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Living in Brisbane

Living in Brisbane

Where opportunity and lifestyle converge

Young, vibrant and entrepreneurial, Brisbane is fast becoming an economic hub in the Asia Pacific for business, investment, major events and education.

With a strong economy and record of growth and stability, the city's diverse population and ever-growing infrastructure contribute to the reason our students graduate with the knowledge, attitude and experience needed to succeed both within Australia and on the world stage.

Add a beautiful climate, an exciting blend of food, art and culture, and easy access to golden beaches, subtropical rainforests and coastal mountain ranges, there’s always plenty to discover.

 Population 2.1 million people

 Named "8th Most Beautiful City In The World" by Rough Guides in 2015

 28% of Brisbane residents were born overseas

 One of the world’s most livable cities

A multicultural metropolis

Home to people from more than 200 nationalities and 220 different languages, Brisbane is one of the most multicultural cities in Australia. You’ll find every nation represented in restaurants and cafes, while markets and specialty grocery stores make it easy to find food from around the world.

Things to do

Built on and around the hills overlooking the Brisbane River, Australia’s third-largest city is characterised by a subtropical climate, safe relaxed outdoor lifestyle, unique “Queenslander” architecture.

Sport and recreation

Sport and recreation

Whether it's the roar of a crowd in a packed stadium or achieving your own personal best, Brisbane offers an extensive range of activities for energetic bodies and minds.

Find out what's on

Arts and entertainment

Arts and entertainment

It's easy to appreciate culture, art and music in Brisbane, with many galleries, museums, exhibitions and festivals scattered throughout Brisbane’s arts and entertainment scene.

Mix it with the locals

Student testimonials

Student testimonials

Learn what studying at UQ is really like in the best possible way - from other students! Get inspired about what you can do when you get here.

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With a superb selection of fine-dining options, along with countless local favourites, Brisbane’s rapidly growing food and cafe culture won't disappoint.

Get a taste of what's on offer

Nature and wildlife

Nature and wildlife

South-East Queensland is your launching pad to some of the world's most distinctive and diverse natural landscapes and iconic wildlife, so take the time to immerse yourself in the best the area has to offer.

Discover greater Brisbane

Brisbane Greeters

Brisbane Greeters

Brisbane Greeters provide you with a personal perspective of the city and reveal the heart and soul of Brisbane. These tours are FREE and open to anyone - family, friends, partners or kids!

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Brisbane weather

With an enviable climate featuring days full of sunshine and clear night skies, those who live in Brisbane have a life full of exciting contrasts and endless adventures, unlike anywhere else.

Spring, summer, autumn and winter all have their own unique personalities – each bringing new reasons to spend time outdoors. And with more sunny days per year than any other Australian capital city, it's easy to enjoy a vibrant lifestyle in this metropolis folded into the banks of the meandering Brisbane River.







days of sunshine

+16°C – +27°C

max temperature most days of the year

Places to go

Queensland truly is a place like no other on Earth. Discover for yourself everything Queensland has to offer: our home state is a giant living, breathing postcard just waiting to be explored!

Gold Coast
Venture into the Gold Coast’s endless playground for some serious fun, with golden beaches, lively nightlife and designer boutiques aplenty.
Great Barrier Reef
See the splendour of the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel, scuba dive or take a scenic flight over the world’s largest coral reef, which stretches over 2300 kilometres.
Fraser Island
Four-wheel-drive the dunes of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island, and catch a glimpse of turtles, dolphins and whales passing by.


Having a place to call home is a big part of feeling settled at university.
Luckily, we’ve got plenty of options available.

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