What is it like to Study in Brisbane?

Combine art and outdoor adventure in Brisbane, where creative space, music and trendy new restaurants unite with beautiful riverfront gardens and artificial beaches. Brisbane is the capital of the state of Queensland in Australia. The city has a population of around 957,010 people in the city center and 1.77 million in the metropolitan area.

Climate in Brisbane

Brisbane is known as a city with subtropical weather which is conducive to inhabitation. Brisbane is the right place for students to find a balance between urban lifestyle and nature adventure. The beaches are stunning, the climate is sunny, and the culture of sport is side by side with today’s cosmopolitan life. Everything will be an amazing learning experience – not only in the lecture hall, but also in the Brisbane environment.

During summer, average temperatures vary from 21 – 29.8 ° C (69.8 – 85.6 ° F) and the city receives the highest rainfall sometimes accompanied by lightning storms and seasonal flooding. The average rainfall during this season is 426.6 mm (16.8 inches).

Autumn ends the stinging summer which is marked by a decrease in temperature between 15-25 ° C (59 – 77 ° F), and the city has a low humidity level with little rain.

The weather in Brisbane in winter is generally dry and cool with average temperatures between 11-21 ° C (51.8 – 69.8 ° F). Mornings and evenings feel cold and dry, but during the night, temperatures rarely drop to below 9 ° C (48.2 ° F).

Spring is not much different from autumn with average temperatures between 15-25 ° C (59 – 77 ° F). The warm sunny day here is offset by the gentle sea breeze.

Transportation in Brisbane

Brisbane is so easy to explore. The metropolitan area has a variety of public transportation, driving and walking options. Here is the information you need to get around the city easily during your study in Brisbane.

To use public transportation, such as buses, trains and ferries in Brisbane, we recommend you buy a TransLink Go Card. You can buy Go Cards at Brisbane Airport, both International and Domestic terminals, or from department stores and train stations throughout the city. Go Card also has special offers for visitors and tourists.

You must top up your Go Card balance to pay the fare before you travel using public transportation. You can add card balances at ticket machines and Go Card retailers throughout the city. To start the trip, stick the card in the reader while riding the transportation mode and make sure to paste it again when going down.

Go Card can be used on the southeast Queensland TransLink network and includes services from Brisbane to the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast.

Also read: Study in Gold Coast

The Brisbane rail network is the best way to visit attractions in the city and reach the surrounding suburbs. Available train services that operate every day from early morning to late at night. Major stations in the city include Central Station and Roma Street Station. From one of these stations, you can use the train to get to tourist attractions, including the Queensland Museum or Gallery of Modern Art, and destinations like South Bank or Fortitude Valley.

Brisbane has a number of bus lines that separate buses from public traffic on the road. The bus network is an efficient way to surround Brisbane and the surrounding area.

City Loop and Spring Hill Loop bus services are available in the city center. The bus route runs in a clockwise and counterclockwise direction and departs every 10 minutes between 07:00 and 18:00. The bus is particularly useful for travel between hotels in downtown Brisbane and attractions, including King George Square, Queen Street Mall, and City Botanic Gardens.

The Brisbane River route runs straight through downtown Brisbane, making ferries a popular route for travel. Free CityHopper ferries operate between Sydney Street and North Quay terminals, and are an easy way to move between the city center and South Bank. With Go Card, you can also take the CityCat ferry, which will take you to attractions such as Eat Street Northshore and City Botanic Gardens. If you don’t have a Go Card, one ticket can be purchased after you ride it.

Cost of Living in Brisbane

Brisbane may be one of Australia’s cheapest major cities for students to live in, but you’ll still need to plan and budget carefully when you study in Brisbane.

The University of Queensland estimated cost of living in Brisbane as per below:


Single student: on-campus Single student: off-campus share house Single student: off-campus apartment Family (two adults, one child): off-campus apartment
$450 to $700 per week $130 to $250 per week $180 to $520 per week $450 to $600 per week

