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Brisbane – Australia

On the east coast of Australia, Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and home to more than 85,000 international students. Our world-ranking universities and education institutes offer programs for all levels of international study across various subjects as well as college and English language courses.

With a population of more than two 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 is the perfect place to call home while you study abroad. Aside from the low cost of living and 283 days of sunshine per year, Brisbane is a warm and welcoming city.

Public Transport

Brisbane provides a reliable network of travel and transport links, as well as paths and walkways that make up one of Australia’s most compact and foot-friendly city centres. TransLink, Brisbane’s integrated ticketing system, provides students with the flexibility to travel on train, bus and ferry services using just the one card.

Climate

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 makes it perfect for a range of outdoor activities.

Month / SeasonAverage Min. TempAverage Max Temp
Dec – Feb (Summer)20°C28°C
Mar – May (Autumn)16°C24°C
Jun – Aug (Winter)10°C21°C
Sep – Nov (Spring)15°C25°C

Cost of Living

Brisbane is affordable. Brisbane has one of the lowest costs of living in comparison with other Australian cities – from transport to accommodation to meals. That doesn’t mean there’s a compromise in quality though – it just means that your dollar will go a lot further living in Brisbane than in our southern counterparts.

Like any of the major capital cities of Australia, it is going to be more expensive to live directly in the city than it is to live further out in the suburbs. Living in the suburbs can cut down your accomodation cost by up-to 50%. Because you are a tertiary student, you are entitled to a 50% discounted fare, so make sure you take advantage! If you make eight trips on your go card from Monday to Sunday, all additional trips will be a further 50% cheaper. This means your weekly travel costs will rarely reach more than $23.