Enjoy Brisbane while you learn English

Brisbane is a safe city with great food and entertainment. It is also cheaper to live in than other capital cities and offers excellent 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Safe and friendly - International students find Brisbane people friendly and helpful, with safe public transport and places to go.
  • Cool culture - great food, good times, creative people and places. Enjoy going out in Brisbane night and day.

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 rents are low - 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 one of Brisbane's many cycle paths. Take a quick ride from the city to near UQ.

Tourist attractions and events


Australia's best beaches

Noosa North Shore Beach


Great Barrier Reef

snorkelling underwater above coral


Australia's largest gallery


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


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.


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)