18 reasons international students love Brisbane

Brisbane’s perfect weather, unbeatable lifestyle and proximity to beautiful beaches make it one of the best places in the world to study. But don’t take it from us. We asked Brisbane’s international students what they love most about Brisbane. This is what they said:

1. Parks, glorious parks

Anzac Square

Why study indoors when there are inner-city gardens to explore? Brisbane’s international students said they loved Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and South Bank Parklands to name a few.

2. Live music

Watching a live band on a Saturday at South Bank is a favourite pastime of Brisbane’s international students. There’s free live bands as part of the City Sounds program from Wednesday to Sunday across the city and South Bank.

3. Weekend trips

Stradbroke Island

Pic: @zantijimenez

Brisbane’s international students spend the weekends exploring rainforests, beaches, islands and waterfalls. Save yourself the FOMO and see for yourself.

4. The Cultural Centre

A major hit with international students is the cultural hub of art galleries, theatres and museums, including Australia’s largest gallery of modern art, QAGOMA.   

5. Multicultural events

Brisbane is home to Australia’s biggest German Festival (Oktoberfest in October) and oldest Greek Festival (Paniyiri in May), plus loads of multicultural food festivals like Regional Flavours (in July) … mmm food.

6. Friendly community

City Welcome Festival

Brisbane’s international students love the City Welcome Festival, Lord Mayor’s International Student Friendship Ceremonies throughout the year and events by Brisbane’s education institutes.

7. Sunshine

They just love the weather, and with 283 days of sunshine, who wouldn’t?!  

8. Gateway to Queensland, New Zealand and other Australian capital cities

Brisbane’s international students said Brisbane was the perfect starting point to explore Australia and its surrounds.

9. CityCat commute

CityCat ferry

They loooooove taking the scenic route.

10. Biking everywhere

When they’re not commuting via CityCat, they’re exploring the city by bike – there’s no better way than CityCycle!

11. Students clubs and associations

Broncos Game

Brisbane’s international students are all part of a student community, club or association, and they love it.

12. Multicultural food

Brisbane’s international students are crazy about the amazing food the city has to offer. Just ask them.

13. Wild wildlife

Lone Pine

They love having access to Australia’s best wildlife in their own backyard, and just down the road at Australia Zoo and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Cuuuuuute.

14. The absence of winter

Picnic Kangaroo Point

Let’s face it – most international students are just here because the coldest day of the year is a low of 10 degrees.

15. Small-city vibe

They love that it’s a home away from home, enjoying the company of tens of thousands of other international students, and friendly locals.

16. Bustling bars and nightlife

Boundary Hotel

Of course international students love a drink at the end of the week. Brisbane’s nightlife runs across three lively precincts.

17. Amazing coffee

Coffee is a daily routine for international students in Brisbane. They particularly love The Pantry on campus at QUT Gardens Point, Brew in the City and Smug Fig in Woolloongabba.

18. … Uni!

UQ English Immersion Class

Seriously, Brisbane international students love their universities, the heritage-listed campuses and the student life in the city.

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