The 6 best reasons to live and study in Brisbane
Interested in studying in Australia? Let’s introduce you to Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland - one of the largest states in Australia. Home to 2.6 million people, the city is a melting pot of multiculturalism and is famous for its unique combination of big-city attractions and friendly, relaxed locals.
There are always plenty of things to do in and around Brisbane: shopping in the central business district, day trips to the beaches on the Gold Coast or relaxing on a warm summer night by taking in the views at Howard Smith Wharves.
Brisbane’s liveability, affordability, accessibility and ease, coupled with friendly and welcoming locals, makes Brisbane a top study destination for international students. Here are the 6 best reasons to live and study in Brisbane.
Queensland is called the Sunshine State for a reason - with clear blue skies illuminated by 240 days of sunshine each year, Brisbane’s weather is almost always warm and sunny. Summer averages are lower than 30°C, and winter minimums only reach 11°C, making it perfect for those who love the outdoors and days by the beach.
The weather makes it easy to plan a day trip to one of the picturesque locations in or around the city, and the warm evenings are perfect for a night out or taking in views of the Brisbane River. Queensland’s winter months are much warmer than most areas in Australia, with dry and pleasant days.
If you want to make the most of your time in Australia by exploring your new city to the fullest, without gloomy and rainy days keeping you inside, Brisbane is a great option.
The most prestigious tertiary provider in Queensland is The University of Queensland, currently ranked top 50 in the world and second in Australia (according to Aggregate Ranking of Top Universities).
UQ’s degrees are globally renowned, with some specialisations recognised in the top 10 worldwide, for example, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Nursing, Biotechnology and sports-related subjects.
Within Australia, UQ was ranked the best in Australia for Environmental Science, Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, Sports-related subjects and Food Science and Technology.
With over 380 degrees on offer, UQ provides opportunities for many future career pathways.
Strong employment sectors
As an international student, you may be eligible to work while you’re studying in Brisbane. There are several sectors that are particularly suited to part-time work, such as hospitality, retail and tourism. Balancing your study load with a job can mean boosting your employability, building your professional network and gaining new workplace skills.
There’s also a high chance that you can find full-time work after you graduate. Queensland’s unemployment rate in September 2022 was 3.7%, amongst the lowest the state has seen since the 1970s. A low unemployment rate is an indicator of good work prospects, which will make it easier for you to find a job once you graduate.
At UQ, the Careers and Employability team are on hand to help you on your employment journey. You can access seminars and career advice, especially curated for students. With all this support, you’ll be ready to start your dream career right after graduation.
Affordable cost of living
The cost of living is currently on the rise in all parts of the world. Yet, compared to many other cities in Australia, Brisbane is a more affordable place to live, especially considering it is the third-largest city in Australia.
Austrade has created a useful Cost of Living Calculator on the expenses you can expect living in Brisbane.
With a more affordable cost of living, your student budget can stretch further, meaning you can enjoy more of your life in Brisbane.
The Olympic and Paralympic Games
Brisbane gained official approval to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2021, and since then a lot of exciting infrastructure projects have been announced. Construction has already begun on a new metro system, the transformation of a former golf course into a walkable public space and new bridges to improve transport.
With all the investment flowing into the city, and into social improvements such as health, volunteering and community benefits, there’s never been a better time to settle down in Brisbane - a place of opportunity for all and a truly contemporary global city.
Beautiful natural wonders
Brisbane is Australia’s nature capital, a modern, sustainable, open-air city with room to breathe. Home to some of the world’s largest sand islands and ancient heritage-listed rainforests, unique escapes and adventures call from the mountains, the city and the bay.
We can’t wait to welcome you to Brisbane!