The Student Survival Guide to Brisbane

There’s Brisbane’s thriving music scene and nightlife, irresistible multicultural cuisines, stunning beaches close by and 283 days of sunshine to enjoy every year! You’ll have no trouble feeling at home in Brisbane, but to help you get settled in even quicker we’ve compiled this student survival guide.

There is no better place in Australia to live as a busy student than in the country’s Most Sustainable City – Brisbane. When you’re feeling stressed out or overworked you can shut your laptop and wander over to one of the city’s 2000 parks to kick back and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. You can even take your work outside with you thanks to the city’s widely accessible free Wi-Fi!

Settling into student life.

As one of the most inclusive cities in Australia, Brisbane hosts the City Welcome Festival and Lord Mayor’s International Student Friendship Ceremony, organised by Study Brisbane, to celebrate and welcome its international students. The Brisbane Student Hub is a great resource for international students needing a bit of support settling into life in Australia.

If you’re looking for a great place to study that isn’t your campus library, you can enjoy Scape’s many communal study spaces, perfect for working with friends, or take some quiet time in your studio apartment and utilise the carefully curated design features like the Tip Ton chair, which straightens your spine and improves circulation while you tackle long study sessions. Scape also have unlimited and superfast Wi-Fi to help you make the most of your study time. Or, trek over to the State Library of Queensland where you have access to a huge collection of resources, study spaces, a bookshop with a Queensland focus and even a café!

Getting around town.

With so many beautiful parks to check out and swimming holes to discover, you’ll want to familiarise yourself with Brisbane’s public transport system. Get your hands on a go card to get around easily using trains, buses, ferries and trams in Brisbane as well as Ipswich, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.

If you want to add a workout to your adventures you can hop on a bike thanks to CityCycle, Brisbane’s public bike hire system. It will cost you next to nothing as a student. Or you can opt for the dockless system by unlocking a Lime electric scooter wherever you find it – just download the app.

You can also take the scenic route for free with the CityHopper ferry service. Or to get a local’s insight, book a Brisbane Greeters Walking Tour – a complimentary service run by enthusiastic volunteers who can give you a crash course in Brisbane’s culture and history.

Entertainment on a budget.

Given Brisbane’s glorious weather, you’ll probably want to spend all your free time exploring the markets with a snack in hand, discovering vintage treasures as you wander the West End or soaking up the sunshine at South Bank Parklands. You can cool down at Streets Beach, the only man-made inner-city beach in the country, or get some fresh air while also getting your heartrate up by taking part in the free Feel Good Program – all located right at your doorstep at Scape South Bank!

But if the tropical rains hit, there are so many fun things to do undercover in Brisbane – without blowing your budget!

You can always wander through a free exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art or learn a bit about local history at the Museum of Brisbane or the Queensland Museum. The Brisbane Powerhouse offers free gigs sometimes, while City Sounds at Queen Street Mall is the largest free music program in the country!

There are plenty of great cheap eats options all over town too so you don’t have to burn through your cash when you’re too busy to cook at home. Or you can grab a cheeky doughnut when you’re on the go now that Doughnut Time has (finally) reopened its doors in Brisbane.