Other monthly expenses

  • loaf of bread: from $1.85
  • 1 litre of milk: from $1.20
  • 1 kilo of rice: $2.29
  • cup of coffee: $3.50 to $5.00
  • Big Mac: $5.85
  • cinema ticket (concession rate): from $5.50
  • phone call (local): $0.50
  • bus ticket (concession rate): $1.32 to $3.08
  Single student: on-campus Single student: off-campus share house Single student: off-campus commercial private provider Family (two adults, one child): off-campus apartment
Food Included in rent $100 to $125 $100 to $125 $250 to $300
Utilities (gas and electricity) Included in rent $10 to $20 Included in rent*** $40 to $50
Phone $20 to $30 $20 to $30 $20 to $30 $20 to $30
Internet Included in rent $5 to $10 Included in rent*** $15 to $50
Public transport $10 to $20 $20 to $40 $20 to $40 $80 to $160
Photocopying $8 to $13 $8 to $13 $8 to $13 $8 to $13
Recreation $30 to $50 $40 to $60 $40 to $60 $60 to $100
Clothing or personal care $50 to $70 $50 to $70 $50 to $70 $100 to $160

Based on QUT, during your first few weeks, you will need around $2,500 to get set up, including accommodation costs, money to set up your new home, and food and transport. Once you are settled, you should budget around $500 a week for rent, food, transport, bills, study costs and entertainment.

What can you do during the study in Brisbane?

Climb the Story Bridge Brisbane to enjoy the beautiful views of the entire city. Head north to see the Glasshouse Mountains and south to witness the World Heritage-listed Gold Coast inland. By traveling for two hours, you will be at an altitude of 80 meters (262 feet) above sea level while learning the history and construction of the bridge. Run your adrenaline with optional activities sliding down as far as 30 meters (98 feet) back to the bottom of the bridge, while being treated to views of the city and the sparkling river.

Explore the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), which is located within two riverside buildings on the South Bank. The collection consists of more than 17,000 historic, modern and contemporary works of art. In addition, this gallery displays a variety of Australian and international exhibition programs. Visit The Henderson Gallery, which focuses on working with First Nations Artists, artists who are or have been prisoners and first-time exhibitors. The Institute of Modern Art (IMA) in Fortitude Valley is also worth your visit. Brisbane also glorifies the amazing live music scene. Look at the range of events at The Triffid, or for fun, visit Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, a typical American tavern with country live music and a southern snack bar.

Brisbane is home to a number of restaurants and cafes owned by chefs that emphasize the use of local Queensland produce. In the heart of the city, Allium, which has won a variety of awards, serves appetizing modern dishes from their ever-expanding menu. Urbane is another well-known choice that provides a series of “omnivorous” and “herbivorous” menus accompanied by matching wines. When breakfast arrives, Gauge offers healthy, fresh dishes containing a variety of ingredients made at home, while Gerard’s Bistro reaps its inspiration from global tastes. Enjoy a cocktail at the Up on Constance and Eleven roof terrace bar in Fortitude Valley, or choose from 400 choices of whiskey at Cobbler in the West End.

Coastal Brisbane is surrounded by charming islands. Moreton Island, which can be reached by boarding a ferry for 70 minutes from Brisbane, is the largest sand island in the world. Most of the island is a national park area decorated with sandy beaches, shrubs and lagoons that makes it look like a charming paradise. The island is also home to the famous Tangalooma Wrecks as a dive and snorkeling spot. North Stradbroke Island can be reached only by boarding a ferry for 40 minutes from the coastal city. Three villages were built on this island, surrounded by beautiful surfing beaches and whale migration between June and October. Join Straddie Adventures to discover island adventures with a cultural touch. Try kayaking or skating across stunning panoramas while watching Quandamooka Traditional Owners show their culture.

When you study in Brisbane, you don’t even have to leave the city to enjoy the sand and the sea. Streets Beach, located on the lively outskirts of Brisbane South Bank, is the only artificial beach in the city in Australia. Enjoy the view that leads to the horizon before swimming in the sparkling lagoon, which is surrounded by white sand and tropical greenery. Nearby, you will find the intricately designed Nepalese Pagoda – one of only three Nepalese peace pagodas outside Nepal.

Universities in Brisbane

Queensland University of Technology

QUT was established around 150 years ago under the name Brisbane School of Arts. Following its development, this art school was later recognized globally as a university starting in 1988. Today, the university has more than 47,000 students and is connected to a variety of industry networks related to student development and training to be ready to enter the workforce. Not surprisingly, the graduation rate it produces has a much higher percentage than the national average percentage with high HR demand.

Why study in Brisbane at QUT?

