Living in Brisbane

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Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, the Sunshine State, renowned for being beautiful one day and perfect the next. It’s a city where the local residents are friendly and accommodating, and where cultural diversity is not only encouraged, it’s an accepted and established way of life.


Brisbane is one of Australia’s most affordable cities, making it ideal for students to live and study, with great shopping precincts, sporting facilities, easy-to-use public transport, and many different accommodation options to choose from. With all this going for it you can understand why Brisbane ranks in the world’s top 20 most livable cities.

The Greater Brisbane Region is home to rainforests, wetlands, waterfalls, local food and wine trails, pristine beaches, arts hubs, heritage centres, dramatic mountain ranges and adventure sports opportunities. It’s a wildlife haven with an abundance of birdlife, wallabies, koalas and other fauna and flora unique to Australia.

As well as being a business and education hub for the region, Brisbane draws tourists from all over the world. Whether the visit is for work, study, or pleasure, there is much to enjoy in and around the Queensland capital.


  1. Perfect weather and outdoor lifestyle
  2. Affordable
  3. Purpose-built student accommodation
  4. Close to major tourist destinations
  5. Reliable public transport
  6. A safe, welcoming city
  7. Multicultural city
  8. Parks and free activities


There are many different types of accommodation options in Brisbane, depending on your budget. Make sure you consider location, especially proximity to transport and shops, before you choose your accommodation. HIIE staff member Ann Chan can provide advice on accommodation and the best suburbs depending on your campus location



Getting around Brisbane is easy. Translink’s integrated ticketing system provides students with the flexibility to travel on train, bus and ferry services using just one card. Go Cards can be bought at Queensland Rail stations and selected ticketing agents. The green student Go Card offers full-time international students 50% discount on travel. Find out more at Translink.





Photos courtesy of Brisbane Marketing.

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