Living in Brisbane
Brisbane is Australia's third largest city and is ranked among the best student cities in the country (#3 in QS Best Student Cities 2019). Study at Charles Sturt University Study Centres, Brisbane and enjoy long, warm summers, a more affordable cost of living than other Australian cities, and a welcoming multicultural community.
Why study in Brisbane?
Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and one of Australia’s fastest growing cities. Located on the banks of the Brisbane River, the city is green and leafy with a subtropical climate and a diverse population. It is smaller in size than other Australian state capitals, which makes it ideal for exploring on foot. It is also one of Australia’s most affordable cities to study and live, with its inner-city suburbs ranked as some of the most affordable places to live in the country (Ryder Research 2019).
Brisbane experiences more sunny days every year than any other Australian state capital, making it the ideal place to spend time outdoors. Whether enjoying a barbecue with friends, taking a countryside hike or simply relaxing in one of the city's parks or beaches, enjoying the weather is a big part of living in Brisbane. The Central Business District (CBD) is surrounded by green spaces to enjoy including the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, South Bank Parklands and Roma Street Parkland.
Explore the Gold Coast.
Enjoy city life in the sun.
Brisbane is ideally situated for you to explore everything Australia has to offer. The city is the gateway to explore the pristine beaches of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. You can take a trip to the countryside to see beautiful rugged mountain ranges, and other awe-inspiring natural sites such as the Great Barrier Reef and tropical rainforests.
Food and culture
Thanks to its large, multicultural community, Brisbane food scene is always expanding, with a wide variety of different options from around the world on every corner to suit every taste. Explore the series of paths promenades and bridges that connect the city centre to the other side of river. Visit the South Bank and take in the beautiful public gardens, museums and galleries, and independent stores.
Find out more on the CityCycle website.
TransLink operate public transport services in Brisbane. To get around the city easily and more cost effectively on public transport, we recommend you purchase a GO card which can be used on buses, trains, ferries and trams in the greater Brisbane area. You can buy a GO card at the major train stations in Brisbane and at selected retailers. Visit the TransLink website to find out more.
CityCycle is Brisbane’s public bike hire service. You can hire a bike from any of CityCycle’s 150 stops around the city. The first 30 minutes of your ride is free, making it a cheap and sustainable option for travel around the city.
Brisbane is renowned for having the sunniest weather in Australia, with around 2,800 hours of sunshine every year.
It has a subtropical climate with hot and humid summers in December to February and maximum temperatures around 30°C. In the winter months of June to August, the weather is cooler and dry but still sunny. Brisbane has most of its rainfall during the summer months and can experience thunder and lightning storms.
- Summer (December to February): 21 – 28°C
- Autumn (March to May): 13 – 27°C
- Winter (June to August): 10 – 21°C
- Spring (September to November): 14 – 26°C
3rd largest city
Top 20 most liveable city
Economist Intelligence Unit, 2019
Life in Brisbane is great. I’ve only been here around four months and I’m already blending with the environment; people here are very friendly and are happy to help you.
Oluwatoba from Nigeria
Master of Information Technology