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Campus life

Campus life

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A city within a city

With a vibrant community of 50,000-plus students from more than 140 countries, UQ feels like its own little city with a combination of great food, cafes, shops, libraries, facilities and student services – all the while with Brisbane’s city centre less than 15 minutes away.

UQ Library
With 16 branches and millions of physical and digital resources, UQ is well-equipped to ease your study worries with the largest research library in Queensland.
The Co-Op Bookshop
The Co-Op bookshops (at St Lucia, Gatton and Herston) stock everything from textbooks to UQ merchandise. They even support a mail-order service.
Student Services
Helping with your education and adjusting to uni life, Student Services is your first port of call for anything from accommodation services to academic and personal support.
Food and coffee
Whether you’re chasing a caffeine fix or looking for somewhere to unwind, our campuses are home to many quality cafes, restaurants and "hang outs".
Banks and post offices
We have a range of ATMs on site, and St Lucia has ANZ and Commonwealth bank branches on campus. Postal services are also available for mailing, money exchange and passport photos.
The UQ Health Service (UQHS) is a fully accredited health facility that provides comprehensive and confidential health services for UQ students, making it easy to find a doctor you feel comfortable with.
UQ students have access to independently operated childcare, kindergarten and after-school-care facilities on our St Lucia, Gatton and Herston campuses.
Security on campus
With our 24-hour security patrols and purpose built UniSafe program created specifically for UQ campuses, you can feel safe and secure whenever you are here.
Specialty stores, hairdressers, travel agents and more, you can find it at our campuses. We even host Market Days showcasing local handicrafts and fashion!

A vibrant exhibition, performance and gallery scene thrives at UQ.

We actively support and engage in arts and cultural activities that bring colour and depth to our learning environment. That’s why the humanities, galleries, performance and cultural studies flourish here – because we are a community that practises and celebrates these creative disciplines, using these learnings to influence and inform our academic pursuit of knowledge.


If you’re into live gigs, the festival atmosphere, or even if symphonies are your thing, music can be a big part of your time at UQ.

Live at The Red Room
With a brilliant venue, sound system and crowd (you), the Red Room has played host to some great local musicians, emerging stars, and even a few cult favourites.
If epic music, open spaces and like-minded folk sound good to you, UQ Union organises a range of events throughout the year that are sure to suit you perfectly!
What’s On
From Eurovision parties to symphonies at Customs House – music covers a multitude of bases and you can be across every opportunity to hear it all.

Museums and galleries

You can find cultural exhibitions in our many on-campus museums, showcasing dedicated spaces for the arts, science, antiquities and anthropology.

UQ Art Museum
With more than 3500 works, the UQ Art Museum forms Queensland’s second-largest public art collection. Their dynamic program of exhibitions explores a wide range of issues relevant to academics alongside broader social aspects.
Antiquities Museum
The Antiquities Museum exhibits artefacts from the ancient worlds of western Asia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. A dynamic public space, the Museum encourages interaction with, and understanding of, the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean.
Anthropology Museum
Celebrating the culture of the Indigenous peoples of Australia and the Greater Oceanic Region with over 19,000 artefacts and more than 6500 photographs, this is the home of the largest university collection of ethnographic material in Australia.

Cinema and theatre

The Schonell Theatre screens current, classic and independent movies, and houses live theatre performances all under the same roof.

Keep more than your mind active at UQ

From hitting the D-floor, to balancing your studies with yoga and pilates, or seeking out a social game of dodgeball (we love dodgeball), you will have plenty of ways to keep fit, healthy and happy while you’re studying with us.

UQ Sport Venues

UQ Sport offers hundreds of sports and activities to help you keep active. Located across UQ’s St Lucia and Gatton campuses, venues are open to UQ students all year round and provide some of Brisbane’s best sport and fitness facilities.

Aquatics Centre
The UQ Sport Aquatic Centre in St Lucia boasts an Olympic-sized heated pool and a smaller Learn-to-Swim pool for youngsters.
Athletics Centre
The UQ Sport Athletics Centre is at the top of its game when it comes to track and field sports facilities.
Fitness Centre
The UQ Sport Fitness Centre has everything you need to keep fit, covering cardio, weight training, group fitness, and indoor sports including squash, basketball, futsal... and the list goes on.
Tennis Centre
Grab your racquet and hit one of the many outdoor courts at the UQ Sport Tennis Centre. We have more than enough sunshine to go around!

UQ Union

UQ Union (UQU) is run by students, for students. With a mission to make your life at UQ more rewarding – ranging from enhancing academic pursuits to satisfying social necessities – UQU offers a range of services and support aimed specifically at enhancing your experience.

UQU also represents students on important university committees, ensuring you receive unbiased support, representation and a voice on university matters.


Visit the website

There are endless ways to get involved
and meet like-minded people.

Join a UQ club or society
If you crave karaoke, yearn for yoga, or perhaps you’re totally obsessed with Harry Potter, consider joining a UQ club or society. With over 190 affiliated clubs and societies, there's sure to be an option to fit your passion. And if there isn’t, you can even get help to create your own. Learn new skills, make business contacts, hang out with like-minded people and basically just have an awesome time.
Joining a faculty or course-related club can help you get to know your peers, and if you're really keen you can even get involved with UQU or become a club or society executive. These kinds of volunteering and leadership experiences build governance and management skills and look great on your resume too. Check out what’s available at Market Day during O-Week or contact UQU.
Team up with UQ Sport
Get involved with one of more than 30 different clubs and teams actively running across St Lucia and Gatton campuses. Whether you're a recreational enthusiast, are looking to capitalise on that competitive streak, or you enjoy a social scene along with your sport, there's a club or team waiting for you to sign up. Whichever way you like to move, every experience level is welcome!

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