Choosing accommodation Part II

As promised in my previous blog post on choosing accommodation, here I am with a follow-up post.

Regardless of how much time and thought we put into choosing our respective abodes, we always end up compromising on something. The trick is to identify your deal-breakers and your perks – feel free to compromise on your perks.

For example, if you would like to be near a supermarket or shopping centre for convenient shopping, but being near public transport is crucial to you, then it’s alright if you settle for a place that has a bus-stop right outside your house, and the bus takes you to a supermarket in 15 minutes.

Consider the size of the room you would like – space is not major factor for me, but I have friends who cannot stand to be in a small room.

Consider natural light – I have visited many student share houses and other accommodation where the rooms are sold at a cheaper price because there is very little sunlight in the room or no sunlight at all! This is a deal breaker for me as I need natural light to function. My previous room had no windows in it and I suffered a lot because of that.

Think about your surroundings if you can afford to – would you like living in an apartment-style accommodation or a house surrounded by a small garden?

Last, but definitely not least, consider the lease terms before you sign the lease. If possible, send it over to an attorney-at-law and get it checked, especially if the jargon is hard to navigate.

Student accommodation agencies vary in flexibility and this is evident in their different lease terms. Carefully read the house rules and any other specifications put in your lease. Some accommodation agencies can be very strict; some do not permit any alcoholic drinks on the premises at any time, have strict rules on visitors and sometimes even on internet usage.

I have had to let go of many places that I liked because their rule on internet usage was that it could only be used for study purposes and not entertainment – everyone loves an occasional movie, right?

I hope you find satisfactory accommodation through your house-hunting ventures! Don’t forget to get in touch with QUT accommodation service for help and advice on accommodation and housing!

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4 hours in Adelaide

4 hours in Adelaide? You must be wondering why did I only stay for such a short time in Adelaide!

Actually I originally planned for a one day trip to Adelaide as I need to go there to apply for a Schengen visa. But unfortunately I missed my flight because I couldn’t print my boarding pass in time. It was a tough time at the airport as I stayed there to wait for the earliest flight in the morning the next day.

Anyway, put the  bad luck aside, I still enjoyed the 4 hours I had at Adelaide a lot. The following are some differences I noticed between Adelaide and Brisbane:

  • The concession bus fare from Adelaide airport to city was only $1.30. I was a bit surprised because compare with the $20 train fare from Brisbane city to airport, this is a lot cheaper
  • The road in Adelaide city is wider. The moment I arrived at the city, I can feel it is much wider and open compared with Brisbane

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    Adelaide city

  • Bus station board is also different
    Bus station board in Adelaide city

    Bus station board in Adelaide city

    I really hope I could’ve stay there longer and explore more about this city. However, I still had 3 exams to attend at that time, so I flew back in the afternoon on the same day. But it was fun to notice some differences between these two cities. I will go back there again one day and learn more about Adelaide!

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    Bye Adelaide, I’ll be back!

Public transport in Brisbane

Personally, I think Brisbane has the top-notch public transport system. The public transport in Brisbane are coordinated by TransLink which is a division of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Generally, public transport includes buses, trains, and ferries. To be the commuter, you have to purchase a GO card beforehand either online or from the selected locations, otherwise you can buy the single trip ticket from the driver but it will be more expensive than using a GO card.

Students are allowed to apply for the tertiary concession fares. More info can be obtained from: http:// translink.com.au.

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Photo: TransLink Student Concession GO card. However you can no longer buy this card now, the GO card you buy will be the normal adult card.

When I am at Brisbane, I can plan my trip nicely without wasting too much time waiting because the public transport is scheduled properly by TransLink. If you have never been to the place that you want to go, you can just type in your start point, end point and the travel day and time into TransLink website and the information about different types of routes, including the type of public transport you should take as well as the timings will be at your finger tips.

The public transport I always use is the bus. One thing I noticed in Brisbane is bus drivers say hello to the commuters while they board the bus and the commuters also say thank you to the drivers when they depart from the bus. Although this is just a very small thing, however it always make me feel warm and friendly. There is also free city bus loop service at designated stations.

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Photo: TransLink bus and King George Square Station (bus) at the city.

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Photo: The Loop Free Service at Brisbane city and the bus station (other public bus stations are blue colour, only this one is red colour)

The other public transport I use quite frequently is the train. The trains have designated quiet carriages. I think it is really good for those who just want to take a rest during the train ride. An interesting thing to mention is the train doors are not automatically opening so do press the button beside the door to open it yourself.  I remember there was one time I forgot about this and stood there wondering what’s wrong with the door ahahaha!

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Photo: Queensland Rail at Brisbane.

Brisbane River is the longest river in the south east region of Queensland and it flows through the city of Brisbane before emptying into Moreton Bay. Every day there are ferries travelling on the river to fetch the commuters from the ferry terminal locations. Basically there are two types of ferries: CityCat and CityHopper. The main difference between CityCat and CityHopper is CityHopper is a free transport service while CityCat is fare chargeable. To use CityCat, you can just tap your GO card and hop on, as simple as how you use the bus and train services. Besides, CityHopper doesn’t travel to every ferry terminal and the frequency is also less compared to CityCat.

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Photo: CityCat with the view of Brisbane landmark, Story Bridge.

To me, CityCycle is a modern type of public transport. It is just quick and easy to use CityCycle, what you need to do is just subscribe online with a credit or debit card. There are different types of subscription options to suit your need. If you are keen to understand more about CityCycle, here is the link for you: https://abo-brisbane.cyclocity.fr

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Photo: CityCycle with Brisbane city view.

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Photo: CityCycle with Brisbane River view.

There are some tips to save on the public transport fares to share:

  • Avoid peak times to take the public transport because off-peak fares are 20% cheaper than the peak fares
  • If you are plan to travel to somewhere far away such as Gold Coast during the weekends, try to accumulate your eight paid journeys during the weekdays so then you can enjoy 50% off subsequent journeys per week
  • Fully use the free transport services as mentioned above
  • Walk to your destination if it is in the walking distance. Walking is good for your body you know right ahaha!
  • QUT provides a free shuttle bus service between Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campus for students.
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Photo: QUT shuttle bus 391.

Now you know how to cut your commute expenses from the very beginning of your study journey at Brisbane! 🙂

Brisbane Bus Life

Brisbane Bus LifeIt’s not like this is my first time using public transportation. But, this is my first time experiencing what I’ve seen in public transportation in Brisbane. People actually say ‘Thank you’ to the driver every time they get off from the bus. I know this is just a simple and small thing, but, for me this is what matter. It shows how people in Brisbane appreciate each other, show that they really care and being grateful. I’ve been living in Indonesia for my whole life and sometimes I travel to other country like China, Hongkong, and Singapore. Still not much, but this is what I found so different and special from Australia, especially Brisbane. It gives me warm feeling every time I see people saying ‘thank you’ to the driver, even though sometimes there are some people who don’t say it. You don’t have to save the world to show people that you care. Just by saying a simple ‘thank you’ you can make someone’s day!

So, have you say ‘thank you’ to your bus driver today? 🙂

To Market, To Market, To Buy Some Bread.

As from my previous blog post, “The Weekend List.”, you all know my love for going to the markets.

Every Saturday, I like going to The Village Markets which are located at the bottom streets of QUT Kelvin Grove Campus. From fruits to flowers to vintage clothing to food, you will never get bored of this market!

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