supermarkets:

  • Coles
  • Woolworths
  • Aldi
  • Discount Store Retailers

  • Target
  • Kmart
  • BigW
  • The Reject Shop
  • Choice Discount Variety Stores
  • Stacks
  • Department Stores

  • Myer
  • David Jones
  • Health & Beauty

  • Priceline
  • Chemist Warehouse
  • Terry White Chemist
  • Banking

  • National Australia Bank (NAB)
  • Westpac
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)

    Nearby Doctors

  • Wintergarden Doctors
  • Turbot Street Medical Centre
  • Central Station Medical Centre
  • Sakura Family Clinic
  • Cbd 7 Day Medial Centre
  • See more
  • Post Office

  • Australia Post
  • Nearby Attractions

  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Brisbane City Hall
  • Queensland Gallery of Modern Art
  • Museum of Brisbane
  • Wheel of Brisbane
  • Roma Street Parkland
*Disclaimer: None of these providers are operated or endorsed by BROWNS, nor does BROWNS recommend one over the other. BROWNS will not assume responsibility for these.
Brisbane is one of Australia’s most affordable places to study. You'll find that tuition fees provide students with value for money, and cost of living expenses are more affordable compared to other developed countries.

Approximate Cost of Living Per Week:
Accommodation: $120-250
Meals: $80
Transport: $30
Phone and Internet: $25

BROWNS Student Discounts

Brisbane Student Discounts

Brisbane


When arriving to Brisbane, students can purchase a TransLink GoCard. This is an electronic ticket offering fast, easy and convenient travel at a cheaper price than paper tickets. Your GoCard can be used on all TransLink buses, trains (including Airtrain), ferries and tram services across Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, and the Gold Coast.

ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) students are generally eligible for a Adult GoCard (blue)

Benefits include:
  • cheaper than the cost of a paper ticket
  • convenient to manage
  • easy to top-up and use

  • More information about TransLink online:
    Arabic, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish

    Australia has 4 major domestic airlines which include Qantas, JetStar, Virgin Australia, Tiger Airlines.

    Compare, combine and book domestic flights with Webjet

    Staying in Brisbane puts you in prime position to explore some of Australia’s best destinations, both within the state of Queensland and beyond.

    As the closest Australian state capital to Asia with an integrated public transport system, you’ll be able to get anywhere easily so that exploring Australia and beyond couldn't be easier.

    Destination Travel Times
    Gold Coast 1 hour by train
    Sunshine Coast 1 hour by car
    Sydney 1 hour by plane
    Melbourne 2 hours by plane
    Great Barrier Reef 2 hours by plane
    Auckland 3 hours by plane
    Singapore 8 hours by plane
    Guangzhou; 9 hours by plane
    Seoul 10 hours by plane
    Dubai 14 hours by plane

    Living on the Gold Coast

    Australia's Gold Coast is a very unique city, and one of the world's best holiday and study destinations. Experience the Gold Coast's spectacular beaches, World Heritage listed rainforest, theme parks, shopping, events, and internationally renowned educational programs and courses.

    Above all, the Gold Coast presents a safe and secure destination where travellers can freely explore and experience the very best that Australia has to offer.

    Read more about practical travel information on visas, customs and more: www.australia.com

         The Gold Coast encompasses 5,000sq km with 70km of pristine coastline, 270km of navigable waterways and 100,000ha of world-heritage listed rainforests.

         The Gold Coast shares the title with Brisbane as one of the most desirable places in the world to live when ranked on political, social, economic and environmental factors, personal safety and health.

         Home to the largest concentration of themed attractions in the southern hemisphere.

         Gold Coast is a safe and welcoming city with excellent transport links including bus, train and tram services

         Host to the annual Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Championship which sees the world's top 34 male and top 18 female surfers on Gold Coast waves

         With 52 kilometres of golden beaches, The City of Gold Coast employs the largest professional lifeguard service in Australia who are recognised as world leaders in ocean safety, rescue and education

         Explore the largest subtropical rainforest remnant in the world and more than 100,000ha of nature reserves and world heritage sites

         Host of the 2018 Commonwealth Games

    Explore everything Gold Coast and surrounding areas have to offer. These are some key events to note throughout the year:

      January:
    • Australia Day
    • New Year's Day
    • Magic Millions
    • Brisbane International - tennis (Brisbane)

    • February:
    • Valentine's Day
    • 2018 Commonwealth Games
    • Sand Safari

    • March:
    • Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
    • Valentine's Day
    • NRL (Rugby League) season starts
    • Australian Street Entertainment Championships
    • Clean up Australia Day
    • World's Greatest Shave

    • April:
    • Seafire
    • SIPFEST
    • Step up Surfers Paradise
    • Byron Bay Bluesfest (Byron Bay)
    • ANZAC Day

    • May:
    • Surfers Paradise Live
    • Blues on Broadbeach

    • June:
    • Cooly Rocks on
    • Whale Watching season commences
    • State of Origin
    • End of financial year sales

    • July:
    • Gold Coast Airport Marathon
    • Viva Surfers Paradise
    • Splendour in the Grass (Byron Bay)
    • University Open Days

