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Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and hosts the vast majority of international students with 7 of the 10 Queensland universities operating campuses here. Brisbane hosts Australia’s largest city orientation day for international students, the Brisbane Welcomes International Students Festival, with over 8,000 students participating each year. With a population of 2 million, Brisbane is Australia’s fastest-growing capital city for employment and offers a great range of opportunities in both the public and private sectors.


Brisbane City Council offers free wifi at 22 of its most popular parks and students can also get free movies through the city’s Shade Cinema initiative. This downloadable app lets students watch a selection of movies at one of the city's parks and gardens for free!


Brisbane’s Lord Mayor hosts regular Lord Mayor’s International Student Friendship Ceremonies, giving all international students the chance to receive a personally-signed certificate of friendship from the City of Brisbane.


Brisbane is home to over 177 major resource and energy companies and is a growing hub for supplying resources to the world.


Socially, economically and educationally, Brisbane is truly Australia’s ‘new world city’. In 2014 the eyes of the world will be on Brisbane when it hosts the G20 Leaders Summit, the premier forum for international economic cooperation and decision making among the major economies of the world.


Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland, and the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane's metropolitan area has a population of 2.2 million, and the South East Queensland urban conurbation, centred on Brisbane, encompasses a population of more than 3 million. The Brisbane central business district stands on the original European settlement and is situated inside a bend of the Brisbane River, approximately 23 kilometres (14 miles) from its mouth at Moreton Bay. The metropolitan area extends in all directions along the floodplain of the Brisbane River valley between the bay and the Great Dividing Range. While the metropolitan area is governed by several municipalities, a large portion of central Brisbane is governed by the Brisbane City Council, which is by far Australia's largest Local Government Area by population. The demonym of Brisbane is Brisbanite.


Brisbane is named after the river on which it sits, which in turn was named after Scotsman Sir Thomas Brisbane, the Governor of New South Wales from 1821 to 1825. The first European settlement in Queensland was a penal colony at Redcliffe, 28 kilometres (17 mi) north of the Brisbane central business district, in 1824. That settlement was soon abandoned and moved to North Quay in 1825. Free settlers were permitted from 1842. Brisbane was chosen as the capital when Queensland was proclaimed a separate colony from New South Wales in 1859.


Brisbane is in the southeast corner of Queensland, Australia. The city is centred along the Brisbane River, and its eastern suburbs line the shores of Moreton Bay. The greater Brisbane region is on the coastal plain east of the Great Dividing Range. Brisbane's metropolitan area sprawls along the Moreton Bay floodplain from Caboolture in the north to Beenleigh in the south, and across to Ipswich in the south west.


The city of Brisbane is hilly. The urban area, including the central business district, are partially elevated by spurs of the Herbert Taylor Range, such as the summit of Mount Coot-tha, reaching up to 300 metres (980 ft) and the smaller Enoggera Hill. Other prominent rises in Brisbane are Mount Gravatt and nearby Toohey Mountain. Mount Petrie at 170 metres (560 ft) and the lower rises of Highgate Hill, Mount Ommaney, Stephens Mountain and Whites Hill are dotted across the city.


The Brisbane central business district (CBD) lies in a curve of the Brisbane river. The CBD covers 2.2 km2 (0.8 sq mi) and is walkable. Central streets are named after members of the royal family. Queen Street is Brisbane's traditional main street. Streets named after female members (Adelaide, Alice, Ann, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Margaret, Mary) run parallel to Queen Street and Queen Street Mall (named in honour of Queen Victoria) and perpendicular to streets named after male members (Albert, Edward, George, William). The city has retained some heritage buildings dating back to 1820s. The Old Windmill, in Wickham Park, built by convict labour in 1824, is the oldest surviving building in Brisbane.


Brisbane has a humid subtropical climate with warm to hot and humid summers and dry moderately warm winters.


Unlike other Australian capital cities, a large portion of the greater metropolitan area of Brisbane is controlled by a single local government area, the City of Brisbane. Since the creation of the City of Brisbane in 1925 the urban areas of Brisbane have expanded considerably past the council boundaries.The City is by far the largest local government body (in terms of population and budget) in Australia. It was formed by the merger of twenty smaller LGAs in 1925, and covers an area of 1,367 km2 (528 sq mi).


Brisbane has the largest economy of any city between Sydney and Singapore, which includes cities like Jakarta, Darwin, Townsville and Cairns, and has seen consistent economic growth in recent years as a result of the resources boom. White-collar industries include information technology, financial services, higher and public sector administration generally concentrated in and around the central business district and recently established office areas in the inner suburbs. Blue-collar industries, including petroleum refining, stevedoring, paper milling, metalworking and QR railway workshops, tend to be located on the lower reaches of the Brisbane River and in new industrial zones on the urban fringe. Tourism is an important part of the Brisbane economy, both in its own right and as a gateway to other areas of Queensland.


