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Brisbane – Australia

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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.


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 / Season Average Min. Temp Average Max Temp
Dec – Feb (Summer) 20°C 28°C
Mar – May (Autumn) 16°C 24°C
Jun – Aug (Winter) 10°C 21°C
Sep – Nov (Spring) 15°C 25°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.


Getting around Brisbane is cheap and easy, good food, including fantastic seafood, is abundant, and accommodation is affordable, especially in some of the city’s comfortable, elegant B&Bs. Eating and drinking in Brisbane is all about open-air experiences and many places have massive windows opening onto leafy streets with tables and chairs spilling on sidewalks.

Brisbane is well and truly on its way to becoming a world leader in sustainability. There’s more than 2000 parks and more than 2500 species, making Brisbane Australia’s most biodiverse city.

Brisbane has a booming nightlife scene with new bars popping up regularly around the city. The CBD and Fortitude Valley are the best places to hydrate and hit the dance floor once the sun goes down. Indulge in a cocktail at a rooftop bar as you make the most of the Brisbane’s beautiful weather or enjoy a cold brew at one of Brisbane’s microbreweries or quirky laneway bars.

Quick Facts:

  • Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, known as the “Sunshine State”
  • With a population of over 1.6 million, Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia
  • Brisbane is known as “Brizzie” to the locals
  • A smorgasbord of cultural offerings makes Brisbane Queensland’s epicentre for the arts with world-class galleries, museums, theatres, art-house cinemas, live-music venues and events
  • Brisbane is Australia’s most sustainable city
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