Brisbane is often overlooked by students; many prefer to study in the more popular cities of Sydney and Melbourne. However, Brisbane is perfect for those who enjoy a combination of city and suburban atmospheres.

The busy, bustling central business district is there for everyone to enjoy, but there are also plenty of quieter spots for students to frequent, whether it be to study, catch up with friends or to rack up new experiences.

Here are five things Brisbane students should know – jot them down somewhere, you never know when they might come in handy!


Accommodation is plentiful in Brisbane, no matter where you look. Different suburbs will be more expensive than others, depending on their proximity to universities and the CBD. If you don’t have a group of friends to live with and you don’t really want to live on your own, there are plenty of places for student accommodation in Brisbane. Accommodation providers such as Iglu can help you find the perfect room in the perfect location so you won’t have to worry about a thing.

Places to Study

Brisbane has a huge number of council libraries, and they are great places to study. They can accommodate for individual as well as group study, as you can book rooms for a particular amount of time. If you like to study around a little bit of nature, you might want to take your laptop and your notebooks to the Botanic Gardens or the Roma Street Parklands.

Public Transport

There are three modes of public transport throughout Brisbane, these being buses, trains and ferries (known as CityCats). You can buy a ticket once boarding any of these, or you can tap and go with a go card which you can load up at most bus and train stations. Tickets are generally more expensive, so it is worth investing in the go card! Students can also ask for a concession card, which gives you discounted travel fares.

Excellent Eats

The Eat Street Markets on the Hamilton Wharf always have something new and exciting to offer, and are also relatively inexpensive. Doughnut Time in Fortitude Valley is a local favourite and rising star – check them out for creative and innovative doughnuts that you have never seen before. Different suburbs in Brisbane will sometimes conduct cultural market eateries throughout the year, so keep a lookout for those as well.

Best Bars

Drinking is an inevitable part of student life, and this list wouldn’t be complete without a sampling of the best bars in Brisbane. Fortitude Valley is usually the go-to area for students, but suburbs like West End, Paddington and Toowong also boast classy and interesting bars for you to sample.

There is so much to see and do in Brisbane, especially if you are new to the city. Hopefully this list will prove a good starting off point for you, and then you can simply build on your experiences from there. Good luck, happy studying, and remember to have fun!

What other things do you think Brisbane students should know? What’s your favourite place to go or thing to do in Brisbane? Do you have any secrets you’d like to share with us? Leave your thoughts down below.

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