10 Reasons to Study in Brisbane

Our world-ranked education providers, 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 10 reasons why you should choose Brisbane as your international study destination.

1. Capital of the Sunshine State

Streets Beach

Queensland isn’t named the “Sunshine State” for nothing. 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.

2. Affordable for students

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 or Australian capital cities.

3. New purpose-built student accommodation

Iglu Brisbane City

We know international students love Brisbane, so we’re busy developing even more inner-city student accommodation. Have the advantage of living in Brisbane City while you study surrounded by shops, supermarkets, award-winning restaurants, inner-city parklands and river views. 

4. Some of Australia’s best education providers

Brisbane offers international students some of Australia’s finest higher education institutions, including the award-winning University of Queensland and internationally renowned Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University. We also have a large range of English language colleges, vocational education providers and schools from which to choose.

5. Close to major tourist destinations

Staying in Brisbane puts you in prime position to explore some of Australia’s best destinations, both within the state of Queensland and beyond. Travel time to some of Australia’s favourite beaches including the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Byron Bay are all under two hours by car.

6. Reliable public transport

City Cat

With train, bus and ferry connection, you’ll easily commute to your classes each day. Brisbane students receive a 50 per cent discount on local public transport and 25 per cent discount on bike hire with City Cycle. There’s also a free ferry to jump between the city, South Bank and Kangaroo Point. 

7. A safe, welcoming city

Brisbane is Australia's most inclusive study destination and is known for its safe environment and warm welcome to international students. Explore everything Brisbane offers international students at Australia's largest city Orientation Day – the City Welcome Festival. Then meet the Lord Mayor personally and enjoy free music, food and employment networking at a regular Lord Mayor's International Students Friendship Ceremony.

8. Multicultural dining and events

An advantage of living in one of the world’s most multicultural countries is the food and activities at your doorstep. Brisbane hosts a huge number of multicultural events each year including the popular Regional Flavours food festival, Paniyiri Greek Festival, Oktoberfest and BrisAsia festival. 

9. Art and culture

Gallery of Modern Art

We’re home to Australia’s largest Gallery of Modern Art, QAGOMA and host of the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival and Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Brisbane also boasts the Queensland Museum and Queensland Art Gallery as well as a number of smaller galleries and exhibitions. 

10. Parks and activities

Right in the heart of Brisbane you’ll find a number of parks and river activities.  Brisbane’s Botanical Gardens is situated at the bottom-end of Brisbane CBD, with Kangaroo Point just a ferry ride across the river. There’s also the popular South Bank Parklands, a hub of restaurants, bars, Australia’s only manmade inner-city beach and Riverlife activities. Here you will find free exercise classes, as well as walking and bike tracks.