Brisbane is one of the major business hubs in Australia. Most major Australian companies, as well as numerous international companies, have contact offices in Brisbane, while numerous electronics businesses have distribution hubs in and around the city. DHL Global's Oceanic distribution warehouse is located in Brisbane, as is Asia Pacific Aerospace's headquarters. Home grown major companies include Suncorp-Metway Limited, Flight Centre, Sunsuper, Orrcon, Credit Union Australia, Boeing Australia, Donut King,, WebCentral, PIPE Networks, Krome Studios, NetBox Blue, Mincom Limited, TechnologyOne, Thiess Pty Ltd and Virgin Australia.


Brisbane has multi-campus universities and colleges including the University of Queensland (UQ), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Griffith University, all among Australia's highest rated universities. Other universities which have campuses in Brisbane include the Australian Catholic University, Central Queensland University, James Cook University, JMC Academy, University of Southern Queensland and the University of the Sunshine Coast(USC). Brisbane is also home to the National Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts. There are three major TAFE colleges in Brisbane; the Brisbane North Institute of TAFE, the Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE, and the Southbank Institute of TAFE.


Brisbane is located on the east coast of Australia in Queensland’s South East corner. It is the capital of Queensland, which hosts some of Australia’s most famous tourist destinations like the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Gold Coast, the Whitsundays and the Sunshine Coast.


Brisbane is a green city ideally located between the shores of Moreton Bay and the mountains of the Great Dividing Range, with the Brisbane River serving as a centre point. The central business district is surrounded by green spaces including the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, South Bank and Roma Street Parkland – perfect places for an outdoor lunch and a game of cricket or soccer between classes.


You’ll find easily accessible, world-famous beaches, awe inspiring natural sites, rainforests and reefs side-by-side some of Australia’s best shopping, cafés, and lifestyle centres. With so much to see and do, this makes Brisbane the perfect place to stay if you’d like to make the most of your time studying abroad.


Brisbane is one of the major business hubs in Australia and one of the country’s fastest growing state economies. The city’s key sectors include information and communication technology, creative industries, life sciences, food and beverage, tourism infrastructure, manufacturing, logistics and distribution and aviation.


Most major Australian companies, as well as numerous international companies, have contact offices in Brisbane, providing students with an exciting opportunity to access job opportunities with some of the world's most well-known organisations.


Strong economic growth has made Brisbane one of the world’s fastest growing capital cities, with real part-time employment opportunities for students, as well as career opportunities for graduates wanting to stay.



The population of Brisbane has reached 2.2 million people, making it the third largest city in Australia. It also has the largest population growth rate of any other capital city in Australia. An inner city population density less than Sydney and Melbourne keeps accommodation affordable around the city’s major education precincts and provides students and residents with plenty of open space to enjoy.


The multicultural and linguistically diverse population has 21.7% of residents born overseas and 16% speaking a language other than English at home. This means you’ll be able to meet and make friends with students not just from Australia, but from all over the world.


The 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.


Affordable Investment

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.


Sunshine All Year Round

Brisbane has more sunny days per year than any other Australian capital city.


Your Base to Explore

Get anywhere easily from Brisbane. Australia's new world city is the closest Australian state capital to Asia. Exploring Australia and beyond couldn't be easier.


Travel Times

Gold Coast                  – 1 hour by train

Sunshine Coast           – 1 hour by car

Sydney                       – 1 hour by plane

Melbourne                   – 2 hours by plane

Great Barrier Reef      – 2 hours by plane

 Auckland                   – 4 hours by plane

Singapore                    – 8 hours by plane

Guangzhou                  – 9 hours by plane

Seoul                           – 10 hours by plane

Dubai                          – 14 hours by plane



Brisbane has more sunny days per year than any other Australian capital city. Temperatures remaining fairly stable across most seasons and the sub-tropical climate make it perfect for a range of outdoor activities.


Month / Season                        Average Min. Temp              Average Max Temp

Dec – Feb (Summer)                           20°C                                       28°C

Mar – May (Autumn)                          16°C                                        24°C

Jun – Aug (Winter)                             10°C                                        21°C

Sep – Nov (Spring)                             15°C                                        25°C



Brisbane's international and domestic airports are located approximately 17km from the city centre.


Getting to Central Station from the Brisbane International Airport couldn't be easier with a range of convenient public transport options available to travellers.


Travel Option                  Time                        Cost

Train                            19 minutes                  $16 (student concession)

Bus shuttle                  25 minutes                  $12 – $39

Taxi                             20 minutes                  $40


Brisbane universities offer high-quality learning environments that cater for every student requirement. Brisbane itself is backed by the state government in providing services and facilities that make the city an easy place to study in.


Brisbane offers some of Australia’s finest institutions and our universities have a broad portfolio of areas for your studies from Law and Medicine, through to Business, Tourism, IT, Creative Industries and Biotechnology.


