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Kelvin Grove is a student haven

QUT students visiting markets at QUT Kelvin Grove Across from Iglu Brisbane

Welcome to Kelvin Grove, the suburb that combines all the benefits of campus-living with all the independence of University life in Brisbane. If you enjoy a chilled village vibe with a twist of urban bustle, a relaxed environment with the convenience of the city just minutes from your door, look no further. Here are five top reasons why you are absolutely going to love living here.

Are you wondering what you need to take into account when considering your student accommodation options? Location? Accessibility? Convenience? Or all of these and more?

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 roots firmly embedded in education and artistry, Kelvin Grove houses a vibrant population of students and families reveling in the creative hub of the Urban Village. There is very much an immediate built-in community feel to the suburb as it primarily operates around the QUT University Campuses, offering dedicated space to creative thinkers and industry experimentation. A forum for free expression and progressive thought, Kelvin Grove attracts a like-minded set that live and thrive amongst each other.

2. Shop til you drop

Brisbane is no stranger to the popular past time of shopping, and you will find this sport more than adequately serviced both in and beyond Kelvin Grove. Get your local produce, fresh juices and specialty coffee at the village markets every weekend, and utilise The Village Centre for all your weekly shopping needs. For the larger retail options including high streets and malls you’ll simply love having downtown Brisbane just a teensy 10-minute bus ride away. It’s the perfect combination.

3. Foodie hotspot favourites

Whether you like it spicy or sour, whether you’re carb loading or all about desserts, whether you prefer eating moody or al fresco – at Kelvin Grove there is a perfect foodie option sitting just outside your door.  But don’t stop there. Brisbane is increasingly making a name for herself on the national restaurant scene, so take advantage of your proximity to the city and enjoy all that is on offer. Don’t forget to wonder around cool neighbours like Herston and Fortitude Valley to discover more hidden gems of the eating variety.

4. Entertainment on tap

Uni living is not simply all about the books, and when you’re ready to take that study break you have some great recreational options available. As well as local bars and restaurants on tap, you lucky people have La Boite Theatre Company operating out of The Roundhouse Theatre on the QUT Campus. In addition to this, QUT’s Creative Industries Precinct includes art galleries, performance spaces and viewing panels so the entire creative process can be observed. Or simply take 10 minutes out to jump on a bus and enjoy all the city treats on offer.

5. Location location location

The beauty of the Urban Village is that it has everything you need right there where you live. And what you may not immediately find is never very far away. And, from its awesome location, right in the heart of village, Iglu Kelvin Grove delivers absolute convenience living, which at University, is precisely the lifestyle you need.


QUT Kelvin Grove Campus (across the road)

QUT Creative Industries Precinct (5-minute walk)

Brisbane CBD

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

How: Bus 10-20 mins


Why: UQ Herston campus; Bars, live music, restaurants, shopping, markets

How: Bus – 10 mins; Bike – 6 mins

Mount Gravatt

Why: QIBT; Griffith University (Mount Gravatt Campus)

How: Train – 25 mins

 St Lucia

Why: UQ St Lucia

How: Bus – 35 mins

Take advantage of Kelvin Grove’s chilled lifestyle and know that you can always get exactly where you need to be.

You can also check out our Location Guide for even more reasons to love Kelvin Grove.

Check out Our Iglu. Your Iglu. for an insight into student life at Iglu Kelvin Grove.

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