Living in the Brisbane CBD


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You might be a student but you are not always studying and when you’re not, it’s good to live in a central, convenient and vibrant location.

For students in Brisbane, the CBD is a fabulous option for many reasons, not least of which is its proximity to the Queensland University of Technology’s Gardens Point campus, which is less than 10 minutes’ walk from Iglu’s inner-city student accommodation building on Mary Street.

You can also walk to the Central Queensland University Brisbane campus along with other private CBD colleges. Or head down to one of the ferry wharves, which are close by, and jump on a ferry to Southbank for access to Griffith University's Queensland Conservatorium, the University of the Sunshine Coast and TAFE Queensland Brisbane, among others.

It’s easy to go exploring too, with most major train and bus stations including Central Station, King George Square Station and Queen Street Bus Station, no more than 1km away.

Like to shop? Brisbane’s CBD won’t disappoint. Queen Street Mall (8 mins walk) and Wintergarden (5 mins walk) are two major shopping areas close by and offer everything from high street shops to designer boutiques. For something unique, you can head to one of the many markets held in Brisbane’s CBD like the twilight, Indie or young designer’s markets.

Grabbing a coffee or eating out is also easy with a lots of cool cafes popping up and options from sumptuous burger joints and riverside bistros, to laneway bars and hidden cafes, there is something for everyone.

Brisbane City is a great location if you are studying at:

  • Queensland University of Technology (Gardens Point)
  • Queensland University of Technology (Kelvin Grove)
  • University of Queensland
  • Queensland Conservatorium (Southbank)
  • Queensland College of Art (Southbank)
  • University of the Sunshine Coast (Southbank Campus)
  • TAFE Queensland Brisbane (Southbank)
  • Central Queensland University (Brisbane campus)
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • CBD colleges
  • Fortitude Valley colleges
  • Local English schools

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Deciding whether to live on-campus or off-campus

Apart from deciding what to study, this is probably one of the biggest decisions you will make if you are moving away from home to go to university or college. Both options have their own set of advantages so you need to way which one will work best for you. If you are not just looking for the closest option, off-campus accommodation, whether it is in student accommodation or the private rental market, does offers a wider choice and greater flexibility in terms of lifestyle.

Before you make any decisions, it’s a good idea to check-out all of the options at Open Days and Info Days – most on-campus and off-campus student accommodation providers will available to discuss your needs) and organise a private tour of the any student accommodation you are interested in.

For a helpful look at the benefits of living off-campus, check out our blog.

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