Australian Catholic University CRICOS: 00885B

With over 150 years of educational heritage, Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a publicly funded Australian institution offering students high quality and internationally recognised qualifications. Their focus on community engagement and practical skill development ensures ACU graduates are ready to make a real difference in the world.


CQUniversity CRICOS: 00219C

CQUniversity Australia is a multi-campus university committed to providing students the opportunity to embark on a rewarding and exciting learning journey. With a range of degrees to choose from, CQUniversity offers some of the best mixes of theoretical and practical learning across any of the Australian universities.


Griffith University CRICOS: 00233E

Griffith University is one of Australia’s fastest growing universities with five networked campuses stretching from the Brisbane River to the Gold Coast. Griffith is ranked in the top ten Australian Universities for industry funded research.


JMC Academy  CRICOS: 03068M

JMC Academy has led the way in creative industries education for over 30 years. Our students benefit from small class sizes, leading facilities and equipment, multi-campus locations and industry-connected teachers. Unique industry learning opportunities and our cross-disciplinary integration program give our students the competitive edge in this exciting sector.


Queensland University of Technology CRICOS: 00213J

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is a leading Australian university with an applied emphasis in courses and research. Reflecting a global outlook, the University has 44,000 students, including 6800 international students from around 90 countries.


The University of Queensland CRICOS: 00025B

The University of Queensland (UQ) is among the top 100 universities in the world and is one of Australia’s most highly ranked and awarded learning and research institutions.  Students at UQ receive the best learning experience in Australia as they learn from teachers who have won more teaching awards than teachers at any other Australian university and can choose from over 420 degree programs many of which are accredited and highly ranked by university discipline rankings.


University of Southern Queensland CRICOS: 00244B

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has a reputation as one of Australia’s leading providers of on-campus and distance education. The Springfield campus provides a unique educational experience, combining the latest in study options with impressive facilities supported by a student-focussed approach to learning.


Brisbane is one of Australia's most affordable cities to live in and visit.


The table below is a guide to the kind of costs that students in Brisbane may encounter. It is based on average student expenses. Actual costs will vary depending on lifestyle and personal choices. Values are in Australian dollars.



Expenses per week

Example of student living in homestay

Example of student living in private rental accommodation

Homestay fee/Rent*


$150 – $190


$20- $30


$20 – $50

$20 – $50


$50 (weekday lunches only)

$120 – $170

Public transport (2-3 zones)

$45 – $50

$45 – $50


$50 – $200

$50 – $200


*Students living in private rental accommodation will also need to pay a once-off bond deposit equivalent to 4 weeks rent ($480 – $1,120). Rental bond is refundable if there is no damage to the property and no unpaid rent or other costs.


The following table provides some information about the average cost of daily items in Australia. It is recommended that you bring between $100 – $200 in Australian currency with you for immediate expenses when you arrive. It is not recommended that you bring large amounts of cash with you.


Campus lunch


Fast food meal

$5 – $10

Restaurant meal

$15 – $45

Can of softdrink


Bottle of water


Cup of coffee

$3.50 – $4.50

Movie ticket

$7 – $15

Concert ticket

$20 – $150

Tube of toothpaste

$3 – $5



Local phone call



Australian Currency

Australia uses decimal currency where 100 cents equals 1 Australian dollar. Australia uses a combination of coins and bank notes.


Australian bank notes include:

Australian bank notes

$5 note (purple)

$10 note (blue)

$20 note (red)

$50 note (yellow)

$100 note (green)


Australian coins include:

5 cent coin

10 cent coin

20 cent coin Australian coins

50 cent coin

$1 dollar coin

$2 dollar coin


Australia does not use 1 and 2 cent coints. Cash purchases are rounded up or down to the closest 5 cents. For example; a purchase that totals $5.97 will be rounded down to $5.95



Banks in Australia are generally open from 9.30am – 4pm Monday – Friday.



Why study in Queensland?


Queensland as a study destination has many exclusive benefits including:


The only state with a major international network with representation in 17 cities around the world.


Easy access from your home country. The only state with three major international airports – Gold Coast, Brisbane and Cairns


Half price local transport concessions for international students on accredited courses

Queensland has warm and sunny weather with the vast majority of the state receiving an average of 8 to 9 hours of sunshine every day.


Queensland has 5 of Australia’s 11 World Heritage sites and is home to many famous landmarks including the world famous Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, countless islands from the Whitsunday’s to Fraser Island and more than 200 national parks.


Queensland is a leader in research with nine major research centres in Mining and Energy, over 40 major research centres in Health and Medical, 18 major research centres in Environment and Nature, 14 in Food and Agriculture, 9 in ICT and Multimedia, 7 in Defence, Aviation and Space and 20 in Manufacturing and Design


Free schooling for children of PhD students and 576 visa holders.


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