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Living Information – Brisbane

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As the capital of Queensland, Brisbane’s carefully architectured skyline sets a wonderful backdrop for a place to live and work whilst completing your studies. Europeans first landed in Brisbane in 1823. Sydney decided Brisbane would be the perfect place to imprison their worst convicts and initially used Brisbane for this purpose.

Brisbane is known for its amazing climate, that is usually consistently warm all year round. Perfect if you are looking to enjoy lots of sunny days.

Welcome to Brisbane.

Getting around

Brisbane is well connected, with a TransLink card you can top up and tap on to use busses, trains, ferries or trams. Ticket conductors are often on public transport and can issue you with a large fine if you have not paid your fare, therefore make sure your card is always topped up and you always tap on.


Brisbane offers a wide variety of accommodation to suit students in either share houses or private residences that can hold an entire family. Choose from apartment living in the cosmopolitan inner city, or a spacious house or unit with a garden in the picturesque suburbs.

For more information about student accommodation and some handy hints and tips, you can access the Queensland government website for more information.

Some useful websites for searching accommodation are listed below:


Living in Australia on a visa can mean you face certain restrictions. If you are a student visa holder, you and your dependent family members have permission to work included with your visa, but there are certain conditions you may need to adhere to, such as the number of hours you are able to work. It’s important to ensure you don’t breach the work conditions that apply to your visa.

To keep up-to-date with the regulations, please visit the website

Tourist Information

With your free time head down to Southbank for restaurants and bars. Southbank is also home to streets manmade beach. The contrast of the beach against the river and Brisbane skyline is something you have to experience.

If you are a foodie, make sure you visit Eat street. Located along the river with music, live entertainment and over 180 shipping containers serving delicious food from all over the world.

Enjoy your free time and the beautiful sunshine, by taking the ferry over to North Stradbroke Island, where you can hike the nature trails, sunbathe on a secluded beach bay and if you’re lucky you may spot a koala or sea turtles.

Find out more about what you can see and do here.