    • August:
    • Bridge to Brisbane - marathon (Brisbane)
    • Brisbane Marathon (Brisbane)
    • University Open Days

      September:
    • Brisbane Festival (Brisbane)
    • River Fire (Brisbane)
    • Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (Toowoomba)
    • Byron Bay Bluesfest (Byron Bay)

    • October:
    • Gold Coast 600

    • November:
    • Melbourne Cup
    • Movember

    • December:
    • Christmas celebrations
    • Carols on the Beach
    • Boxing Day Sales
    • New Years Eve events

    • Must try/visit:
    • Visit Brisbane
    • Visit a themepark: Dreamworld, Movieworld, SeaWorld, Wet 'n' Wild, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (Gold Coast)
    • Killarney Glen heart shape waterfall

    This should be used as a guide only and may change year-to-year. Check https://moregoldcoast.com.au/events/ for more information.

    Plan ahead with this information on temperature and rainfall on the Gold Coast. Don't forget to pack your sunscreen!

    Summer (December – February)
    During summer the average temperature is a pleasant 21 - 28.4°C (69.8 - 83.1°F). February is the wettest month (Receiving 184mm/7.2” on average), and short, tropical storms are common in the late afternoon and early evening. During summer humidity is high, roughly 69 - 75%, but this is offset by cool sea breezes.

    Autumn (March – May)
    In Autumn sunny days are followed by cooler nights with average temperatures between 18 - 25.7°C (64.4 - 78.2°F). Water temperatures are still high enough to swim (25.2°C / 77.3°F) and it is generally less rainy than the summer months.

    Winter (June – August)
    Winter on the Gold Coast is generally sunny and dry with average temperatures between 12.5 - 21.5°C (54.5 - 70.7°F). The Hinterland is slightly cooler with maximum winter temperatures around 16°C (60.8°F). Clear skies and dry air average cool nights.

    Spring (September – November)
    Sunny days are followed by mild tropical evenings and average temperatures range from 16.9 - 25.4°C (62.4 - 77.7°F). Days are dry but can be windy, especially during September.

    (source: www.australia.com )

      Major Shopping Centres:

    • Harbour Town Outlet
    • Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
    • Robina Town Centre
    • Australia Fair Shopping Centre
    • Westfield Helensvale
    • Marina Mirage
    • Supermarkets:

    • Coles
    • Woolworths
    • Aldi
    • Discount Store Retailers

    • Target
    • Kmart
    • BigW
    • The Reject Shop
    • Choice Discount Variety Stores
    • Stacks
    • Department Stores

    • Myer
    • David Jones
    • Health & Beauty

    • Priceline
    • Chemist Warehouse
    • Terry White Chemist
    • Banking

    • National Australia Bank (NAB)
    • Westpac
    • Commonwealth Bank
    • Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)

      Nearby Doctors

    • Australia Fair Medical Centre
    • Surfers Paradise Day & Night Medical Centre
    • Paradise City Medical Centre
    • Myhealth Ashmore Plaza
    • See more
    • Post Office

    • Australia Post
    • Nearby Attractions

    • Dreamworld
    • Warner Bros. Movie World
    • Sea World
    • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Wet'n'Wild
    • Lamington National Park
    • WhiteWater World
    • Springbrook National Park
    • Glow-Worm Caves Tamborine Mountain
    • Infinity Attraction
    • Treetop Challenge
    *Disclaimer: None of these providers are operated or endorsed by BROWNS, nor does BROWNS recommend one over the other. BROWNS will not assume responsibility for these.
    Approximate Cost of Living Per Week:

    Accommodation: $120-250
    Meals: $80
    Transport: $30
    Phone and Internet: $25

    BROWNS Student Discounts

    Gold Coast Student Discounts

    Gold Coast


    When arriving to the Gold Coast, students can purchase a TransLink GoCard. This is an electronic ticket offering fast, easy and convenient travel at a cheaper price than paper tickets. Your GoCard can be used on all TransLink buses, trains (including Airtrain), ferries and tram services across Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, and the Gold Coast.

    ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) students are generally eligible for a Adult GoCard (blue)

    Benefits include:
  • cheaper than the cost of a paper ticket
  • convenient to manage
  • easy to top-up and use

  • More information about TransLink online:
    Arabic, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish

    Australia has 4 major domestic airlines which include Qantas, JetStar, Virgin Australia, Tiger Airlines.

    Compare, combine and book domestic flights with Webjet

    Staying in Gold Coast puts you in prime position to explore some of Australia’s best destinations, both within the state of Queensland and beyond.

    Destination Travel Times
    Brisbane Approximately 1 hour by train
    Sunshine Coast 2 hours by car
    Sydney Just over 1 hour by plane
    Melbourne Just over 2 hours by plane
    Great Barrier Reef 5 hours by plane (1 or more stops)
    Auckland 3 hours by plane
    Singapore 8 hours by plane
    Guangzhou 13 hours by plane
    Seoul 16 hours by plane
    Dubai 17 hours by plane

    @BROWNSAustralia