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7 reasons to study in Brisbane
A bustling city with over 2 million people, Brisbane is home to 3 leading universities and is widely regarded as a major business hub. Each year it attracts over 80,000 students from 40 different nations and is the fastest growing region in the country.
Providing a globally recognised safe and friendly environment, the international student intake number has doubled in a decade – and it’s easy to see why. If you enjoy plenty of sunshine, the great outdoors and culture on tap, your search is done.
Here’s 7 reasons why Brisbane is the perfect place for you.
1. The weather
The official sunshine capital of Australia, Brisbane’s subtropical climate is blessed with more than 300 sunny days a year. Not only does all that extra sunlight help improve your mood and outlook, it also means there is more opportunity to enjoy the very best of what’s around. With an abundance of activities on your doorstep, from biking and hiking to swimming and exploring, the opportunities to enjoy the natural surrounds are that much greater. Wave goodbye to Seasonal Affective Disorder because winter rarely gets below 20 degrees. Utter bliss.
2. Affordable living
Brisbane has a lower cost of living compared to the other major Aussie cities – but doesn’t compromise on the quality of life. With top-quality education, safety and security as well as an outstanding public transport network, residents will find the Brisbane dollar will just stretch a little further when it comes to enjoying yourself outside of study time. This is the perfect combination for all students that need an affordable place to study and work, and who want the convenience of living close to university.
3. World class education
Brisbane is home to a number of excellent universities and institutions including UQ (University of Queensland) and QUT (Queensland University of Technology). Located close to the tropics, such proximity enables it to remain at the cutting edge of scientific research and development in this field. Griffith University is one of the most well-known research universities. It spans five campuses and is renowned for innovation and teaching excellence – as well as an impressive list of sporting alumni that have gone on to represent the country.
4. Getting around
The public transport system in Brisbane makes city living all the more convenient. Easy to navigate and environmentally considerate, getting around town has never been easier. Take advantage of the free bus loops circulating the city centre as well as the courtesy CityCats that criss-cross the river – and remember that tertiary students are eligible to apply for a 50% TransLink fare discount. Enjoy the beautiful Brisbane weather and make use of the never-ending cycleways. CityCycle offers the first 30 minutes of every journey absolutely free of charge so there really are no excuses.
5. Springboard to Aussie adventures
One of the best parts about studying in Brisbane is the fantastic location – and how well placed you are to discover the best of Australia’s attractions. A true gateway to amazing beaches, the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and Moreton Bay Reserve, Brisbane living really does have the Australian dream on offer right there on your doorstep.
6. Culture fix
A multicultural hub of creativity and invention, Brisbane has a thriving cultural scene and welcomes the infusion of diversity that international students bring to the area. With a multitude of festivals that celebrate cultural stories from around the world, there is something for everyone to enjoy. This packed cultural calendar is reflective of Brisbane’s engagement with the arts scene, from music and film to theatre and literature. Home to Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane’s South Bank is the go-to destination for all things cultural with many exhibitions free of charge.
7. A warm welcome awaits
How many cities have a welcome festival specifically for students? And how many cities offer a personally signed friendship certificate from the Lord Mayor? This is the Brisbane difference. With over 50 exhibitors, free food, entertainment and prizes, this huge annual student festival is the city’s unique way of demonstrating a very heartfelt recognition of the value that students bring to the city. It’s a great opportunity for students to find out exactly what goes on around town – and take full advantage of all the freebies on offer!
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