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Brisbane is a thriving arts hub with lots to offer in the way of
riverside recreation and café chic, just a short drive from the
state's surf beaches and national parks.
Brisbane River. Courtesy of Brisbane Marketing.
Located in one of Australia's fastest growing states, Brisbane is
home to around 2.2 million people. Situated on the Brisbane
River, the heart of the city is overflowing with boutiques,
restaurants and nightspots.
The city is in a great location, sandwiched between the Sunshine
Coast to the north and the Gold Coast to the south. Golden
beaches, the Great Barrier Reef, rainforests and amusement
parks are only a drive away.
The many opportunities Brisbane offers for fun in the sun are
matched by a great range of education providers and degrees.
What does Brisbane have to offer?
Where can you study?
There are six universities in Brisbane, in addition to a range of
private higher education providers and TAFE institutes.
Queensland's total student population stands at roughly 231,000.
Of these, around 11 per cent of domestic students hail from
interstate and a further 23 per cent are international students
(Department of Education and Training, 2014).
Your study options
Brisbane is known for its diverse course offerings, ranging from
arts and business to human movement and hotel management.
Options vary greatly between providers and campuses, but
courses are available across most fields of study.
Many students relocate to Brisbane, creating a lively, young
scene with plenty to see and do. The sub-tropical climate means
that most of the fun stuff happens outdoors, and you'll certainly
see people making the most of the warm weather year-round. A
popular spot is the South Bank precinct on the Brisbane River,
where you will find groups of people walking, cycling and
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exercising; relaxing in the Botanic Gardens; or having a swim at
the man-made beach.
Fortitude Valley - once a red-light district - is now a thriving
nightspot, packed with bars, restaurants and cafés. 'The Valley' is
the cultural hub of the city and plays host to the annual Valley
Fiesta - a free all-ages music festival held in the local streets.
There is also a Chinatown district, with cheap dining options to
cater for student budgets.
Brisbane also has a great arts scene, with festivals and events
happening throughout the year. The Brisbane Festival attracts
thousands of locals and visitors, who flock to see Riverfire - a
magnificent fireworks display held on the banks of the Brisbane
River. The city's Cultural Precinct in Southbank is home to a
number of galleries, museums and performing arts centres,
including the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and the Queensland
Museum. Sports fans can cheer for the Brisbane Lions at the
Gabba or catch a game of rugby league with the Brisbane
Students tend to congregate in areas close to their university, so
you'll find big student communities around the inner-city suburbs
and the University of Queensland's St Lucia campus. Toowong
and Indooroopilly are both close to the Valley and well serviced
by public transport, while the West End is a fusion of cultures,
with great restaurants and cafés.
The median weekly rental price for a house in Brisbane is
$400, while the median weekly rental price for a unit is
In comparison, the median weekly rental price of a house in
Sydney is $520.
The student rental market is very competitive. Visit your
institution's housing service for referrals or advice.
Note: Figures presented here are intended as a guide only. Prices
vary within and between suburbs. Source: Australian Property
Monitors, December 2014.
All full-time students receive a public transport concession
card. An electronic 'go' card can be used on bus, train and
ferry services across south-east Queensland. NightLink bus
and train services operate on Friday and Saturday nights,
along with a FlatFare taxi service. Access to a form of
personal transport may be required if you plan to live
outside central Brisbane.
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