Enjoy Brisbane while you learn English

Brisbane is safe without being boring, cheaper to live in than other capital cities, and offers great weather, tourist attractions and job prospects.

Find out how we can help you enjoy Brisbane while you learn English.  


man kayaking on Brisbane river, sunny, with CBD in the background Why do international students enjoy Brisbane

Discover the top reasons international students enjoy Brisbane and how we can help you make the most of your time here.

  1. Business and job opportunities - you can work on an Australian student visa. Take advantage of Brisbane's strong economic growth and UQ's reputation as Brisbane's top university with our career services. 
     
  2. Easy lifestyle - Brisbane is livable for international students with a lower cost of living than other world capitals, warm weather, and great public transport and cycling facilities.
     
  3. Tourist attractions and events - Brisbane is home to top tourist attractions, major events, and a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Find out what will be on while you are here.
     
  4. Safe and friendly - International students find Brisbane people friendly and helpful, with safe public transport and places to go.
     
  5. Cool culture - great food, good times, creative people and places. Enjoy going out in Brisbane night and day.

1. Business and job opportunities

An economic hub for the Asia Pacific region, Brisbane attracts international investment and events, and strong job growth every year.  

At UQ, we help international students get local casual work in Brisbane, professional internships with major companies, pursue international graduate careers and start up new businesses.

Key sectors and UQ strengths include: 

  • agriculture, food and environment
  • tourism, events and aviation
  • business, communication and IT
  • education
  • emerging areas in science, engineering and health.

Watch how Brisbane is growing (Brisbane Marketing, YouTube, 3m:39s).

2. Easy lifestyle

Life is easier when the weather is fine. Brisbane is warm and sunny most of the year with a temperature range of 16 -  27 degrees. 

Why throw money away on rent?  Brisbane is low rent - cheaper than Sydney and other major capital cities in the world, leaving you more for what you want to do.  View data about the cost of living in Brisbane and compare with other cities.

Brisbane is easy to get around by bus, ferry or train.  Riding a bike is fun on  Brisbane's many cycle paths. Take a quick ride from the city to near UQ (Brisbane City Council, YouTube, 1m)

3. Tourist attractions and events

 

Australia's best beaches

Noosa North Shore Beach

 

Great Barrier Reef

snorkelling underwater above coral

 

Australia's largest gallery

QPAC

Australia's biggest theme parks

Promotional collage of animals and rides titled Gold Coast - Famour for fun - Theme park capital of Australia

Parks and wildlife

kangaroos at Lone Pine

Sub-tropical rainforest

Springbrook Cave

Our tourism guides

What events will be on when you are here? Visit our guide to regular major events in Brisbane.

Brisbane events guide

What are the top things to do for international students in and around Brisbane?

Brisbane attractions

 

Get details of current prices for trips, and free and cheap activities on campus.

Activities calendar for current students

 

4. Safe and friendly

Students laughing by the river Our students say Brisbane people are friendly and the city is not too big, not too small - the right size for when you are living away from home or overseas for the first time.  

Brisbane people are multicultural, outward-looking and friendly - you can always ask for help.

Inner-city Brisbane is easy to get around on free ferry services and there are plenty of outdoor and public places for you to explore while feeling safe and without getting lost.

 

5. Cool culture

World travel sites rate Brisbane

8th most beautiful city in the world -  Rough Guides 2015

...edgy arts scene, pumping nightlife, great coffee and restaurants, lush parks and historic buildings -  Lonely Planet 

5th most popular destination at international student website - student.com (source: Forbes)

Enjoy going out, eating out

Enjoy street food, small cafes, roof-top bars, parks and restaurants along the river, and outdoor events. (Queensland.com, YouTube, 50s)

 

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