Brisbane on a Budget – Student Services

Keen to stretch your dollar further and help young trainees learn their craft?

It’s a ‘win-win’ when you take advantage of a swathe of discounted student-run services offered at campuses across Greater Brisbane. Here are just some of them.

Hair & Beauty
For 37 years, the Brisbane School of Hairdressing has been one of the city’s best kept bargain-hunting secrets. The school, in the Queen Adelaide Building in the CBD, delivers style at a price that won’t make your hair stand on end!

In the upstairs salon, beginner students offer the full range of hair services from just $12. Downstairs, more advanced students offer colours, cuts, blow-dries and up-styles from $17. Both salons are fully supervised by experienced instructors.

And the pampering isn’t just for ladies. On Mondays and Tuesdays, blokes can drop in for barbering, from a measly $5.

If you’d like to look fabulous from top-to-toe, book a treatment at the BSH’s sister campus – the Brisbane School of Beauty. Therapies including massage, manicure, make-up – even reflexology – are available several days a week at substantial savings.

BSH and BSB also do their bit for the community – offering hairstyling and beauty for various charities, including those that support the city’s homeless.

Brisbane School of Hairdressing, Beauty & Barbering
3229 2999

TAFE Queensland’s South Bank campus is another option if you’re seeking a make-over at micro-prices.

The Skin and Day Spa is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Brisbane’s South Bank campus – with treatments starting from as low as $6.

For a coiffeur that won’t cost the earth, pop into one of the TAFE hairdressing salons at Caboolture, Loganlea and South Bank.

Dining Out
As part of their journey to a job in hospitality, TAFE Queensland students offers some tasty options to the public.

At the South Brisbane campus, you’ll find The First Course – a bistro that serves freshly prepared meals at great prices while giving College of Tourism and Hospitality Students experience in the real world. There are daily lunch specials and you can dine in or takeaway. The bistro opens for lunch between 11.30am and 1.30pm, Monday to Friday, during term.

If you live on Brisbane’s southside or in Logan City, why not hop over to Lilypond – the café situated on TAFE Queensland’s Loganlea campus? Students whip up lunches for delicious prices – ranging between $4 to $12.

Good value meals, free live entertainment, free wi-fi and a great vibe are all part of the deal at Red Room Bar & Grill, situated on the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland.

It’s not readily known that Red Room is open to the public as well as students. The venue is also available for private functions.
3377 2288

Health & Fitness
Going to the dentist can be trying enough without a jaw-dropping bill at the end of treatment.

The South Bank Denture Clinic at TAFE Queensland Brisbane is manned by trainee dental prosthetists offering great value to patients needing dentures. All treatments occur under the careful supervision of qualified dentists.

Meanwhile, getting fit doesn’t have to give your hip pocket a work-out.

The fitness centre at TAFE South Bank is open Monday to Saturday – and offers membership fees to the public at a fraction of usual prices.

Plus, fitness students offer personal training to members under the scrutiny of fully-qualified trainers.

Pets & Garden
How would you like to pamper your fur baby without forking out a fortune? At TAFE campuses in Grovely and Logan, animal science students offer cut-price pet grooming during term time, under supervision.

Hydrobathing costs $15, regardless of the size of the dog, and grooming services range from $22 to $33 per animal. It works out to be about a third of what you’ll pay at a commercial salon.

The result? Happy owners, happy pooches and practical training for students seeking careers in pet stores, grooming salons or animal welfare.

Grovely TAFE is also the training ground for budding gardeners. As part of their assessment, horticulture students propagate and grow hundreds of plants and shrubs in shade-houses on campus.

Twice a year – usually around May or June and in November – the students stage a sale, where the public pick up bargains for their garden while the students receive retail nursery experience.

Music, music, music!
Are you more of a music lover than a green thumb? The University of Queensland School of Music stages free weekly lunch-time concerts at its St Lucia campus – and they’re open to the public as well as students.

The full program includes the UQ Masters Series, in which world-class professional musicians perform. There’s also a calendar of performances by rising stars and current music students.

It’s a feast of free music that covers the full gamut – from classical to jazz to folk… even an iPad ensemble!

Concerts and performances are staged at various UQ venues including the University’s Art Museum and Customs House, in the city.

The full program of concerts and events is available on-line.

University of Queensland School of Music
3365 3952