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Brisbane offers the ultimate lifestyle

Welcome to Brisbane: the Sunshine State Capital and general all-round happy place. Set on the shores of the stunning Brisbane River, this lively riverside city packs a mighty punch across all categories – and here are five top reasons why you are going to absolutely love living here.

Are you wondering what you should consider when choosing a place to live during your time at Uni? Is it location? Accessibility? Convenience?

With your thoughts firmly fixed on getting the most out of your studies, where you choose to lay down your books takes on huge significance. It will be the focal point of your everyday life. The more practical and efficient this is, the easier life becomes – and the more energy you have available for studying. If you get this part right, it’s a total win-win.

1. Your ready-made community

With many Uni campuses falling just inside the CBD there is an immediate healthy like-minded student community already swarming around the city streets, adding to the neighbourhood buzz. Step outside your door and enjoy the busy blend of visitors, locals and professionals alike that give Brisbane the vibe and energy that has become synonymous with this fantastic city. Catering for all tastes with seemingly endless sunshine on tap, Brisbane has all the right ingredients that draw the community together. Straight away, you’ll feel right at home.

2. Shop til you drop

Step aside Melbourne because shopping is one hugely popular Brizzy past time with something to suit everyone’s tastes. Whether you love the big brands, high street garb or individual market-ware, downtown Brisbane has it all and you will not leave disappointed. Splurge big on some designer pieces at Queen’s Plaza, or eke out your dollars at the numerous markets where you’ll find more unique offerings available in fashion, craftware and produce. Or simply browse around and discover all your fave high-street shops happily nestled in the snazzy malls like Queen Street Mall or The Myer Centre. The choices are simply terrifying.

3. Foodie hotspot favourites

Leading the foodie charge, Brisbane has firmly settled itself at the front of the pack when it comes to producing some of the finest eateries available, whether that’s a hole in the wall burger, a rooftop chorizo waffle or a subterranean cheese platter. Spanning cuisines from around the world and effortlessly producing top quality dishes, Brisbane is your true foodie paradise. Eat up high, down low, riverside or simply in the pub – if options are what you seek, the search is over.

4. Entertainment on tap

With 280 days of annual sunshine it is no wonder that Brisbane is an action-packed hub of cultural, sporting and waterside bustle. From kayaking and paddle boarding, to biking and swimming, the river plays a central role in directing the daily action. Southbank provides plenty of food for the mind with a constant stream of exhibitions and performances on offer, as well as hosting the renowned Modern Art Gallery (QAGOMA). As for entertainment after hours, take your pick from rooftop bars, live music venues, festival favourites and top-notch eateries. Exhausted, much?

5. Location location location

The best part about living where you are, is if it’s actually just where you need to be. Living and studying in Brisbane means you have utter convenience in bundles, with the sun up above and the river by your side, the entire city is right on your doorstep.


CBD & South Bank

Why: QUT Gardens Point Campus; University of Queensland City Campus; James Cook University; Central Queensland University; Queensland Conservatorium (Griffith); University of Sunshine Coast; Brisbane TAFE; Queensland College of English; Browns Language School; Kaplan

How: Walk – 5-15 mins

Kelvin Grove

Why: QUT Kelvin Grove; QUT Creative Industries Precinct

How: Free bus – 10 mins

St Lucia

Why: University of Queensland St Lucia Campus

How: Bus (from right outside the door) – 15 mins

Mount Gravatt

Why: QIBT; Griffith University (Mount Gravatt/Nathan Campus)

How: Bus – 15-30 mins

Fortitude Valley

Why: Bars, live music, restaurants, shopping, markets

How: Bus – 20 mins; Bike – 12 mins

A unique combination of everything that is cool about inner-city living and the relaxed lifestyle only Queensland can offer?

You can also check out our Brisbane City Location Guide for even more reasons to love the Brisbane CBD.

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