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A Guide to Living in Brisbane

Brisbane is a great place to live. The city is often valued for its friendly and optimistic character as well as its vibrant people and numerous green spaces.

With its growing music scene, idyllic climate, some of the best universities in the country and close proximity to beautiful coastlines, it’s easy to understand why Brisbane is the destination of choice for many international students. There’s no denying that Brisbane has one of the best climates of all the Australian capital cities. The city’s skyline is constantly expanding vertically, as new residential buildings and office towers leap up into the sky. Beyond the city, many Brisbanites can be found living in ‘Queenslanders’, which are raised wooden houses on stilts with sweeping balconies, designed with the intention of staying cool during summer.

Quick facts about Brisbane

State: Queensland

Population: 2.2 million

Popular sports: Rugby League, cricket, basketball, soccer (football)

Traditional owners of the land: The Turrbal people

Famous Brisbanians: Lincoln Lewis, Savage Garden, George Miller

Things to see if you had 24 hours in Brisbane: Goma Gallery, Lone Pine Sanctuary, South Bank

International student support: Study Brisbane (and IDP, of course)

In and around Brisbane

Central Business District

Brisbane’s CBD has undergone a transformation in the last five years, from a once fairly boring commercial precinct to a bustling centre with lots to offer both tourists and locals alike. The city itself is an interesting collection of shopping strips, bars, and historical landmarks.

Fortitude Valley

Home to some of the best live music in Brisbane. Fortitude Valley is your chance to explore Brisbane’s party atmosphere. You can also browse the boutique shops, explore the hippest cafes and hidden laneways, or check out some of Brisbane’s most iconic venues.

St Lucia & Toowong

In an ideal spot with the river on one side and Mt Coo-tha on the other, this area is great for relaxing outside of class time. With a large student population in the area there are also plenty of cool places to hang out.

West End & South Bank

West End and South Bank are two of the more lively areas of Brisbane, where you’ll find a vibrant art, food, coffee, and shopping community that feels like it was made just for you.

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