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Why Study in Brisbane?

As one of Australia’s fastest-growing cities, Brisbane has unstoppable momentum. Here's why some of the brightest minds call Brisbane home.

World-class education

Brisbane is home to some of Australia’s finest higher education institutions, three of which featured in the QS World University Rankings® 2023, showcasing the city’s reputation for excellence on the global stage.  

As well as world-class universities, Brisbane is also home to a number of outstanding primary and secondary schools, and English language schools. Brisbane is also home to well renowned TAFE (Technical and Further Education) Institutes offering vocational education and training to provide students with career-focused skills that are highly sought after by employers..

It’s no wonder students from more than 100 countries choose to study in Brisbane.

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South Bank Parklands

A hub of innovation

Brisbane has developed an international reputation for cutting-edge research, with more than 100 local health and biotech facilities dedicating themselves to solving global health and environmental challenges.

This includes the Translational Research Institute (TRI), an innovative facility where biopharmaceuticals and treatments are discovered, produced, clinically tested, and manufactured in one location, as well as the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, one of the most successful institutes of its kind in Australia.  

Brisbane is a city with its eyes set firmly on the future. With our strengths in science and technology, Brisbane is in a strong position to lead the emerging, knowledge-driven industries of the future, including material innovation, agricultural technology, artificial intelligence-enabled healthcare, resource recovery, supply chain logistics and disaster-related technologies.  

An unbeatable lifestyle 

There’s nowhere else quite like Brisbane to live, study and relax. With clear blue skies illuminated by 240 days of sunshine each year, Brisbane’s subtropical climate has fostered the city’s active outdoor lifestyle.  

From our award-winning restaurants and rooftop bars, to an array of natural wonders on our doorstep that includes World Heritage rainforests and world-class beaches and islands, you can rest assured that your time spent studying in Brisbane will be memorable.  

The green and gold runway  

Brisbane’s selection as the host city for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games recognises our stratospheric trajectory. No less than 26 Olympic and Paralympic sports will be held within five kilometres of the city centre – and there are a number of major city-shaping projects under way in the lead-up to the Games that will make Brisbane an even more exciting place to live and study.  

This includes the $3.6 billion dollar Queen’s Wharf integrated resort development, and the $2.1 billion Dexus Waterfront Brisbane development, which will combine to transform Brisbane’s riverfront and further enhance the city centre’s diverse range of dining, entertainment and recreational activities

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Fireworks at Suncorp Stadium, Milton

Easy to navigate

Commuting to and from classes is easy in Brisbane, and it will only get easier in the years to come. Brisbane’s precincts are compact, walkable and well-serviced by public transport, as well as close to 6,000 kilometres of paths, walkways and bikeways. Best of all, full-time students travelling on Brisbane’s public transport network receive half-price fares.

And the city has more than $7 billion of transformational public transport infrastructure projects in the pipeline, including the all-new high-capacity Brisbane Metro; the Cross River Rail line, and new Green Bridges that will connect popular inner-city precincts and boost active transport options from 2024 onwards. 

Lively precincts 

Brisbane’s bustling, metropolitan precincts – including Howard Smith Wharves, South Bank, Fish Lane, Eat Street Northshore, Fortitude Valley and James Street – ensure there’s a surprise around every corner for students getting to know our city, from heritage buildings to explore to urban gardens and laneway bars where you can relax and unwind between classes.

Safety and security 

Brisbane is a safe, stable and secure city, with low crime rates compared to other major Australian and international cities, and security on campus at universities.

It’s the perfect option for students seeking a friendly and welcoming environment to focus on their studies.

A natural environment  

Sustainability is always front of mind in Brisbane, and fresh air, water resilience and biodiversity protection are all key priorities for the city. Brisbane is home to more than 3,300 species of wildlife and 44,000 hectares of natural habitat, with more than 13,500 new trees planted each year. Brisbane City Council’s has further enhanced this reputation, as the largest carbon neutral government organisation in Australia.

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Tangalooma Wrecks, Moreton Island


Brisbane is a city steeped in cultural diversity. We’re home to one of the world’s oldest living First Nations cultures, and we proudly celebrate the customs and traditions of our diverse range of multicultural residents.  

One in three Brisbane residents are born overseas, and Brisbane hosts the largest citizenship ceremony in Australia, welcoming thousands of people hailing from around the world each year. The city’s diverse community is reflected in its extensive choice of cuisines and calendar of events, with festivals held throughout the year including the popular Paniyiri Greek Festival and BrisAsia festival. 

International students will find a welcoming environment and an inclusive community waiting for them, where they can expect to connect and forge friendships with people from all around the globe. 

A hub of arts & culture  

Brisbane’s cultural institutions provide an unparalleled platform to broaden your horizons and expand your mind.  

Whether or not you’re an art student, you’ll love the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). Australia’s largest and most visited gallery, it ranks in the top 50 most visited art museums in the world and boasts more than 20,000 artworks, including the world’s largest collections of contemporary Asian and Pacific works. QAGOMA also hosts the renowned Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art.  

Students can also explore our history at the Museum of Brisbane and Queensland Museum; enjoy world-class theatre and music events at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Brisbane Powerhouse; and spend nights you’ll never forget in Fortitude Valley, Australia’s first designated entertainment precinct and the spiritual home of live music in Australia.