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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 around 223,000.
Of these, around 10 per cent of domestic students hail from
interstate and a further 24 per cent are international students
(Department of Industry, 2013).
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
student scene. 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 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
scattered around the city 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 each year, 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
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 Indooropilly 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.
Living in Brisbane
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 $500.
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 2013.
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 driving is your
preferred method or if you plan to live outside central
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