  • Top 180 World University, Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020
  • Top 1% of business schools worldwide
  • Top Queensland University under 50, Times Higher Education 150 Under 50 rankings
  • 21 disciplines (4-digit FoR Codes) rated at well above the world standard (5), Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, submitted 2018
  • 224th World University, QS World University Rankings
  • Top 201-300 World University, Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017

University of Queensland

The University of Queensland (UQ) is a public research university that was founded in 1909 by the state parliament as the fifth oldest university in Australia, and is known daily as a sandstone university. UQ is one of the leading universities in Australasia and ranks as one of the most prominent universities in the world.

Also read: UQ Scholarships for International Students

The University of Queensland’s rankings World Australia Current result
Academic Ranking of World Universities 54 2 2019
THE World University Ranking 66 4 2020
QS World University Ranking 47 5 2020
Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities 40 3 2019
US News Best Global Universities Rankings 42 3 2019
Nature Index tables Top Academic Institutions 79 1 2019
CWTS Leiden Ranking 32 2 2019

Griffith University

Although classified as one of the new universities in Queensland, Griffith University has been recognized internationally as a major university in Brisbane. The university which was founded in 1971 is known as one of the most innovative and influential institutions in the Asia Pacific region. It was at this university that the first degree program in Asian and Environmental Studies was born and is still a pioneer today.

Why study in Brisbane at Griffith University?

  • Top 2% of the world
  • # 329, 2018 QS World University Rankings
  • # 301 – 400, 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • # 279, 2018 – 2019 University Ranking by Academic Performance
  • # 240, US News best Global Universities
  • # 251 – 300, 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  • # 300, CWTS Leiden Ranking
  • # 35, QS Top 50 Under 50

Central Queensland University

The Central Queensland University campus is located right in the heart of Brisbane CBD — on the 8th floor of a business center unit on Ann Street. The university campus is designed in such a way with a variety of modern facilities to support the best learning experience. Lecture rooms are equipped with audio-visual equipment and sophisticated video conferencing equipment, Wi-Fi, libraries and student rooms. Because of its strategic campus location, students can easily access transportation to various destinations — campus facilities, restaurants, shopping centers, and career services.

Why study in Brisbane at CQU?

  • Top 800 world universities, Times Higher Education World Rankings
  • 90% of students satisfied or very satisfied with life experiences, 2018 International Student Barometer (ISB)
  • Top 400 for Engineering and Technology, 2020 Times Higher Education (THE)
  • The world’s top 500 for Education, 2020 Times Higher Education (THE)
  • The world’s top 500 for Business and Economics, 2020 Times Higher Education (THE)
  • Top 650 world universities, QS World University Rankings
  • one of the best universities in the world under 50 years by Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings
  • 94% of students are satisfied or very satisfied with the experience of arrival, 2018 International Student Barometer (ISB)
  • 92% of students are satisfied or very satisfied with the support services received, 2018 International Student Barometer (ISB)
  • 91% of students satisfied or very satisfied with the learning experience, 2018 International Student Barometer
  • Top 600 of the world for Social Sciences, 2020 Times Higher Education (THE)
  • 5 stars in graduate & educational experience, The Good Universities Guide 2020
  • 5 QS Stars

Australian Catholic University

ACU has 8 campuses in Australia, namely Adelaide, Ballarat, Blacktown, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield and also manages campuses in Rome. ACU consists of four faculties, which offer bachelor, master and doctoral degrees.

Why study in Brisbane at ACU?

  • The world’s top 200 for psychology Top 2% in the world
  • Top 10 world Catholic universities
  • Top 80 in the Asia-Pacific region
  • 201-250 of the world for arts & humanities
  • 89% international student satisfaction for program content
  • # 32 Nursing in the world & # 7 in Australia
  • Top 75 of the world for education & # 4 in Australia
  • 351-400 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  • Top 100 young universities in the world
  • Top 40 Generation Y universities
  • # 7 sport science in Australia & 26 of the world

James Cook University

James Cook University, has been established since 1961, making it the second oldest university in Queensland. Main campuses in Townsville and Cairns and international campuses in Singapore and Brisbane.

Why study in Brisbane at JCU?

  • Top 2% worldwide, ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • 5 stars for full time employment
  • 5 stars for student support
  • 5 stars for ability development
  • Future investment of up to $ 1.9 billion
  • # 1 in Australia for employer satisfaction, the QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey National Report
  • 5 stars for graduate work success, 2018 The Good Universities Guide
  • Top 50 modern universities, Times Higher Education 50 under 50 2016

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