Kelvin Grove Student Living Guide
Kelvin Grove is a planned multi-purpose village that offers access to the best of Brisbane, but conveniently avoids the hustle and bustle of the city.
Located just ten minutes outside the CBD, Kelvin Grove has the look and feel of a local community combined with a strong design emphasis that complements the Queensland climate and blends with the environment. Housed within the QUT campus grounds, this sought after postcode has evolved into a creative hub that is now a go-to destination for the arts crowd.
With the relaxed village feel of a university campus, the suburb attracts a young and vibrant crowd with families and students filling up the mix of apartments and traditional Queenslanders. Kelvin Grove is setting the gold standards for sustainable living using best practices that ensure minimum impact on the environment. This progressive attitude permeates and fuels the community within, and has attracted a like-minded residential crew.
WHAT TO DO?
Begin the weekend with some tennis or a swim, and then head straight to the Village markets. Housed every Saturday between 6am-1pm this is the place for the best fresh produce, handfuls of craft, and of course delicious coffee. Get the creative juices flowing at La Boite Theatre Company, the second largest theatre company in Queensland. Established in 1925 and now operating from The Roundhouse Theatre on the QUT campus, La Boite promises a bold and contemporary approach to text interpretation and seats up to 400 eager visitors for each production. For all your shopping needs head to The Village Centre, an alfresco complex with a range of eateries on offer. At the end of a long week what better way to soak up the Queensland sunshine than to swing a club at the fantastic Victoria Park Golf Course.
WHERE TO GO?
With food available from every corner of the globe, Kelvin Grove’s eating options will not disappoint. From Happy Yummy’s Vietnamese to Burger Urge’s gourmet pattys, from traditional Italian pastries at Gerbinos tasty desserts at the eclectic Blue Lotus, The Village Centre has it covered. Don’t miss The Menagerie, a hole in the wall café dishing out some of the best hot chocs around, that also doubles up as an arts and live music space. This hidden gem happily delivers some very cool cocktails after 4pm. The nearby Normanby Hotel in Redhill is a popular choice for drinking, dining and everything that comes before and after. Bean hunters will be well satisfied with the array of choice. Pick from locals’ favourites Chiasso, Dancing Bean Espresso Bar, and Coco Cozy Café for the ultimate speciality caffeine fix.
OUT AND ABOUT
A free shuttle bus operates to the QUT Garden Point Campus as well as a free night shuttle that travels around the campus. When you’re ready to pick up the pace and dip in to some urban delights, simply hop on a bus and be in the heart of Brisbane [link to Brisbane guide] within minutes. Neighbouring suburbs Herston, Paddington and Fortitude Valley all have thriving arts and café scenes as well as entertainment on tap. With late night eats and fashion-forward boutiques, these local hangouts extend all the benefits of the city to your doorstep
Enjoy the laid-back vibe at Kelvin Grove, with a relaxed pace of life and a like-minded community. But know that you have all the city benefits just minutes from your door.