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Why study in Brisbane
Brisbane or ‘Brisvegas’, as it is known by locals, is Queensland’s thriving capital located around its largest river.
Often described as Australia’s new world city, is the third largest and fastest growing city in Australia with its population predicted to reach 3 million by 2031. What’s more, Brisbane is in for some worldwide attention when the Commonwealth Games come to the Gold Coast (an hour up the road from Brisbane) in 2018.
So why would students choose to live in Brisbane?
World class education
There are three major universities in in Brisbane: the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University’s Southbank campus. Brisbane plays host to the majority of Queensland’s international students, which makes for a great student culture.
Queensland is known as the sunshine state and rightly so. Brisbane enjoys a tropical climate with average summer temperatures of around 29 degrees. They can reach as high as 40 degrees and can also be quite humid. If winter is not really your thing then you will not have to worry in Brisbane with an average winter daytime temperature of around 21 degrees. Brisbane is the place to be if you want to enjoy the outdoors! Residents are known to wear thongs (or flip flops or jandals) all year round.
Brisbane city itself is lacking a natural beach but this has been overcome with the popular man made lagoon at Southbank where locals flock to escape the heat. The beach is not far for a weekend escape with the Sunshine Coast and Gold coast only about an hour drive in either direction. Drive south for two hours and you’re in the beautiful and extremely popular tourist destination of Byron Bay.
The relaxed feel
Brisbane has always been known as the easy going city – a good place to live if you are not fond of the rat race or are making the move from a small town. It is a clean city with wide open spaces and is home to many parks, cycle ways and outdoor events. The local population is very welcoming of newcomers. In fact 25% of people living Brisbane were born overseas.
Cheaper cost of living and thriving economy
Accommodation in Brisbane is less expensive than living in Sydney or Perth. In terms of work opportunities, Brisbane is the ‘pot of gold at the end of the rainbow’. Brisbane’s economy continues to grow with its expanding population. It is without a doubt the engine room of the Queensland economy, representing around 50% of its economic output. In recent times Brisbane’s economy has expanded at a rapid pace to now be worth $135 billion and by 2031 it is forecasted to be worth a huge $217 billion.
Queensland is home to Australia’s best theme parks and they are all located only an hour from Brisbane on the Gold Coast. Brisbane is also the perfect gateway for Queensland’s array of beautiful natural attractions: Fraser Island, the Whitsunday’s, Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.
As you can see, there are even more compelling reasons to study in Australia when you consider the options up North. So find out for yourself…